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St. Anthony's Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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St. Petersburg, FL
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 3h 52m 8s
Overall Rank = 2711/2867
Age Group = Clydesdale < 29
Age Group Rank = 16/16
Pre-race routine:

I got up early, ate a bagel, walked about a mile to the course venue and got marked up.
Event warmup:

I warmed up a little in the water. It was a little rough, but I'd been through worse.
  • 26m 43s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 47s / 100 meters

The water was a bit choppy, and I lost my watch when some other Clydesdale rubbed up against me while I was strokin' away. I was a bit disoriented and my head wasn't quite where it should have been. Meh.
What would you do differently?:

Think about wearing a wetsuit. Even though the water was pretty warm, most everyone else wore a wetsuit. I figured I'd overheat, as I usually do when swimming long distances. I could've used the extra lift.
Transition 1
  • 07m 34s

Had a very difficult time getting my jersey, socks and race belt on. My body and feet were pretty wet and my race belt's adjustments came unbuckled. This was my first tri - I guess I should've practiced transitions.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions. Consider going sockless for the bike.
  • 1h 36m 40s
  • 40 kms
  • 24.83 km/hr

I'm not a cyclist by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, during my training, I think I only got out on my bike once a week, with my training group. I clearly was not prepared; had I been in shape, I wouldn't have been that slow.
What would you do differently?:

Train, train and train some more.
Transition 2
  • 04m 13s

T2 was better than T1; I took a little more time to rest, as I knew the run would be tougher than the rest of the race.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions.
  • 1h 37m
  • 10 kms
  • 09m 42s  min/km

Difficult run. Back spasming uncontrollably. By the time I got to the run, the weather had grown pretty hot. I walked most of it.
What would you do differently?:

Train; do more core strength training and stretching to avoid back problems. I'm also too fat. It stands to reason that if I train more, I'll lose more weight.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking around, eating free food and drinking free drinks. Ice-cold towels on head.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overweight, back pain, not in very good shape.

Event comments:

I thought this was a great race for my first tri. The course was well-marked, the weather was nice (although a bit hot by the time I got to the run - I'm lucky I was in the first wave behind the pros). This is why I hesitate to put "Too hard" under "Overall course based on my ability." I think it was a great race - but I wasn't ready for it.

Had I taken my training more seriously, I have no doubt I would've had a much better race. As it was, every aspect of my performance was sub-par. In addition, I feel like my weight problem and lack of core strength definitely contributed to my back problem. I need to do some sit-ups.

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Last updated: 2004-10-27 12:00 AM
00:26:43 | 1500 meters | 01m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/16
Overall: 0/2867
Performance: Below average
Suit: None
Course: See course map at
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 07:34
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:36:40 | 40 kms | 24.83 km/hr
Age Group: 14/16
Overall: 0/2867
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: See the course map at A few small hills, some good specators. The course took us through a couple of shady neighborhoods in St. Pete, but also some nice ones, and around a golf course. The streets were well-marked and blocked off.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:13
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:37:00 | 10 kms | 09m 42s  min/km
Age Group: 16/16
Overall: 0/2867
Performance: Bad
Course: See course map at Mostly residential neighborhood with lots of spectators. Good spacing of water and Gatorade stops.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2004-11-01 4:50 PM

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