Ironman 70.3 Timberman - Triathlon

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Gilford, New Hampshire
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
88F / 31C
Total Time = 6h 31m 38s
Overall Rank = 1224/
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 57/
Pre-race routine:

Drove from Jersey on Saturday. Had to make lots of stops since we were trying to stay hydrated and it took us about 7 1/2 hours to get to our cottage in Weirs Beach.

Race morning we got to Ellacoya State Park at 4:30 to make sure we got a parking space at the park because if you don't you have to park at Gunstock Resort and get shuttled in. We had no desire to shuttle our way back with our bikes after the race so sacrificed a little sleep to make our journey back to the hotel was easier. This felt like the right decision! Went to bed at 8:30 the night before though so still had a great night sleep. We sat in the car drinking coffee and listening to music before hitting the port-a-pottys. Then set up transition, pumped air into tires and chatted with friends. Before we knew it it was time to get suited up and head over to the swim start. I ate a clif bar and sipped on Nuun until the start. Oh and at about 6:00 I realized I forgot my bib!! I never forget anything and I panicked like a MoFo. Luckily i found the person I need to find pretty quickly and she had a stack of blank bibs, wrote my name and number on it and all was right with the world again! Crisis quickly adverted!
Event warmup:

I was anxious to check out the clear water of Lake Winnipesaukee so I spent about ten minutes wadding around and doing a few strokes to warm up my arms. The water (which I did not drink purposely) was so clear and clean that it tasted like tap water.
  • 35m 46s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

About 75% of the swim I spent completely surrounded by other swimmers. Constantly hitting others and constantly being hit. I barely had any time to really swim like I wanted. I took two good smacks to the face around 500 yards in, but it comes with the territory! It just never eased up. I like to stay close to the buoys so I know this can be a turbulent area. I just wish people from earlier heats who resort to breaststroke, back stroke or not moving at all would get the hell out of the way. Move to the outside. It is not fun for me and i can't imagine it is fun for you either. The good thing was that the water was so clear that I could easily see underwater where everyone else was. I sighted much less than I normally would because I could see the people's feet in front of me.
What would you do differently?:

Possibly move to the outside more, but probably not:)
Transition 1
  • 00m

I realized in T1 that i had not used my inhaler before the race. It was on my race belt so it took about 20 seconds to take it off and put it in my trisuit pocket just in case. The transition area was very very tight, so I took a bit longer because I definitely did not want to knock over anyone else's bike.

I did not use the wetsuit strippers because I don't have much trouble taking mine off. For the rest of the day you could tell who did use the strippers though because their back was covered in dirt.
What would you do differently?:

Use inhaler before race.
  • 3h 13m 1s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.41 mile/hr

Lost my water bottle on a downhill around mile 10. I still had two bottles of Gatorade Endurance with me but i knew I was going to need to grab a water bottle from the aid station which I had never done before. It surprising went well and the coldness of that water made me question why I don't always get a fresh water bottle half way through. I did not want to use my aero water bottle holder again to insure nothing fell out again so I ditched my own empty Endurance bottle when I picked up the water. The right velcro on my saddle bag also came undone at least a dozen times during the race. I could fix it while riding and it was never going to fall off completely because it is zip tied but every time I hit a bump the right side would swing off and hit my leg letting me know it was dangling. Luckily it was not hitting my wheel but this will definitely need to be fixed for the future! I added an extra tube and co2 cartridge in the bag before this race but the velcro of the bag could obviously not support this extra weight. It fist happened around mile 2 so I knew I was in for an annoying ride.

I knew the beginning 12 miles and last 12 miles were hilly but what I did not know what that the 14 miles or so until the turn around were slightly downhill, I was told it was flat, which I guess it technically is. I FLEW during this section clocking in my two fastest 5 mile splits ever! I was really happy, but I knew that if I was moving this fast that it was gonna be less fun after the turn around.... and it was. The 14 miles or so after the turnaround were slightly uphill and i was hurting! I was averaging about 15 mph and i was dying for a downhill or even a big uphill to get out of the saddle. This made the last section of hills an actual treat! I dreaded this last section of hills for weeks but it turned out to not even be my most painful section of the race!
What would you do differently?:

UUUHHH lots of technical things! Secure aero water bottle better and saddle bag. I knew before the race that there could be an issue with the saddle bag. Next time if I think there could be any kind of issue assume there will be and take care of it before race!! Don't leave it up to chance! Overall I was pretty happy with my bike though!
Transition 2
  • 02m 15s

Don't tell anyone but I sat down to change my shoes and as I did this I peed in the grass. I am very talented. It saved time and needed to be done! Then splashed a little water on myself and off I went:)
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 37m 48s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 03s  min/mile

It was hot and hilly. My plan was to only walk aid stations. That lasted for about 6 miles, then on an uphill I was "running" the same pace the person in front of me was walking so I thought it a better use of my energy to walk (though quickly). I continued to run and walk the hills the rest of the run. I knew if I stayed around a 12:02 pace that I would PR so I aimed for that.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Even though I walked a bit I was happy with my performance considering conditions.
Post race
Warm down:

Collapsing on my butt in the shade:) Waited a bit before hitting the athlete food for watermelon, ice cream and pizza!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I had hoped for some cooler New England weather. I am sure I could have gone a bit faster if it had not been so terribly hot, but it is what it is.

I live in a flat area and it is hard to make time to travel 45 minutes to train on hills. I did train on hills but would have liked to more.

I stayed positive during the whole race, smiled and had fun.

Event comments:

I would love to do this race again but it is a bit far making it a big time commitment for a half.

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Last updated: 2015-08-18 12:00 AM
00:35:46 | 2112 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 19/
Overall: 533/
Performance: Average
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Rectangle shape with yellow buoys on the first half then switching to orange.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
03:13:01 | 56 miles | 17.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 41/
Overall: 1049/
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Hills first 12 miles then slight down down to turn around at mile 28. After turn around slight up hill and a bit of a headwind until hills for last 12 miles. There were lots of pot holes in last few miles.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:15
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:37:48 | 13.1 miles | 12m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 57/
Overall: 1224/
Performance: Average
Course: Two loops course with lots more hills than I am used to.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5