Ironman 70.3 Branson - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Branson, Missouri
United States
HotF / 0C
Total Time = 6h 25m
Overall Rank = 445/1357
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 79/226
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:45, had a couple pop tarts and sipped on a bottle of Gatorade while on the shuttle to T1. The standard 2 trips to the jon beforehand as well.
  • 34m 45s
  • 2100 yards
  • 01m 39s / 100 yards

Roughest swim I have ever had- but it was a blast. Loved the beach start, but got stuck farther back in the pack than I liked. Never did find a good set of feet to draft off of. Got out of the water without breathing heavy and ready to get punished by the bike course.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 03m 54s

Had to stuff our junk into a bag for transport to T2- took a little time, but not bad. Everyone was walking up the steps off of the beach to T1- that was a bit annoying.
  • 3h 09m 31s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.73 mile/hr

Had ridden most of the course once before the race, so I had a good idea what was coming. The climb straight out of T1 was tough, but not too bad. Once on the highroad I settled in and just got down to business. Had a great first loop and really didn't feel any fatigue at all. Started fading on the way back on the 2nd loop and it was all bad from there. The last big climb was about 90% out of the saddle in my easy gear just to keep the stupid bike moving forward. Once I hit T2 the legs were shot.
What would you do differently?:

Probably needed a different cassette. Even in my easiest gears these hills towards the end were a strain.
Transition 2
  • 01m 57s

Standard T2.
  • 2h 34m 54s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 49s  min/mile

Not much to say here. I had nothing and my time shows it. Did the first mile around 8 minutes. Walk/ran the rest of the half marathon.
What would you do differently?:

Not suck so bad =)
Post race
Warm down:

Jumped in the ice cold fountain at the finish line. Had an awesome philly cheesesteak from some restaurant down there.

Event comments:

I was very disappointed with this race afterwards. I completely blew up on the bike and never got it back. In hindsight, I don't think I could have done it any different. I really took it easy on the bike, I just didn't have the necessary fitness for a day this tough. I will DEFINITELY be back for this bad boy next year!!

The race organizers were amazing. You would have never known it was an inaugural race- everything went perfectly and there were more aid stations out there than I have ever seen in a race.

I highly recommend this race, but only if you are looking for a serious challenge.

Last updated: 2009-10-02 12:00 AM
00:34:45 | 2100 yards | 01m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 34/226
Overall: 194/1357
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vortex3 Full
Course: Clockwise triangle.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:54
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
03:09:31 | 56 miles | 17.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 58/226
Overall: 318/1357
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Uhh...mountainous I guess. Great bike course. 6-8 miles out, 2.5 loops on the highline road which is a closed 4 lane highway, 6-8 miles down to the landing.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:57
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:34:54 | 13.1 miles | 11m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 79/226
Overall: 445/1357
Performance: Bad
Course: VERY flat. 3 loops. Partly through Branson landing. Great run course.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5