Kinetic Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
United States
Set-Up, Inc
Total Time = 5h 08m 35s
Overall Rank = 44/266
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 9/56
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3am, made and ate my usual ham and egg sandwich and left the house by 3:30 for the driver to Lake Anna State Park. Got there before packet pick-up had opened so used the bathroom and just walked around to stretch the legs...finally picked up packet and then set-up transition area and got changed.
Event warmup:

Just a quick swim---only about 5 or 10 minutes to just get used to the water...riding the bike was difficult to just took it for a VERY quick spin to make sure it was in the right gear to start the bike.
  • 27m 46s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 19s / 100 yards

First time for me with a beach start and I was a little unsure so I didn't go right to the front which was probably a bad move because I had a rougher first 200 then I should have because of the slow people that started out front. I was able to find some good feet for the first half of the first loop and sat on those--we were swimming straight and on the bouys. I tried to get up to run into the beach a little too early on the first loop. The second loop I didn't get much drafting done but still felt pretty easy and had good navigation---the last half or so of this loop I ran into A LOT of the first wave (I was in the third wave and had already passed most of the second wave but for whatever reason there was a big bunching of the first wave).
What would you do differently?:

Not much---I would have liked to get some more drafting but the opportunites just weren't there so I took what I had. And maybe swim some more (really haven't been in the water this year......)
Transition 1
  • 02m 30s

I was pretty pleased with this transition since it's the first time I've worn a wetsuit and therefore first transition with one.
What would you do differently?:

Just get faster
  • 2h 38m 24s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.21 mile/hr

Well the bike went well BUT had some real bad/down sides. I felt pretty comfortable on the bike and was riding well---I realized very early on that it was HUMID--and getting warm---can't that that I'm really used to that at this point in the year (they reported the humidity was something like 96% at the start with a "tropical" dew point). I knew that I was going to need to drink well (I had 3hr bottle of Infinit in my aerodrink and planned on water at each of the three bottlehandoffs along with the bottle of water I started with). Well that worked out just fine for the first handoff (they were great there) but on the second handoff the kids handing out bottles at that point were scared of us riding through and were dropping more of the bottles---needless to say I didn't get one. The rest of the ride was pretty uneventful until it came time to turn back into the park---it's a right hand turn at decent speed and I stayed in the aero position and started to make the turn but it just got away from me-I tried to get to the brakes but I was sliding sideways before that ever happened---at 26mph according to my Garmin. I popped right back up and continued on with blood trickling down my shin (thought I cheated the road on that one) until I realized that my right elbow/forearm was torn open and bleeding pretty I just finished the bike.
What would you do differently?:

ummmm let's see---not SLIDE into the park.... Get more fluids in.
Transition 2
  • 01m 41s

Not a bad transition since I was also trying to figure out how bad the road rash was...
What would you do differently?:

speed up and not have to check road rash
  • 1h 58m 16s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 02s  min/mile

Well the first two miles went at planned and then the wheels fell off. My legs just seemed real tight and then like they wanted to cramp (they didn't but....). I started to walk the aid stations so that I could actually DRINK Heed and water at each stop (the first couple I tried to run and drink and it wasn't working so well). I would feel better on the flats and downhill but the hills were just killing me. I walked the big hill on the third loop and met a guy that had some problems on the bike (yes I was getting too much attention due to the blood all down my arm and the nice hole in the a@@ of my shorts--bloody pace booty!?!?!!!) We started to talk and that made all the difference. The Heed and water finally kicked in the last mile or so and I picked up my pace.
What would you do differently?:

Take Heed and water right from the beginning and take the time at the aid stations to get the full cups down.
Post race
Warm down:

Go to the med tent and ask them to clean my arm---they really just poured saline on it and said to get it cleaned out.....

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough water/poor nutrition for the day/conditions. This was just my second tri (first was a sprint last Oct--so this was my first HIM). The weather here was cold and then rainy so outside biking suffered---that and I just bought my bike (which I ripped the side of the seat and the bar tape/scuffed the end of the aero bar) about 6 weeks ago (after using a MTB for last year) and tried to pile up the miles in that time (despite the cold and rain).

Event comments:

Set-up puts together great events at nice locations!!

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Last updated: 2008-12-27 12:00 AM
00:27:46 | 2112 yards | 01m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/56
Overall: 13/266
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vortex2 full suit
Course: More or less a rectangle loop that you had to do twice (this involved coming back into the beach and running back down the beach to the starting point).
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:30
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:38:24 | 56 miles | 21.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/56
Overall: 28/266
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Quick climb from the water up into the park and then a quick little turnaround down a side road in the park to get to the full 56 (of course according to my Garmin I was more like 56.4), then out of the park for two loops on country roads.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 97
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:41
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
01:58:16 | 13.1 miles | 09m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/56
Overall: 79/266
Performance: Bad
Course: little loop out of transition to get the .1 need for the half mary then a three loop course through the park---pretty good hills.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 4