Beach to Battleship HIM - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
60F / 16C
Total Time = 5h 57m 20s
Overall Rank = 186/
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

got up @ 6:15. Coffee, plain bagle, a few tsps. of peanut butter. Sipped on a little gatoraid. Buddy and I marked ourselves. Could not justify getting it done b/t 5-6:30
Event warmup:

Waded out, no warmup
  • 31m 33s
  • 2078 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

Just could not get into a relaxed groove. I would have to back/side stroke to keep oxygenated. Did not wear aquasocks and did not get cold w/ the sleeveless w.s. Made sure I started at the bop and tried to stay away from people since I felt this was going to be a challenge and I didn't want to upset someone with a side stroke kick to their face. The energy at the start was amazing and luckily a buddy of mine had a condo 1 block away from the start so we watched tv and chilled until a few mins before the race then walked over; no sitting out in the cold on the ground. Struggled through the swim but finally saw the exit ladders and I was happy. This was to only time my wife would let me be touched by a stripper but I passed and took care of business myself.
What would you do differently?:

learn how to relax and breath. Practice more ows with wetsuit; i did great in the pool... Overall bad performance with respect to technique but I'll take the time.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Since this was my first tri ever I didn't know what to really expect even though I had practiced transitions before. I took my time and made sure I got everything on correctly. Took off the wetsuit myself and made sure I dried off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 3h 16m 15s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.12 mile/hr

Wore tri top, 2XU tri shorts, short sleeve jersey, glooves, and arm warmers. I was very happy with my choice. It felt great to be out of the water. My computer didn't work (pi$$ed me off) so I couldn't tell what my cadence was but I had a 310xt for everything else. Had a power bar gel every 30mins and 1/3 bottle of Hammer sustained energy each hour and sipped on water prn from the "Never Reach" reservoir that I recently bought (I like it). Slight tail wind going out and some/little head wind on the return but not too bad. I've read here that you don't want to kill it on the bike then bonk on the run so I didn't push it as much as I wanted to. In hindsight I feel as if I could have gone a little faster and still done well on the run but I am learning. Had a big smile on my face as I saw the battleship then saw my posse cheering for me at the T2 entrance.
What would you do differently?:

push myself a little more
Transition 2
  • 03m 25s

Got pointed to the wrong rack but I didn't really care that much. I was feeling good and thinking of the run ahead. The only race I have ever run was a 1/2 mary this past Feb in Ocean Isle (2:11) so I was a little nervous in the transition. Made it out fine; the bike grabbers were great. I put on my shades and my special run visor decorated with candles by my 2 girls and was off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 06m 8s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 38s  min/mile

Since I turned 42 on race day I was feeling the love with my candle visor. The shout outs made me smile, motivated me, and made me think of my family and friends cheering for me. Got water at almost every aid station and took 1 power bar gel @ mile 7. Time flew by and I thought about picking up the pace around mile 4 but I thought it best to stick to my plan of racing "comfortably". I kept thanking volunteers and before i knew it I was at the last bridge. This slowed me down a bunch. At the top of the bridge I knew i was home free. I picked up the pace then kicked it for the last 1/4 mile. I finished strong and got to see family and friends all in their red homemade "Go Hal Go" shirts at the end cheering me on. Spider man guy was cool
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push a little more in the run
Post race
Warm down:

Ate pizza, banannas, drank water and one beer

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

This was a P.R. for me- of course it was my first tri. I've heard this before but for me the race was the icing on the cake. The journey that got me here brings so many memories to mind that make me smile. It's good to challenge yourself.

Last updated: 2009-11-08 12:00 AM
00:31:33 | 2078 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 221/
Performance: Bad
Suit: nineteen/sleeveless
Course: down the channel with the tide
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
03:16:15 | 56 miles | 17.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 151/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:25
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:06:08 | 13.1 miles | 09m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 95/
Performance: Good
Course: nice out and back loop. A few more hills than expected and I really liked the uneven brick road in the downtown/water street area. This section of the course had to be sponsored by the local orthopedic group ;) Great volunteer support
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5