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Old 09-04-12, 06:45 PM   #1
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Did it! Completed a mock sprint Triathlon - ready for Sunday

Today I took and hour ride down to Miami (Key Biscayne) and did a trial run of the upcoming Sprint Triathlon. Sunday, 9/9 is the big day, but today I did a 1/4 mi open water swim in Biscayne Bay, then the 10 mi bike along the Rickenbacker Causeway (5 mi out and back) and then 3.1 mi run around the parking lot.

This was my first open water swim as I have been training in my own pool. I didn't expect a problem, and while I was unable to swim the entire distance "free style" the old breast stroke served me well. I was able to free style for about 5 min, but resorted to the breast stroke as I tired. I did manage to gather enough to free style the last 100 yds.

The bike was easy. Despite the winds, I managed to maintain 21.6 over the entire 10 mi. Climbing the bridge (2 x) slowed me to about 11 mph, but I stayed in the aero position for the entire ride. The new TT bike felt good.

After the fun ride, the dreaded run, or "brick" as it's fondly know. After changing my shoes, I reset the Garmin and took off. I remember looking at the Garmin at .3 mi thinking "I'm a tenth of the way, and my HR is 90+% and I'm a bit winded. I slowed to a walk, and got the HR down to 60%, and took off. I had to slow 2 more times, but I did the last mile without slowing, and averaged about 5.5 mph. I was happy with that.

So, I think I'm about as ready as I will ever be. I'm taking it easy the rest of the week. I've got to put in about 30 mi on the tandem picking up my grandson at school this week. I may ride with the Tri training group Thursday morning, but it will be a "coffee ride," slow at a high cadence. No runs, but I may do a swim or two. Saturday rather than the club century, I'm riding the Sag truck.

So Sunday is the big day. Have to leave at 5 am to arrive on time. Looks like Saturday night will be early!
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Old 09-04-12, 06:49 PM   #2
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Good luck on the Tri, Bob. Hope it goes well for you.

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Old 09-04-12, 07:12 PM   #3
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Sounds cool. My usual skepticism for big numbers bandied about will be waived, even if you claim something unbelievable. The fact that you're doing it all is cool enough for me.
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Sounds cool. My usual skepticism for big numbers bandied about will be waived, even if you claim something unbelievable. The fact that you're doing it all is cool enough for me.
Thanks for all the good lucks. I'm kinda surprised I'm doing it myself. Another "bucket list" item.

Dudel, not sure about the "big numbers" you mentioned. To me the biggest was the 34 min it took to run the 3.1 mi. leg. But just to keep things honest, here is the bike leg. http://ridewithgps.com/trips/897981

And you caught me exaggerating. I didn't average 21.6. Mia Culpa.
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Good luck Bob. It takes a leap of confidence to put yourself out there in a competition. Your report indicates you are mentally prepared also.
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Sounds like you are ready to go. One thing you do get to experience on race day that you haven't yet is swimming in a crowd. It's not a bad thing, just something new.

When you get off the bike, don't push the first quarter mile of the run. It's better to go a little easy at first and finish strong.
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Good luck. Hope it all goes well. I'm envious, because I can't really swim.
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Well, I'm really happy with my performance! Based on advice from the community, I "raced to complete, not to compete" for my 1st Tri. None the less, I was able to place 3rd in my AG (out of 8!) I was also the oldest in the AG as I'll be 65 in Jan. And I would have blown away the field in 65-69. Next season...

That's me, 106, on the far side.


I really sucked in the swim, but at least I didn't walk like some ( the water was only chest hi) but I did breast stroke for about 1/8 mi in the middle.

Took my time in the transitions. As it was my first, I didn't want to forget anything.

No one passed me on the bike. Bested everyone by almost a minute. On the run, I did much better than I expected. In training I've only been able to run for a mile max with out a walking rest. On this, I only slowed 2x, once to tie my shoes (Note to self: Get speed laces!) and then again at 1.5 mi. But once I started again, I was able to go the final 1.6 mi with a little kick at the end.

Total Time: 01:19:54.25
Swim Time: 11:18
T1 Time: 5:48
Bike Time: 29:10
T2 Time: 3:0
Run Time: 30:38
Overall Place: 179 out of 314
Overall Percentile: 43
Gender Place: 138 out of 216
Gender Percentile: 36
Category Place: 3 out of 8
Category Percentile: 71
Series Points Earned: 98.58945

Not bad for an old man on his first tri!
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Great job, congratulations!. But you gotta work on T1.
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Great job, congratulations!. But you gotta work on T1.
Ya think? Not to make excuses, but the swim was about 1/4 mi from the transition area over rough pavement. I have neuropathy in my feet, so I wanted to rise my feet before putting on the sox and cycling shoes. I also wanted to put on my HR monitor for the bike and run. I also needed to drink. I was trying not too "rush" but be quick, and got the bike off the rack and started toward the exit and realized I didn't have my shoes on. DOH!

Anyway, since it was my first, I wanted to do my best in the "efforts" and not worry about the transitions. As I mentioned before, some one told me to run my first tri "to complete, not to compete." That made a lot of sense to me as a noob.

I'm only sorry that this is the last of the season that I'll be able to do. There are 2 more in the area, but I'll be in Disney with family for the first, and my 9 y/o grandson and I are doing a 1/2 metric in a Livestrong ride on the tandem for the other. That is very important for me as we are both survivors.

SO... watch out next year. I'll be a "young 'un" in the 65-69 AG as I'll turn 65 in Jan.

Let the games begin!
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Good job Bob, hope Iron Man Tyler got to see his granddad do the first tri!!

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Good job Bob, hope Iron Man Tyler (fify) got to see his granddad do the first tri!!

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Unfortunately the Tri was an hour away, and I needed to be there at 5:30 am. Besides, Tyler had Sunday School.

I'll be picking him up from school and about an hour and then I'll show him the pix, medal, etc.

Thanks for the kudos!

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doh, I have absolutely no explanation other than being old and getting mixed up, Bob. Thanks for the fix!!! The dirt bike site I was a moderator at years ago adopted a young man with cancer named Cody that was as hard a fighter as Tyler is now and I just got them confused, easy with my brain damaged self.

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