Whirlpool Steelhead 70.3 Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Benton Harbor, Michigan
United States
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Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 1497/1661
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 141/145
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30, took the dog out, had a bagel, coffee, a few honey nut cheerios, had the wife drive me to the shuttle.
Event warmup:

Other than setting up transition, walking the mile to the swim out, and a few warmup laps at the shore of the lake... nothing.
  • 35m 54s
  • 2310 yards
  • 01m 33s / 100 yards

I was in the last wave so I got to enjoy watching and cheering everyone out and then getting to experience the silence of nobody being around to cheer you out. More on being the last wave later but the swim was beautiful. The water was still with minimal waves, pretty strong current moving you up the course, long enough to get spread out.
What would you do differently?:

Be faster, overall the swim was a great experience.
Transition 1
  • 04m 46s

T1 was nice except for the insane chute to get to it. I was happy with my rack spot until I saw that you have to snake through a serpentine maze to get to the transition and that added a bit of time. I was walking until I saw this, then I started jogging.
What would you do differently?:

Run a little faster if I knew I wasn't going to be entering right near my bike.
  • 3h 29m 44s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.02 mile/hr

I was having the bike of my life up until the 19 mile to go turn on to the Blue Star expressway. That's when the wind started pummeling myself and everyone in my vicinity. It went from constantly checking my garmin at 20+mph down to seeing it at 10mph. I started ignoring the speed and just watched the distance so I knew when it would be over with.

I started singing to get my mind off the pain... sorry folks at the aid station if you couldn't understand... It was "Bad Moon Rising".
What would you do differently?:

Get much stronger on the bike. I was passed by a lot of people on the flats but made up a lot of distance on hills. I was not passing many people but the few that I did made me pretty happy.
Transition 2
  • 04m 13s

Very fluid T2, didn't put any GU's in my jersey as I expected to take nutrition from the aid stations. It worked out but it was a gutsy gamble.
What would you do differently?:

Remember to stick with my nutrition plan.
  • 2h 48m 43s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 53s  min/mile

The rain started during my first loop. It was a blessing really, I didn't overheat at all during the run and the rain made for a nice wash down, eliminating the need for sponges. I had big time GI issues and kept telling myself "I'll use the porta potty at the next station" but I never actually did. My legs never really recovered from the abuse on the windy bike course so my run pace suffered.
What would you do differently?:

Train harder to get to a 10 min/mile pace. 12 is too slow.
Post race
Warm down:

Pizza and Burgers!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mother Nature. In ideal conditions I would have done better but you have to take what you're dealt and work around it. I did it and still finished. So I was still victorious in my eyes.

Event comments:

Didn't get to enjoy any post race activities. Words of advice - DONT bring a dog that's not good with big public events to a triathlon. She was like having a fussy newborn with us. We just had to get her home and calm and safe.

Although my wife and I celebrated with beers that night.

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Last updated: 2009-01-25 12:00 AM
00:35:54 | 2310 yards | 01m 33s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/145
Overall: 0/1661
Performance: Good
Suit: 2XU SC:2
Course: Course was C shaped, enter at tiscornia park and swim parallel with the short to your right up a mile and then take a right turn to Jean Klock Park.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:46
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:29:44 | 56 miles | 16.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/145
Overall: 0/1661
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: A lollipop shape with an out and back with a loop on the end.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:13
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:48:43 | 13.1 miles | 12m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/145
Overall: 0/1661
Performance: Average
Course: Like the bike course, an out and back with 2 loops on the end.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %2
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5