Redman Triathlon - Half Redman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
Oklahoma Redman Triathlon
Total Time = 6h 20m 48s
Overall Rank = 454/574
Age Group = F50-54
Age Group Rank = 12/15
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:30 and ate a half bagel w peanut butter and a banana. Drank a cup of coffee and was out the door by 5:05. Got to race site and took a while to park. Into transition, got my stuff set up and all seemed like it was a go, so I got my goggles, cap and went on to hang out with my husband till the start.
Event warmup:

The race was delayed for a while because of the rain. High water on the bike course made them consider switching to a swim,run,swim thing. I wasn't happy with that idea and was pleased when they decided to let the race go on as planned with the mandatory bike dismount at mile 6. Standing around all that time, we all got pretty chilled. They handed out trash bags for everyone to cover up with... Who'd have thunk they'd have prepared so well!!!
  • 43m 51s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 05s / 100 yards

I was aware that the lake was not that deep, and perhaps the comfort of knowing that if I had to stop, I could stand there and get my bearings. I did do that only at the very beginning when it was a little crowded, but the swim went too well to mess with it.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 49s

Person in water follwed me out of the water helping me to get my wetsuit down; wetsuit strippers right there at the exit. Quick strip and on to transition. Didn't notice any debris on the entry to T1, which was good considering it had rained and stuff. Took my time in transition - after all, I'm not going to win this race.
What would you do differently?:

I learned that I should bring large plastic bags to cover everything JUST IN CASE. Everything I had in my transition was soaked, and no dry anything to wipe off the glasses.
  • 3h 04m
  • 56 miles
  • 18.26 mile/hr

I might have been able to push myself a little harder on this ride. But I was in this thing to finish. Not to win. My knee acted up for a good part of the ride, so I was trying to be careful with that. I was happy overall with my bike. Glad to have made it to the end without any incidents. After all, the weather was a pretty big factor in the ride leg of this HIM.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder, but in view of the weather, I erred on the safe side.
Transition 2
  • 04m 41s

Everything was soaked. The idea of putting on wet socks and saturated running shoes appealed very little to me. I sat down. squeezed out my socks and shoes and took my time. After all, I wasn't going to win this race. ;) Walked out of transition and headed out to the run. My knee was bothering me a bit from the bike. I hobbled out and got started on my first loop.
What would you do differently?:

Plastic containers/bags for running shoes, glasses, things of that nature...
  • 2h 24m 45s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 03s  min/mile

Poor wet course. Oh well, as I kept telling myself throughout most of this event, "it is what it is". It's all a mind thing if you can just look at it like that.
What would you do differently?:

I would work a little more on my nutrition on the bike so I don't feel like I bonk in the last stages of the run. I am always apprehensive abotu taking in too much gel or water/liquid on the run to avoid that sloshy stomach. I DID avoid it, but I may have slighted myself on nutritional needs.
Post race
Warm down:

They had slim-fast drinks on ice at the finish. I decided I'd have one, since I knew it would be a while before I was able to get some good carb/protein mix going. It was exactly what I needed. I didn't stay around too long because the thing I wanted most was a shower. That red clay was on me from head to toe.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I don't train like most people for these events and I often wonder how much better I might do if I gave it a little more work. Finding the time to do that is another story.

Event comments:

The volunteers really made this race a stellar event. There were kids on the course cheering us on and I thanked each and every one of the volunteers and kids for being out and for all their hard work. I always make a point to thank the crossing police as well. Overall, I think that RedMan put on a terrific race. I was part of the Halfmax Championship and I think I may have even made a spot on Team USA for Worlds in Germany 2010. :)

Last updated: 2009-09-21 12:00 AM
00:43:51 | 2112 yards | 02m 05s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/574
Performance: Good
Suit: sleevless was perfect
Course: The course may have been short. But I wasn't disappointed with that. I had a great swim, never got nervous, nor was I kicked or mowed over. I had anticipated being mowed down by the full iron distance swimmers on the last part of the swim, but it didn't happen. Felt like I had a lot of room.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:49
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:04:00 | 56 miles | 18.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/574
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: The course was great. Straight out 14 miles, turn left another 14 miles and turn around and come back. The view was nice for the most part. I liked that I could break it up into 4 parts. It was rainy/drizzly most of the first quarter of the ride and then we had some rain at the 15 mile point. That quit and then on the turnaround at the same point, it was still raining. The course was rolling and compared to Houston where I live and train, it was hilly in parts. Of course, where ever you have an uphill, you will eventually have a downhill. I thought the road surface was generally good and smooth. There were a few spots where it was rough but it was marked very well in advance. Also, the volunteers did everything they could to make the bad parts passable. The dismount at mile 6 was not a big deal. After all, I wasn't going to win this race. :)
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:41
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
02:24:45 | 13.1 miles | 11m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/574
Performance: Below average
Course: The course was great. 2 loops out and back, about 6.5 miles each. Broke this up into 4 sections as well. I was doing decent on the first loop. The sun was still hidden behind the overcast, there was a slight drizzle now and then, there was a decent breeze. The puddles on the course were annoying, but I was surprised at how quickly the water smashed out of the shoes while running after getting through the puddles. My feet actually did start to feel a little numb at times, but overall the run was going well, until I turned around for my second loop. The sun started peeking out, my head was hurting, and I was finding myself unable to keep up a decent pace. I stopped and walked a lot this second loop, but I tried to walk fast. I stopped at the medical station at the outskirt of the 2nd loop and asked the lady for some tylenol. Then I asked her why I was doing this to myself. She told me because I looked like a girl who wanted to kick ass. Got me going for about another mile and a half and then started dragging a little more. Finally rounded the last curve, knew I was nearing the finish of my second half ironman in better time than my first, and got a second wind. No smile on my face, yet, but a second wind, indeed! Finished it with my arms in the air and a lot of cheering on the sidelines at the end.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4