Ironman 70.3 Steelhead - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Benton Harbor, Michigan
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
78F / 26C
Total Time = 7h 15m 10s
Overall Rank = 1292/1469
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 74/90
Pre-race routine:

Up early, got dressed, HEED to drink, oatmeal and a half a banana. No nuts or vitamins.
Event warmup:

Set up transition and a 30 min walk to the swim start (great warm up).
  • 45m 54s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 23s / 100 meters

Had a chance to warm up. It was a very hard swim and everyone else had trouble navigating so I spent a lot of my time watching for people cutting across me of swimming on top of me. There was really nothing that you can use as sighting as the buoys were on your right and the waves were pushing you into them.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe swim further outside of the pack.
Transition 1
  • 06m 56s

Transition was so crowded and long.
What would you do differently?:

Run to my spot.
  • 3h 31m 52s
  • 90.12 kms
  • 25.56 km/hr

My bike felt slow from the beginning and I couldn't get my watch setup properly at first. I must have had low rear tire pressure. Then I got an official flat with 10 miles left. I had never changed a flat my my self. I was slow but got most of it done before the SAG truck came to help me finish. Also there were a lot of fast men passing and it was frustrating.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe double check the air pressure before the race. Practice changing tires for speed.
Transition 2
  • 05m 1s

The transition was VERY long and narrow and I was racked at the very far in so I has to walk with my bike and shoes for most of the way.
What would you do differently?:

Run with my bike.
  • 2h 46m 17s
  • 21.08 kms
  • 07m 55s  min/km

This was a very boring run. Many people passed me as well and that got me frustrated along with knowing I was not going to PB with that bike ride.
What would you do differently?:

Not let a flat get me frustrated.
Post race
Warm down:

I cried because I was frustrated. I left as fast as possible

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bad luck.

Event comments:

This was a very hard year for this race, maybe next year it will be better.

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Last updated: 2012-10-26 12:00 AM
00:45:54 | 1931 meters | 02m 23s / 100meters
Age Group: 16/90
Overall: 620/1469
Performance: Average
Suit: yes
Course: A long parallel swim along the shore. Very deep. Hard swim overall with the waves. About 100 people didn't finish.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:56
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:31:52 | 90.12 kms | 25.56 km/hr
Age Group: 71/90
Overall: 1245/1469
Performance: Bad
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:01
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:46:17 | 21.08 kms | 07m 55s  min/km
Age Group: 74/90
Overall: 1292/1469
Performance: Bad
Course: Street and campus running.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3