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Mexico Beach, Florida
United States
Good Time Sports
86F / 30C
Total Time = 2h 37m 39s
Overall Rank = 48/177
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 7/12
Pre-race routine:

Up 2.5 hrs before race. Had a protein shake and 2 cups of coffee to try out the caffiene advantage. Drove the 10 min to the race, got set up and had an hour to kill.
Event warmup:

Went down to beach and jogged easy for about 10 min with one pick-up. Then I got in the water for a 10 min swim, with a couple of pick-up's. Got out and had a gel and bottle of water about 15 min before scheduled start.
  • 20m 14s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 14s / 100 yards

Great! My best ows to date. Started to the side near the front. Did a couple of dolphin dives and started swimming steady but easy. One guy passed me and I latched on. We were close to the front of the pack by the first buoy and I felt strong so I passed him and picked up another draftee. Continued to swim steady and fairly hard until the 2nd buoy and turn for the beach. Drafted off several different people, then swam in hard the last 2-300 yards. Salt water rocks, great flotation, great visibility, and luckily calm for the swim. I know the swim diistance was short, but estimate I actually swam 1:35- 1:45 per hundred yds. Fastest time was 15:47, ex swimmer and Ironman (woman actually), next fastest time was 17:58.
What would you do differently?:

Absolutely nothing.
Transition 1
  • 02m 45s

Time includes 1:18 sec run from beach to transition area. They had mats at both beach exit and transition entrance, so actual T2 was 1:27. My HR hit 172 on run uphill from beach, so I took it fairly easy to get my HR back down some.
What would you do differently?:

For this race, not much.
  • 1h 10m 16s
  • 25 miles
  • 21.35 mile/hr

Good ride. I stayed very concious of my HR, staying high zone 3 on average. Passed several folks, and passed by a few. I felt like I had a good bit of reserve, and could have pushed it a bit harder, but I wanted to save some for the run. (What a waste.) Had one water bottle hand-off, and I forgot to drop the bottle off my bike, so I was stuck with an extra and no where to put it. 2 miles down the road I dropped it while trying to get it in my jersery pocket. Drank one bottle of gatorade, one of water, and took a gel with 5 miles left on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Ditch one bottle before grabbing another. Otherwise maybe ride even easier, although on this ride I purposely took it easier than on my last sprint 6 weeks ago.
Transition 2
  • 01m 4s

  • 1h 03m 19s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 12s  min/mile

Yuck! I think this was the worst run of my life. I started out the first mile in 8:03, faster than I intended, so I slowed the second, down to 9:12, slower than I wanted. I tried to pick the pace back up, but found it very hard. Near mile three I just died. I was very overheated and felt completely drained. I had 6 oz water leaving transition, but the first and only water stop was at 2.9/3.3 miles. (The race directors realized their error and actually sent people out on the course with water bottles from convience stores and set up another stop or two before the race was over.) From that point on I stopped and walked mutiple times, tryiing to get my HR down, my body temp down, and some energy back. I would walk until my HR came down, and try running again. About the third time that happened I just felt defeated. I haven't walked on a run since my fiirst couple months of training and it just mentaly wiped me out. I know it was much hotter than anticipated, and there were inadequate water stops. (One of the earlier fiinshers went down to heat exhaustion riight after he completed the race, and had to be treated by EMT's.) Finally, with about 1.5 miles to go, I came by a "new" water stop and begged a hat full of ice. The volunteers got to hear a near orgasmic shout of pleasure when I put that on my head, and they started laughing hard. I managed to run on in from just after that point, and finish up the race.

I don't know if it was the heat or insuffiicient endurance base that got me, but something certaiinly kicked my butt. I was very dissapointed with my performance in this run.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure, except even more base running. I thought my run mileage dropped off too much the last 5 weeks of my training plan. Also, maybe go even easier on the bike, but again, I felt good coming off; tired, but not wasted. Oh, and bring my own ice.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around drinking water. Hosed off from a tap. Ate a banana, drank a Pepsi (no Coke to be found), and then had a strawberry milk. After about 15-20 min felt human, exhausted but human.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat and insufficient base is all I can come up with at this point. I keep reminding myself that up until 6 month ago I was totally out of shape. I hadn't done anything athletic in 20+ years.

Event comments:

Not enough drink stations, but the directors tried to compensate after they saw what was happening. Hopefully they will do better next year, as I intend to come back if scheduling permits.

Last updated: 2006-07-30 12:00 AM
00:20:14 | 1640 yards | 01m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 23/177
Performance: Good
Avg HR 147, 168 when I came out of the water.
Suit: tri-shirt and shorts
Course: Beach start, triangle, out from beach around 2 buoys and back to the start. Slight delay on the start - someone forgot the rope and anchors for the buoys.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:45
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
01:10:16 | 25 miles | 21.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/12
Overall: 27/177
Performance: Good
Avg HR 156, maxed at 162 on my 2 climbs.
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back, crossed a big bridge over the intercoastal twice, otherwise flat. Open course, but very light traffic.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:04
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:03:19 | 06.21 miles | 10m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/12
Overall: 75/177
Performance: Bad
Avg HR 157, max 164.
Course: Out and back, mostly flat, one little side branch of about 3/4 mile. No shade to be found. Lots of long straight stretches.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-09-24 9:59 AM

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Dothan, Alabama
Subject: The Beach Blast Triathlon - Olympic

2006-09-24 8:30 PM
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Subject: RE: The Beach Blast Triathlon - Olympic

DUDE....can you teach me how to swim? Tell you what...I will trade some of my run mojo for some of your water

Looked like you kicked some butt!


2006-09-25 9:23 AM
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Newton, MA
Subject: RE: The Beach Blast Triathlon - Olympic

Great race Darrell!  Smokin' swim time as usual.  I really think the race coordination let you down on the run.  Not enough water stops.  At my Oly, I got at least something every mile, even if I didn't drink it, I could use it to cool off... That's a bummer because I believe you had put in enough miles and training.

First Oly and you still kicked some tail on the swim and bike.  Oh yeah...

2006-09-27 10:38 PM
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Norcross, GA
Subject: RE: The Beach Blast Triathlon - Olympic
Wow, first in AG on the swim!  That's really impressive.  Although you didn't quite have the run that you had in mind, you still did a fantastic job.  Congrats!  It really sucked that they didn't provide enough drink stops for you guys.  That's quite surprising.  I' m sure they learned their lesson.
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