California Half Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oceanside, California
United States
Ironman North America
50sF / 0C
Total Time = 7h 26m 34s
Overall Rank = 1803/2032
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 295/313
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 3AM at the Oceanside Bestwestern. Ate a bagel with PB and had a cup of coffee. Did my morning thing. Felt nervous but excited since it was my first 1/2 and also I was undertrained. Got to the race side at around 4:30AM.
Event warmup:

I did not warm up. I was too cold. I was huddled under a tent because it was raining.
  • 45h 09m
  • 1155 yards
  • 3h 53m 47s / 100 yards

I performed fairly well for not ever swimming 1.2 miles before and being under prepared. At 2:16 pace, several waves swallowed me up. I swam my race and stayed away from the bouys so probably swam a good 200m more than everyone else.

My wave gun started before I even got to the line. I was about 10m away but I guess I was too slow.

About 100m to finish, my left hamstring cramped up. Not sure if it was because I was undertrained or too cold. I was very worried though, I couldn't kick and had a bad feeling since it happened so early in the race.

One of the volunteers had to help me out of the water since I couldn't stand.
What would you do differently?:

Train harder and in the ocean more.
Transition 1
  • 07m 16s

I was just glad to be out of the water. I had to use the bathroom and that was the first thing I did, before I even changed into the bike stuff. I pretty much took my time and just walked since my hamstring was having some discomfort.
What would you do differently?:

  • 3h 30m 36s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.95 mile/hr

In the first 10-20 miles, I was averaging close to 20mph. I was feeling great. After one big brutal hill at going only 3mph, my legs were shot and after that, I was only averaging about 10-15mph for the rest of the course. There was quite a few rolling hills and I was just not prepared. I had only rode one 56 miler before.

My left hamstring cramped up again and my right quad also.

I had to use the bathroom a total of 4 times.
What would you do differently?:

Train more.
Transition 2
  • 05m 21s

I was feeling ok after the ride. Actually I was surprised since I didn't really train for it. I took a gel and drank some gatorade. I did not change. Put on some sunblock since I knew I was in for a long run.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 58m 13s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 36s  min/mile

I had only averaged a 15m/mile at the previous OLY so I shooting for that at the 1/2. I surprised myself with my pace. I had never ran or trained more than 6 miles before (the only time I ran 6 miles was at the previous OLY), so I wasn't sure what to expect after mile 6.

I used the walk/run method and and every mile, I went to the bathroom, drank and ate. At around mile 8, my legs were shot. I walked the last 3 miles, from mile 10-13. My hamstring was killing me. I knew I had to walk when I was jogging and couldn't catch people that were walking.
What would you do differently?:

Try to train.
Post race
Warm down:

Nothing. My legs were shot. My knees were sore and my hamstring was a little messed up. I even had problems riding the bike back to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I didn't train that much. My training was about 3 miles a week run, 10 miles a week bike, and I only started swim training about 1 month before the tri. I did two OW swims to prepare.

With full time work and law school at night, I just didn't have the time.

Event comments:

I really had fun. It was my first 1/2 ironman. I went in with the goal just to finish and that's what I did. I raced it well, and not pushed it too hard. I knew I was undertrained and I had in my mind, if I was too much in pain or discomfort, I would DNF and would be fine with it.

Last updated: 2006-03-19 12:00 AM
45:09:00 | 1155 yards | 3h 53m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 257/313
Overall: 1614/2032
Performance: Average
Suit: T1 Desoto
Course: It was raining and very cold. said mid 40s was the low so I assume at 4:30, it was around then. Water temp had to be in the mid 50s. It was so cold the RD offered a 700m swim. The water was very cold. The RD had offered a 700m optional swim for people that thought they could not make the full swim in the 55 degree water and even said we could use swim booties. I didn't have a pair but I should have took the offer. About 3/10 of swim was in a protected harbor. Very good conditions (except for cold) until you broke out of it. I was scared once I got out of it but sucked it up.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 55F / 13C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 07:16
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
03:30:36 | 56 miles | 15.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 281/313
Overall: 1658/2032
Wind: Some
Course: The course is decieving. In the first 10 or 15 miles, it is pretty fast and flat. After about the 28m or so, it was terrible. There was one brutal hill and several small ones. Also, the course had several rolling hills after mile 30 or so. Coming into t2, it had a pretty strong headwind.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 05:21
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
02:58:13 | 13.1 miles | 13m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 302/313
Overall: 1903/2032
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat and beautiful along the coast. Only part that sucked was a 500m part we had to run on the sand. Not fun at all.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4