Halfmax Naitonal Championship - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
United States
Ultramax Nation
65F / 18C
Total Time = 4h 33m 58s
Overall Rank = 355/780
Age Group = Clyde 39
Age Group Rank = 3/7
Pre-race routine:

Wake Up at 2 am, eat some yogurt and a granola bar.
Wake up at 5:45 and grab a gatorade 01 from the swag pile. Not bad. Think it gave me gas later.
Go down and set up transition. So nice to have it in Hotel parking. back up to get on wetsuit, back down to start
Event warmup:

Some active stretching and then.....No Swim announcement. Waited around in line FREEZING (was below 65 degrees, cold for me) till 8:44.
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Rumor was current would have been with us on longer return leg. Swimmming is usually my best area, but who can tell what would have happened.
Transition 1
  • 01m 44s

So we had a time trial start to T1. Kinda funny. I chased Becky into transition with a smile on both of our faces.
I thought I was doing OK, but I guess I could have sprinted faster.
New twist for me with putting the patch kit in my jersey. Took an extra second.
What would you do differently?:

strap kit to bike so I don't have to mess with it.
  • 2h 38m 5s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.25 mile/hr

ind felt like it was mostly in our face our at our back. I felt good, but legs were a little sore earlier than I expected. I ride harder than this most weekends. Maybe I didn't get a full taper?
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. Felt good, used power meter to make sure I left some in my legs. I think I could have gone a little faster. The wind was rough, but manageable
Transition 2
  • 01m 21s

I felt good about my T2. Had a little difficulty with the shoes, but was OK. Out and was able to pick up pace pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 1h 51m 47s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile

I had, for me, a GREAT run. I felt pretty strong, and kept a nice pace for the first 11 miles. I ran walked by walking for a minute every 16 or so. This really worked for me.
It started to heat up a little and maybe I should have iced myself, but I was feeling pretty strong.
I think I can do better, but was very satisfied.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. Push a tiny little bit more in the late miles. Would have been nice to even or negative split.
Post race
Warm down:

Talked to a few people, drank a water and a gatorade and showered.
Had a coke and waited for Becky and then ate.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Maybe not a decent taper. Also, the achilles bugged me on the bike.

Event comments:

For me, to race at the national championship was awesome. I improved my splits on the two legs we did and feel really good about it. I may sign up for the gator again just to stay motivated!

Last updated: 2010-06-06 12:00 AM
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Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/780
Swim Cancelled due to e-coli. Rats.
Course: Was to be a nice course in the intercoastal. Very narrow area and would have been easy to site.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:44
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:38:05 | 56 miles | 21.25 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/780
Performance: Average
My bike says 54.64 miles. Avg Cadence 85 HR 1st lap-145 162 HR 2nd lap-138 155
Wind: Strong
Course: Course was sort of sideways H shape. Ride south to onramp, ride north 5 miles, south 10 miles, north 5, south .5, north 5 or so and again. Wind was tough. Avg 22 mph high of 35
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:21
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:51:47 | 13.1 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/780
Performance: Good
8:27 8:26 7:46 8:03 8:45 8:22 8:44 7:55 8:59 8:44 9:22 8:44 9:15
Course: Two loops. Each Look had a couple of dogleg sections that were a little strange.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3