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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
United States
Charleston Triathlon Club
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 28m 12s
Overall Rank = 23/192
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 4/15
Pre-race routine:

Banana and coffee and ... you know the rest.
Event warmup:

2-3 miles on the bike to get some blood flowing.
  • 27m 30s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

I thought my swim was absolutely average in performance. Considering i felt like i worked on my swim more than most other things, I am surprised I did not fair better. My HR was around 170 when I finally got my strap on in T1, which means I swam slow with an elevated HR. Will have to work on that one.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 03m 15s
  • 1h 12m 41s
  • 26.5 miles
  • 21.88 mile/hr

As I said, my heart rate was very high at the beginning of the bike, so I forced myself to take it easy. Once the HR dropped back down into the 150s, it was ON! I knew the course from prior year so i felt good about pushing myself a bit at certain points. I think my better than expected performance may have something to do with the complete and utter dismay I had for a group of my competitors who took full advantage of the lack of race officials. These guys were drafting like they were in the Tour de France on a team time trial. I got so freaking pissed off that I just took off and waxed 'em.
What would you do differently?:

Wear an official's jersey.
Transition 2
  • 01m 15s

pretty efficient getting through this transition.
  • 43m 30s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m  min/mile

I was really nervous that I went too hard on the bike and was going to bonk on the run (as I did last year). To remind and embarass myself, I did the run at a ~11 minute pace last year because I was not wise in my efforts on the bike. I thought i might be in the same boat this year. Did the 1st mile in 8 minutes and then my legs started to recover and the rest were all sub 7s. Unbelievable run for me considering my training coming into this race.
What would you do differently?:

Not a damn thing.
Post race
Warm down:

stretching, massage, 3 mile bike ride.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

training time.

Event comments:

Kiawah is a great race due to the sweet location and generally fast course. If you are traveling from out of town; the island is DEAD this time of year, so don't bother ponying up the extra cash to stay at the resort - it's a ghost town. Very secluded if you are in to that though.

Last updated: 2006-09-21 12:00 AM
00:27:30 | 1640 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/15
Overall: 65/192
Performance: Average
time does not include the 2+ minute run up the beach - I added that to T1.
Suit: tri shorts
Course: ocean swim with EXCELLENT water conditions
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 03:15
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:12:41 | 26.5 miles | 21.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/15
Overall: 23/192
Performance: Good
time attempts to roughly break out T1
Wind: Little
Course: basically flat as you could ever ask for. good pavement.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:15
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:43:30 | 06.21 miles | 07m  min/mile
Age Group: 5/15
Overall: 26/192
Performance: Good
Course: 1st mile is down the beach, then into a mostly shady neighborhood for the remainder of the course.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-09-21 6:38 AM

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Denver, CO
Subject: Kiawah Island Triathlon

2006-09-21 1:57 PM
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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
Subject: RE: Kiawah Island Triathlon
Great race, dang that's a fast run!
2006-09-25 6:50 AM
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Denver, CO
Subject: RE: Kiawah Island Triathlon
Thanks! Well faster than I had planned or thought I was ready for.  My workout partners all think it is ridiculous b/c i don't run very much due to a strong shin splint tendancy.  But I think you can build great cardio on the bike and then make it by on running without putting in massive hours pounding the pavement.  That's my excuse anyway...
2006-09-27 8:36 PM
in reply to: #547553

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Lexington, Kentucky
Subject: RE: Kiawah Island Triathlon

Very nice race! I'm especially envious of your run time.

I've been looking for a "destination" olympic race for next year.  I'd been thinking about Disney, but based on all the race reports I've read, I'm not so sure.

We love Kiawah - we honeymooned there and we've visited Charleston twice.  I'll add this race to my short list.

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