Ironman 70.3 Branson - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Branson, Missouri
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
60F / 16C
Total Time = 6h 43m 40s
Overall Rank = 380/
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 20/41
Pre-race routine:

Normal prerace stuff. Up around 4:30, eat homemade mcmuffin and orange juice, wait aound for morning constitution (if you know what I mean). Everything came out alright. Loaded up with my buddy and head down to transition to set up and get ready to go.
Event warmup:

No warm up to speak of. Put on wet suit and swing arms around in circles so everyone around me would think I had done this before. Seemed to work.
  • 41m 37s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

Tried on my wetsuit from last year and who would have thought that the extra ten pounds I had picked up since IMKY would make that much difference. After practice swim on saturday, I realized I couldn't breathe in my Xterra suit. Wife pleaded with me to rent one that would allow me to breathe, since she didn't feel like I would be able to hold my breath for 41:37. I copitulated and rented a suit (with sleeves no less) and couldn't believe the difference it made. Ended up on the phone that night and purchased it before the race at a very good discount. Happy with that. By the way, I have an extra large Xterra for sell in excellent condition. Must weigh no more than 195 to wear it (if you want to breathe), and no, I have never peed in the suit!
On a more serious note, I panicked at about 200 or 300 yards into the swim. Wanted out of the water and I mean now. Treaded water and tried to calm myself. My company will pay up to 300 dollars for race entries if you complete the race. I figured if someone would give me 300 to swim that distance, I wasn't going to lose that money since I am a tightwad. I was able to complete the swim with no other issues. I guess I lost 1 to 2 minutes total on the freakout.
What would you do differently?:

Don't freak out! You knew I was going to say that didn't you?
Transition 1
  • 03m 53s

Suit got hung up on my watch, should have paid more attention to how I put the watch on. Lost some time getting my suit in the bag for transport to T2. Overall, satisfied.
What would you do differently?:

Watch placement
  • 3h 37m 14s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.47 mile/hr

I tried to find hills in south Mississippi that would let me train at least a little. They don't exist. I knew going in that I was under trained. Of course being the highly tuned athlete that I am, I wanted to make the best time that I could and still have something left for the run. Could have ridden harder but have drank the coolaide before so forced myself to hold back. Little side question, did any of you notice a guy wearing number 408? He kept passing me and making schnide remarks. Good thing I train with him at home or I would have had to beat the snot out of him. I wasn't to terribly disappointed in my time. It was mostly down hill after hitting the exit road with the exception of one very cruel joke the organizers decided to pull on us. Right before the finish, maybe 1/2 mile or so, you had to climb a hill. Standing in my lowest gear and crank with all I had (left) to get to the top. Can't type what I was thinking at that point.
What would you do differently?:

Train like I am supposed to do for a half Ironman. IE: don't build another house!
Transition 2
  • 02m 40s

Felt good, should have removed shoes before arriving at transition, but transition slipped up on me.
What would you do differently?:

See above
  • 2h 18m 16s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 33s  min/mile

In addition to what I have alread said, did I mention that it rained? Correction, monsooned would be a better word for it. At times I was running in 4 inches (or more) of water. It did help keep me cool though. Wanted to average between 9:30 and 10 minutes on the run, but the bike was so brutal on my old decrepted legs that I just couldn't keep it up. With about 2.5 miles left, I tried to calculate what my finishing time was going to be, realized that if I could pick it up a little and not walk anymore (big if), I would be able to finish in under 6:45. I know that may not be a big deal to most of you, but at this point in my day, it was a big deal to me. I actually ran my fastest times on the last 2 miles of the day. Everyone was looking at me like I was crazy with all of my huffing and puffing (and believe me, there was a lot), but aren't we all crazy to be doing this anyhow? I crossed the finish line with absolutely zero left in my tank. I have seen people have to be helped at the finish line because they are exhausted. I always felt like it was show. Here is my most heart felt apology to all that I have doubted. I now know how you feel. I am proud of all of you.

I would like to say thanks to the jerk (bib #408) for helping me train this year, he kept me going even when I was to busy or didn't have enopugh time in the day, sure bills didn't get paid, bricks didn't get laid, deadlines didn't get made, but at least enough training got done that I didn't die and I was able to complete the race, Thank Michael Draughn, jmdraughn to the rest of you. All in all, not a bad day before my 50th birthday!
What would you do differently?:

How can I say this originally? More training!
Post race
Warm down:

Went from hot to freezing in about 2.5 seconds, no warm down needed.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Building a stupid house.

Event comments:

Volunteers were amazing. I would like to go back and give them all a hug. Well, some more than others if you know what I mean.

Last updated: 2011-09-20 12:00 AM
00:41:37 | 2112 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 22/41
Overall: 379/
Performance: Below average
Suit: 2XU T:2
Course: Trianglar out and back in Table Rock Lake
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:53
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
03:37:14 | 56 miles | 15.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/41
Overall: 354/
Performance: Average
Split 1 11.4 11.4 15.38 Split 2 29.4 18.0 15.42 Split 3 47.4 18.0 14.62 Split 4 56 8.6 17.85
Wind: Some
Course: Great course, after you got to the high road. Roads were smooth and wide for the most part. Did 6 miles up hill to get to the high road, made 2 1/4 laps on the high road before hitting the exit road to finish line.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 75?
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:18:16 | 13.1 miles | 10m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/41
Overall: 380/
Performance: Below average
Split 1 2.2 2.2 20:55 9:30 Split 2 6.8 4.6 47:37 10:21 Split 3 11.3 4.5 52:59 11:46 Split 4 13.1 1.8 16:45 9:18
Course: 2 7/8 loop at Branson Landing in 4 inches of water. Great venue, with the exception of the little zig zag out by Bass Pro Shops. That is just plain cruel to a 50 year old man after that bike ride and run, oh yea the little mud slid on the other end of the landing sucked as well.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4