Great Floridian Triathlon Race Report - Long

Great Floridian Triathlon Race Report - Long

Post by Rick Denn » Fri, 31 Oct 1997 04:00:00


This report, more than any other, makes me believe that I could do
this thing. The pain he describes I've felt, in just the same ways.
The alternate walking and running, the cramps on the bike, 50-100%
more time than fast people on the swim, the disorientation in the
water. Even the wonderfulness of salty soup broth (a recurring theme
in this week's race reports) rings a chord of familiarity in me. Mr.
Beejohn, you have described the race as I envision myself doing it. I
have no better compliment to offer.


Quote:
>"Why do you guys do it?" asked one of our dining companions at the carbo
> loading dinner Thursday night before last Saturdays Great Floridian
> Triathlon.  "Just come to the finish line and see the looks on their faces"
> said another, "then youll know!"

....the rest reluctantly snipped.

Rick Denney
Take what you want and leave the rest.

 
 
 

Great Floridian Triathlon Race Report - Long

Post by Tricia Richt » Fri, 31 Oct 1997 04:00:00

In article

Quote:

> This report, more than any other, makes me believe that I could do
> this thing. The pain he describes I've felt, in just the same ways.
> The alternate walking and running, the cramps on the bike, 50-100%
> more time than fast people on the swim, the disorientation in the
> water. Even the wonderfulness of salty soup broth (a recurring theme
> in this week's race reports) rings a chord of familiarity in me. Mr.
> Beejohn, you have described the race as I envision myself doing it. I
> have no better compliment to offer.

So, Rick, when are you going to "do it"?  Are you among the suckers whom
all us IMC vets conned into doing Canada in '98?  Heh heh heh....

Speaking of which, Rolf, can you post the current '98 IMC list of RSTers?
I keep wondering who's going and who isn't....

Thanks!

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Great Floridian Triathlon Race Report - Long

Post by Rick Denn » Fri, 31 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>In article


>> This report, more than any other, makes me believe that I could do
>> this thing. The pain he describes I've felt, in just the same ways.
>> The alternate walking and running, the cramps on the bike, 50-100%
>> more time than fast people on the swim, the disorientation in the
>> water. Even the wonderfulness of salty soup broth (a recurring theme
>> in this week's race reports) rings a chord of familiarity in me. Mr.
>> Beejohn, you have described the race as I envision myself doing it. I
>> have no better compliment to offer.

>So, Rick, when are you going to "do it"?  Are you among the suckers whom
>all us IMC vets conned into doing Canada in '98?  Heh heh heh....

Not '98. Too soon. And even though Canada is the place I'd like to do
it first, the Great Floridian is easier and cheaper to get to from
here, and later enough in the year to allow a little cooler weather to
train in for the previous 5 or 6 weeks. Also, having grown up in
Houston, I understand the Gulf Coast weather better. And, Sugarloaf
notwithstanding, the Florida course can't have much in the way of
really big hills (I much prefer steep, short hills to less steep, but
much longer hills).

But I don't think I've built the base that I need. I'm still not
aerobic enough at the pace I would like to go. I'm good at grinding
close to the limit, but that is poor strategy for a 14 or 15-hour
effort. And I think it's going to take another couple of years to
learn how to swim well enough. I'm thinking a marathon in February, a
long duathlon in April, and a couple of Olympic-distance races in '98.
Then, a half-IM (Buffalo Springs) in '99, and maybe, if that works, a
full IM. But time is a problem for me--the lack of it. Also, my very
heavy travel schedule doesn't preclude training, but it does preclude
systematic training. So it will take longer to reach the goal.

BUT, big things are accomplished by taking little steps persistently.
And I'm nothing if not persistent. The grand plan is just there to
make sure that the little steps are pointed in the right direction.
And grand plans are built on visualizing the goal. Race reports like
Beejohn's help to make such visual images realistic.

Rick Denney
Take what you want and leave the rest.

 
 
 

Great Floridian Triathlon Race Report - Long

Post by DJ » Fri, 31 Oct 1997 04:00:00

Excellent article!  I'm training for my first ironman (Canada 98) and
hearing about peoples finish line experiences really keep me motivated!
--
Thanks!

Darrin Bartlett

 
 
 

Great Floridian Triathlon Race Report - Long

Post by pr.. » Sat, 01 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>Saturdays GFT was the culmination of five years of hopes and dreams and a year
> of training.  Actually, the dreams started earlier - is there anyone who
> hasnt seen Julie Moss famous 1982 finish and secretly harbored a fantasy of
> doing the Ironman?

John--

Something about your GFT race report really got to me.  Thanks for
your emotion packed race report.  Congratulations on such a great race
and a great experience...and the same to all the others who competed
in the grueling conditions of Florida.

Greg Pressler

 
 
 

Great Floridian Triathlon Race Report - Long

Post by Mike Tenne » Sat, 01 Nov 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>This report, more than any other, makes me believe that I could do
>this thing. The pain he describes I've felt, in just the same ways.
>The alternate walking and running, the cramps on the bike, 50-100%
>more time than fast people on the swim, the disorientation in the
>water. Even the wonderfulness of salty soup broth (a recurring theme
>in this week's race reports) rings a chord of familiarity in me. Mr.
>Beejohn, you have described the race as I envision myself doing it. I
>have no better compliment to offer.

You hit it right on the head, Rick.  

This was a great Bopper report - and it describes perfectly how I
anticipate doing IMC 98.

Creeping toward the edge, huh? Just gonna take a quick peek?  Heh,
heh.  It's a slippery slope,  and it ends up in Penticton. <g>

Mike "TriBop" Tennent
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