Ironman Calgary 70.3 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Calgary, Alberta
60F / 16C
Total Time = 5h 51m 19s
Overall Rank = 316/805
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 40/86
Pre-race routine:

Flew from So.Cal to Montana on Wednesday and arrived at Uncle's house in the evening. The next day, we then drove up to Calgary from there and arrived at about 5 am on Friday morning. We checked into the hotel and crashed for a bit sleeping till around 10.

We got some coffee and went down to the event registration and checked in and got some obligatory Ironcrack (term new to me defining the stuff at the expo that you really can't resist buying).

We then drove out to Ghost Res. to check out the swim start and T1 area and to drive the bike course. It was cold and mosquito'ey at T1 with big drops of rain coming down. We heard on the news later that there were tornado's a couple of miles away. It was looking like it was going to be an interesting race.

The bike course was beautiful, through the rolling hills of the countryside outside of Calgary (photo 1 and 2). Pretty decent roads and a while it wasn't a totally closed course, the police kept it pretty open.

On Saturday, we got our bikes ready and our T2 bags ready and took them out to bike drop-off so they would be ready for Sunday Morning. We then spent a nice leisurely lunch with some relatives of my uncle and talked about how they could see us most on the run leg (which was right near their house). Dinner of pasta (of course) and early bedtime.
Event warmup:

On race morning, we got up at 3:30, got body marked and took the 4:15 bus to the reservoir in the rain (photo 3) and got ready for the race. The ground was muddy and it was cold but it wasn't actually raining at that point (photo 4). I stocked up my bike with my nutrition stuff, dropped off my T2 bag and went to get into my wetsuit (since the mosquitoes couldn't bite through the neoprene). Took the self portrait with my uncle (photo 5) and then got busy.

I hit the porta-johns, watched the pros head out and then got in a quick swim to warm up. The water was cold but not freezing...nothing like some of the colder days in the pacific back home.
  • 39m 3s
  • 2078 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Pretty standard swim...decent time and I can't really complain as I don't concentrate on this aspect of the race much
Transition 1
  • 04m 56s

This was a weird one for some reason they didn't want us to set up a transition area at our bikes so we had to find our T1 bag, dump out shoes and helmet, and get them on before entering T1. The grass outside of T1 was muddy and there was not much to balance on. I didn't like this approach...I felt it took way too long and wasn't really effective
What would you do differently?:

just sit down and get wet to get shoes on. I was about to get really wet anyways.
  • 3h 07m 42s
  • 58.4 miles
  • 18.67 mile/hr

This is when the rain came in. Not really hard downpour but enough to keep the roads wet and have all kinds of crap splattering up into my face. And Cold?...dayum...big huge drops of cold cold water. I was shivering on some of the hills. I tried to pedal harder to get warm but that made me go faster so I got more wind chill.

I was glad to get out of the wet and warm up a bit.
What would you do differently?:

Arm-warmers maybe? I don't know but I was freezing.
Transition 2
  • 03m 11s

Wet feet going into socks are not an easy thing to do. But at this point, I was more worried about blisters and nasty foot pain than time so socks were the ticket. I don't regret was a reasonable trade off.
What would you do differently?:

invent socks that go on wet.
  • 1h 56m 28s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 53s  min/mile

I felt pretty good on the run. After the turn around, I had a big smile on my face for a couple of miles because I felt good and I knew that I could do it no matter what. That's a good day.
What would you do differently?:

I probably could've pushed a bit more on the run early but I was being conservative. It's a learning experience and I'm glad I didn't go to the other extreme and blow up.
Post race
Warm down:

walk around and eat food from post race tent.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Good race only complaint would be that weird T1 thing. Well maybe the weather but they can't do anything about that...just have to take what the day gives you.

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Last updated: 2010-04-09 12:00 AM
00:39:03 | 2078 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 44/86
Overall: 376/805
Performance: Good
Suit: aquaman
Course: Out around the boat docks and up into the north-east finger of the reservoir loop around and back to the start.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:56
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:07:42 | 58.4 miles | 18.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 54/86
Overall: 417/805
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: nice rolling hills course up and around calgary country-side.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 03:11
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
01:56:28 | 13.1 miles | 08m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 31/86
Overall: 293/805
Performance: Good
Course: Pretty much flat course around another reservoir closer to Calgary. There was one big hill going out and one going back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4