Half Vineman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Sonoma, California
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 5h 24m 48s
Overall Rank = 370/1211
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 63/234
Pre-race routine:

Did the same race last year so I knew what to expect.

Slept in due to late wave time (8:35). Woke up, had 2 cups of coffee and a peanut butter bagel washed down with 20 oz. Gatorade. Got to the venue as the pros were leaving T1, that was kinda cool.
Event warmup:

Porta potty and a short swim before the gun.
  • 36h 31m
  • 2112 yards
  • 1h 43m 44s / 100 yards

Per usual my heart rate spikes at the start of the race but I relax ar ound the 200 meter mark. The rest of the swim was uneventful as I maintained a good rhythm.

Last year my swim was 38:50, this year 36:31.
What would you do differently?:

Warm up longer to avoid early heart rate spike.
Transition 1
  • 02m 48s

T1 is tough at this race. The transition area is kinda muddy with rocks and the start of the bike is uphill.
What would you do differently?:

Put on socks...more on that later.
  • 2h 44m 28s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.43 mile/hr

There was a slight headwind this year that slowed me down a bit over last. Also, the sun came out at mile 10 and it got hot in a hurry. I started so late that I passed hundreds of people while being passed by only a few.
What would you do differently?:

Wear socks...more on that later.
Transition 2
  • 02m 7s

I was more than 2 minutes faster than last year. Most of that can be accounted for by skipping the porta potty. It was a last second decision and turned out to be a good one.
What would you do differently?:

Put on socks...more on that later.
  • 1h 58m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 04s  min/mile

Coming off the bike, I had a chance to beat last years time. I felt great for the 1st 5 or 6 miles comfortably running at around 8:00 minute pace. Near the turnaround I felt blisters forming on the bottom of my left foot and heel. Of course, I was racing in flats WITH NO SOCKS! By mile 10 I had compounded the problem by pouring water on my head and running through misters. All these things made my shoes wet and the blisters worse. I put off looking at my heel because I knew it would be ugly and perhaps cause me to walk the last three miles, but tempatation tookover and I looked at my heel to see the entire back of my shoe covered in blood. By this time my pace had slowed to around 11 minute miles as I was forced into my duck run. I finally waddled in and couldn't wait to get those damn shoes off.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Feet first-aid, water and free food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of socks

Event comments:

I had a great time doing this race again and may do it in 07 (no long races for me in 06).

Last year...5:14

This year...5:24.

I think had I not blistered, I had a great shot at beating last years time. Not doing so gives me a great excuse to do it again.

Last updated: 2005-08-04 12:00 AM
36:31:00 | 2112 yards | 1h 43m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/234
Overall: 0/1211
Performance: Good
Suit: Full Desoto two piece
Course: Out and back river swim with the out being upstream.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:48
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:44:28 | 56 miles | 20.43 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/234
Overall: 0/1211
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: The course is very scenic as the others have described.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:07
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:58:51 | 13.1 miles | 09m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/234
Overall: 0/1211
Performance: Below average
Course: Rolling hills
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4