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Florida Challenge Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Clermont, Florida
United States
Sommer Sports
94F / 34C
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Did not have to get up too early. We stayed about 15 miles from the race site and my wave did not start until 8:35. Ate a bagel and peanutbutter, a gatorade and a water.

Got to transition about 7:15 and set up, pumped tires, said good luck to all of the BTers. After the national anthem got wetsuit on and went for a quick 50 yard warm up and had another water and got the ole insulin pump to the holdem table....
Event warmup:

not much short stretching, short swim to get used to the water
  • 54m 55s
  • 2250 yards
  • 02m 26s / 100 yards

The swim for me was very good in my mind but obviously not so good by the clock....When we started I went right out and got right in the middle of the action which I typically do not do. The last thing Jeff told me on Friday was keep those elbows high like in the Zipper drills which I hate....but that is what I thought the whole time....I was moving very smooth in the water breathing was great I did not hyperventalate like normal and was feeling great and passing people (something else I never do) but then all hell broke loose every time I looked to sight I was in the freakin middle of the lake. I would correct and a few strokes later back to the middle and always pulling hard right. I tried to compensate but never could stay on course. Then the last couple hundred yards my calves and hammies started to cramp not knowing then the omen to come
Transition 1
  • 05m 46s

T1 was fine I wished it had been a little faster but at least I remembered my pump this time so a tremendous improvement....
What would you do differently?:

move my butt faster
  • 00m
  • 56 miles
  • 0.00 mile/hr

The bike was going to be better this year and that was the main goal of the whole race. I got off had my pump so no turning back this year. I got up the first hill I always struggle on and I got into a good cruising speed. I was really pushing on every hill up and down. My average was staying about 15 mph but if I could mantain it it would be a good day. I was hydrating well and taking my endurolites on time. The heat was sucking my energy so I was geling about twice as much as planned.

I got to the water station just before Buckhill which has 4 big Florida hills and they had not hing but ice. So I took what I could and figured I had enought to get to the next station after Sugarloaf. I pushed real hard up and down all 4 hile made it up all of them and was thinking this is sweet. Then I made a few turns and came to Sugarloaf, hit it as hard as I could and made it up about half way before I hit a speed I knew I could walk faster. So I hoped off and strted my trek up the hill. At this point is was getting stupid hot and not riding meant there was not air movement at all and the sweat was flowing quickly but I was still dringing because the ice was melting fast. When I got to the top I felt like crap but got food, water and Gatorade and I thought I can make it in pretty fast from here. So I rode about 5 or 6 miles and then the wheels came off not literally but it was not good. I got that stupid black out kind of feeling so I hit the brakes and stopped. I stood there a few minutes figured I should get off the bike and catch my breath and when I lifted my leg over the bar all leg muscles started locking up bad. So I walked it off and kept drinking and got back on the bike but there was no relief so I decided to bag it and coasted down the hill to the next Deputy who called me a ride back (about mile 49 of the bike course).

The guys who drove me back were the bike repair guys so they could not get all the way back so they dropped me off and I walked about half a mile to trasnistion. From there I happend to hear Trigods was just leaving on the run and knew G8r would be close by. And sure enough G8r and Dr Sue were right there and I started babbling to them and off to the medical tent they got me. Turns out blood sugar was very high so my dehydration was going way faster than I could replenish.
What would you do differently?:

take more insluin to offset extra gels....
Transition 2
  • 00m
  • 00m
  • 13.1 miles
  •  min/mile
Post race
Warm down:

kicked out on a cot in the medical tent

What limited your ability to perform faster:

heat and high blood sugar

Last updated: 2006-05-16 12:00 AM
00:54:55 | 2250 yards | 02m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:46
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:00:00 | 56 miles | 0.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: The course was the same as last year. I have ridden it probably ten times now so no real surprises.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 84
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:00:00 | 13.1 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2006-10-24 11:48 AM

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Plant City, Florida
Subject: Florida Challenge Triathlon

2006-10-24 12:06 PM
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Evergreen, Colorado
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I'm glad you made the smart decision!  The race will still be there next year!
2006-10-24 12:12 PM
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Mountains of Colorado!
Subject: RE: Florida Challenge Triathlon
man i just read your rr... sounds like you were a lot smarter than me. that heat what crazy... i was mental to keep going after getting sick 6 times.. it was like a death shuffle for me... and i really thought fla. was flat? hope to see ya next year?
2006-10-24 12:53 PM
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Virginia Beach, VA
Subject: RE: Florida Challenge Triathlon
Tough race for us all out there. You were smart to call the race when you did. Hope you're feeling better.
2006-10-24 1:06 PM
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Good call in not continuing the race. As Master mentioned, there is always next year. I know it really doesn't make you feel any better, but it is the true, that finish line will be there, again.

#401 GFT - DNF
2006-10-24 1:43 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Subject: RE: Florida Challenge Triathlon
You made a smart decision when your jusdgement was impaired by your goofed up Blood sugar....You totally won this one my friend   Hope you are feeling better   You scared the crap out of me for sure....Nice that you are making coherent sentences again

Edited by sue7013 2006-10-24 1:44 PM

2006-10-24 1:46 PM
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Subject: RE: Florida Challenge Triathlon
Yes, I have to agree with everyone- better safe than sorry...sometimes you just gotta listen to your body and not be a hero. Good judgment call.  At least you had a doc and a PT to take care of ya!
2006-10-24 2:55 PM
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Plant City, FL
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I'm still SOOOOOOOOOOOPER proud of you for kicking on the hills!!  You freaking rock!!
2006-10-24 3:03 PM
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Queen BTich
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Subject: RE: Florida Challenge Triathlon

Sorry to hear about having to call it a day but you did the best you could. You learn something from every race so hold your head high!

Good job.

2006-10-24 5:01 PM
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How cool your one goal was to do well on the bike and you did...nailed those nasty FL hills! 

Glad you are okay....we tri for fun...being healthy is more important.

I had considered doing this with Sue...she signed up, I didn't and as this MA girl who hates the heat...glad I skipped it this year. But it does sound like a challenging race...maybe '08....

2006-10-25 7:25 AM
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Coeur D'alene, ID
Subject: RE: Florida Challenge Triathlon
Hey Mike, no worries.  You deserve all the kudos for being smart and not staying out there and hurting yourself.  Always better safe than sorry and you can always race another day. 

2006-10-26 8:28 AM
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Wife, Mother, Friend.
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Live to race another day.  


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