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Oak Island, North Carolina
United States
Without Limits Productions
82F / 28C
Total Time = 2h 00m 52s
Overall Rank = 175/232
Age Group = 70-75
Age Group Rank = 1/5
Pre-race routine:

Ate mostly a liquid breakfast plus a Cliff Bar. Arrived Early and set up transition.
Event warmup:

Short easy run around the area.
  • 14m 41s
  • 600 yards
  • 02m 27s / 100 yards

Swim went according to plan, except for the hundreds of jellyfish. Fortunately the cannonball jellyfish seldom sting humans. Did OK until I turned for home and saw nothing but jellyfish in front of me. I panicked for about 30 seconds and then realized it was either swim through them or not finish.
What would you do differently?:

I probably would have done better with a wetsuit, but the water was really too warm. I don't know where they got the 78 degree temperature.
Transition 1
  • 03m 39s

Took a little too long in transition trying to calm down after fighting through the jellyfish.
What would you do differently?:

Try and stay calm.
  • 56m 26s
  • 16.25 miles
  • 17.28 mile/hr

I usually do well (For my age group) on the bike. I could have gone faster but then would suffer on the run. Overall one of my best rides ever. As usual the best segment of my race compared to the entire field.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 35s

Since I didn't use my bike shoes I just took off my helmet, grabbed my race belt and went.
What would you do differently?:

Almost nothing. Somehow I didn't get my race belt clipped correctly and was luck it didn't fall off.
  • 44m 34s
  • 4 miles
  • 11m 08s  min/mile

My goal was to run 12 min/mi until the last mile and then try and finish in 11 min/mi for a time of 45 minutes so I did much better than that. My first mile, when I thought I was crawling went by in 11 minutes and I got a little nervous and tried to slow down and get my HR down. The run is always the worst part of my race so I was pleased that I did better than my plan.
What would you do differently?:

Start slower and negative split.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some water and a piece of pizza and walked around. Got in the shade and talked to some other racers about the jellyfish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My training was too sporadic due to traveling too much.

Event comments:

While they had tons of pizza, that's all they had to eat and only water to drink. I recommend cutting down on the pizza order and having fruit and either a sport drink or some soda available after the race. Overall I had a great time and will return if they just remove the jellyfish. Did this race with my son and that is always enjoyable.

Last updated: 2015-06-09 12:00 AM
00:14:41 | 600 yards | 02m 27s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 186/232
Performance: Below average
Suit: Trisuit
Course: Out 200 yds, turn right, down 200 yds, turn right, in 200 yes.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:39
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:56:26 | 16.25 miles | 17.28 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/5
Overall: 138/232
Performance: Good
Heart rate was a little high
Wind: Some
Course: Great course especially as they recently paved the entire back section (About 6 miles) and the rest of the course was already pretty good. Went out on the main road, turned right and went over the intracoastal bridge and out to a turn around (Had to merge with cars to get left to turn, turned right on main road to end of island and came back on the newly paved back road.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:44:34 | 04 miles | 11m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 197/232
Performance: Good
Couldn't get my HR down under 140
Course: Mostly level, slightly up to the pier, run up on the pier, turn around and run back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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