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Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl Sprint Triathlon - Triathlon

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Jekyll Island, Georgia
United States
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72F / 22C
Total Time = 1h 08m 23s
Overall Rank = 1/255
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/12
Pre-race routine:

Got to the Westin the day before, then got packet pickup. Ate some pizza at the hotel restaurant and then played in the pool and walked on the beach.Went overt the bikes and made sure everything was in working order and then called it a night. Got up the next morning at 0600 for a 0730 race start because transition was 500 meters away. Ate breakfast then setup transition and went back to the hotel until race start. I should have racked the bike because transition was a bit messy with the way people were racking their bikes. Took anti-fatigues and a gu and drank some advocare rehydrate and spark. I used KT extreme tape on my left foot to keep the PF off.
Event warmup:

Other than walking back and forth to the hotel, I walked out and sat in the water for 15 minutes to acclimate. I was very nervous for the race. I felt like I was ready to peak from the last 2 months of training and weather was perfect for an incredibly fast bike. My game plan for the day was a strong swim, kill the bike, and hold on and hope nobody passes me on the run.

Race map:
  • 10m
  • 600 meters
  • 01m 40s / 100 meters

I came out very strong for the first 200m trying to break out of the pack and get to the front. I had a guy draft me for about the first 250 and then he couldn't swim a straight line and fell off. Next I started passing all the guys that went off 1 wave earlier than me and then the people trying not to drown themselves from the olympic which started at 0700. My sighting was absolutely the best I have ever done, I was able to look every 10th stroke and I was always dead on with the buoy. The waves were very small due to low winds, southeast at 5mph. I swam all the way into the beach and garmin watch time was 8:51 which equates to 1:20/100 yards. There were only 2 people that really beat me on the swim, 1 by 2 minutes and another by a minute, all 6 other were within 10 seconds of each other for the race. During the swim I felt the KT tape starting to come loose on my left foot, knew I would have to address this in T1.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing 9/255 is my best swim ever
Transition 1
  • 01m 21s

Tried to be efficient but I never move incredibly fast. My rack was at the far end of transition, so I had to run in and all the way across transition, go the wetsuit off with no issue and then decided to put socks on now and minimize the loss of the KT tape during T2.
What would you do differently?:

KT tape the night before, still need to attempt flying mount practice because the the s-works tri-vents do not go on fast.
  • 35m 23s
  • 14.6 miles
  • 24.76 mile/hr

My race kit was castelli paint bike shorts and the castelli T1 2015 long sleeve bike jersey. normally i don't race with the bike jersey because it is impossible to put on in T1 but with a wetsuit swim I can have it on with no penalty. I came out of transition and immediately felt the slight tailwind and took the speed to 26mph with a HR of 177-178BPM thinking I needed to establish a strong start in case the wind was hard on the way back. I took a gu as soon as we started. I rounded the northern tip of the island and still was putting out 24-25mph with a HR of 174-177BPM and I decided that I could get a 24.5-25mph bike out today. I was flying by all the people in wave 1 of the spring and the olympic group. I hit the mid ooint of the island and got stuck at 22mph due to a car that would not pass some bikers. After croosing over the main road to the island I was back at in but trying to keep my HR at 172-175 because I could feel the fatigue in my legs and my left calf was starting to get tight. I was trying to drink but couldn't keep it down due to the pace that I was pushing. I passed my friend Cody at mile 12 and he looked shocked, he had a new felt IA, and a 3 minute age group head start. I kept pedaling as hard as I could until he roundabout where I took another gu and got setup for the flying dismount. As I came into transition there was not a single bike in the transition area and I knew I was in first place and i would just have to survive the run to win the race.
What would you do differently?:

nothing, killed the bike. my best tri bike ever. lots of credit go to Jim at probikefit in St. Augustine Florida, my Dimond bike, and lots of riding time the last 6 weeks leading up to the tri.
Transition 2
  • 00m 50s

nothing amazing here, got my shoes on, bike racked, and grabbed all my stuff and headed out. I drank a hotshot to ensure cramps wouldn't set me back.
What would you do differently?:

maybe one day practice transitions.
  • 20m 49s
  • 2.95 miles
  • 07m 04s  min/mile

Going out I knew I just had to survive the run which was the plan all along. I was playing the metal math game in my head trying to guess how much of a lead I could have based on a great swim and a phenomenal bike. My guess was about least 3 minutes which meant I had to run a 21 minute 5k and I hoped nobody was going to be able to run better than an 18 minutes 5k. I hit the half way point and I was hurting but I saw the next guy back, I couldnt see his calf but I knew he looked late 30's or early 40's (he was 37). I did the math based on my lead and knew I had to maintain a 7:00/mile pace of better and he would have to run 6:00/mile pace or better to close me down. This allowed me to settle in and as soon as mile 2 hit I gave it all I had, which got be below 7/mile pace but not by much. I saw my wife and a ton of friends and everyone else was shouting huge encouragement about me being first place which was awesome. I crossed the finish line and knew I had my first overall finisher ever! turns out I wone the race by 3 minutes and 16 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

nothing, pushed with everything I had. I would like to have more weeky mileage but PF had limited me for the last 2 months.
Post race
Warm down:

laid in the shade for 10 minutes, drank some water and powerade. went out .1 miles and waited for the wife so i could cheer her in. she took 2nd in her AG.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

maybe PF in my left foot but not much at all. I have been taking victory boost caps for the last 6 weeks and i feel they have helped with my VO2 max allowing me to go harder but it also could be because I have lost 10 pounds and am training consistently everyday.

Event comments:

This race is a hidden gem in the southeast. The swim is with the current, so you will have a fast swim. The bike is very fast and cars respect cyclist, if you opt for the Olympic it's 2 laps of the island. the run is flat and has drinking stations but can get very hot at the end of the sprint and definitely during the Olympic. Post race has lots of activities and drinks but food selections was low. Everyone gets a medal for participating. AG winners get an extra medal and overall winners got a commemorative candy dish.

I highly recommend this race, venue was great, support was great, awards were great. Stay for the weekend but bring your own food as dining options are limited and expensive.

Last updated: 2018-05-13 12:00 AM
00:10:00 | 600 meters | 01m 40s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/12
Overall: 9/255
Performance: Good
Suit: Nineteen Tsunami
Course: swim out 100m, swim parallel to shore for 400m, then swim in 100m. run up the beach .1miles to transition
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:21
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:35:23 | 14.6 miles | 24.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 1/255
Performance: Good
HR 173bpm, cadence 99rpm, estimated power 282watts
Wind: Little
Course: Bike is 14.5 mile loop of island starting at convention center heading counter clockwise.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 99
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 00:50
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:49 | 02.95 miles | 07m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 7/255
Performance: Average
average HR 173bpm 1st mile - 7:06 - 172bpm, 2nd mile - 7:07 - 177bpm, 3rd mile - 6:53 - 181bpm
Course: course is an out and back from the dunes park to the holdiay inn and back. there is an aid station that can be used going both ways, course is 2.95 miles for second time for me (2016 and 2018).
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 5

2018-05-14 8:38 PM

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Saint Marys, Georgia
Subject: Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl Sprint Triathlon

2018-05-15 4:21 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
Subject: RE: Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl Sprint Triathlon

Congrats and thanks for posting.  I think my son tried to do this one last year (maybe the year before) but forgot his bike shoes.  I'd love to try this one once he gets back to Kings Bay.

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