Spirit of Racine - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
85?F / 0C
Total Time = 5h 53m 7s
Overall Rank = 792/1600
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 97/126
Pre-race routine:

Had a sour dough english muffin with peanut butter and one cup of coffee.
Event warmup:

Swam a bit prior to swim to get warmed up and used to the water.
  • 53m 20s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 32s / 100 yards

It was pretty hard. I kept mistaking the bouys along the course as the ones to head to shore, sort of a downer. Water temp was great. First time swimming in large lake with big rollers. I think this was a pretty difficult swim. Swam a little off course needed to sight better. Never attempted bilateral breathing, waves were coming from my bad side. Was glad when it was over but overall it was not too bad.
What would you do differently?:

Check out course more. Try to stay more on track. Sighting with the larger waves was difficult.
Transition 1
  • 02m 53s

Took suit off right out of water. Transition was a ways from water. I didn't wear a jersey in the water and my biking jersey was hard to get on. I forgot to put my electrolytes in bento box. Also didn't put Hammer Gel in Bento box or jersey pocket.
What would you do differently?:

Prepare more. Wear jersey or tri top under wetsuit.
  • 2h 43m 18s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.58 mile/hr

Had a good bike. Got a bit of a muscle knot near the end but didn't really effect me.
Transition 2
  • 02m 58s

socks were a bit difficult to get on. Forgot my elelctrolytes.
What would you do differently?:

Baby powder in socks and shoes. Make sure electrolytes are set out so I can remember them.
  • 2h 10m 52s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 59s  min/mile

Tons of people that I passed on the bike got me back on the run. Just wanted to do a pace that I knew I could run the whole way. Felt a bit odd in my stomach and really took a bunch of electrolytes at the water/food stands (thank god they had them). It got better as the run went on. Sped up the last 3 miles and finished good. I am happy with the time, I think it is better than my 1/2 marathon earlier in the year.
What would you do differently?:

Take the endurolytes with me. I was really lucky they had them on the course.
Post race
Warm down:

Pasta, chips, orange and a root beer. Ate with the family.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My slow swimming and slow running. Oh well.

Event comments:

Really nice race. Very well organised on race day, tons of volunteers and quality energy foods (hammer gel). Registration took forever, not enough help there.

Favorite moment: Seeing the lady crying on the shoulder of her daughter/friend as I heard her friend saying "you did it." She was so overcome with emotion after finishing. It was great to have seen someone who was so emotional with what she had accomplished.

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Last updated: 2006-03-27 12:00 AM
00:53:20 | 2112 yards | 02m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 132/126
Overall: 1193/1600
Performance: Average
Suit: Ironman Stealth
Course: Out 1/4 mile to bouys, followed along beach approx 1/2 then back into shore.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:53
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:43:18 | 56 miles | 20.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 75/126
Overall: 499/1600
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:58
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:10:52 | 13.1 miles | 09m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 95/126
Overall: 811/1600
Performance: Average
Course: 3.1 mile out and back. Two loops. Pretty flat and a fair portion shaded.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4