Timberman - Half Iron - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Gilford, New Hampshire
United States
Total Time = 8h 19m 28s
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Pre-race routine:

The Timberman Triathlon 70.3 was an excellent race, run by some incredable people, in one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. That's saying a lot coming from a guy who was raised in the hills of Tennessee.

I loved meeting with the BTers for lunch. That was great, putting faces to names and to meet some that I'd met at Mooseman again!

When I went to Mooseman I knew the course was hilly and I used a 20 week beginner's HIM training plan to "just finish" and that's what I did. I figured I could do a 12 week OLY to HIM bridge plan to go from there to here. I didn't realize the plan was training for speed. I was again looking to finish comfortably. That didn't happen. Okay, I finished and did it within time but it was anything but comfortably.

A few days before this race I put a note in my logs that I may have just wasted 12 weeks "training" for this race. I had a pretty-to-really good build up for an OLY race. I didn't have a good build for an HIM. I got both written and spoken "you'll do fine" but I don't tend to kid myself and I have trouble with some of the "you'll do great" comments both giving and receiving when it's obvious to me that I'm not going to do great. I would honestly like to know what the temp/humidity was for the day. That helped in the kicking of my butt I'm sure.

Morning. I got up at 2:30. That's not an unusual time for me. It affords me a bit of time to compose before I have to deal with people and get going for whatever the day brings.

Event warmup:

Went swimming for a couple hundred yards
  • 40m 58s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

My race started going wrong here. About 200 yards into the swim I got kicked in the goggles hard enough to crack the goggle. It made me gasp and that was not air I took in but lake water. The coughing fit and subsequent swallowing of half the lake was not much fun. I got to draft through a good portion of the swim but not the whole way this time. It's funny how 3 minutes makes a world of difference in the swim. Still and all, it wasn't that bad a swim. Swallowing that much lake water set me off and I felt slightly nauseous all day. That didn't help matters much.

What would you do differently?:

Swim a bit more in training. Not even a whole lot more, just a bit.
Transition 1
  • 05m 49s

I was trying not to throw up at this point. It was not shaping up to be a good day. I asked one of the volunteers if I had a black eye, apparently it didn't start swelling until the next day.
  • 3h 36m 37s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.51 mile/hr

Whoever said/suggested that Timberman was not as hilly as Mooseman needs slapped. I train in a place where the biggest hill around here is probably a 50' climb over 1/4 mile.

I started on the bike and the first 15 or so miles was already kicking my butt. "Rolling hills" my butt. I had to walk up Marsh hill.

After the first 15ish miles it got better and I was actually able to enjoy the bike as I almost always enjoy riding. Then the sun came out and it got hot and wet. Yick. Sweating but it wasn't doing any good and I don't handle heat all that well. I started feeling mild muscle twinges around the 30 mile mark. That's normal and it tends to go away after a bit. Not this time. At the 40 mile marker aid station as I was reaching for a bottle both calves cramped up HARD. I fell over and had to ask someone to pick my bike up a bit so I could unclip. Turns out I scraped the snot out of my elbow and bruised exactly the spot where I put my arm down on the areopad. Wonderful. It took about 10-15 minutes to get my calves worked out enough to bend my feet without pain.

Heat, humidity. When I do 60 mile rides I take 3 bottles. HEED, Perpeteum, Gatoraid, Sports Beans any combo of these are fine with my tummy so I'm not trying anything new on a race day. That's all I use. It's worked rather well, even doing bricks. Well, by the time I had finished the bike in this race I finished my 2 bottles of Perpeteum, 1 bottle of HEED, all three of those with an extra 3 scoops of enduralites in them because that's what I used in training and it works, 4 bottles of Gatoraid and 2 bottles of water. I wasn't sloshing, I didn't feel bloated and it wasn't too much. Just a side note, I didn't pee until about 3 hours after the race. I was NOT overhydrating.

I must have looked like hell, I got asked if I was okay from the time I fell on the bike until the end of the race.

What would you do differently?:

I don't know. I need to have another year of base before I start even thinking about using a speed training plan. Heat kills me, it always has.
Transition 2
  • 07m 46s

I knew I was in for it when just about everyone asked me if I was okay and one of the officials asked me how many fingers he was holding up.
  • 3h 48m 20s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 17m 26s  min/mile

Yeah, right. Run. I started the thing power walking. I know how to do a force march and that sounded like just the thing to keep my within time. That lasted about 2-3 miles. My right calf started acting up and I was told my left calf already looked swollen and red even at this stage of the run.

After the first 10K both calves had locked up and medical students were asking me to use my legs to pass thier bio exams where they had to lable the different muscles. The medics followed me for a little bit and kept talking to me every time they passed. I must have presented a sight here too because I heard comments like "Holy COW look at that guy's calves" and then the person would tell me I was looking strong. I did appreciate it even knowing the person was lying :)

Up hill, down hill, didn't matter they all hurt worse than level ground but at least each made a different spot hurt so that worked. I took two Gatoraid cups at each aid station and that took the edge off of the cramps until just before the next aid station.

Turns out I was working on a blister on my left heel that is about 2" long and about 1/2-3/4" wide. That and the minor blisters under my calluses of the balls of my feet are the worst of it. These things I've had plenty of times before with road marches, they're more or less ignorable. I didn't ever realize I had a blister until I took my shoes off after the race.

Aquagirl came back down the race road to find me and I'm guessing I even made her nervous about my health and well being from the look on her face until she talked to me and figured out I actually was going to suffer through this and finish within time so she resigned herself to walk with me. Thank you!

What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure what I COULD do differently. Have another year of base? Work on my ability to deal with heat? It's not worked for 43 years and I've been in all sorts of hot places so I don't know if that'll do any good.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

-er- me.

Event comments:

Going into Mooseman I did a 20 week HIM training plan. That worked out okay. This one I did an OLY to HIM bridge plan. That did NOT work out well. I've got a HIM to IM bridge plan in my calendar this time to get me to B2B. I believe the training over distance is exactly what I need as this is getting back to doing physical stuff after 10 years of couch potatoing. We'll see how that one goes.

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Last updated: 2008-10-06 12:00 AM
00:40:58 | 2112 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: 2XU C:2 Full Sleeve
Course: Rectangle lake swim.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:49
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
03:36:37 | 56 miles | 15.51 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 07:46
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
03:48:20 | 13.1 miles | 17m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
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Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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