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Pinehurst, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 39m 7s
Overall Rank = 29/288
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 3/23
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:30AM, had a coffee and breakfast, then left at 6:10. Race is 9 miles away. Man, that sure does take a lot of stress off race morning!

Hung out with a few ppl, helped a first timer set up, then went for a run to warm up.

Weather was a beautiful ~70 degrees, although a little humid.
Event warmup:

1 mile warmup run.
  • 28m 7s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 52s / 100 meters

64/208 Males

Swim is getting better, but no where near where it needs to be.

The start is a swim right into the sun. Tinted goggles are a must, otherwise you feel like a salmon just following the other swimmers.

This lake is shallow. I thought I could see the bottom a few times, while I was out in the middle! I kept imagining huge fish down there looking up at us.

Swam within my ability, but just noticed ppl passing me left and right. Wah.
What would you do differently?:

Swim more.
Transition 1
  • 01m 52s

Ran to bike, got ready, ran out. I stumbled on the timing mat and tried to jump on my bike a little after. My foot slipped off the shoe and my toe and foot PLOWED into the asphalt. That REALLY hurt.

I looked down and noticed part of my big toenail and skin where ripped off. I then saw blood start to gurgle and cover my foot....
What would you do differently?:

Not get hurt!
  • 1h 25m 24s
  • 30 miles
  • 21.08 mile/hr

33/206 Males

Back to the mount line. Toe was stinging and the blood was still gurgling. I stood there for a full minute contemplating whether to race or DNF. I finally decided to just attempt to ride and see what happened.

I stuck my foot, very carefully, into my cycling shoe and went on. Boy, that hurt. I could not press down very hard, but managed to get up to speed and was off.

I started to get into the race again and started to catch a few cyclists, but I could not go 100%, especially up hills. Anytime I rolled over a rough part of road, the pain caused me to back off.

After a while, i noticed that the part of my cycling shoes that were mesh had turned pink, then red. Great...still bleeding. At this time, I guess I got a penalty b/c I wasn't close to the edge of the road It was kind of wet and the shoulders dropped off. An official rode by and I was in the middle of the road. He went around me and I noticed the girl on the back was writing down something. I gave them a mental "F you for judging me!".

I saw Scott Moomaw, wished him well, and just kept pushing it as hard as my foot would allow. Not in a happy place, as I expected to ride a 1:20-1:21 on this course today.

Rolled into T2, came out of my cycling shoes, and gently dismounted.
What would you do differently?:


I have asked the RD to tell me why I got a penalty. Why don't they just post it in the results?
Transition 2
  • 01m 1s

I didn't want to look at my foot, so just put on sock and shoes and ran out. Took my time in T2.
  • 40m 45s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 06m 34s  min/mile

Run hurt, plain and simple. Caught up to Scott and chased down anyone in front of me. Foot hurt, then went numb.

Ran as fast as I could without causing too much pain. I must have looked funny, kind of like Igor, doing a run/limp the whole time. The worst part was descending the hills. Oooooowchiiiieeee. Toe'd get jammed into the front of the shoebox.

It was nice to see a bunch of AGs and fast 40+ d00ds running hard. They were all having great races and I just encouraged them as I passed. I got a few, "why are you limping?" comments, but I just told them I hurt my foot on the bike. No time for conversations! :)

Post race
Warm down:

Paramedics bandaged foot. It looked pretty gross.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Toe injuries hurt. I will try not to get one before a race again...

Very surprised to have still gotten 3AG in M35-39. I was aiming for a 2:30ish and an AG win. ;)

Event comments:

Loved seeing everyone out there, having a great time! Could not have asked for a better day!

Last updated: 2014-10-07 12:00 AM
00:28:07 | 1500 meters | 01m 52s / 100meters
Age Group: 9/23
Overall: 64/288
Performance: Average
Suit: XTerra Vortex
Course: Counterclockwise, triangular course. You're swimming right into the rising sun for the first leg of the course. Tinted goggles are a BIG plus.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:52
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Bad
01:25:24 | 30 miles | 21.08 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/23
Overall: 33/288
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Pinehurst course. Rolling hills. Challenging.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:01
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:40:45 | 06.2 miles | 06m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/23
Overall: 6/288
Performance: Average
Course: Counterclockwise run around Pinehurst Lake. It's easier than the 2012 version, which was clockwise.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-10-07 2:41 PM

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Whispering Pines, North Carolina
Subject: Pinehurst International Triathlon

2014-10-09 9:15 AM
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Plaquemine, Louisiana
Subject: RE: Pinehurst International Triathlon

The exact same thing happened to me earlier this year.  I didn't notice it till the run though, my running shoes were soaked in blood.

Congrats on a great race!

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