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Ironhead Race Productions
= 2h 38m 28s
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Woke up at 4:28am because I'm weird and insist on setting my alarm on non-zero or five ending numbers. Got dressed, ate toast with peanut butter, drank water, deuced, applied sunscreen, then loaded up and headed to the race.
Nothing too special - short run to get blood flowing and then headed down for the pre-race meeting and such. Had a gel about 15 minutes before the swim. This was a new thing. Not sure if I gained anything by it but thought I would try it out. Didn't seem to bother my stomach or anything so that was good.
01m 50s / 100 yards
Swim seemed longer than the advertised 1500m. My start wave was HUGE so I was bumping with people pretty much the entire way! Made it hard to get into any rhythm and find my pace. Felt like I was fighting the whole time.
Long run from the swim exit into transition. No real hiccups during the actual changing part. I did put on my race belt as instructed in the print out and saw a few others who also followed directions. "Iron Jack" is so anal about everything I didn't want to risk a penalty.
1h 20m 53s
OK, so this part sucked. I started well and was holding a good pace until about 12 miles into the ride when I flatted. "Well, there went my race," I thought as I changed the tube as fast as I could. This was only the second time I've changed the tube on this bike so I wasn't as quick as I could have been. Nonetheless, I was back on the road and pedaling after a few minutes.
After smashing a couple miles with angry pedal strokes, I was nearing the bottle exchange. I probably should have slowed down more than I did but I wasn't thinking about it at the time. I reached for the first bottle...dropped. The second bottle. Drop. The third bottle and my last chance of having water for the last half of the ride - catch! Need to remember to slow down a little next time.
So now I figure I'm close to being back in the hunt for a decent time despite my flat. I've been working the bike really hard to gain back some time and I've re-passed almost all the people that passed me while I was changing my flat.
And then I flat again! Come on!! This time, I'm without a spare tube and CO2
(used those for the first flat
). I figured I was about 8 miles from the end of the bike and pretty much resigned myself to walking back. I hadn't seen any SAG/mechanical support.
So I'm walking along as far right on the shoulder without walking in the grass and pushing my flat-tired bike as others are whizzing by. Pretty soon I hear a frantic female voice behind me, "Oh Shoot!"
(But she didn't say "Shoot"
) Some lady runs right into me! Our bikes go sliding down the road and she falls off and rolls a little. Surprisingly, I'm still standing, stunned. She apologizes profusely and the normal nice-guy thing to say would be "it's alright," but it wasn't. It's not alright that you just ran into me and my bike at 20+ mph! What the heck were you looking at? How far up the road are you looking? And why are you riding dang-near in the grass?
Her apologies of course fail to repair my flat but a magical SAG wagon just arrived on the scene so she scampers off with a final, "I'm so sorry!" Yes, you are. Me and the SAG guy BS a little about what just happened while we change the tube and get my bike rolling again.
More angry pedal strokes. Of course at this time, I knew I was completely out of it. I figured I would at least be able to get a 10k run out of the race. I've definitely had a very adequate warm-up!
I finally rolled into transition after all my adventures out on the bike course and ran away as fast as I could.
What would you do differently?:
Not flat. Twice. Pretty sure I could have posted a 24mph split if I didn't have all the extra excitement.
07m 04s min/mile
Considering I had an OK swim and a miserable bike, it was redemption time. I started out at a comfortable 7:15 pace and turned up the speed until I got to Cameron Park. The hills slowed everyone down but I felt much better going through there than I did last year. All those hill repeats must have paid off!
Pretty sure I passed the bike-wrecking lady at the turn-around point. She said something but I was very much not happy to see her so I followed my mom's advice and didn't say anything at all.
In the last third of the run, I noticed I had re-passed quite a few 25-29 men. Not bad. I had a pretty good kick for the last 1.5 miles and finished strong.
Pizza, Oreos, water, pizza, banana, stretching.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
I don't think I'll be doing an Ironhead race again. Jack's angry tone is too much at 5:30am for me. His personality just rubs me the wrong way.
Last updated: 2010-02-09 12:00 AM
00:30:14 | 1640 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Brazos River, out and back under a few bridges.
89F / 32C
Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:20:53 | 24.85 miles | 18.43 mile/hr
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:43:49 | 06.21 miles | 07m 04s min/mile
Along the Brazos into Cameron Park and back. The HILLS in Cameron Park have not gotten any smaller.
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]
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