Ironman 70.3 Branson - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Branson, Missouri
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 8h 08m 28s
Overall Rank = 898/1357
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 130/201
  • 41m 10s
  • 2100 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

Overall a very good swim. I took it quite easy as I was intimidated by seeing the buoys. It looked like a long way, but I felt 100% comfortable and relaxed the entire swim.
Transition 1
  • 06m 17s

transition was slow, but I wasn't really pushing for a fast transition.
  • 3h 54m 19s
  • 56 miles
  • 14.34 mile/hr

This is where I came undone. I was not physically prepared for the hills (6000 feet of climbing) or the heat (90-95 + 100% humidity). By 1/3 of the way, I lost steam. By the end I was starting to cramp and had lost strength.
What would you do differently?:

Train hills.
Transition 2
  • 03m 47s

Not a bad transition, but again, I wasn't looking for speed at this point.
  • 3h 22m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 15m 29s  min/mile

Nothing but cramps. First lap: 50/50 run/walk, but the cramps were setting in badly. Second lap: tried to pick up the pace buy every muscle in both legs were cramping badly. A few times I staggered and struggled to stay upright. Third lap: I cramped so badly I hit the ground. I couldn't even walk fast, so it was a struggle to meet the cutoff. Crossing the finish line I hit the ground again.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of proper training for the hilly course.

Lack of heat acclimation.

I lost 10 pounds on this course. 10 pounds!

Event comments:

A fantastic event. Had I been more properly prepared, I would have loved it. Now I have to decide if I'm going to try and repeat it.

I should point out that out of 1357 registered racers, only 981 finished. In my age group, 201 registered, and only 136 finished.

Last updated: 2010-09-28 12:00 AM
00:41:10 | 2100 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 95/201
Overall: 587/1357
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 06:17
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:54:19 | 56 miles | 14.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 127/201
Overall: 818/1357
Performance: Bad
Wind: None
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Bad
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:47
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
03:22:55 | 13.1 miles | 15m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 130/201
Overall: 898/1357
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %6
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4