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Destin, Florida
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 33m 59s
Overall Rank = 15/600
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/45
Pre-race routine:

Drove over the afternoon before the race. Up early race morning. Usual Ensure plus poptart and then a Honey Stinger Waffle while setting up
Event warmup:

Did a short run with some strides and stretching then a warm up swim
  • 16m 52s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

At the first buoy we hit the jelly fish and it was a constant battle for the long leg parallel to the beach. I am not talking 1-2 stings I mean constant contact with stings across the face, shoulders/arms and legs. You could not avoid them. Glad I had on a swim skin to get a little more coverage. Issues with stings caused me to get off course and even stop to tread water several times. I just wanted to get to the finish and really didn't care about my time during the swim. Never panicked but really tough to finish the swim in those conditions.
What would you do differently?:

If I had known how bad it was I probably would not have done the swim
Transition 1
  • 01m 51s

They were spraying people with water and had spray bottles with vinegar to help with the stings.....really didn't help though. I definitely was not fast through T1
What would you do differently?:

Stay focused and put the swim behind me. Should have been 20-30 seconds faster here
  • 48m 3s
  • 20 miles
  • 24.97 mile/hr

Definitely could have pushed harder. Had the chills for a few minutes once the wind hit all the stings. Starting in 2nd to last wave meant passing alot of people but also getting blocked on several occasions.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder....I definitely lost some focus and motivation from the issues with the swim
Transition 2
  • 00m

No T2 time given. Fairly decent from what I could tell
  • 27m 15s
  • 4 miles
  • 06m 49s  min/mile

Decided to try and hit around 7 min/mile pace. First 3 miles were all in the 6:50-55 range. Pushed the last mile.
What would you do differently?:

Lack of consistent run training through the Summer due to calf issue slowed me some. Overall satisfied with the run. Gave good effort
Post race
Warm down:

Not ice and cloth and tried to "cool" the stings. Packed up bike etc and put it into the car then returned for awards. Team had top 2 racers and 7 of top 15.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I lost focus during the swim due to the jelly fish....hard to prepare physically or mentally for that. You can ignore 1-2 stings but constant stings with tentacles across the face etc. was just alot to deal with. Still have marks on my arms almost 3 days later

Event comments:

Always a fun race at a great location.

Last updated: 2015-08-13 12:00 AM
00:16:52 | 880 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/45
Overall: 0/600
Performance: Bad
Suit: Kiwami swim skin
Course: Out to buoy, left turn for leg parallel to the beach and then another left turn to head back to the beach. A little long and full of jelly fish
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 86F / 30C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:51
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:48:03 | 20 miles | 24.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/45
Overall: 7/600
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Out of the resort then east. Right turn onto 30A to turn around and back
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 93
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:15 | 04 miles | 06m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/45
Overall: 20/600
Performance: Good
Course: Out through the resort to Baytowne and then turn around and back. Decent portion of the course shaded.
Keeping cool Good 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2015-08-24 4:05 PM

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South Alabama
Subject: Sandestin Triathlon

2015-08-25 9:46 AM
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Simsbury, Connecticut
Subject: RE: Sandestin Triathlon
I think I'm more afraid of jellies than sharks!! Good for you toughing it out - and still coming out top in your ag!!!!

2015-08-26 5:50 AM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Subject: RE: Sandestin Triathlon
< 7min pace for the run after jellyfish... impressive as always, Randy! Congrats on your 15/600 finish!!


Edited by juneapple 2015-08-26 5:50 AM
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