Beach2Battleship Half Iron Distance Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
50F / 10C
Total Time = 6h 38m 43s
Overall Rank = 417/544
Age Group = Master Clyde
Age Group Rank = 24/38
Event warmup:

shivering for warmth?
  • 35m 27s
  • 2078 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

I am now totally convinced that my swim will never improve unless I drop about 45lbs of muscle mass. At 6' and 215lbs, it doesn't matter how perfect or flawless my stroke... my mass is such that I will always ride "low" in the water causing such a dramatic increase in drag that my times will always suck. :)
What would you do differently?:

I needed to be more in the center of the channel... I got to close to the docks on the first leg and wasn't able to take full advantage of the current.
Transition 1
  • 10m 1s

about a 400m jog over asphalt to the transition area.
  • 3h 26m 55s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.24 mile/hr

HOLY CARP!!! The first twenty miles were an adventure. The 50 degree temps, drizzle, 20mph head and crosswinds made for a VERY cold ride. Not to mention the near miss of a kamikaze kitty at mile 17 not being in my race plan. Along I-140, a feral black cat decided at the last possible second to cross the road. I saw the lil black demon with snowy paws pop his head up over the grass... next thing I hear is a freakish "MEEEEEEEAAAAAR" as kitty bolts across the road. I was in the aero position and had no hope of hitting the brakes in time so I winced and prayed kitty had his nutrition of Kibbles & Gu correct... I just barely grazed his tail with my front tire as he passed in front of me. "Happy Halloween little buddy... I think I just shat my tri shorts."
What would you do differently?:

wear gloves and rain jacket, oh and modify my bike with a cat guard up front.
Transition 2
  • 06m
  • 2h 20m 22s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 43s  min/mile

The run out was decent but the run back was a bit to slow. I would have liked the second 6.55mi to be 8-10 mins faster but I am chalking the slower time up to the headwind coming back through town and the pee break in the bushes in the park.
What would you do differently?:

should have taken a long sleeve shirt for the run.
Post race
Warm down:

um... searching for warm clothes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

the wind was a killer all day.

Event comments:

Next year... I think it will be time for the 140.6

Last updated: 2011-11-03 12:00 AM
00:35:27 | 2078 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 29/38
Overall: 476/544
Performance: Below average
Suit: 2XU
Course: Intercoastal Waterway
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 10:01
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:26:55 | 56 miles | 16.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 28/38
Overall: 432/544
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Super flat and open with little cover.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 06:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:20:22 | 13.1 miles | 10m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/38
Overall: 377/544
Performance: Good
Course: mostly flat with subtle hills from the bridges.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4