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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 29m 38s
Overall Rank = 73/138
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 10/17
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at the family beach house in Cherry Grove. Woke up around 4:30am. Had two waffles with peanut butter and a cup of coffee. Arrived at the site around 5:45am. Unpacked and set up in transition. Looked around transition area and bike and run exits.
Event warmup:

Walked 700 yards down beach to swim start. swam about 150 yards just prior to the race start.
  • 19m 39s
  • 700 yards
  • 02m 49s / 100 yards

Rounded first buoy and could not find the site buoys. Then got stung by the first jellyfish. Lost my mind for about 30 seconds and by the time I recovered I was off line. Felt like I swam at least an extra 100 yards. Eventually spotted the second turn buoy and was stung on the other leg. Happily made it out of the water and on to transition.
What would you do differently?:

Pay more attention to course set up and watch other swimmers when in doubt.
Transition 1
  • 02m 10s

Had to grab the vinegar spray in attempt to quell the stinging from the jellyfish. This slowed me down a little and did not help tremendously. Got the sand off my feet and got out of transition.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Just need to work on faster transition between water and transition area.
  • 40m 50s
  • 13 miles
  • 19.10 mile/hr

Strongest bike performance so far. Felt good but still have more improvements to make before next season.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 37s

Slowed down a little too soon coming into transition but it may have been a blessing as I saw others in transition that looked as if they had been in a crash. Put on running shoes and was off to the run.
What would you do differently?:

Again, improve speed and coordination in transition.
  • 25m 22s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 11s  min/mile

I need to make better improvements on the run. Felt tired and sluggish and had no push left. Was very happy that the last mile seemed shorter than the other two.
What would you do differently?:

Based on the energy I had left there was nothing I could have done differently.
Post race
Warm down:

Went for more vinegar spray and then grabbed a water, some fruit snacks, and a granola bar. Checked out the results.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training was more focused on trying to pick up speed. Felt that it worked on the bike but feel like I need more base distance for the run coupled with the interval training.

Event comments:

Race was very well organized. Volunteers and police did a great job on all the intersections. Lucked out with some great weather.

Last updated: 2013-09-10 12:00 AM
00:19:39 | 700 yards | 02m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 0/138
Performance: Below average
Course: Course set up North to South due to prevailing current. Out about 50 yards, parallel to beach 600 yards, and then back to shore for swim exit.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: High
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:10
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:40:50 | 13 miles | 19.10 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 0/138
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Course consisted of northern loop and southern loop. Nice and flat with a headwind nearer the beach. Less helping wind on the sections away from the beach.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:37
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:25:22 | 03.1 miles | 08m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 0/138
Performance: Average
Course: Flat, loop course using some of same roads as bike course. Semi-shaded.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-09-10 12:26 PM


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