|2012 Gulf Coast Tri, Panama City Beach, Fl|
The four hours of sleep I got left me sitting on the balcony at 4am watching the waves crash as I sipped my coffee/Ensure mix. Thermometer read 75F.
900C, 200mg Caffeine
2x Ensure Plus 700C
4x Maxwell House ~200mg Caffeine
20 oz Gatorade during transition 200C
|Ignorance is Bliss|
|Bike exit was just in front on me.|
the PCB Rough Water Swim
|\m/ \m/ Rock On!|
|I like that she got tired of coloring the Puma.|
|Just as I got out of the water, |
we got a picture and these two guys
ninja'd into it. I still can't believe
you guys drove down to surprise me.
|Aim left of the condo!|
If God says its okay. :(
|This guy is screaming for me to run.|
He is delusional.
|...long walks on the beach and spending time |
with friends and family...
After the event, Emily showed me this:
Statement as of 2:38 AM CDT on May 12, 2012T1 2:10 4th/772 pretty quick transition!
... High rip current risk in effect through 7 PM CDT this
The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a high rip current risk... which is in effect through 7 PM CDT this evening.
* Waves and surf... 2 to 4 feet.
* Impacts... wind and surf conditions will support dangerous rip currents today. Rip currents are life threatening to anyone
entering the water.
Precautionary/preparedness actions... Even a strong swimmer can become exhausted quickly
|How many dudes can you fit in here?|
4x water bottle hand-ups, as much as I could get down
So I started the bike course off with a 20" deficient fumbling with the bottle. Who cares, right? I hit the pedals and started going to work. I knew I had a good bike in my future. By the end of the first mile, I had rinsed off my feet and was in my shoes. By the 5th, I had gotten the Gulf Seaweed Stew I had for breakfast out of my mouth. I hit 90' and was averaging 25 mph. I had been passing people in droves. I felt like a hero. Then some guy slowly pulled by me. I fell back out of his draft zone and then got back on my power numbers only to immediately pass him again. A few miles later, same thing. Only this time, he sticks his wheel ahead of me and then drops anchor. I yelled at him to not make the pass if he couldn't hold the pace. (According to USAT rules, an passing rider only needs to get his front wheel ahead of the overtaken rider for a legal pass, it is then the overtaken rider's responsibility to slow down outside of the draft zone before attempting another pass.) I slowed way down to get out of the draft zone and used those few seconds to get some nutrition down and water. I made it around him for second time immediately afterwards. Finally, I was approaching a Motor Officer who was following a pace line of ladies. He has juking around the middle of the lane, so I went to make the pass on the left. As I did, he got spooked and juked right. It just so happened that my friend that had been pacing me was right there and got booted off the road. I hated it for him, but I was glad to get him off of me. He was inadvertently slowing us both down by working to pass me only to rest once he got ahead of me. (This guy goes on to have a great race and win Masters. He had a tough run, so it was probably a good thing that he lost me or he'd have been in worse shape.)
|Pancakes, anyone? Garmin has the GCT course at 118' total gain.|
When we made the turn back onto Thomas, we were hit with a brutal head/crosswind combo as a storm rolled in. It was blasting sand and rain into our faces as it was whipping between the buildings and shoving us all over the road. I saw a lot of people after the race with meat hanging off them from this section. I was thankful to make it to the dismount line. Unfortunately, as I stepped off my bike, the volunteer said the dismount line was still another hundred yards ahead. So I hopped back on, but with my shoes under the pedals making it very difficult to actually pedal. I also realized that not having my shoes to stand on made the seat too tall for me to dismount. Thankfully, a volunteer held my bike for me to climb down. DOH!
At this point, I was at 3:06:17 and had worked my way from 249th place to 43rd. I really need to learn to swim, but I like the idea of passing 200+ folks on the bike!
56 Mile Bike Result 2:21:59 23.7 mph avg 9th/772
FTP was set at 280W for 3.75W/kg.
Looks like I sandbagged the bike a little, but I appreciated it later! I stopped the watch early on the way in to get it setup for the run, hence the short course.
Bike on the hanger, helmet on the ground, butt down, socks on, grabbed my number belt and took off.
(I was expecting the storm to continue, and I get little baby blisters when it rains without socks.) As I came to run out, I saw the black and red bike beast coming out just a few feet ahead of me. He must have took a nap in T2 or backed off the gas on the bike. Either way, I was going to run this guy down.
150 calories Hammer Gel Espresso w/ 75mg Caffeine
Water at every aid station
So I hit the run course ready to work. I have been babying my left IT Band since Jan 8th, and I was ready to actually get to run. I had every intention of running 7s for the first 5k to settle in, but Black&Red was so close, I couldn't resist. We turned directly into the headwind that was chucking riders off the course, and it stagnated the run. I settled in and just let the clock be. When I hit the first aid station, we turned and the wind let up. I quickly got right on Black&Red's heels and decided to just let him pace me for a while.
|Somebody told this kid to just hold out the sponges.|
|The dude in the red was just out for a run.|
I cheered for him as I passed.
|You can spy Big Yellow reeling me in.|
|Keeping with my walk breaks.|
And Big Yellow hanging out.
13.1 Mile Run Result 1:36:42 7:23 Average
Garmin Data: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/178130203Finishing 22nd/772
4:44:00 5th M30-34
USAT Long Course National
Championship Qualifying Slot
Okay, maybe I am a ham. But I had a lot of family and
friends make the trip to see me, so I felt like they needed a show.
You can even see Kenny and Glen each over my arms
after they ran me in for the last quarter mile.
|I knew I needed to see a sub-5|
on the clock to make up for the
earlier waves and still hit my goal..
After I crossed the line, I got to chat with a few of the other guys. Big Yellow jersey went on to say how hot it got on the way back and how he couldn't hold the pace. Not sure if my tactic made a difference, but it kept me preoccupied. Salt tablets guy made it in and came straight to me. He was shocked to see me pass him and said he learned a lesson about racing. I offered to give back the 3rd tablet, but he suggested I "pass it forward." Black&Red looked rough when he finally came down the chute. I tried to chat him up, but never got a response. I think he had a tough day on the run course.
|Thanks for the salt, my friend!|
|I just squeaked by in front of Big Yellow|
|I am pretty sure this|
is the guy the cop ditched!
If it is, he still beat me!!!!
|If you make a rub-n-tug joke,|
you get this guy.
|GCT has an awesome awards ceremony at Spinaker's with free food and beer. There are no overall awards, but the age group awards go 10 deep. Last year, I was 9th. Glad to be moving in the right direction!|
|Dad really liked Andy!|
Andy's Flour Power Cafe & Bakery
This is a great race and a great venue. I absolutely love the food in Panama City Beach. This year we were lucky enough to discover another great restaurant, Andy's Flour Power Cafe & Bakery. Andy decided Dad wasn't similing enough, so he GAVE us all the best Humming Bird Cake ever, then gave Dad some French toast while his eggs were cooking. Dad liked it so much he went back while I was out on the run course, and they put some more free treats on him. Needless to say, Dad was all smiles. (http://www.andysflourpowerpcb.com/)
|Maybe next year, I'll be fast enough to rock these bad boys on race day!|