Savageman HIM - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
United States
"Tri-to-Win" Melanoma Foundation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 7h 13m 32s
Overall Rank = 236/387
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 33/49
Pre-race routine:

Cereal, body glide, two cups of tea. Very little time needed in transition. Rode down to the race with Dan and Aaron. Patrick and Allen went in second car. Ate egg and banana.
Event warmup:

Stretching. Swam for about 4-5 minutes.
  • 26m 7s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 14s / 100 yards

It was a melee at the start of wave 3. I had a good position on the front row with about three guys to my right. At the sound of the horn, the entire first row took off together and swam about 8-10 abreast in the space necessary for about 5 guys. After 250-300 meters, everyone was still there. Fortunately, one of the guys to my right swam with me the whole way. I bested him around the first turn, he caught and passed, then I passed. His time ended up being about 2 seconds better. On the backstretch, it was really helpful to have him there.
Hardest to see coming into the finish. At the start, exact same vector but I just went straight and tried to keep from getting pummeled by the other guys in the front row. Had no trouble passing people.
What would you do differently?:

Felt like I went about 90 percent. Given the day ahead, any more would not have been called for however in retrospect, I wish that I had gone 100 percent for the second half of the swim just to see how far up the swim rankings I could have moved.
Transition 1
  • 03m 54s

91st rank overall/10th in age group
What would you do differently?:

Took the John Wooden advice, I was quick but not rushed.
  • 3h 52m 11s
  • 56 miles
  • 14.47 mile/hr

I drank a total of 5.5 bottles. Would not have made it without the handoffs. Lots of Shot Blocks and 2 bottles of mostly Gatorade and 3 bottles of water.
I didn't earn a brick. Made it about 75 percent up the Wall and then faltered. Allen came over the top of the wall just as I was re-mounting.

What would you do differently?:

perhaps get a different cassette...but, mainly, lose 15 pounds and really pound the hill workouts. I was in shape for the bike ride and finished the last ten miles really fast...but had tremendous trouble getting over the mountains and Killer Miller.
Transition 2
  • 02m 39s

139 overall/15th in age group
What would you do differently?:

this was a good transition for me. the only thing different would be not to take a bite out of the half eaten Cliff bar. I had no way to get it swallowed and had to spit it out.
  • 2h 48m 43s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 53s  min/mile

Despite my self awareness about running prowess, this performance was disappointing. I fell apart 2-3 miles in and never really got it all together again. Last HIM that didn't happen until mile 9-10 and I was able to get myself on track for the last 25 minutes.
I just wasn't ready for it.
I knew I would finish; but I had no sense of racing after the first 15 minutes of running...once I hit the campground, it was game over mentally and I never got it back.
What would you do differently?:

Up the milage to match the bike rides that I did this year. Do at least one brick every two weeks and run a couple of the routes that I used for biking this summer.
Post race
Warm down:

took some pictures, ate and then got out of Dodge in order to get the house packed and back to the homestead.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Running. It would have been nice to hook onto to someone for pacing in the run. I just wasn't ready for the last segment even though I had put in some miles and a few long runs.

Event comments:

Awesome production -- Fabulous volunteers -- Breathtaking Course.
Will certainly do it again but won't necessarily do it every year.

Last updated: 2009-12-23 12:00 AM
00:26:07 | 2112 yards | 01m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/49
Overall: 23/387
Performance: Good
Suit: Ironman Instinct (Sleeveless.)
Course: Stayed about 20-30 yards from shore the whole time. Due east into sun, turn around, swim past start point by 200 meters, turn around and back to finish.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:54
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:52:11 | 56 miles | 14.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 30/49
Overall: 223/387
Performance: Average
251 place over Big savage in 52:12.
Wind: Little
Course: No words to describe the course. Although, it did not come as close to breaking me as the practice ride in was damn, damn, damn hard. I worked all the downhills. Also, after the first 40-45 miles, I felt awesome on the last few roads. Maxed out at 48.0 mph and on the descent past the river down into Westernport, maxed out at 42.2 mph. Ate one Cliff bar after Westernport and 3.5 sleeves of Shot Blocks throughout the ride.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:48:43 | 13.1 miles | 12m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 45/49
Overall: 321/387
Performance: Bad
4:24:50 through T2 Mile 1 -- 12:22 Mile 2 -- 12:05 Mile 3 -- 11:46 Mile 4/5 -- 26:52 (13:26) Mile 6 -- 12:27 Mile 7/8 -- 26:36 (13:18) Mile 9/10 -- 26:57 (13:28) Mile 11 -- 13:58 Mile 12 -- 15:14 Mile 13 -- 11:36
Course: Much hillier than advertised. The campground and the fire road were brutal on the mind and too hard for my legs -- had to walk.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5