Ironman 70.3 California - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oceanside, California
United States
Ironman North America
Total Time = 5h 33m 16s
Overall Rank = 705/2875
Age Group = 30
Age Group Rank = 98/157
Pre-race routine:

Not too much. It was really early and cold.
Event warmup:

Just a little walking to the start.
  • 42m 11s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m / 100 yards

The swim was horrible. My goggles kept fogging up leaving me practically blind. Also the water was freezing which took me a while to get into a groove but each time I did my goggles fogged leaving me having to stop and rinse them with water. This happened about 5 times which just sucked to no end.
What would you do differently?:

Buy anti-fogging solution or new goggles. Really sucked.
Transition 1
  • 04m 19s

Had to change into my biking shirt which sucked and added unnecessary time.
What would you do differently?:

Buy a freaking race belt......
  • 3h 04m 59s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.16 mile/hr

Kicked major ass on the first 24.45 miles averaging 20.88 mph but then I hit the strong head winds and the hills in Pendleton just crushed me with the high winds. People with tri bikes definitely had an advantage in areo form to avoid the high winds but with my road bike I was left eating some major wind.
What would you do differently?:

Well probably need to invest in a tri bike. Also need to re-fit my road bike. I was having neck problems before the race but nothing during.
Transition 2
  • 03m 34s

Had to remove my bike shirt and put on a tri top for the run. All my sweat made it stick.
What would you do differently?:

Invest in a race belt. Had to move the numbers from the back for the bike and front for the run. Instead of spending $20 I decided to wear two different shirts. Dumbass.....
  • 1h 38m 13s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 30s  min/mile

Tore it up on the run. Had lots of energy to push myself and felt a little weak by mile 9 but easily pushed through it. Passed a crap load of people on the run. Its amazing how a crappy swim and ok bike means nothing when you get to the run if you don't have the legs then your getting schooled.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing felt amazing on the run and got enough refreshments to cool and re-fuel. If I can improve my swim and bike I'll easily get a new PR.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Fogging goggles. No tri bike. No race belt.

Event comments:

Had an amazing race even with negatives. I felt super strong and wonderful after the race vs. the first HIM I did. I trained harder and it really showed in my run leg at the end. Had some hang ups which kept out of the PR game but I'm really happy with my performance and truly had a lot of fun out there. It sucks training for so long. I remember thinking at week 14 of 18 why the hell am I doing this. The excessive training actually made it lose its fun value but seeing how strong I was goes to show that it definitely paid off.

Last updated: 2011-01-05 12:00 AM
00:42:11 | 2112 yards | 01m / 100yards
Age Group: 181/157
Overall: 1462/2875
Performance: Below average
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:19
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:04:59 | 56 miles | 18.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/157
Overall: 0/2875
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:34
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:38:13 | 13.1 miles | 07m 30s  min/mile
Age Group: 98/157
Overall: 705/2875
Performance: Good
Course: Two boring loops but at least it was along the ocean. No major hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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