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2007-07-12 12:32 PM
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The course is really nice. Just the two bridges at the beginning and the ride through clearwater to bellair is really pretty....don't get sidetracked with all the beautiful houses along the water edge!

as far as the bridges, just use the right gears. Always keep the same cadence going up and down and you should have no problems. any more questions just send them my way...I live in the area (dunedin). the run is good as well. Just the beginning is on grass and sand and the rest is in the park with lots of spectators to cheer.

see ya sat and sun!

 



2007-07-14 4:02 PM
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Does anybody know what they're going to be doing about traffic tomorrow on the bike course?

I just drove it today, and obviously on a Saturday afternoon there was heavy traffic for almost the entire thing. I'm assuming there will be some LEOs at the intersections and such, but in some areas such as the bridges and residential neighborhoods, it seems like cars could be a problem.

What did they do last year?
2007-07-14 4:41 PM
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Wasn't too bad last year on the bike-only problem was a train (or was it a boat??) that held up some people (but not me). 

Didn't drive the course today- yes it is a mess a block from the center.  The bike course is different this year.

oh yeah, I met Marni!! 

Course was not closed last year- just stay on the side of the road. They say the intersections will be controlled.  Sunday mornings there ain't much traffic out. 



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2007-07-15 1:44 PM
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Congrats everyone at Morton Plant Mease! Hope the traveling home went well and you are enjoying the rest of your weekend!!!
2007-07-15 8:23 PM
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Great day for racing! Hope to see everyone back next year for the 3rd annual Morton Mease Tri!
2007-07-15 8:33 PM
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It definitely was a good day for racing. I won't be here next year, but I was really impressed by the race. Get rid of the raised potholes and the sand on the run and it would be perfect...

How'd everybody do? I know I was a little off from my goal time, but overall it went fairly well.


2007-07-16 9:27 AM
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It was probably the most difficult sprint course I've raced all year.  The bridges were a good challenge.  The sand on the run...UGH.  I missed my goal time (1:15) by about 3 minutes, but I still PR'ed by 4.  I avg'd 21.2 on the bike, so I was really happy with that.   Good race, definitely will be back next year. 

Did anyone else think the swim was either longer than advertised or REALLY difficult with current?  I kept feeling like I was getting nowhere.  I'm a consistent 1:40 per hundred swimmer and I went 2:07 per hundred there.  Any thoughts?

Overall, had a great day.  Overall time was 1:18.  Wound up 12th out of 43 when last year I was 13 out of 23 with a 1:22.  It was a good day for BT! 

2007-07-16 9:47 AM
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the only thing on the swim that bothered me really was the traffic.  Tom said he saw some folks get kayak assistance.  My time was slow too, but then again everyone had slower times across the board. Especially T1. 

They changed the run course- SAND!!!   The reversing the bike course from last year definitely added to the challenge- they are harder going up this way!

Yes, it was tough.  I'm sore today!

another thing- they said they sold out at over 800, yet only close to 690 finished.  I think lots of folks used it as an opportunity just to register early for St A's.  I was looking for some names that were on the participant list, but they were not on the results list.   The participant list also said that my division had more than 8 people in it.  

2007-07-16 9:55 AM
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The swim seemed long, but the run coursed seem the longest. The times accross the board were horrible for the run. I don't know if that was the sand factor, but I was 2-3 minutes slower than normal for a 5k.

My age group (25-29) was small and my wave didn't seem very large. Traffic was not a problem, but that was probably because I'm such a slow swimmer that everybody was in front of me!
2007-07-16 10:51 AM
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I am with you on the Swim. I am also a consistant 1:45 swimmer, ended up 2:01?? The bike was a blast, nice to have a challenging course in a FL tri. The 90 degree left turn and potholes at the bottom of Sand Key bridge made it interesting. The wet roads by the golf course (did it rain, or were they watering the golf course??) was also interesting. Felt really good about a 23+MPH ride. The sand on the run was terrible! Overall an interesting and challenging race. Will definitelly do again!
2007-07-16 3:25 PM
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I enjoyed the race and i second jeff on the most challenging sprint i have ever done.  I really like the climbs, and although the sand adds to the challenge - I, personally, am not made for the sand. 

 

My only gripe with the course was the last little drawbridge was a narrow two laner with no room to fit a bike on the shoulder.  There were bikes and two lanes of cars ie I was stuck behind a car going 12mph downhill - ate up a good three minutes.  The bike is the only way I keep from being DFL and I was worried!

 

Lots of officials, and the food after was a nice spread.  I even saw my name on the cake...I really enjoyed the race!



2007-07-17 8:47 PM
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2007-07-19 1:47 PM
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