Ironman 70.3 Branson - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Branson, Missouri
United States
95F / 35C
Total Time = 6h 20m 38s
Overall Rank = 418/1357
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 74/178
Pre-race routine:

Lucky Charms and a couple cups of coffee :D
Event warmup:

  • 47m 54s
  • 2100 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

Basically, a crappy swim. BUT... this was literally the 5th time I have swam in over 1 year.
What would you do differently?:

Not a lot. I am going to try to do maybe 8-10 swims in the next year, and see if I cant cut 10 minutes off that time.
Transition 1
  • 05m 41s

Course didnt allow flying mounts. I had a LONG run from my rack position to the bike out. Made my tranny time a little slow to run that distance in my bike shoes.

Total Ascent 5401; Total Descent: 5412
What would you do differently?:

Not a lot. It was a pretty much perfect execution.
  • 3h 05m 13s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.14 mile/hr

Not a lot to add here. Rode what I thought was a pretty solid ride. I laid off some to keep sme gas in the tank for the run, unfortunately, the heat made the run impossible anyway.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, maybe swap out the 53x39 for a 54x38, but keep the 11x28 rear.
Transition 2
  • 02m 46s

Again, no flying dismounts, so it slowed T2 down a bit. Overall a perfect execution though. No complaints.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 19m 4s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 37s  min/mile

Everything went well until mile 5. I felt great, but then the HEAT just zapped me. I have never seen so many athletes walking. The run was basically relegated to a run/walk. I keep all cramping at bay until mile 10, when my achilles was cramping (which has never happened to me before).
What would you do differently?:

More salt. I took in about 650mg, but I ran out, and it was clearly the limiting factor for me. As soon as the salt ran out, the cramps set in and I simply couldnt run.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat. It was simply unbearable.

Event comments:

Awesome race. Ill be back next year if they have it again!

Last updated: 2010-09-20 12:00 AM
00:47:54 | 2100 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 129/178
Overall: 882/1357
Performance: Below average
Suit: De Soto First Wave
Course: A triangular Loop. Perfect conditions, and an overall perfect swim.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:41
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:05:13 | 56 miles | 18.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 77/178
Overall: 439/1357
Avg 161bpm.
Wind: None
Course: Awesome. Either going ~50mph downhill or doing 8-10mph uphill. Honestly, one of the most fun rides I have ever done in my life. Having an entire highway closed to car traffic was amazing. Tough ride, but awesome.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 92
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:19:04 | 13.1 miles | 10m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 74/178
Overall: 418/1357
Performance: Bad
Avg HR 143
Course: Flat as a pancake. but HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT. Must have been 95 degrees and really humid.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
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