Ford Ironman 70.3 California - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oceanside, California
United States
Ironman North America
80F / 27C
Total Time = 5h 35m 58s
Overall Rank = 789/2500
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 106/284
Pre-race routine:

Got to my station, set up my station and then went straight to the bathroom. The line was hundreds deep so it took a good 30 minutes just to use the restroom. By this time, the race was almost about to start so I just put on my glide and wetsuit and got ready.
Event warmup:

Stretching and concentrating on how my race is going to go.
  • 38m 57s
  • 15840 yards
  • 15s / 100 yards

The sun had risen and there were only two more groups behind me. I loved the course and the swim got a little hectic by the time we caught up with the 40-44 year old men. Overall it was my favorite part of the day.
What would you do differently?:

I would made sure my watch started when I started to swim. I was swimming without knowing my time and probably would have pushed it a little harder. But either way, it would not have made a difference overall.
Transition 1
  • 03m 28s

T-1 was definitely not my strong point. I forgot to un-clip my helmet before the race so when I came up to it, I was trying to put it on and could not and didn't realize it until about 20 seconds later. So dumb..
  • 3h 00m 21s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.63 mile/hr
What would you do differently?:

I would probably try to keep my cadence up a little more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 37s

T-1 was ok. I didn't take my shoes off on the bike. I ran with them on to my rack which was pretty dumb. I just wasn't thinking about it because I was so tired.
  • 1h 51m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 28s  min/mile

The run was ok. I was running a 07:30 mile until about mile 9 when I hit a brick wall and it slowly deteriorated. By the time I was finishing, it was up to about 09:45. Horrible but my body would not give anymore.
What would you do differently?:

I am going to try to run more hills before my next race in May when I race in the Escape From Alcatraz Tri.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretching, eating and getting a massage

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was my first 70.3 and I just wanted to see how I would perform I was hoping for under 5 hours but I have a lot more work to do.

Event comments:

The volunteers made this race easy, fun, and on time. Everything went well and there were plenty of people to help if something wrong was happening. This was my first time racing in Oceanside and it will definitely not be my last.

Last updated: 2009-09-14 12:00 AM
00:38:57 | 15840 yards | 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 157/284
Overall: 1229/2500
Performance: Average
Suit: Farmer John
Course: The course was a out and back swim along the Oceanside Harbor. The water felt warmer than 59 degrees by the time I jumped in at 07:40am.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 59F / 15C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:28
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:00:21 | 56 miles | 18.63 mile/hr
Age Group: 141/284
Overall: 1081/2500
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: The course was very challenging. There were rolling hills throughout the whole course and when you got in about mile 30 in camp pendelton, thats when the real pain started. The hills got steeper and steeper and then you hit an 800 ft climb. I literally saw 3 men fall on the hill because they couldn't pedal anymore. It was crazy. I lot of people gave up after that hill.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:37
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:51:00 | 13.1 miles | 08m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 90/284
Overall: 666/2500
Performance: Average
Course: Relatively flat course with a few hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5