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Jekyll Island, Georgia
United States
Georgia Multisports Productions
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 12m 13s
Overall Rank = 125/152
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Watched the wind blow. Stared at the white caps.
Event warmup:

Got in and swam around a bit. Water was pretty rough.
  • 41m 34s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 32s / 100 yards

Half tide onshore current and the first leg was straight out against the current. Here's where being able to swim just a little faster could have meant a 12-14 minute time savings but I just could not make any headway. Waves and chop reduced just about everyone to the breaststroke. I swam next to an orange buoy for a good 5 minutes. However once you made the turn it was breakneck speed to the finish with the current from behind.
What would you do differently?:

Should have followed those in the know who ran up the beach and then quartered the current instead of taking it head on. Most of those folks had swim PR's. I was just glad to get out alive. Ref's claimed water temp to be 80 but I don't know. Wore the wetsuit for confidence and safety and figured I wouldn't be up for a podium spot.
Transition 1
  • 01m 53s

Had my suit off before arriving in transition. Quickly got my helmet and shoes and headed out.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Considering the distance I thought it was a fair transition.
  • 1h 17m 15s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.30 mile/hr

Jumped on the bike and the chain came off on the first pedal stroke. No bigee. Took just a second to get the chain back on and then I was off. I loved this bike course. We had a pretty good blow out of the east so the entire course was either head wind or cross wind. There were two spots on either end where there was a tailwind for about a 1/4 of a mile. Still managed a good ride. Was so far behind after the swim that I didn't think I would pass anyone but on the last half of the second loop I passed a fair amount of riders.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was a pretty good ride for me considereing the difficulty I had on the swim and the wind. Actually had a better than 20 mph avg. up to the last 6 miles then the wind just got rediculous and I had a lot of 15-16 mph.
Transition 2
  • 02m 46s

OK here's where the reality of the swim set in for me. I was way BOP despite a good ride and had passed a lot of folks but the truth was that I wasn't going to break 3 hrs on this day. So I took it easy. The guy racked next to me was a former Marine and although he had came out of the water far ahead of me we ended up in T-2 together. He was hurtin' so we chatted a bit. I gave him a "Lets Go Devildog" he replied "Fight on Leatherneck" and we headed out with him setting a pace I couldn't hang with so I just settled down.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Remember this was to be a fun race.
  • 1h 08m 47s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 05s  min/mile

It got a little warm on the run and I hadn't taken in enough water so I stopped for water and gatorade every mile. Drank a gatorade, a water, and poured a water down my back at each stop. Now get this...I passed some people on the run. I know it's hard to believe but there were folks who were hurting a lot worse than I. Actually I felt pretty good considering. Ran along with a lot of folks just chatting and having a good time. Ran with a 25 y/o young lady from Tenn who was running on blisters and determination. Passed my Devildog buddy and gave him an OOORRAAHH as I went by. Started to get some quad pain by the finish but nothing too bad.
What would you do differently?:

Wear different socks as the ones I had on stayed wet and bunched up the entire run.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and joked with a few folks. Asked the paramedics for an IV but they wouldn't.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Old age, insufficient understanding of physics as it pertains to oceanography, and as always gravity and friction.

Event comments:

I dedicated this race to my sis Barbara, who, as I was racing, was having a bad chemo day. She was nauseous and weak Sat and Sun but a little better today. No matter how bad we hurt as we beat ourselves up trying for a good finish, there are those who are hurting a lot more just trying to live. Perspective, always keep your life and your racing in Perspective.
I will do this race again. This course on a calm day will definitely be a PR.
Met Mindy Carpenter and she had a great race. My pal Kent B. shared my campsite and managed a great race without crashing his bike.
We rode the bike course Fri and again Sat afternoon after recovering of course.

Last updated: 2007-03-19 12:00 AM
00:41:34 | 1640 yards | 02m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/152
Performance: Bad
Suit: Yes
Course: Triangular clockwise, ocean OWS
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: High
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 01:53
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:17:15 | 24.85 miles | 19.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/152
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: 2 loops around the perimeter of the island. Roads were flat and very smooth.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:08:47 | 06.21 miles | 11m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/152
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back on a very nice paved running trail.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-05-07 1:06 PM

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In my bunk with new shoes and purple sweats.
Subject: Turtle Crawl Triathlon

2007-05-07 1:38 PM
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Winder, GA
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Great job on the race and enjoying being able to be out there. It was great to meet you and I look forward to our paths crossing again.
2007-05-08 1:26 PM
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Sous Mon Diadème
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Great race and race report.  I am sure your sister feels honored that you dedicated your race to her.  Thanks for putting it all in perspective.

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