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St Petersburg, Florida
United States
80F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 29m 5s
Overall Rank = 578/3457
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 83/358
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3 and snuck into the executive lounge at the Hilton to chow on some leftovers from the night before. Then back to bed for a little bit more sleep.

Headed to La Veranda to park and meet up with the others. Then the usual - setup my T1 and T2 gear, walk to the start. Pretty uneventful.
Event warmup:

Squeezed into the wetsuit and swam about 200-300 yards, did some drills. Before I knew it, it was time.
Swim
  • 23m 47s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 27s / 100 yards
Comments:

Awesome swim. Compared to previous years, this water was as calm as a lake swim. Water seemed a little cleaner and clearer than previous years as well. I don't think it can get much better than this.

My swim was pretty solid. With the great condition, I honestly feel that I should be down in the 22 min range so I'm a little disappointed. Not much...but a little. I haven't gotten in as many swims as I would have liked to with all my work travel, so again...I'm just a little disappointed at what could have been as opposed to the actual performance.

I think the key to a good swim is going out at only a moderate pace - sprinting it just counter productive it seems. There's too much to think about and pegging the HR just makes things more difficult. All the drafting I did was in the first leg out to the first turn. I think that's the ideal time to nuzzle up behind someone that's a little faster than you and lay on their feet for a couple hundred yards.

And to the poor dude at the 2nd buoy whom I swam over - sorry bro.
What would you do differently?:

Get 2 swims per week in per plan - especially when travelling.
Transition 1
  • 01m 41s
Comments:

Not a bad T1 actually. As huge as the Transition Area was, I had a damn fine place near the bike exit. Ideal for people like me who haven't learned to tie up their shoes with bands yet.

Suit off, glasses on, helmet on, shoes on, grab bike and go
Bike
  • 1h 09m 12s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.55 mile/hr
Comments:

This was one of my fastest bikes ever. Again - pretty much perfect conditions made for a fast as hell bike. I gave everything I had on the course. The legs would get tired before the lungs and HR would - which is the big difference between this year and last.

I still have a load of improvement to make on the bike, but I knocked off 3+ minutes from last years time. I've never averaged 21+ mph in my life. Really happy with the end result - but I paid for it on the run
Transition 2
  • 01m 30s
Comments:

Again...my spot in transition allowed me to cut to the extreme left of the transition area and run up the sidewalk. Would have been about 15 seconds faster, but I chose to put on socks to prevent any blisters. Last year, I purposefully ran 8-10 miles regularly without socks so that I would get the blisters and toughen up the feet so that come St. A's I could go sockless. Just never remembered to do that until a few weeks prior to the race and by then it was too late. Since I am racing 6 days after St. A's didn't want to risk any feet issues, so the socks went on.
What would you do differently?:

Consider racing flats
Build up the callouses on the feet.
Run
  • 52m 57s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile
Comments:

Wow! Can you say...disappointed! I totally expected to be way better than this time. Most of the slowness is becuase I hammered so hard on the bike. But still...I'm in pretty damn good running shape. I wasn't expecting to struggle so flipping much on the run.

Highlights of the run:
Saw Coredump, Marma, Kendall
Feeling semi good after mile 2
Coredump pushing me into a sprint at the finish (thanks bro!)

Lowpoints of the run:
Left thigh cramping during mile 1
Left foot going numb from miles 3-5
Looking down and seeing the 8:30 splits


What would you do differently?:

Run Forest Run! Gotta pace a little smarter as well as get in better shape off the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Treated myself to the nice ice cold towels at the finish line. Guzzled a gatorade, got my medal and then got a quickie (massage).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Work travel :( I try to bike and swim where I can, but being on the road really sucks up the plan a bit.

Event comments:

Pretty good race for me overall. Qualified for nationals! Got a PR as well. I'm pretty happy with my personal results. The absolute best parts of this race though was being around all the BT'ers. If you're checking out this RR and haven't been convinced yet to do St. A's, please do. Its so very nice to be around these folks that I've spent the last 3 years with racing in Fl. I miss them terribly and can't wait to race with them again.

