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Clermont, Florida
United States
Sommer Sports
Total Time = 7h 21m 29s
Overall Rank = lousy!/
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Swim
  • 49m 53s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 22s / 100 yards
Transition 1
  • 03m 7s
Bike
  • 3h 01m 6s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.55 mile/hr
Transition 2
  • 02m 22s
Run
  • 3h 25m 3s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 15m 39s  min/mile
Post race
Event comments:

**Edited to put splits in..I think my mother could've walked that fast with me on the "run". Well, at least if she had her comfortable shoes on.**

Quick race synopsis if you don't feel like reading all of this: The race was a fiasco, or to be positive, a learning experience. I had a total meltdown, and ended up shuffling probably 12 miles of the run. I did finish, but had to throw out any time goals in favor of staying out of the med tent or the hospital. I am doing this race report mainly to look back at later and pick out things to avoid doing ever, ever again.

I arrived in Clermont about 3 PM, registered, and checked my bike in. I then went for a brief swim, mainly to see what the water temp was like, and to get that incomparable feeling of not being able to see 6" in front of your nose. The water was very warm; I have the feeling that the race directors were very creative to come up with a wet suit legal water temp.

Went over to the homestay, where I met some interesting people, including Tamara Kozulina, a Ukrainian pro who was staying there. She was a great, down-to-earth girl, and I'll mention here that she ended up winning the race the next day. We invited a bunch of people who were staying there out to the "BT dinner" at Outback, and Tamara, Kevin (guy who works for Roark Cycles), Dave (owner of the homestay house) and a couple of others accepted.

We ended up with about 15 people at dinner, and had a great time! I got to see Wendi (G8rsax) and Mike (g8rla94) again, which makes it a good time right there.

It was good to meet Sue (PTSueinVA, I am trying to get the user names right; must go check!), Teresa (Tbatt), Owen (BigO) and his wife, Chris (TriGod), and Eddie (Ellasdad), my blacksmith friend.

Went back and to bed, nearly decapitating myself with a ceiling fan trying to climb into the top bunk I was sleeping in. Must be more careful. I have had just the touch of a cough and deep chest pain for several weeks; I can't seem to get rid of it but it hasn't felt horrible and I didn't really think it would be a problem for the race. More on that later..

Got up, had a sandwich, went down early to the race site and watched the full athletes go off. I was in the 4th wave, and headed out into the swim feeling relaxed.

The swim was uneventful; I was a touch slower than I wanted to be but felt good exiting the water. Saw Wendi who cheered me on and asked why I didn't have a banana taped to my bike this year. :) Sorry, Wendi..and thanks for the support!

I had one mantra for the bike this year: avoid working hard. I went very easy, trying to sit down and spin, never push, and save my legs for the run. I felt like I rode too hard last year and it hurt me for the run. I ate according to plan, took my endurolytes, drank plenty.. Coming in from the ride, I felt pretty good and thought I'd managed the workload well.

That's when the wheels fell off, so to speak. I headed out of transition only to experience immediate, severe quad cramps. I couldn't sit down and I couldn't stand up; I was hunched over holding onto a pole..ridiculous. After a bit of walking this eased and I started to run. I made it perhaps 2 miles, feeling increasingly heat sick, with chest pains starting. I started walking when I figured the options were to walk, or pass out puking.

At this point I was still optimistic that I'd recover and be able to run it in, making some kind of decent time. It never happened. I drank, took ice and held it in my hands, ate a banana..I was shut down and nothing seemed to help. I would try brief run periods but always ended up at a walk.

I just decided that I was going to finish, screw the time goals. I walked the run to finish in a ridiculous 7:20, with a longer "run" than my ride. I saw Wendi and Mike at the finish, as well as my girls, and tried to run the last few steps in, only to almost collapse in the finish chute. I went over to the grass and did collapse, with my legs cramping so badly I basically rolled up into a nice fetal curl. :) Lovely way to finish..thanks for staying to watch me hobble in, guys!

Oh, I have to mention: Tamara won the FL Challenge, finishing in something like 4:30, then went over, jumped in the water to cool down, and came back and volunteered the rest of the day, handing out special needs bags to the GF athletes. What a cool thing to do. Wendi should have a pic or two of all of us with Tamara; I'll post one when I get it.

After the race, when I could stand up again, I cleaned up and we went to Cracker Barrel, then drove home. I am glad I made it home; I was not in the best state to be driving.

I've got to go take Alana to symphony now, I'll post this, and elaborate later when the official times are up. Congrats to everyone who raced yesterday, finish or no..that was a brutal day!




