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St. Petersburg, Florida
United States
Alta Vista
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 10m 14s
Overall Rank = 377/1014
Age Group = Under 40 Clydes
Age Group Rank = 8/19
Pre-race routine:

This was the first triathlon for one of my students, so I picked her up early and we drove up together. Had my normal pre-race breakfast of a toasted bagel with peanut butter and 1% milk.
Event warmup:

Watched Alex's wave start and walked to the swim exit to cheer her on then jogged back to the start. Went out in the water for a quick swim then back to the beach to stretch a little bit.
  • 07m 29s
  • 440 yards
  • 01m 42s / 100 yards

Starting in the last wave made the entire day interesting. Paring up the Clydes with the 20-24 year old's was also fun. Lots of bodies, contact, and slow swimmers. Nowhere near as fast as Janseville, but one of my faster Gulf swims.
What would you do differently?:

Get to the front at the start. I was late getting into the corral and ended up near the back.
Transition 1
  • 03m 19s

Glad they routed us around the muck this year. Even though it's a long run in from the beach, it is on hard packed sand instead of the soft, fluffy kind.
What would you do differently?:

Not drop my goggles running to T1.
  • 27m 24s
  • 10 miles
  • 21.86 mile/hr

Passed people like crazy for the first 3 miles, then from mile 4 to mile 5 didn't pass anyone. After mile 5 passed a lot of people until reaching T2. The joys of being in the last wave.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

First time I marked my bike rack so it would be easier to find, however the guy on the end hung his helmet on the rack instead of his bike and covered up my marker. Still went right to my bike, so no big deal.
What would you do differently?:

  • 30m 52s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 49s  min/mile

One of, if not the worst run I've had in a race. Never stopped but couldn't go any faster.
What would you do differently?:

Train more!!!
Post race
Warm down:

Water, ice bath, cold shower then got in line for food only to find out that they were out of food and drink.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training, nothing else.

Event comments:

At check in, was told that they were out of XXL shirts, not the first time I've had this problem. They did mail me one later.

Overall, this was a good race, I managed to beat one of my training partners and his daughter, one of my co-workers, my student and a friend. So while I did not place where I hoped to, it was a good day.

Last updated: 2013-04-24 12:00 AM
00:07:29 | 440 yards | 01m 42s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/19
Overall: 0/1014
Performance: Good
Suit: Ryder Bikes Trisuit by Canary
Course: North to south, point to point swim with the current. 25 yards out, turn left, 350 yards parallel to the shore, turn left 25 yards to shore.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 89F / 32C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:19
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:27:24 | 10 miles | 21.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/19
Overall: 0/1014
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Typical Ft. DeSoto course. South out of T1 then east to the turn around, back towards T2 then north past T2 to the turn around before entering T2.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 86
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:09
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:30:52 | 03.11 miles | 09m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/19
Overall: 0/1014
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back, first 1.5 miles are along the multi-use trail which is paved then the second half is on the hard pack beach and service road before finishing in the parking lot.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-08-11 10:13 PM

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