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Scottsboro, Alabama
United States
Goosepond Colony
57F / 14C
Total Time = 6h 37m 11s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:


Tried to get moving as much as possible. Rain all night and morning of, really dampened this race.
Event warmup:

Quick swim out 200yrds and back to loosen up and warm up. Cold temps were hard for the body to wake up.
  • 42m 16s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m / 100 yards

Two days prior, the water was too warm for wetsuits. Didn't bring it. Turns out, the incoming cold front and rain drove it down enough to make it legal. I froze.

The wind had the chop going pretty hard.

Slowest, worst swim ever.
What would you do differently?:

Bring my wetsuit.
Transition 1
  • 02m 36s

COLD. Put on arm warmers and socks. Tried to get body heat where possible.

Shivering at the start.
  • 3h 08m 28s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.83 mile/hr

Took 1 bottle of Carbo 333 and 1 water. Finished the 333 and went to gatorade.

Shivering on the bike leg throughout and just couldn't warm up. Tried a gu at mile 20 & 40 but really hard for the stomach to digest.

Felt uncomfortable the whole time
Transition 2
  • 01m 27s

Switched out gear and moved on. Temperature started warming up toward the end of the bike so now the weather was nice and steamy
  • 2h 42m 24s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 24s  min/mile

Lots of hills and on a messed up stomach, I just had no go. Started throwing up midway through.

Everything I took in, the body rejected and became more upset. Kept getting after it and trying, but there was nothing.

As the pace would increase, the HR would follow and shortly afterwards, the stomach contents would too. Miserable.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked through the finish to get a medal and my time. Looked at the timekeeper and immediately started throwing up.

Carried the trash can behind some bushes and continued to throw up for several minutes until a first responder noticed.

They loaded me with a salt pill, coke, and had me sit up. After about 30 minutes I was able to walk.

Body was completely shutting down and I was in a dark spot...

Event comments:

Race director got the nod to Kona for the championships and left shortly after starting the race. Those remaining tried, but seemed chaotic afterwards.

No clue on overall race results. The results were never published on the website post race.

Last updated: 2015-09-30 12:00 AM
00:42:16 | 2112 yards | 02m / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Suit: NONE
Course: Two triangle loop. Far buoy kept drifting.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:36
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
03:08:28 | 56 miles | 17.83 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Wind: Some
Course: Flat. Long straight sections with two out and backs. Rough roads.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 01:27
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:42:24 | 13.1 miles | 12m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Two loops of a 10k. Each 10k was a 5k out and back.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

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