Ironman 70.3 California - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oceanside, California
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 7h 22m 17s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Parked at the pier and rode bikes to swim start
Event warmup:

Nothing, nerves
  • 44m 50s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 19s / 100 meters

I was so cold at the start. Couldn't catch my breath for quite a while. Finally started to find my rhythm but then I cramped up in both calves about 1/4 the way in. They never let up the whole time! I just tried to keep swimming as best as I could. Same thing happened at the Vineman!! I never cramp while training so not sure whats going on.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out how not to cramp
Transition 1
  • 12m 26s

Only my 2nd triathlon ever so I'm sure it will get better with time!
What would you do differently?:

  • 3h 50m 35s
  • 56 miles
  • 14.57 mile/hr

I was feeling pretty good. Averaging about 17 mph, which was a bit much for me but I felt great. Then the 1st flat. Now I'm no pro but I got this thing changed in about 5 minutes, which for me was very fast. This was mile 20 or so. Next flat at mile 30. I had only brought 1 spare so I tried to patch but with no luck. Sat there for 20 minutes trying to figure out what to do. Thought my race was over but a very nice guy stopped and gave me his tube and helped me change it.

And I'm off. I figured I was good for the rest of the way. But oh no, not another flat! At about mile 40 my 3rd flat. Now I'm screwed but low and behold I see the repair car! Seems my liner in my rim was frayed. Fixed it and I was on my way. I lost a total of 45 min to an hour, but i was still going so I'm all good!
What would you do differently?:

Not flat and bring more than 1 spare tube
Transition 2
  • 05m 45s

Had to pee
  • 2h 28m 41s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 21s  min/mile

I knew my run fitness wasn't going to be there because of my broken foot during training. I figured I would run about 6 miles or so then it would be a death march. That was just about right. 1st 2 miles I kept at 9:20 or so, then I started in on 10 min miles up to about mile 6. I really started hurting about then and had to resort to a run walk. I pushed as hard as I could and ran as much as possible but the fitness was just not there.
What would you do differently?:

Not break my foot during training
Post race
Warm down:

Ate Pizza, got my bike, put stuff in my car, went and ate a burger

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of experience and run training. I am in no way disappointed with my race. If you take away the flat tires I would have been right where I thought. I am learning each time and am getting a clearer vision of what needs to be done to have a successful race

Event comments:

It was brutal for me but I loved it!

Last updated: 2011-08-10 12:00 AM
00:44:50 | 1931 meters | 02m 19s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: full
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 57F / 14C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 12:26
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:50:35 | 56 miles | 14.57 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 05:45
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:28:41 | 13.1 miles | 11m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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] 5