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Naples, Florida
United States
HITS Triathlon Series
72F / 22C
Total Time = 2h 40m 56s
Overall Rank = 85/209
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 11/21
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3am. Eat breakfast and normal morning routine. Out the door at 4:15 for the 45 minute drive to the event. Arrived right at 5 am, when the tranisition area opened. Got T1/T2 area set up, relaxed.
Event warmup:

Strached out a little in the wetsuit. Got in the water a few minutes before the beach start.
  • 30m 8s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

On my first lap I got off course. in th middle and slowed me down. My second lap was great as far as the swimming portion. With the out tide, and so much knee deep water, made the swim a little more dificult than anticipated.
What would you do differently?:

I need more practice wetsuit swimming. I didn't have any problems, but that this is an area that has the potential for vast improvement.
Transition 1
  • 03m 39s

The transition area was a couple hundred yards from the beach. So departing the beach you had to "run" on a brick siidewalk for about 100 yards and then asphalt the rest of the way, it seemed a long way to run barefoot in a wetsuit. By the time I got to T1, the "kiddie pool" they had set up to rinse fett was virtually empty. This caused me an additional delay ay my T1 spot.
What would you do differently?:

I am not sure. The bottom of my feet are a little sore from running barefoot to get to T1. Logistically, there is no other answer to this specific issue.
  • 1h 09m 44s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.38 mile/hr

A slight headwind on the way out. I could have gone a little harder, but very nice route.
What would you do differently?:

Go a little harder. Really happy with my bike effort overall.
Transition 2
  • 02m 10s

I got a little flustered at T2, wetsuit in the way of running shoes. The T1/T2 set up spots had little boxes to keep everything in, with the wetsuits it made it a little tight. That being said, no issues at all with neighbors gear.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure, ...maybe no more wetsuit events?
  • 55m 13s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 53s  min/mile

Nice run course, flat with the exception of a couple Florida hills (bridges), although small ones at that. I have a hard time pacing myself without music. I ended up pacing myself properly and had a great run.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe go a little harder on the run. But just a little, I am really happy with my performance of the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, shade and a chair.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My internal engine.

Event comments:

An absolutely wonderful event. I definately recommend the HITS series.

Last updated: 2012-09-25 12:00 AM
00:30:08 | 1640 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/21
Overall: 93/209
Performance: Average
Suit: Full Wetsuit
Course: Beach start. Tide was out. The first and last 150-200 yards was wading through knee deep water. The course was set up as a 2 lap course that required coming in to the beach around a bouy and back for a second lap.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:39
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:09:44 | 24.85 miles | 21.38 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/21
Overall: 78/209
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: A nice out and back with a total of 4 turns, no chance of getting lost. Super flat, it is S. Florida.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:10
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:55:13 | 06.21 miles | 08m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/21
Overall: 78/209
Performance: Good
Course: Fairly flat course partially on street, the rest on MUP, out and back. Fair amount of shade. Water stops at 1.5 (4.5) and 3 mile spots.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-01-14 8:16 AM

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Subject: HITS Triathlon Series: Naples - Olympic Course

2013-01-15 10:30 AM
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Overland Park, KS
Subject: RE: HITS Triathlon Series: Naples - Olympic Course
Nice job out there, very solid performance all the way around.  I'm traveling to Naples this week so maybe I'll consider this race next year.  Was the water still warm enough to swim without a wetsuit?  I don't remember what 70 degrees feels like.
2013-01-18 6:05 PM
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Subject: RE: HITS Triathlon Series: Naples - Olympic Course
I was in the race as well and pretty much had the same issues. My run was terrible but the swim and bike was the best I have ever done in an Olympic. It was alot of fun and a great place to race. Good job. You going to do Hits Ocala by any chance? If you are hope to see you there.
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