Revolution3 Full Distance - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Sandusky, Ohio
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 12h 53m 46s
Overall Rank = 185/337
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 23/35
Pre-race routine:

Sit back, this is going to be a long one! This was my first iron-distance race, so it was pretty exciting. The training went really well, with no injuries or incidents to speak of, and I was prepared to have a great day. My goal was an 11:30 finish, which based on training was entirely possible depending on race conditions. I felt very relaxed leaving my house in Iowa Thursday morning, and made the trip to Detroit to my buddy's house (who also did the race as his first IM). Hung out at his place for the night and made the drive down to the race site Friday morning. We did the packet pickup thing and checked into the hotel. Let me just say I was expecting a little better for $100/night, but it was ok for a few days. After a quick dinner, we went into Cedar Point for the Rev3 night. There were a few rides open and no lines so that was pretty awesome! Saturday we decided to get the bikes out of the car and take them for one last test ride before checking them into transition. Good thing I did that, I found an inch long cut in my rear tire! No way that would have survived the race. So we hustled over to the bike tent near the transition area and fortunately they had 1 tubular tire left. Unfortunately the glue would not have a full 24 hrs. to set before the race, and it was going to rain all night. I seriously considered just using my training wheels, but I decided to risk it in the end. If only that was only bike issue this weekend...Anyways, the rest of Saturday was all about kicking my feet up and resting. My family came up from Pittsburgh to watch the race, and we grabbed a quick dinner around 5, then went back to the hotel for more rest. I was surprised how relaxed I was. Went to bed around 9 and up at 4:30 to get going, feeling very rested. We pretty much just checked our bags in, pumped up our tires, and walked down the beach to the start after that...
Event warmup:

Umm...swim was my warm up, so nothing really. It was a long walk down the beach from transition to the start, so I suppose that counts as a warm-up.
  • 1h 16m 54s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

Swim start was delayed about 15 min. as it was an overcast morning and it was still pretty dark at that point. After the pros went out, it was our turn. I started toward the outside about 2 rows back from the front, which turned out to be a good choice. At the start there really wasn't much body contact, but the water was pretty cold, so it was tough taking those first few breaths. I settled into a rythm pretty quickly and just cruised at a very easy pace out to the first turn buoy. The first portion parallel to the shor line seemed to go very quickly as well, I was feeling pretty good. Then things got intereting when we turned and headed back to shore. All of the sudden, the water got very choppy, and every time I turned to breathe or looked up to sight, I was getting smacked in the face with a wave. I just tried to ride it out, but it took an eternity to get back into shore. That made me a little nervous about the 2nd loop but I still felt good so I knew it would be ok. The second box was kind of a blur, the first 2 legs again went by pretty quick, and I was bracing for the worst when I hit the turn buoy to head in and finish the swim. This time, the chop was still there but didn't seem as bad, so I just punched it in to shore.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push a little harder, I felt very strong at the end of the swim so I think I could have gone a little harder than I did.
Transition 1
  • 06m 47s

This was the first race I've done with a "clean" transition area, so it was a little different. I grabbed my bag and headed into the changing tent, which was PACKED! Got the rest of my wetsuit off, socks on, helmet and sunglasses on, sunscreened up, lubed up the undercarriage, grabbed my nutrition for the bike and I was off. Carried bike shoes to my bike, put them on, grabbed my bike, and headed out.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I moved reasonably quickly, but not so fast that I got my heartrate up or forgot anything important.
  • 5h 48m 41s
  • 112 miles
  • 19.27 mile/hr

The ride to the actual loop portion of the course was uneventful, it just seemed to take forever. I was just riding along, making sure to follow my hydration and nutrition strategies. Legs actually felt a little tired early in the ride, but that went away pretty quickly. I wish I remembered anything specific about the early parts of the course, but it just wasn't really all that memorable. I had to pee several times in the first half of the bike, so I thought I was hydrating appropriately for the conditions. One thing I do remember is the wind, it seemed like we were always fighting a headwind, with the exception of a 15 mile stretch of road that was pretty easy going. Things got interesting for me around mile 40. I'm riding along near the shoulder of the road, when the right elbow pad of my aerobars just falls off the bike with no warning. I don't know how I didn't go down, but I slowed to a stop and looked things over to assess the situation. The screw and plastic insert that attach the pad to the base bar had both sheared off, so there was no hope of a field repair. At that point I knew the rest of the bike was going to be very difficult. To stay in the aero position, I had to either carry all my weight on my left arm or rest my right arm on the base bar, which was very uncomfortable for my arm and neck after a few miles. I just sucked it up and continued on, nothing I could do about it. Made it to bike special needs, grabbed a few more bottles and reapplied chamois cream and was off. The last bit of the loop portion was on bad road and into the wind, so this section was tough. The wind still wasn't too bad at this point though. By mile 70 my neck and right arm were really hurting, so I was alternating riding on the horns and in my broken aerobars. The final 30 miles were very difficult, the wind had picked up and I wasn't able to stay aero 100% of the time. I think this was the point where I stopped hydrating sufficiently. Even though it wasn't hot, I'm particularly prone to dehydration issues, so this was a problem. By the time we got back to Cedar Point Rd., I was really looking forward to being off the bike. That stretch of road went on for an eternity though. Finally made it back to the park and dismounted the bike, ready get on with the run.
What would you do differently?:

