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St. Petersburg, Florida
United States
St. Anthony's Triathlon
Total Time = 3h 07m 11s
Overall Rank = 2436/
Age Group = 30-35
Age Group Rank = 91/161
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 4:45 and left for the race site by 5:30. Had my usual breakfast consisting of a cliffbar, banana w/peanut butter and some Gu drink. Got to the race site around 6:15 and lined up to get body marking done. The line was so long that the volunteers started passing out extra markers so that we could do our own marking. After that, I had about 20 min. to set up in transition.
Event warmup:

Walked to Spa Beach with some NAMC ppl. The line to get the chip was really long again. Good thing my wave didn't go off until 8:40 and we had about an hour to wait. The line for the porta potty was really long again but I really needed to use it so I waited yet once again.
  • 33m 14s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

I tried to stay in the middle of the pack this year rather than in the back. I wanted to be sure that I wouldn't get left behind in my wave and have trouble sighting again. It was congested in the beginning but soon, I was able to find my rhythm and stayed consistent swimming near the buoys. It was tough trying to pass some people because there was not a lot of space close to the buoy. Towards the end, I tried to pick up the speed and finish the swim.

Nutrition: 1 Gu gel b4 swim
What would you do differently?:

Nothing much. I felt pretty good with the swim and was able to shave off about 6.5 minutes. I'd like to coninue working on my form and improve my time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 46s

I'm pretty happy with this transition time compared to the 4+ min. from last year. I think experience helped here.

Nutrition: 3 Cliff Blocks, 2 e-caps
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 28m 31s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.84 mile/hr

I'm not sure what happened here. This was the part I enjoyed the most last year, but unfortunately, I struggled to finish the course and it was a big disappointment. I started off on a good note, averaging 18-19 miles/hr or so but as I kept going, I started to grow very tired and my legs were so heavy by the time I got to mile 15. From then on, the pace continued to drop to 16, then to 15, 14... and I felt like giving up. I thought I was going to cry when this older lady passed me on her mountain bike. It was the most humbling experience to be passed by so many people this time around. I was certainly passing lots of people last year! Also, the course didn't seem as flat as well. I was probably hallucinating at this point b/c I was almost certain that there were endless hills on the bike course. Oh, in addition to that, I had to get off the bike twice to make sure that my brakes were not rubbing against the tires. Of course, they weren't. Tried to pick the speed back up to around 16 miles/hr for the last 3-4 miles but my legs were done by then. I had no more bike juice left. I was worried that I will not have enough energy to run the 10k.

What would you do differently?:

I can think of a couple of reasons why I performed so poorly here. First, it could have been from not having had enough time to strengthen the muscles that I am potentially using now on the new bike position I am in. Second, coming into the race, I didn't put as many miles in training compared to last year and also, I didn't do many long rides. Third, it was just a very bad day. I don't think it was the nutrition at all b/c I had enough calories on the bike (Marathonbar, & 2 Gu bottles) For whatever reason, I was really disappointed and upset.
Transition 2
  • 02m 2s
  • 1h 00m 40s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 46s  min/mile

Before the run, I vowed to stop at every drink stop to get some Gatorade and water because I had suffered so much from heat exhaustion/dehydration last year. Somehow after the terrible bike segment, I found my legs again to run the 10k pretty decently. I was hoping to run closer to 9:00 pace but under the circumstances and hot weather, I did my best. I still wanted to beat my time from last year (3:08:34) so I picked up my pace at the end and sprinted to the finish line. I don't know how I found the energy but I'm glad I did b/c I ended up beating my time by just under 2 minutes.

Nutrition: Gatorade at every station, 3 blocks before the run, & Gu gel at around mile 4 (maybe I consumed too many calories here but I was afraid that I wasn't replacing enough electrolytes instead of calories)
What would you do differently?:

Have my own fuel belt to carry water with me b/c it does take up time if you stop by every drink station!

