Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
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86F / 30C
Total Time = 5h 26m 40s
Overall Rank = 410/1655
Age Group = Male 35/39
Age Group Rank = 64/229
Pre-race routine:

Drove to the site with my wife and kids, they stayed in the car while I sat up transition, called them right before the pros started. I made a HUGE mistake that I would pay dearly for later on.
  • 37m 10s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

OMG, I hated this swim! The chop was just HORRIBLE!! I have never had a worse condition. First 200 meters were good because we were going head into the waves but as I turned the waves were coming in from my right, I swallowed about two gallons of that filthy water and the sighting was near impossible since the buoys were too far apart and the chop didn't help whatsoever. My time was well above normal, even the pros had awful times, First out of the water was Potts just under 24 minutes, about 4 minutes slower than his usual time.
What would you do differently?:

Not swim?
Transition 1
  • 03m 40s

Good transition except for the upper part of my trisuit that got stuck and I had to get help with. I lost about ten seconds on that.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 39m 6s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.12 mile/hr

My best bike average speed ever at any distance. Boy, I'm getting good on the bike! I was so happy when I saw the time I was extatic. I felt great all through the course. Never saw anybody drafting, a very clean race, unlike IMAZ. Lost my bottles while going over some tracks, never went back to pick them up. Gorilla cages are not that good after all.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

Flawless T2.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing at all.
  • 2h 05m 14s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 34s  min/mile

OK, this is where things turned very ugly. Usually I pride myself of being a good runner who happens to like two other sports, but this time I underperformed big time. I made the huge mistake of fasting the day before (only fruit juices) and not having breakfast in the morning. I read it somewhere and gave it a try. NEVER AGAIN. On mile two my legs started to loosen up as usual (8:20 min/miles on the first two) and went on to pick up the pace. Something felt weird and at the 10K mark it happened, I had the biggest abdominal cramp ever, almost brought me down to the floor. I walked about two hundred meters and it felt a little better so I tok off again. Probably half a mile later it came back and form that point on it was just plain suffering until the end of the race. A planned 1:40 or 1:42 half marathon turned into a dissapointing 2:05!! The worst part is not hte time, it's the fact that this took the fun away from the race, after all that's what I do it for, right? The last quarter mile down Decatur is AWESOME!! The crowd is about ten people deep and they're drunk and cheering all the time. Too bad I didn't get to enjoy the experience too much since I was in damage control mode.
What would you do differently?:

EAT, stupid!!!
Post race
Warm down:

I was so weak and exhausted from the pain, I just sat down and ate some. Curiously, after five minutes I felt great, as sson as the food hit my stomach.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor race planning and experimenting on race day.

Event comments:

I had such a bad run, I just want to put this one behind in the books. I never bothered to go get any finisher's gear, not even a cap. One to forget...

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Last updated: 2009-12-06 12:00 AM
00:37:10 | 2112 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 51/229
Overall: 0/1655
Performance: Bad
Suit: Zoot Fuzion Sleeveless
Course: Swim start and finish were in two different locations, not too far from each other. The longest part of the swim was parallel to the coast line.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Below average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:40
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:39:06 | 56 miles | 21.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 51/229
Overall: 0/1655
Performance: Good
To be uploaded later.
Wind: Little
Course: A highway course for the most part, pancake flat and pretty fast. Only three overhead bridges to go over and that was it as far as elevation changes. First and last three miles of the course were full of nasty potholes and cracks. I was warned of this condition at the pre-race briefing but they said they covered most of it. BIG LIE, there was no patching done and holes were not painted around.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:05:14 | 13.1 miles | 09m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 64/229
Overall: 0/1655
Performance: Bad
To be uploaded.
Course: A street course, very well policed and covered. An aid station every mile, well supplied too.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %3.3
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4