Beach to Battleship HIM - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
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Total Time = 6h 13m 38s
Overall Rank = 81/235
Age Group = 40-44 F
Age Group Rank = 18/51
Pre-race routine:

Arrived in Wilmington just before lunch on Friday. Ate something at McAllister's and went to pick up my packet. There was no line for packet pickup. Enjoyed the Expo and attended the briefing before heading to check on T2 and then drop off my bike at T1. Dinner at Mellow Mushroom and then an early night.

Up at 5:30. Are a bagel with peanut butter and a banana along with a water bottle of Camelbak Elixir. Then downstairs to the bus to Wrightsville Beach. We stayed at the Hilton and that is really the place to stay for this event. The bus went from the hotel to Wrightsville Beach for the start and from the Battleship to the hotel at the end. The sea taxis also went from the Battleship to the hotel. It was a very convenient location.
Event warmup:

The bags - All half participants had three bags for their gear. One bag was for your before/after items. You know, the things that you want at the start of the swim but don't need again until after you cross this finish line. I had sweat pants that I wore before, a long-sleeved T for after and a sweatshirt for befor, Crocs and wetsuit and other swim stuff. The next bag was T1 so bike shoes, bike gear like gloves, helmet, sunglasses, socks. The final bag was for T2 (not the same location as T1) and it had running gear including shoes, number belt, hat and socks. All of the bags went on the bus with me. (Next year, they will be pre-deployed. I'll double bag them if I am worried they will get wet from dew.)

After the bus ride I dropped off my T2 bag and went to T1 to set that up. The bikes were all checked in on Friday night so it was more of a preload the Bento box, pump tires, make a final decision on what to wear (I went with tri shorts and tri top that I wore under my wetsuit and added arm warmers and a 2 gallon zip lock bag under my shirt as a temporary vest.) I met up with Sherry and Scott from BT and I saw Jerry and Fred from CSH. Once that was all set, I took the shuttled to the swim start.

Once I was at the swim start I watched some of the full participants swim by (the full started at 7:00, the first wave of the half started at 8:30). I went to the parking lot across the street from the start where it was sunny and sat Lisa, John, Stan and Jerry C. We visited. I had a Lara bar while I was waiting. It was actually relaxing -- until the announcer started and then everyone kind of started to freak out. The water was advertised at "mid-60s." When my wave was called, I got into the water -- totally submerged myself when I got in. And it BEGINS.
  • 43m 54s
  • 2078 yards
  • 02m 07s / 100 yards

Cold hurting feet on the run to T1. Get out of the channel by climbing ladders. Run down a dock and then run about 400 yards to T1. The sidewalks were OK to run on but I did not like running on the blacktop one bit.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to improve my swim.
Transition 1
  • 08m 15s

Took off wetsuit and dried off as throughly as I could. Mtb socks, cycling shoes, arm warmers, turn on Garmin, gloves, helmet, sunglasses, shove 2 gallon bag under my shirt. BIKE!
What would you do differently?:

There were wetsuit strippers but they were all busy so I passed them and went on to T1. In retrospect, I should have waited 10 seconds and used the wetsuit strippers.
  • 3h 02m 44s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.39 mile/hr

Great Bike! Exceeded my expectations!

The bike was good. I loved riding on 140. It was FAST! Just after we got off 140, we had the first water station. I dropped my first bottle (empty) and trash and picked up a new bottle. Shortly after that I took the baggie-vest out and put that in my pocket to drop off at the next water station.

After getting off 140, we took 421 north and jogged over to Blueberry Road. We had some headwind on the 421/Blueberry section. Then a turn onto another road for a short while before the turnaround. Ah, a little tailwind! Oh, and that was a false flat heading UP so things are GOOD!

On the way back on Blueberry Road I saw a cyclist down and then I saw an ambulance. I hope the rider is OK. I was pleased with the bike segment.

Ate two Clif bars, three fig newton and a hammer gel. Drank three bottles (two of Camelbak Elixir and one plain water).

Weather data: 52 when I got on the bike, 67 when I got off the bike, hit 70 during the run.

Transition 2
  • 04m 58s

Remember to removed Garmin, handed bike to volunteer and headed to my gear/rack space. Shoe/sock change, hat on, kept the sunglasses. Where are the portapots? Oh, there is a line. Run to Run Out and GO!
  • 2h 13m 49s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 13s  min/mile

Felt great coming off the bike. Line for port-a-pots in transition so ran to first aid station and went there (in other words, run includes potty break). Ran well for the first bit and faded. Lots of crowd support downtown! It was great! Just after we got to mile three I was thinking, "Almost a quarter of the way done! Woo hoo!" Then a spectator said, "They have 10 miles to go." :-0 I thought we would never get around the park. We got on the path and kept going and going and going. I had a gel just before the turnaround. I saw Stan, Lisa and Fred before the turnaround and then spotted John and Jerry after the turn around. That part was really nice. Heading back to downtown seemed faster. I got over the little bridge OK. Then I saw the Big Bridge. Oh my! When I saw that last bridge I wanted my mommy. OK, not really. It just looked very intimidating to me and I kept on thinking that I wanted to run the whole thing so I kept on trucking.

I got water at most but not all water stops. Stomach started to rebel with 3-4 miles to go on the run.

What would you do differently?:

Run more!
Post race
Warm down:

The finish chute was great! I heard the announcer call my name. As soon as I got across the line and they took my chip, I got my medal. It is really cool. Maybe even better than my Donald Duck!

Stan and Lisa were there and I talked to them a little bit. DH was there and that felt great! He got some nice pictures too :-)

I felt kinda of nauseous after I finished. I had something to eat and that helped. Not sure that eating more during the event would have made a difference given my stomach rebellion on the run.

Event comments:

Post race activities were great! I loved this event and I'll be back!

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Last updated: 2010-01-06 12:00 AM
00:43:54 | 2078 yards | 02m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 41/51
Overall: 179/235
Performance: Good
Suit: Blue Seventy Reaction sleeveless
Course: Point to point
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 08:15
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:02:44 | 56 miles | 18.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/51
Overall: 64/235
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Y shaped out and back. Leave from T1, go out, turnaround and retrace the route most of the way back and head to T2.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:58
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:13:49 | 13.1 miles | 10m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/51
Overall: 86/235
Performance: Average
Course: Cross a Big Bridge, cross a little bridge, run along the Wilmington waterfront and then head up a hill to Front Street to Greenfield Park. Turnaround and head back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5