I didn't get a terrible headache after the race this time. Phew!

Post race
Warm down:

Oh boy, I looked like I was about to pass out, I'm sure. I was so hot and tired. I kept drinking gatorade and water to avoid dehydration but I was afraid that I was going to suffer from hyponatraemia instead. Ha.

I got a complimentary massage after the race. It was so heavenly everyone ought to get it.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Tired legs, IT band injury setback, hot weather

Last updated: 2007-03-10 12:00 AM
00:33:14 | 1640 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 110/161
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeveless
Course: 1/3 out, 1/3 parallel, 1/3 back to shore
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:46
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:28:31 | 24.85 miles | 16.84 mile/hr
Age Group: 114/161
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:02
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:00:40 | 06.21 miles | 09m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 73/161
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: flat
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2007-05-02 12:02 AM

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Norcross, GA
Subject: St. Anthony's Triathlon

2007-05-02 6:57 AM
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Great race! Its early enough in the season to get some bike speed up, so don't despair (Kemo repeats and thurs Roswell rides will fix that) . Great job kicking off the season well and running a great race.
2007-05-02 7:32 AM
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Atlanta, GA
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Congrats on your race... and beating last year's time! I'm sorry the bike leg hurt and disappointed you so much. I hope your injuries are healed now and you can train and race like you want to. It was great to meet you. Hopefully we can get together for some rides.
2007-05-02 7:50 AM
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Winder, GA
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Nice work. Sorry to hear the bike portion didn't go as planned but you still had great splits on all parts of the race. And you beat last year's time! Good job!
2007-05-02 9:57 AM
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Marietta, GA
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You beat your time by 2 minutes - yeah!!! Congratulations!!

I know you are disappointed by your bike time, but you stuck it out and didn't let that hurt the rest of your race. You had a great run, evidenced by the fact you passed me on the course! It's only the first race of the season and you have plenty of time to hit some long rides before your next race!!

2007-05-02 11:05 AM
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Smyrna, GA
Subject: RE: St. Anthony's Triathlon
You still had a really great race despite your disappointment with the bike.  I can imagine it was tough, but you stuck with it and had a really great run (even with the IT band issues!).  You have a whole season ahead of you, and you're off to a great start.  Good luck!

2007-05-02 12:25 PM
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Athens, Ga.
Subject: RE: St. Anthony's Triathlon
Like your blog said, it's all good! You did great, girl, especially sticking it out when you wanted to quit. It's the bad (or bad to us) races and training that makes us better, as well as the good. And, hey, you've got more mental strength now!
2007-05-02 12:34 PM
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Nashville, TN
Subject: RE: St. Anthony's Triathlon
Great job!  Look at this race as a learning tool.  Early season races are always tough.  I bet you will go on to have a great season!!! Congrats
2007-05-02 5:19 PM
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Cool you beat your time from last year. Holding back on the bike allows you to run ran was hot out there.

First race of the season always gets some kinks in it and we get better as the year progresses.

Your run sounds much better than last year and that is hardest part...excellant! 

I don't think I met you...wish I with so many BTers is so much fun. 

2007-05-03 10:09 AM
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Atlanta, GA
Subject: RE: St. Anthony's Triathlon
Good race!  Don't worry about your bike portion....sometimes it's just not our day.  It's awesome that you really kicked butt on the run to finish the race strong.  You showed your bike that you were going to race fast with or without him!
2007-05-03 2:24 PM
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Evergreen, Colorado
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Nice comeback after the bike!

Were the massages worth the wait?  The lines were HUGE!

2007-05-03 2:52 PM
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Vestavia Hills
Subject: RE: St. Anthony's Triathlon

Kyung ... sorry the bike was so tough - but also remember that you are coming off of some prolonged leg injuries, so that may have manifested into longer bike time?

The key thing is that you did not give up and were still able to beat last year's time.  Shows the mental toughness you bring to the game


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