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Cape Coral, Florida
United States
Cape Coral Parks & Recreation
74F / 23C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 14m 13s
Overall Rank = 81/154
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 11/13
Pre-race routine:

Dinner the night before with a Leinie's Summer Shandy. Seems like someone is rubbing off on me. Packed everything into the Jeep and the bike on the rack in the garage. Up in the morning at 4:00 am, out the door by 4:15. This is the first race that TW did not come to. Drive was about 1:15, I was one of the earliest there. I have never done this race, and I had issues with my Active account, so I wanted to give myself enough time. Turns out I had nothing to worry about. Got set up in Transition on the third rack, all the way to the inside. I had room. I've concluded that I am a minimalist racer. Shoes on a mat, belt on shoes, socks on bike shoes, good to go.
Event warmup:

I made my way to the beach, and just swung my arms and legs to get a bit warm. Tested the water, brrrr. I'm such a Floridian! I'll be warm soon enough.
Swim
  • 06m 51s
  • 440 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards
Comments:

I have consistently swum about 2000 yards a month for the past couple of months. I knew I wasn't ready, but I was going to give it what I had. Mass start and I somehow ended up in the middle of a washing machine. I usually stick to one side, and I lined up on the right, but soon enough it was ugly. All the way to the second buoy there was slapping, kicking, yada, yada, yada. I was mid pack when we hit the beach, took a couple of minutes off my 440 time.
What would you do differently?:

Oh I don't know, maybe some training would help. I'm quite pleased with this, it kinda lets me know where I am and it isn't as bad as I feared.
Transition 1
  • 02m 15s
Comments:

Helmet on first, then socks and shoes which were not too smooth, but it was OK. Glasses and go. Mount was OK, but tri shoes may be beneficial.
What would you do differently?:

More smooth in there, I was a bit herky jerky with the socks.
Bike
  • 32m
  • 12 miles
  • 22.50 mile/hr
Comments:

The plan was to hammer and I stuck to plan. I am really trying to get my run to come around this year and I wanted to push myself on the bike to set up my attention to run conditioning and training throughout the year. This proved to work out pretty well. I was passing people right out of T1 and just kept moving forward. I knew this was gonna bite me a bit on the run, but that was my plan anyway. Slipped my feet out of the shoes about .5 from the end, took a hit of honey from the bottle, and did a rolling dismount. Bested my previous race speed by over 1 mph.
What would you do differently?:

Go harder. I really want to push the bike this year and feel the fatigue going into a run.
Transition 2
  • 00m
Comments:

Helmet off as I headed to the rack. Bike went on, shoes went on OKish (one slipped) I grabbed the belt and left.
What would you do differently?:

Smoother would be better, so keep on racing to improve the smooth.
Run
  • 32m 13s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 22s  min/mile
Comments:

OK, I knew this is where it was going to get tough. It did, but it was all good. We finished with about 200 yards on the beach. SUCKAGE! I hate sand running. However, I think I still beat my previous best by 3 minutes on the run, so I am not unhappy. But this is where I can make the difference in my races. And I can feel it is coming around.
What would you do differently?:

Be faster ;)
Post race
Warm down:

Wander around and drink Gatorade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Genetics. Swim training.

Event comments:

This is the most laid back tri I have ever done. No fence around transition, people wandering around aimlessly, talking and such. There was one timing mat, at the finish, so all times stated herein are approximate. I think this is how the sport felt when it started. I enjoyed myself, raced pretty well, and see where improvements are being made and can be made. I may end up doing more races this season then I originally planned. As with almost every race I've ever done, there was course cutting and drafting going on, but it doesn't concern me. I race my race, clean and within the rules. It always strikes me as ironic that someone is going to spend money on equipment, time on training and then cheat themselves in the end.




Last updated: 2013-05-11 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:06:51 | 440 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/13
Overall: 0/154
Performance: Good
Suit: No
Course: Straight out, then left for 20 yards, left again, and head straight back.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 02:15
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
00:32:00 | 12 miles | 22.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/13
Overall: 0/154
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Out, turn left, U turn then past the turn to another U turn, back to the turn for a right back to transition. It was T shaped. 2 Loops.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:00
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
00:32:13 | 03.11 miles | 10m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/13
Overall: 0/154
Performance: Good
Course: Wind through a neighborhood by the Yacht Club.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2013-05-11 12:43 PM

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2013-05-11 12:53 PM
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Way to go!!  How fun to do a no frills tri!!
2013-05-11 1:07 PM
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Awesome race!  You hammered the swim & bike.  
2013-05-11 1:16 PM
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Congratulations! I didn't realize you were such a speedy swimmer - that's a great time. Sounds like you executed the race just the way you planned and you beat your realistic goal. Way to go
2013-05-11 1:22 PM
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Way to go! Great solid race... and schmokin' on the swim and bike! :D
2013-05-11 1:58 PM
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Nice work Chris!  Planned your race and raced your plan.  C'mon up and swim here some time--we'll show you cold water Wink


2013-05-11 3:46 PM
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amd723 - 2013-05-11 2:16 PM Congratulations! I didn't realize you were such a speedy swimmer - that's a great time. Sounds like you executed the race just the way you planned and you beat your realistic goal. Way to go

Yeah, I don't know where that came from, but I thought that was what the watch said. I do know I switched to breathing every 2, rather than 4 like I do in the pool and it seems to help.

2013-05-11 6:55 PM
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Great race Chris!  That's how I do Tri's, I hammer the bike and whatever's left for the run, I just deal with.  I've done a no frills race like that before.  We didn't have any timing mats and my transition spot was a TREE!, there were no bike racks.

Looking good, keep up the good work!

2013-05-12 9:08 AM
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Those are some great swim and bike times Chris.  Looks like you have an enjoyable year to look forward to!
2013-05-13 11:05 AM
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Great race all around, Chris, and taking 3 minutes off your run time is no joke, that is a major wooo hooo!!  Echoing what some of the others said, I never realized your swim talents.  Nice job, and your "Genetics" comment made me laugh.
2013-05-13 12:57 PM
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Great race and nice race report too.  "Hit of honey from the bottle" made me laugh and so did "genetics" as a limiter :-)

Nice work!



2013-05-13 1:25 PM
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Great job, Chris!

I think this is an excellent place to start! I imagine you are going to see some huge improvements! Very impressive!

2013-05-14 2:44 AM
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I'm pretty sure I saw Salty and rubbing referred in the first sentence.

This was SMOKIN' fast. The capacity to suffer horribly is also better acquired through practice and you practiced it pretty well here, you'll get to suffer even more next time

And yes, soft-sand running sucks. The trick is to go fast enough that you're falling over in it and can just barely catch yourself into the next step. Sounds like you did fine with it.

2013-05-15 8:46 AM
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Excellent job, Chris. Your times are fantastic, but you still have room for growth. This is a great place to be in at the beginning of the season.

78F, pfft. I'm pretty sure the pool I swim in is colder than that. Some days, I never warm up completely. lol

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