The other mega highlight of the race this year was that Nease was racing with me. She really got screwed last year with having mono and sacrificing her race season to recover. I was so freaking worried that I would see her bike in transition when I got finished my race and so relieved when I saw it was gone. I'm very proud of her. She's just as screwed over with my traveling - if not more so because she has to deal with 3 kids by herself. I'll say it again...there's nothing that made me more proud than seeing her going at it. All along she says to me...I just want to finish...that's my goal. So imagine my surprise when I see her at mile 5.7 and she looks over at me and says, "I want to beat 4 hours!". And she did. Grats baby!

She's got this bizarre ritual though...I got to see wifey come into T2 and spray herself with water. What's up with that Denise?

I think the ass crack gnomes found my suitcase and destroyed 4 pairs of tri-shorts.

Great race guys! Happy to see you all again. Ovetta - you're gonna kick this race in the nuts next year and I want to be there to see it.




Last updated: 2006-11-07 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:23:47 | 1640 yards | 01m 27s / 100yards
Age Group: 35/358
Overall: 0/3457
Performance: Good
Suit: Ironman Instinct Sleeveless
Course: 3 sides of a rectangle. The 2nd leg seemed longer this year than previous years.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 01:41
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
Biking
01:09:12 | 24.85 miles | 21.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 105/358
Overall: 0/3457
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Winding with lots of turns and a couple of 180's. Flat for the most part with only gradual ups and downs.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 01:30
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:52:57 | 06.21 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 148/358
Overall: 0/3457
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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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2007-05-02 9:41 PM

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2007-05-03 1:28 AM
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Wow - awesome race and qualified for nationals?  Great job!
2007-05-03 6:00 AM
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Congrats on a soooooooper race Jeff!! As always, it was a delight spending time with you and Denise!!   Bring my wonder twin back more often, wouldja??
2007-05-03 8:32 AM
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Congrats on a great race!

Nice splits all the way around....WTG to set a bike PB, but makes the run tough.

Excellant qualifying for nationals, are you going to go? 

It was terrific to meet you and Denise and all the BTers which I agree makes this race so special. 

2007-05-03 8:54 AM
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Nice Jeff!! Can't wait to see you and Bon Bon next year.
2007-05-03 8:56 AM
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It was great meeting you (briefly) on the run, you had a great race. Congrats!


2007-05-03 9:26 AM
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Congratulations!  Great race and awesome job qualifying for Nationals!!
2007-05-03 9:41 AM
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Great race, jeff.  Your race, for some strange reason, seemed awfully familiar.  Really, really familiar.  But as always, you rocked it out, PR'ed, and did it with style.  Fantastic seeing you and the nease again, too.  It's good times, bro, good times.

Jeff's pulling?  Who's got a tube of caulk?!

2007-05-03 10:43 AM
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Congrats on an awesome race and qualifying for nationals.  It was nice to meet you and Denise and I hope to see you guys next year at St A's.
2007-05-03 1:06 PM
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Great race, Jeff!   Nice job skimming in under 2:30.

Always good to see you again!

2007-05-03 1:24 PM
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So what's  this qualifying for Nationals thing? Would I have with a 2:27 or is it something you have to belong to, or what? Great race and awesome race report. Work and family and such always hurts the training schedule some, but when you can pull out a race like this, on a schedule like that, you have a lot to be proud of.


2007-05-03 4:31 PM
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HOLY COW JEFF!  23 on the swim and avg 21+ on the bike!  No WONDER you were tired on the run!  Still a solid run time.  You just keep getting better and better!

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2007-05-03 4:59 PM
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Nice job on qualifying for Nationals!

It was a blast seeing you both again, and YES seeing Neaser on the course was a great rush!

Keep up the good work and hope to see you again next year! 

2007-05-03 7:23 PM
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Way to go. Good job qualifying. You are tough!!
2007-05-03 8:38 PM
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great race and super fast as always Jeff
2007-05-03 8:38 PM
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great race and super fast as always Jeff


2007-05-03 9:23 PM
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you are a rockstar!!!! and you do have a great wife/teammate in life!!!
2007-05-04 7:53 AM
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Great Job, Bro!

You're coming along. Awesome swim!
The bike seems to be clicking for you. I am personally proud of that
Sounds like an awesome overall race. And, you got a happy ending (I mean the wifey part, not the quickie massage)

2007-05-06 6:19 PM
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as always just awesone  bro.... it is so good to see you guys...we miss you for the whole year...Wendi is ready to move to NC...  kick the half buddy...
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