SC Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Ninety Six, South Carolina
United States
Setup Events
80F / 27C
Total Time = 5h 54m 49s
Overall Rank = 75/230
Age Group = MC
Age Group Rank = 1/9
Pre-race routine:

Got up right on time and packed up our belongings from the plush confines of my down and out non-smoking palace @ The Jameson Inn. Yee Haw!
Event warmup:

Even though we got there in a decent amount of time, it seemed at the end to be a bit rushed. There was a huge line for body marking still as T0 was closing and luckily, my criminal wife grabbed a marker from a shopping bag near the T exit and marked me (and a few more peeps too!) Then they wanted us weighed and you needed your number for that so I had to run back into the T, grab my number then run back over to the scales, get weighed, run back into T0 to drop my bib back off and then relax and walk to the swim start. So, there, that's my warm-up!
  • 45m 7s
  • 2000 meters
  • 02m 16s / 100 meters

Man I thought I was really swimming well. That's what upsets me about this one. My first 600m I was swimming very smoothly and kind of pacing along with some guy on my left. I rounded the buoy and while they were set up at the last minute and a bit crooked, I could see the yellow turn buoy out there approx 700m. But here it seems I got slow. Not sure why. Review of my GPS shows a pretty straight approach to the course. I was peeking a lot on the backstretch but there was very little contact with this race. At 230 people I think I was bumped maybe twice on the start then swam virtually alone for the duration. My turn to the beach was easy enough but there felt like a current or something was pushing me from left to right just a bit. When I exited the water I saw my time and was truthfully disappointed.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more? Look less?
Transition 1
  • 02m 8s

I took a bit of time here to get situated. With no suit to take off I was there pretty quick. A good T1 position just off to the right. My bike gloves did get stuck on my one hand and that was frustrating but I really like racing with them for long distances.
What would you do differently?:

Consider putting gloves on once I board and begin riding.
  • 2h 56m 15s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.06 mile/hr

I've been practicing 'riding in reverse' during my races. In other words, I left the park in the small ring, making sure that I get acclaimated to the 90-95 rpm target I have. Racers were flying by me. I was interested to see if I would meet them again. The roads pretty much were awful in a lot of places. A few smooth stretches but, hey, SC, pave something! I continued in the small ring most of the first third to half. Somewhere between 20-25 miles I started to use the big ring more and more. All the while maintaining my 90+ rpm goal. At this point people were passing me but I would pass them right back. By the time I cleared the 30ish mile marker, I wasn't getting passed anymore. I continued to see people who smoked me coming out of the park. When are these triathletes going to learn some patience? I was very pleased with this bike considering my training levels were just returning after a pretty bad July calendar. I was really happy to hit a 90 rpm average for the entire ride. Very efficient.
What would you do differently?:

Certainly more training will be required now. I have to start stretching the distances on the bike. But, overall, I would change much other than how in the hell do you pour Infinit in your tri bottle and not all over you? Man that stuff is awesome to race with but has a delivery problem for sure.
Transition 2
  • 01m 29s

A decent T2. Not my best but ok. Again, a good rack space helped. I did struggle to slip on the socks quickly. Also, my race belt would not buckle. Time to replace possibly.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe a little practice is required. But, hell, it's T2, who cares.
  • 2h 09m 53s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile

When I got off the bike and cleared T2 I immediately felt a pain in my lower right calf/Achilles. Not something that happens to me and was surprised about it. No indication on the bike that I was having a problem. These roads on this course are crowned and so I'm not sure if that was immediately playing a role. I continued out onto the course. My plan was for a run/walk 5/1 interval. It was still pretty hot and with my body and this heat I had to be careful. I didn't want a repeat of Macon with having to walk in the last two miles. I was having a better race than I expected so patience was the name of the game. A lot of runners who I passed at the end of the bike were now passing me back. To be expected. Some I would only see on the return and others I would get to pass again. The station management and volunteers were good here. The firemen stationed at the top of the hill out on the open stretch of road was a nice add-on from previous years. That is freaking Death Valley out there so it was nice to have the misting station going. I continued my disciplined approach to the run and cleared the first lap right at 1 hour. Very pleased at this point and saw Deb and little Shelly at the turn. I headed back out and even started to feel a little more loose and increased the pace just a bit. My leg still was sore but I was able to keep going with very little gait change. After heading out of the back park and back down the road again to the finish of the second lap my stomach started to give me trouble. This is very unusual for me and I elected not to eat the last gel. With just a few miles to go I was afraid that I'd yak and it would be over. I cruised in and knew I was running out of steam. I turned onto the cart path that takes you down by the lake and up that disaster of a last hill. I pushed to the top and was very pleased that I was going to hit my goal of being under six hours.
What would you do differently?:

Still need to work out a few kinks with the nutrition plan. Also, I left my new salt sticks on the bike by accident. So I think I would stash some in another baggie in my shirt. Liked my pacing overall even though I still haven't reached my goal of breaking two hours on a HIM 1/2 Mary. A stronger bike would get me there.
Post race
Warm down:

Three steps then in the med tent! A chair and a big frosty bottle of Fruit Punch flavored Gatorade Endurance. That's how I roll!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weight maybe. For IM FL I need to be down another 5 to 10 lbs I think. Not sure if I can get there in 60 days. Training has been erratic over July so August was a forced ramp up again.

Event comments:

I like that this race has gotten smaller. When I raced it last in 2008 there were 700+ people! Now it's down under 250. I had a better race in 2008 by about 14 mins but it was a month later in the year so it was cooler and my fitness level was farther along. Still, what a surprise when I sent Deb to go check on my final numbers and she came back with the first place plaque for Masters Clydesdale! A nice bonus for a long and fruitful day. I have renewed hope in my IM FL quest this year. My bike worked perfectly thanks to Atlanta Cycling again. The volunteers were very good this year with a lot of enthusiasm and humor. Nice touch with the spray canisters too. My only comments are: more body markers, put the scale inside transition and put the buoys out on the swim course the night before so they are straight! Otherwise, it was fun to be back in SC.

Last updated: 2010-01-06 12:00 AM
00:45:07 | 2000 meters | 02m 16s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 99/230
Performance: Below average
Suit: No
Course: Point to point going out 600m, turn left 700m, turn left 600m.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:08
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:56:15 | 56 miles | 19.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 86/230
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Single loop through the countryside.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:29
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
02:09:53 | 13.1 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 68/230
Performance: Good
Course: Two loop out and back and one of the worst HIM run courses in history.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %1
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4