Spirit of Racine 2005 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
82F / 28C
Total Time = 5h 54m 42s
Overall Rank = 310/1073
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 16/60
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:00 which was too early. Ate an english muffin w/peanut butter; oatmeal on the way down to the race and a cliff bar on the way to the swim. Transition set up went smooth. Just had to wait for the race to start.
Event warmup:

mile walk to swim start and short swim before race start
  • 38m 49s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 01s / 100 meters

thought about turning around when I first started swimming; I let the waves get the best of me; after the 1st turn I started swimming better. first 1/3 was bad, I was having some problems with the waves until I got use to them; second 1/3 was a good swim a little choppy but not as wavey actually got into a grove while swimming, drafted a little, some guy swam perpendicular over me...no idea where he was headed!; last 1/3 was good. Run into the water and out of the water was a little tricky with the sand bars. after my practice swim I thought my time would be 47 min so I was happy when i got out of the water with 36 (plus run time).
What would you do differently?:

Try to relax in the begining of the swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 34s

Had a little trouble with wet suit but not too bad. Stopped to get on bike but got clipped in right away.
What would you do differently?:

Practice getting on bike faster.
  • 3h 09m 9s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.76 mile/hr

Left leg was sore due to the cracks in the road. At mile 20 I was very sore, by mile 40 I was numb. Felt over heated at last aid station so I poured water into my helmet and slowed down for a bit. Because of the wind I was in the areo bars alot, even while drinking which made my stomache cramp a little so then I had to sit totally up right which slowed me down a lot. 17mph winds with gusts around 20mph.
What would you do differently?:

Pretty sure if I didn't have the left leg/nerve problem I would have gotten under 3 hrs which is what my goal was.
Transition 2
  • 01m 41s

Pretty smooth T2. No issues.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to dismount bike better.
  • 2h 02m 27s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 21s  min/mile

HOT, HOT, HOT. I wasn't familiar with the sport drink so I used e-gel during the run. Took 1st at the Zoo water stop with warm water. Felt it kick in several miles later. Took the 2nd at the Zoo again up on the second loop. Probably should have had one more considering the conditions that day. The stretch on 3 mile/Lake Shore Dr. was very mentally challenging. Walked several times during the run and probably would have walked more if I hadn't met Nona and ran with her. It helped to have someone to talk too while running...kept my mind off of the heat! Walked water stops and took ice and water at ever stop. Soaked in every hose that was on the course! Probably wouldn't have finished with out the hoses! Picked up the pace at mile 12 which was a little too soon so I had to cross the street to stop in one final hose.
What would you do differently?:

Take an additional e-gel. Challenged myself a little more when wanting to walk.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line and had problems getting a full breath. Stood in the shade of the food tent and ate oranges and watermelon. Then headed back in the lake to cool down. Water felt ice cold but felt good! I was so sick of water when I was done with the race I stopped at the first gas station and got a Dr. Pepper, wow was that good!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I trained in the heat so I don't think it bothered me as much as others but it was definetly an issue.

Event comments:

Overall this was a good race. It went by very fast! My family followed me around the course cheering me on which was great! Wish I would have stuck around after the race to enjoy the moment but I was hot and wanted to get to AC.
1073 finished the race an additional 154 started but DNF (312 no start)

Last updated: 2005-07-28 12:00 AM
00:38:49 | 1931 meters | 02m 01s / 100meters
Age Group: 27/60
Overall: 624/1073
Performance: Good
Suit: DeSoto 2 piece
Course: out 1/8; 1 mile parallel to shore; in 1/8
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:34
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:09:09 | 56 miles | 17.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 34/60
Overall: 798/1073
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Mostly country roads in Racine County.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:41
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
02:02:27 | 13.1 miles | 09m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/60
Overall: 207/1073
Performance: Average
Course: 2 loop course on cement road, short jog thru Zoo, out past Praire School; turn around before Shoop Park.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4