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Pensacola, Florida
United States
Santa Rosa Island Triathlon
81F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 41m 9s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 17/24
Pre-race routine:

Hubby and I had a hotel at HGI for weekend. Dad and Kim had come into town to watch the race. I didn't sleep much. Checked blood sugar. I wear an insulin pump so watched my blood sugar all morning. Made sure I had everything. Went to the start line and transition to make sure everything was as I wanted it. 3 times.
Event warmup:

Got in the water before the start. Cold front was late coming through. Was a bit chilly. Water was warm. It was nice to take the edge off and the nerves by getting comfortable in the water first.
Swim
  • 10m 16s
  • 586 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards
Comments:

I wasn't too worried about the swim. As people say. Survive the swim. The water was low, current in our favor. Only when we hit swimming depth, apparently the girl in front of me had cut her foot on the shells, as I put my face under all I could see was her trail of blood. Everytime on the open swim, I would swim out, the random swimmer kept dunking me.
What would you do differently?:

Get stronger. Not start in the middle. I don't want to get stuck in the mid-pack, can't swim straight dunkers.
Transition 1
  • 04m 40s
Comments:

The transition was bad for me. I felt slow here, although still glad as this was my 1st. The person across from me, put their stuff under my bike tire and couldn't get my bike off the rack (frustrating). I had to put my insulin pump on so it takes me a little longer (fresh water needle sight). Making sure I had my helmet. And I am terrified of my bike!!!
What would you do differently?:

Hang my bike by the front wheel not the seat. Glad I had bucket, towel and water bottle to stand on and rinse sand with. Run and hurry faster remember on the clock still! And no socks (although didn't take much time)
Bike
  • 49m 57s
  • 18 miles
  • 21.62 mile/hr
Comments:

Just keep pushing.
What would you do differently?:

Not let the old hag "40-something" who buzzed passed, yelling, "Hey 20 somethings get off your @$$ and ride!" bother me! Next time, remember she is probably a soccer mom w/o anything else to do. And this is my 1st and definitely not my last
Transition 2
  • 02m 15s
Comments:

It was chaotic into sharp slow turns back to the transition area. Still skiddish of a bad fall off the bike while training. I don't ride with feet clipped into pedals (braving myself there). Had a good transition for myself. I remember struggling a little get bike back on the rack. Shoe lace gave little trouble to get on (with new slip laces).
What would you do differently?:

More practice on transitions and comfort with quick exiting of bike.
Run
  • 34m 3s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 59s  min/mile
Comments:

Played leapfrog with some folks. They were nice. Hubby finished up and then came back and ran me in for the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Kick butt and take names. Be better prepared.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Felt good. Talked to some people I knew. And picked up stuff from transition area. Walked to the hotel, took a shower. Enjoyed the post-race party. Headed to the sports bar and watched Auburn pick up their first loss of the season to Arkansas. So disappointing there.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The head wind on the bike was so strong. I konw at least 2 people flipped their bikes. It is hard with an insulin pump. I need to learn the rules of if I can be handed my pump instead of waiting till transition. Would make things a little faster.

Event comments:

The race was good. I think it has been better in the past (this coming from others who have done this race many times -ie my husband etc), but just happy to be able to race with hurricanes etc. We were happy for the wonderful weather. Weather was amazing. Couldn't ask for a more beautiful day. Proud to call myself a triathlete now, if only for a spring distance. Next is the 1/2 Ironman


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Last updated: 2006-10-13 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:10:16 | 586 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 17/24
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit:
Course: Out over and back
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 04:40
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
Biking
00:49:57 | 18 miles | 21.62 mile/hr
Age Group: 17/24
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Out and back. Super strong head wind on an un finished road. And nice tailwind on the return
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:15
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:34:03 | 03.1 miles | 10m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/24
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Course: Out and back, road not finished repaving. Traffic from both ways bottle necked and would sometimes conjest the run.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2006-10-24 6:50 PM
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Science Nerd
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Subject: RE: Santa Rosa Island Triathlon

Congratulations on finishing your first triathlon!!!  Great job!

Looking at the USAT rules, it says you cannot accept any physical assistance in any form, which includes food, drink, equipment, support, etc. although you can get exceptions from USAT.

I got some good advice as far as putting on socks during transition - when you are setting up transition, put them on and then fold the ankle over in half over the toes.  It makes it a lot easier to get them on later.

Good luck on training for your HIM!   

2006-10-24 10:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Santa Rosa Island Triathlon
Nice race! Good riding especially in the wind..  Your right, it is tough to not let someone like that bother you, but it is better if you don't.
2006-10-24 10:23 PM
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Subject: RE: Santa Rosa Island Triathlon
Great job. That was where I did my first real tri. You had a very strong race!
2006-10-25 7:36 AM
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Subject: RE: Santa Rosa Island Triathlon
Thanks yall!
I am just so happy, and so totally hooked to the sport. I have been waiting on this day for over a year. My husband and I had been doing marathons, and in May he finally had cervical spinal fusion. This was his first event since. So we were so both worried about each other on the course. It was neat passing each other on the bike and the run...just to let each other know we were okay!
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