Summer Kanstoroom reviews IronKids Florida in its new 2012 venue in Haines City, Florida – much improved over the previous Disney Venue
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Who Are you?
My name is Summer Kanstoroom. I am a race age 14 youth elite triathlete from St Petersburg, FL. I train with the Triton Elite Multisport youth and Junior elite high performance triathlon team. I have competed in over 45 triathlons over the past 4 years. I also recieved the honor of being selected as a USA Triathlon All American for 2011.
Haines City, Florida, USA
Why did I do this race?
IronKids Florida is one of the more competitive youth triathlon’s in the country. Many of my top competitors from around the USA and other countries travel to Florida each year to compete in this race. It is close to home and a great early season race to test where I am for the coming season.
The swim was a lake swim starting from the beach. It was a little challenging as it was shallow to start and then got deep and then shallow again. But overall a pretty good 300 yard swim course. Very long run from the water to the bike transition area.
Bike course was very technical with many right and left and turns. Definitely not a high speed course. There were a few areas that could have been a little safer with bikers coming to a turn in both directions. But, overall a good technical course that required good bike handling skills to really to your best
The run was a flat and fast loop. Very well marked and easy turn into the finish.
Transition was set up very good. But, it was a long 1/4 mile run from the water to the bike transition and after the bike was over it was a long run out of transition to get on to the run course. Dont know for sure if the distance of the run was exact or if it included the long run out of transition as I did not wear my Garmin for this race.
One of the best IronKids races I have done. Overall they did a great job. Haines City was 100% better than the last several years in Disney. Much easier to get around and the entire expo and race area was much better. I hope they keep this race in Haines City and don’t go back to the Disney course. Patrick McGee did a great job and made sure all of the kids had a great time.
Top Triathlon Tips
- Practice your bike handling skills.
- The bike was the most challenging and those that were better on the bike did the best.
- Some small hills on the bike course.
- Very hot this time of year so keep lots of water on the bike.
- Plan on staying the next day to see the pro’s (Lance Armstrong) race the 70.3.
How did you do?
Overall had a very good race. I had the fastest swim and run split of the day. Ended up coming in second place behind my good friend Gina Johnson who had an incredible bike split and a great race.
IronKids Haines City was the best IronKids I have done and that includes the 3 National Championship races. They just really did a great job both before, during and after the race. One of my favorite youth races I have done.
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