Timberman - Half Iron - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Gilford, New Hampshire
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 6h 27m 28s
Overall Rank = 1063/1368
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 184/221
Pre-race routine:

Woke at 4am. Drank a water bottle, ate a PB&J sandwich, power bar and banana. Did some light stretching and took care of some last minute details with the pack job. Looked outside the window- RAIN! Re-packed triathlon bag with a garbage bag liner. Folded up top of garbage bag so my bike and running gear would stay dry while I was out swimming and biking. On the advice of Kelley, I packed a second pair of socks. Turned out to be GREAT advice.

Kelley got ready, packed the car and headed off to Ellacoya State Park where the race was being held. This is a small Park with limited parking capabilities. We missed getting into the main lot by about 10 lousy cars. We ended up parking in an adjacent lot that was quickly becoming a mud pit due to the rain. Thank god for Thomas (user U352 from Triscoop) and his wife, Aleese (sp?). They arrived at 4am and had a space just feet from transition. We hung out with them in their rental car talking about this and that along with race strategy.
  • 40m 52s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

Myself, Thomas and Dave all started together. This was Thomas's first Half Ironman and I offered the proverbial "Go slow in the swim". So off we went. I got into the groove right away but was fighting allot of kicking feet and elbows. Much more then my first H.I.M.

About halfway out the field opened up and I had the water to myself. However, there started to develop a chop and swell out in the lake. It seemed to match my stroke perfectly so my breathing rhythm with thrown out of whack.

Making the last turn towards shore, people from the last wave caught up to me rapidly but I also saw some swim caps of swimmers of people in the wave ahead which boosted my spirit.
Transition 1
  • 05m 39s

I came out the water and felt I had matched my previous half ironman swim time. I didn't even need to look at my watch. "I have a wetsuit, what's going on!?" , I thought. "I should be faster!". I quickly realized however I felt much better physically then the last swim. The wetsuit allowed me to keep the same swim pace but using far less effort. Using a wetsuit for this purpose will pay off huge dividends when you are on the bike.

Stripped out of the my wetsuit and opened up my Tri-bag full. I pulled out my helmet and strapped it on. Next I found my race belt with bib # and put that on....rip. "Oh no!" I tore the corner of the bib number where it attached to the race belt. It was now tangling by only one corner.

Quickly I assessed how to fix the problem. I folded over the corner that had torn and with my teeth tore a new hole into it, adjacent to the ripped hole. Then I had to take time to slide that corner onto the race belt. Race belt on, I found my riding shoes and got out my dry socks. I slipped each one on followed by its respective cycling shoe.

  • 3h 23m 49s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.49 mile/hr

Gotta visit www.aircrewphotos.com/Timberman.html for this part.
Transition 2
  • 04m 36s

I get into transition and see Dave, the Ironman from Belgium. He's done already and I haven't even finished one foot of the run course yet! I rack my bike and I just. That site of Dave just blows my mind. He's done in about 4:30 mins with the entire course. As I am putting on my running shoes, he's packing to head back to Belguim

I relax for a minute. I'm so glad to be off that bike! I un-strap my helmet and take off my bike shoes. They are so wet and heavy, the socks are just two wet rags. Thank goodness Kelley told me to put another pair of socks in my bag. I take it easy and go through transition in norush. Even if I tried, I wasn't moving anywhere fast.

I thought I would start out extra slow and pick it up in the run. Boy was I spot on. I just didn't realize how slow I was going to run the 1st loop.
  • 2h 12m 34s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 07s  min/mile

Gotta visit www.aircrewphotos.com/Timberman.html for this part.
Post race
Event comments:

not enough of port-o-potti's on run course. had twait too much. only one at each. lost at least 5 mins on run cause of waiting in line.

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Last updated: 2006-08-26 12:00 AM
00:40:52 | 2112 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/221
Overall: 753/1368
Performance: Average
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: Out from shore, right turn, down beach, right turn, back to shore.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:39
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:23:49 | 56 miles | 16.49 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/221
Overall: 1145/1368
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 80
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Below average Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Too much
Time: 04:36
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:12:34 | 13.1 miles | 10m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/221
Overall: 982/1368
Course: 2 loop course.
Keeping cool Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3