Ironman 70.3 Austin - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Austin, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
88F / 31C
Total Time = 6h 37m 54s
Overall Rank = 1247/
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 240/
Pre-race routine:

Stretch as usual. Bagel+fruit.
  • 46m 25s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 12s / 100 yards

Had no idea what to expect. Let the group leave then started slow. Never built faster then medium effort.
What would you do differently?:

Build into faster pace. Sight more often on buoys. Body rotation in wet suit is TOTALLY different. Breathing head position took some getting used to.
Transition 1
  • 04m 58s

Found bike and gear quickly. Socks are a MUST. I concede the time to put these on. Pleased with transition.
What would you do differently?:

Attempt preclipping shoes next time. NO RACE fuel in tritop (they flew out while moving around.) Next time stage fuel on bike (bento box).
  • 3h 15m 16s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.21 mile/hr

Comfortable ride. Again, felt like i was conservative not knowing how deep i would need on the run. Did not anticpate the wind and temp both kicking in later into the ride.
What would you do differently?:

Bike set up= Cages to receive bottle until i can top off my bar mounted system. Bento box for behind stem.

Would have served better to ride in easy, peak tempo and effort in middle and then ease out on return.
Transition 2
  • 02m 38s

Only got one shoe off during ride to line. Had to clip out other. Using D-ring to hang bag open was a good move and saved a lot of time.

What would you do differently?:

Check out transition areas (ride in) day before. The blind corner left me short on getting shoes off. Sun tan lotion.
  • 2h 28m 37s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 20s  min/mile

Run cap on hot day- BEST DAMN MOVE. Used it to soak in water buckets along the way. I was the only one on the run i saw doing that. Kept very cool in the heat.
What would you do differently?:

Sun tan lotion. Felt training for 10 min/mile pace was what diminished once under pressure. Between heat and hills that degraded to the 11+ pace. Will need better run preparation. Felt race execution up to run was well.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Racing with the unknown. I did not know how deep i would have to reach compared to the effort i put into each event. I had a soft target of around 6-6.5 based on training bricks.

Achieved my goal in that this was my learning race and was to set the bar for how i approach my next one.

Event comments:

I'm hooked

Last updated: 2011-11-01 12:00 AM
00:46:25 | 2112 yards | 02m 12s / 100yards
Age Group: 282/
Overall: 1577/
Performance: Below average
Suit: zoot
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 04:58
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:15:16 | 56 miles | 17.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 278/
Overall: 1399/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Rolling start= 10 miles. Flat middle with fast run in. VERY windy. x2 piss breaks, guess i was well hydrated.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:28:37 | 13.1 miles | 11m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 240/
Overall: 1247/
Performance: Below average
Course: 3 laps. Rolling hills. Mixed pavement and dirt
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5