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Gulf Shores, Alabama
United States
Team Magic
90F / 32C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 47m 26s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 1/
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 2:30 and had a cup of coffee and a granola bar, then was out the door by 3:00. We had to drive about 1hr 45min to get to the race site, and wanted to be there in time for packet pick up, etc. I ate a pack of peanut butter crackers about 1/2 hour before the race start.
Event warmup:

I swam in the Gulf for a bit, because the waves were monstrous, and I just wanted to make sure I could get past the break.
Swim
  • 28m 36s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards
Comments:

The waves were horrendous! By the time I got past the first break I really started panicking...again. I had to swim almost the first lap doing the back stroke because of my anxiety. Just before the second lap started I just told myself that I'm going to have to get over this, and I just forced myself to swim freestyle. Going into the second lap, I got caught in the surf, did a couple summersaults, go water up my nose and in my goggles, and had to take a minute to recoup. Once I got past the break my second lap went much better.
What would you do differently?:

Start off with single sided breathing instead of trying to breath bilaterally in the first few hundred meters.
Transition 1
  • 03m 35s
Comments:

A bit slow for me, but it was a long jog up the beach.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
Bike
  • 1h 17m 16s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.30 mile/hr
Comments:

I felt pretty good on the bike. This has been what I have really been working on the most in my training, and I think it really paid off for me today. I rode in aero almost the entire race, and I felt comfortable and strong.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Transition 2
  • 01m 57s
Comments:

Pretty good transition.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
Run
  • 56m 3s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 02s  min/mile
Comments:

This was brutal!!! Even the overall winners both commented on the horrible run conditions. It was so hot (heat index well into the 90s) and the sun was just baking. There were plenty of hydration stations along the way, and I felt like all my heat training really paid off. I was passed by only about 2 people, and passed quite a few people who were walking. Overall, even though my time was not exceptional, I felt like I had a relatively strong run. An ambulance had to be called for one guy who suffered from heat exhaustion.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Post race
Warm down:

They had a tent with water pouring from the top and some chairs set up which was a life saver, and I spent quite a bit of time just standing in the shower cooling off. Other than that I didn't do a warm down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat and definitely my swimming anxiety.

Event comments:

Very well organized and fun race. There were plenty of volunteers, police, and aid stations, and I would definitely recommend Team Magic races for anyone interested racing in Alabama or Tennessee. I also got a very cool plaque for winning my division, a tub of Hammer Heed, and a beach bag that I won in the raffle.


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Last updated: 2012-07-25 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:28:36 | 1640 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: None
Course: The course was out past three buoys, a left turn, across to another buoy, a left turn, then back to shore, where you had to run across a timing chip, then do it again.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: High
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Bad Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:35
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:17:16 | 24.85 miles | 19.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: The course went down Beach Blvd for about 10 miles to a turnaround under a bridge. Then on the way back there was turn on a side street that went to a turnaround point, and then back to transition.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:56:03 | 06.21 miles | 09m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: An out and back down Beach Blvd. Pretty flat, but extremely hot and sunny.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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] 5

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2012-09-08 7:11 PM
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Subject: RE: Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Intermediate Triathlon

You did totally awesome!!!    congrats!  nice confidence boost for your 70.3 right?

2012-09-08 7:30 PM
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Subject: RE: Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Intermediate Triathlon
Awesome race and congrats on the age group win! Speedy swim even with the issues you had. Speedy run too specially with the heat! Nice bike split too. Hopefully you are still smiling about it.
2012-09-09 7:21 AM
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Subject: RE: Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Intermediate Triathlon

Great job. It was rough for the Gulf. Congrats on the podium.

Randy

2012-09-09 8:16 PM
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Subject: RE: Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Intermediate Triathlon
Awesome job Sarah. Congrats on the podium. I have race envy- lol.
Great report.

Shelly
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