Last updated: 2006-09-06 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:49:53 | 2112 yards | 02m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
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Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
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Rounding:
T1
Time: 03:07
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
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Biking
03:01:06 | 56 miles | 18.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
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T2
Time: 02:22
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
03:25:03 | 13.1 miles | 15m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
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Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
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Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2006-10-22 1:33 PM

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2006-10-22 1:46 PM
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Great job finishing!!! It was brutal out there. It was great meeting you at dinner; thanks for taking care of that for us and for bringing your new friends from the homestay; we had a fun dinner talking with Tamara and Kevin.
2006-10-22 1:56 PM
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Congrats on finishing Kendall!!  You are da man!!  I emailed you the pictures, and will post them in my albums as well!!  As always, it was great to see you again, and I look forward to the next time!!
2006-10-22 2:20 PM
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Congratulations, Kendall!  It sounds like the weather was awful!  I'm glad you stuck it out and finished!
2006-10-22 2:41 PM
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Great Job to finish in those misreable conditions...that race was suckage.....Gald you are OK
2006-10-22 2:46 PM
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What a tough day, Kendall.  Glad you survived.  Hope you feel better.  Will check back when you fill in more. 


2006-10-22 2:57 PM
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Grrrr.  I heard through the grapevine that it was brutality....kudos for even finishing, given the conditions.  Now you've at least got experience with that kinda hot conditions, and the nutrition to get you there.... (the glass is half full, unless you drank that, too...). 

Congrats again, Kendall...

2006-10-22 3:09 PM
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aw man, what a miserable day!  i am so sorry it was so sucky, but congrats on your mental toughness- i'da been done at t2 for sure.
2006-10-22 3:20 PM
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Way to fight thru, Nice job!
2006-10-22 3:28 PM
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Way to tough it out!
2006-10-22 4:57 PM
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It was absolutely brutal out there - Worse than any of the 3 Gulf Coast Tri's I've done, etc.
Have you seen the age group finishing times? Much, much slower than typical for a race of this size and I think that pretty much tells the story.

Congratulations on finishing - It was not easy.

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2006-10-22 9:19 PM
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it was nice meeting you guys at dinner.... sorry about your race..it wasn't much better for me in the full although i some how made it across the line as well.... the heat was wicked..
2006-10-23 6:03 AM
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So you are not dead.  That is the most important thing.  I hope you managed to have some fun somewhere along the way.

Way to tough it out!

2006-10-23 8:38 AM
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Way to tough it out Kendall. Any ideas to why this happened? Did you have enough calories on the bike? Do you think you were more sick than you thought?

Rest up and do the full next year!

2006-10-23 8:40 AM
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Way to suck it up, Buttercup!

Sorry it hurt! But you did it so CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2006-10-23 9:07 AM
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Hey Kendall- I can't believe the perseverance you had- having to walk the entire run. I probably would have quit. That's just amazing.  I'm so glad you didn't get sick or need medical help- that's really scary that Mike and Chris got so sick. Crazy to think we're putting our lives in jeopardy to do these races! Anyways, that's so cool about the pro who stayed around to volunteer. What a classy gal



2006-10-23 1:56 PM
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Gee I guess H.O.T. wasn't as HOT as we thought eh?  But damn...you had the resolve and the strength to see it through.  Congrats on getting thru it.  Reading these gets me psyched for Miami Man, but nervous! 

Still though, inspiring to say the least...congrats dude!!!

2006-10-23 2:50 PM
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AWESOME job!!!

It was great meeting you Kendall...

I hope to see you out on the race course again.... You are a great guy

2006-10-23 5:20 PM
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Comet - 2006-10-23 8:38 AM

Way to tough it out Kendall. Any ideas to why this happened? Did you have enough calories on the bike? Do you think you were more sick than you thought?

Rest up and do the full next year!

I'm still trying to sort it out.  I didn't have as big of a pre-race meal as usual, and that may have been a mistake.  I ate pretty much as scheduled on the bike, took endurolytes, and drank 4 bottles, but it still may not have been enough in the heat.

I'm pretty sure my bike pacing was easy enough (splits are up now, and I went 3:00 for the bike, fairly easy..).  I'll have the Powertap on the bike for races from here on out; I ordered another harness yesterday.  That should keep me from going too hard on the bike (the "Stupidometer" mode). 

I felt good until the run started, and then just pretty much melted down quickly.  I have a touch of bronchitis, and it hasn't really been bothering me in training, but during the run Saturday my chest pains were starting to get alarming.  My chest was so sore that evening that it hurt to take a full breath. That, the heat, maybe needing more electrolytes..

I'm going to do a few more long (4+ hour) bricks before the next one, as I didn't get much opportunity to do that this year.   I seem to be able to go much harder for 2-3 hours, but hit a wall somewhere at 4+.

As far as the full, I told myself I wanted to feel like I was "racing" a half before I'd do a full.  That hasn't happened yet, and I don't feel a burning need to walk a full marathon as well as a half. 

2006-10-24 8:31 AM
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nice job, dude. 

sorry didn't get to come over and see ya'll.  

2006-10-24 12:06 PM
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great job buddy finishing was a major accomplishment...Congrats


2006-10-24 8:01 PM
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Tough day...congrats on finishing!
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