Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
64F / 18C
Total Time = 5h 54m 43s
Overall Rank = 958/1208
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 15/18
Pre-race routine:

Just relax and ensure I have everything I need.
Event warmup:

Short swim to acclimate to water temperature
  • 29m 34s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 24s / 100 yards
What would you do differently?:

Do an open water swim before the event. It would help with sighting and staying more in a straight line
Transition 1
  • 03m 45s

Run up sandy beach with no foot baths by the time I reached the bike entrance. I had to spend more time cleaning up my feet for the fear of issues on the bike and run
  • 2h 58m 11s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.86 mile/hr

I expected to average slightly above 18mph so I was pretty happy. I was surprised how my legs felt at mile 45 and had a some concerns about the upcoming run.
What would you do differently?:

Train harder on my tempo rides.
Transition 2
  • 02m 4s

Since I do not practice riding with my feet on my shoes and jumping off my moving bike, this was a pretty typical transition
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 21m 10s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 47s  min/mile

I had a feeling while on the bike that my run was going to be challenging. My legs felt more tired at mile 45 than I expected. May goal was 10 minutes miles and I missed that. I was hoping that my legs would loosen up after the first few miles, but it never happened. I just made sure that I had a comfortable pace to each aid station. Then, I would walk through each aid station. I absolutely loved the Oreo cookies at the one aid station!!!
What would you do differently?:

Once again, better tempo and interval runs in training.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretching and walking back to the hotel.

Event comments:

I could not ask for more from a race. The only downside had nothing to do with the organizers and volunteers. I was unfamiliar with the race and did not know I would need someone to accompany me to the swim start. When I checked the swim start lost and found, I got my flip flops, but someone must have liked my warm-up pants.

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Last updated: 2008-11-30 12:00 AM
00:29:34 | 2112 yards | 01m 24s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/18
Overall: 669/1208
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca Speedsuit - Sleeveless
Course: Point to point in Lake Michigan with the current. It was short distance from shore and you could stand in most places.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 03:45
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:58:11 | 56 miles | 18.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/18
Overall: 907/1208
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Mostly flat with some nice rolling hills. A few stretches were pretty rough, but that is too be expected.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:04
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:21:10 | 13.1 miles | 10m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/18
Overall: 995/1208
Performance: Below average
Course: Two loops with three challenging hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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] 4