Port of Tauranga Half-Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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New Zealand
26F / -3C
Total Time = 6h 42m 40s
Overall Rank = 554/600
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 155/
Pre-race routine:

After clock watching for a couple of hours between 2 & 3am finally got up just before 5am, grabbed some breakfast, organised the sunscreen and walked from the motel to the race venue (about 1km).
Event warmup:

The bikes were racked the night before so checked tyres, attached the bento box, drinks bottles, tubes etc. Went for a warm-up swim before the mass start by the whard at 6:30am.
  • 53m 48s
  • 2000 meters
  • 02m 41s / 100 meters
What would you do differently?:

My swimming has come a long way (literally) since winter, so with another season and winter under my belt would expect the time in the water to start reducing down.
Transition 1
  • 02m
What would you do differently?:

Pretty happy with my transitions, this was going to be slower with putting socks on and the allocated racking position was at the back of the compound meaning a longer run with the bike both in and out of transition (but not run as the run course left from the rear of transition).
  • 3h 13m 34s
  • 90 kms
  • 27.90 km/hr

I still had a niggling pain in the right calf which I had been trying to fix with a number of bike fittings so didn't want to push too hard on the bike incase it caused problems with the run, running off it was fine and had a number of massages prior to the race.
What would you do differently?:

Probably could have pushed the bike harder to bring down the overall time but with this being my first Half-Ironman the will to complete was greater than the will to race it.
Transition 2
  • 04m

A fairly slow transition, stopped for a pit stop, organised more drink and stretched a bit off the bike.
  • 2h 28m 58s
  • 21 kms
  • 07m 05s  min/km

I was very happy with the first lap of 1:03 but seemed to struggle the last 6km's of so. Really enjoyed the run but after about 6hrs 15mins really just wanted to get across the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

The sun came out for the second lap, I had plenty of sunscreen and took on a mixture of fluids and poured water over my head to cool down but would probably use a fuel belt for electrolytes next time and just take on the water at each of the aid stations.
Post race
Warm down:

Took on more fluid and joined the long queue for a massage before heading back for a shower and a trip next door to the Ice-Cream Parlour for the most obscene ice cream in a while.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need more time on the bike, might mix up the road cycling with the mountain biking and join some cycling groups as long rides on your own are really boring.

Event comments:

Overall it was a good race, though found the bike course a little boring. Completed it which was the main thing but a little longer than anticipated.

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Last updated: 2006-04-19 12:00 AM
00:53:48 | 2000 meters | 02m 41s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/600
Performance: Average
A 2 lap course the first lap of 1250m and the second and 700m. both were rectangle shaped courses.
Suit: Orca Speedsuit
Course: The first lap went quite well, there was a lot of sunstrike on the retun lap making the navigation interestings. The second lap the wind got up making a lot of chop on the outbound leg. Jellyfish and currents also added a bit of exeitement to the swim but pretty happy with the swim overall.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 20F / -7C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:13:34 | 90 kms | 27.90 km/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/600
Performance: Average
The bike was a 3 lap course with a long (55km) first lap and two 17.5km laps to follow around the beach by the race venue.
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: Being by the coast the course was fairly flat and fast but a lot of wind made the ride hard going and they kept switching meaning one minute you were doing 34kph the next down to 24kph. The 2nd and 3rd lap went right through the centre of the Mount and around the town so there were a lot of supporters and holidaymakers around to cheer which was good (This was the last weekend of the Christmas holidays for most people)
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:28:58 | 21 kms | 07m 05s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/600
Performance: Good
Course: The course was 2 laps starting off running up the harbour, through the town to the surf club and along the road by the beach to a turn-around point. Back to the surf club, through a spray-tent (Water jets) and on the path around the base of Mt Mauganui which is an off-road track with hills before hitting the harbour road and back down to transition.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
Good race? Ok
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] 4