Check bike over more carefully. The screws in my aerobars were torqued correctly, but I didn't remove them to inspect. They are less than a year old, so I wasn't expecting any issues. The manufacturer will definitely be hearing from me. Also, hydrate more the last 30 miles of the bike. But it was a good ride all things considered.
Transition 2
  • 05m 5s

Quick transitions, got in, did what I needed to do, and got out. My neck was chafed pretty bad so the sunscreen really stung.
What would you do differently?:

  • 5h 36m 29s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 50s  min/mile

I actually felt great getting off the bike, my legs came up to speed right away. I saw my mom, sister, and aunt so that was a nice pick me up to start with. First few miles I was just cruising along at 8:45-9 min/mi pace, keeping heartrate in the high 140s/low 150s. Had to stop at portapotty around mile 1.5 for a longish bathroom break. I was still drinking a decent amount (1 cup per aid station in addition to my bottle), but apparently it still wasn't enough. I tried to take in a few hammer gels in the first half from my flask, but it wasn't tasting too good. On the first return to Cedar Point on the causeway I was still feeling strong. I stopped at special needs at the halfway point and grabbed a banana, pretzels, and another bottle, still feeeling good. First half was 1:57 by my watch, so I though I could do maybe a 4:05-4:10 marathon. At mile 15, it was like someone threw a switch. My heartrate climbed 10-15 bpm for the same pace, had a headache, and I felt very dizzy and sick to my stomach. I recognized this as dehydration, but I've never had it happen like this where there was no recognizable warning signs. My arms were very salty so maybe it was electrolyte deficiency. I immediatlely tried to just run walk. I should have stopped at an aid station and drank until I felt better. At mile 17 I was having trouble walking straight, so I stopped running altogether and stopped at the next aid station. I took in 30 oz. of water, filled my bottle, and started walking again. I promised myself I wouldn't risk my life for this, so I walked until I felt better. Had to stop at 5 more aid stations for more water and long bathroom breaks for my upset stomach, but still did not have to pee. I seriously thought at mile 21 I might have to DNF, I was really stumbling around and thought I was going to pass out. They had some salt pills at the aid station, so I took 4 and just waited there for a while. Eventually my stomach settled and the dizziness went down a little and I started walking again. Mile 24 I felt well enough to run/walk again, and did that into the finish. On that causeway, during the walk portions, I was pretty devastated by my failure in this race. It wasn't really a good feeling to finish like this, but I ran the last half mile into the park and tried to smile at the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Hydrated better and figure out something that works for me running nutrition-wise.
Post race
Warm down:

Got my medal and finisher shirt, found the family and my buddy, took some pictures, tried to find some food without success, packed up and headed back to the hotel. Probably should have gotten weighed to see how severely I was dehydrated.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor hydration and nutrition on the bike and run.

Event comments:

Could not find ANY food anywhere after the race, not that I was really all that hungry but a slice of pizza would have been good, but other than that this was a pretty well run race. The bike and particularly the run courses were a little boring, so I'm not sure I would do this race again. But Rev3 does a great job, so I would definitely consider one of their other races in the future. The sting of my failure in this race is going to sit with me for a long time, but I'll be at Ironman Wisonsin next year to get my revenge!

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Last updated: 2009-09-10 12:00 AM
01:16:54 | 4224 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 16/35
Overall: 99/337
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex VX2 full
Course: 2 1.2 mile rectangular boxes in Lake Erie, with a short run on the beach connecting them.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:47
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
05:48:41 | 112 miles | 19.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/35
Overall: 88/337
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Stick and 2 loops of some boring-ass Ohio countryside. I heard reports of poor roads, but other than a few sections it didn't seem too bad to me.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 05:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
05:36:29 | 26.2 miles | 12m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 23/35
Overall: 152/337
Performance: Bad
Course: Double out and back winding through the streets of downtown Sandusky before returning to Cedar Point on the causeway. Flat and kind of boring.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
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