Ironman 70.3 California - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oceanside, California
United States
Ironman North America
63F / 17C
Total Time = 6h 51m 49s
Overall Rank = 2152/2875
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 180/307
Pre-race routine:

Got up @ 4:30. Too nervous for breakfast, just had protein bar and bannana with some milk. warmed up by running on the beach. Was able to loosen up, the run and the view of the beach was able to distract my nervous thoughts. Cool. By now, time to get my act together at transition and get wetsuit on.
Event warmup:

Ran on beach, just knew it was going to be an amazing day, in spite of what ever challenge is before me.
  • 43m 49s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

Holy moly I just did that!! OUTSTANDING! I was lookin for a 2.5-3 minute pace per 100 out of the water. Awesome. Didn't even have to work at sighting compared to pool drills.. Kinda busy with multiple encounters with other swimmers, but not bad, all in all much better than expected.
What would you do differently?:

Swim like that agian:)
Transition 1
  • 06m 4s

Thank goodness for awesome volunteer who helped me with the wetsuit, must have saved a least 2 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Work more on getting wetsuit off of heels.
  • 3h 46m 5s
  • 56 miles
  • 14.86 mile/hr

Views made me feel like I was in Europe on the countryside, Marines were awesome and inspiring, the volunteers made you feel like royalty.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder on bike, and definately refine hydration in cooler temps.
Transition 2
  • 04m 39s

Not a horrible transition, but went slow to avoid penalty by not dismounting bike too early. Felt stiff, not nearly as bad as could have been. Ready to learn more. I am still enjoying how far I just completed...Now time for enjoying the beautiful run we have waited for months to complete.
What would you do differently?:

Race, more, learn more
  • 2h 11m 5s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 01s  min/mile

We ran good from mile 1-3, then held back a little till last 1/4 mile, then went for a faster finish once I new I had enough to do it. Pacing appeared to be perfect with my present skill level. Sweet!
What would you do differently?:

Work on more speed now that I know the base is definately there.
Post race
Warm down:

Keep moving....too afraid to stop. Took a very short swim in pool,then went in Jacuzzi, pool, and did the hot/cold thing. Seemed to help.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Present run / bike fitness, although good, but over time can be even better.

Event comments:

Amazing race, amazing experience that I will remember the rest of my life(first 70.3 distance). Just the chance to enjoy the incredibly inspiring people on and off the course was worth many times more than the price of admission. This is an opportunity that should in my opinion should never be missed. Even though my performance would be considered very slow compared to many others that ran this race I still felt like I was treated like royalty on a cruise ship. The volunteers were awesome and attended to every conceivable need. This experience for me was hard to beat. If you ever get the chance. DO IT!

Last updated: 2011-03-23 12:00 AM
00:43:49 | 2112 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 163/307
Overall: 1614/2875
Performance: Good
Focus felt pretty good on swim, navigation with the closely marked bouys was nothing short of amazing. Much better than previous attempts in other venues.
Suit: Xterra Vector Pro X2
Course: Dog leg to the left out by the jetty, then back into launch ramp
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 06:04
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
03:46:05 | 56 miles | 14.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/307
Overall: 0/2875
Performance: Good
First portion of the course was flat and fast and then much slower with two large hills. Held back to save for a good run segment.
Wind: Some
Course: Amazing wiews and great volunteers made for an unforgettable experience. Large hills can be daunting but felt a great sense of accomplishment as we went up them (slowly) and still was moving.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 04:39
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
02:11:05 | 13.1 miles | 10m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 181/307
Overall: 1750/2875
Performance: Good
Started to go at a decent clip, but then started to hold back a little because wanted to have enough for a strong finish.
Course: Amazing views and awesome people encouraging us on what would become a life long achievement. How awesome!! As if the views were not enough. The amazing people I had the privilage to meet on and along the course have changed my life forever.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5