!/2 Vineman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Santa Rosa, California
United States
Vineman, Inc
73F / 23C
Total Time = 8h 00m
Overall Rank = 1202/1252
Age Group = M38
Age Group Rank = 304/375
Pre-race routine:

Woke in a panic, thought I over sleep but I still had 1 minute until my alarm went off., garbbed my gear, mixed my bottles of Accelerade and Carbo-pro, ate some breakfast then met my brother strat the 40 minute trip to the river and the startof the race
Event warmup:

did some light stretching but that's it.
  • 55m 31s
  • 2187 yards
  • 02m 32s / 100 yards

After getting over the nervous feeling about the magnitude of the this race for me and were I thought for a moment I was actually going to throw-up I calmed down and watched the waves in front of me head out. My wave started almost 2 hours after the beginning of the race so there was a long time to relax and get my head in the game.
Once I started I felt real strong the 1st 500 meters or so but then I could tell I wasn't having a great swim, my calves started to cramp early which caused some mental worry that less then 10 minutes into what's going to be a very long day I was already starting to hurt. I shook off the thought of hurting and resolved to take one event at a time. So I focused on just finishing the swim. I relaxed and dredged on. I had a slower than normal swim by a whole 10 minutes. I think this was more of my subconscious pacing me for a long day because I felt very strong coming out of the water. I even beat my brother out of the water which was a side goal I had. (of course he started 2 waves behind me, still a minor victory for me, and that means I'll get to see him on the course which I didn't expect)

What would you do differently?:

I think I'm going to have to re-think my morning routine to figure out my a cramped up so early and keep working on my open water swimming
Transition 1
  • 04m 16s

Feeling pretty good coming out of the water, instantly saw my wife and other family members cheering me on which always make you feel even better. In fact I was feeling so good that I ran right past my bike aisle. When I went to look for the little orange water bowl someone was using for their feet and I was using to mark my aisle, it was gone. I guess that a disadvantage of having 2 transition areas when leave the T1 they pack up all their stuff to be transported to the end of the race. After what felt like forever but was more likely only seconds I found my bike and all was right once again. I took my time to make sure I wasn't forgeting anything then handed my swim stuff off to my wife so I won't have to hunt for it at the finish and I was off. Saw my brother getting to his bike as I ran past on my way out of T1
What would you do differently?:

not much, maybe try to remember which rack I parked at.
  • 3h 19m 13s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.87 mile/hr

the 1st 5 miles was flat with slight upwards trend but I was actually able to keep a comftable pace of 20+mph, just spinning away. At mile 5 there's a 110 degreee turn that appearently leaves some people in the blackberry bushes and marks the start of the hills. Although the uphills slowed me down I was averaging pretty good for the next 20 miles or so. My brother actually caught me at mile 12, he slowed to joke a bit then he was off. I actually tried to pick my pace up to stay with him but I couldn't do it and he slowly pulled away. Man I hate hills. I settled into a comfortable but hard pace and began focusing on eating and hydrating. I had my stop watch set for every 20 minutes to remind me to drink or eat something. For the most part I just listened to my body and made sure I gave it what it was demanding, short of getting off the bike. Chalk Hill. The steepest hill on the course even though its relativly short was a killer at mile 45ish I managed to not get off the bike like I saw a few others do but for a little while there my speed dropped to a mere 4 mph (ouch). The rest for the ride was mainly slightly downhill or flat and uneventful with the exception of the railroad crossing. I must have saw 50+ water bottles on the other side of the tracks. It appears that the collision of the tires to the track is just enough to knock people water bottle out of the holder. I was more worried about the bottles than the tracks.

What would you do differently?:

Continue to train with the hills to work on powering over them more effeiently.
Transition 2
  • 06m 30s

There was a long run from the dismount line to the bike racks. My legs really didn't like that at all. Again I had a hard time finding my Run bag. It was one of a few lift sitting between alot of bikes with no good landmarks other than my age group signs, which there was 4 of.
Once I found it I quickly changed my socks and slipped on my running shoes, splashed on some Bull Frog,sun scree, grabbed my fuel belt and I was off.
What would you do differently?:

Again figure out a better way to mark my spot in transition.
  • 3h 34m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 16m 24s  min/mile

Now I've never been a runner but over the last 1 and 1/2 or so I've been losing the weight and gradually getting faster. None of that mattered today. Today I started running and instantly my legs started to scream at me to stop. It wasn't that I was in pain they just didn't want to move me forward. Before I hit the 1st mile marker I started to do the math from my time until the race cut-of time 4 hrs 47 minutes I had to finish the race or get pulled.
I tried to wipe that thought from my head and as quoted many times on the BT site, Suck It Up, and start running.
I ran a good pace for me, until I hit the 1st WALL, I mean hill. The 1st hill seemed enormous to me and I ended up walk as many people where doing. I never seemed to recover and ended up doing a run walk thing the rest of the way. At mile 6 I realized I could actually hit my on goal of <8 hours if I picked it up. So I did the best I could.
I ran down the final stretch with less than a minute to go so I gave it everything I had and made it in at the 8hour even mark.

What would you do differently?:

MORE RUNNING OFF THE BIKE. I guess the only way to improve is simply more training, more weight lose and more brick work.

Post race
Warm down:

Sat down and stretched, my wife retrieved me some fruit and misc. calories to take in. Other than that I was pretty happy just to sit down in the grass for awhile.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training, weight (excess). I'm working on both of those issues, hard.

Event comments:

THe volunteers on the bike and run course where great. I unfortunately had a chance to talk with some at each aide station on the run, they truly made it an easier run.

A couple of notes: I basically had 3 goals going into 1/2 Vineman. 1st go in under 250 pounds, down from well over 300, complete i weighed in at 249
2nd Complete the race, period. Without feeling or getting ill would be a bonus., Completed- I hydrated very well with just the right food intake which contributed to me not having and head or GI "issues" (I have these issues in shorter races, not fun) throughout the race.
Last was to finish in 8 hours or less.- I finished at 8:00, I actually had almost 47 minutes to spare before the time cut off. So I completed all 3 goals.

Also in my age group alone 70 people started but did not finish the race, ouch.

Last updated: 2005-08-01 12:00 AM
00:55:31 | 2187 yards | 02m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/375
Overall: 1226/1252
Performance: Below average
Suit: yes
Course: An out and back course up the Russian River. The river was very shallow in Sspots so some people actually stood up and walked a bit. It really freaked my out to have the swimmer in front of me suddenly stand up but I adjusted.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:16
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:19:13 | 56 miles | 16.87 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/375
Overall: 1098/1252
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: The bike course was a scenic trip around Sonoma County wine country, which unfortuneatly for me meant plenty of hills. including a couple of big hills that killed my avg speed.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 06:30
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
03:34:51 | 13.1 miles | 16m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/375
Overall: 1207/1252
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back course with rolling hills, a couple of the hills might as well ahve been walls. They were killer on the legs to run(walk) up.
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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4