Half Full Triathlon - Olympic “40″ Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Ellicott City, Maryland
United States
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
48F / 9C
Total Time = 3h 19m 53s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Was nice that the 40-milers got to go first this year - less time standing around in the cold. I heard it was because USAT wanted all their racers on the course before the unsanctioned 70-milers got on the course.

The announcer made a big deal of saying the rain was forecast to hold off until the afternoon... and then 5 minutes later it started drizzling. Oh well.
Event warmup:

No. There was nothing warm about this event.
  • 24m 16s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 29s / 100 yards

Decent swim I think. I am not sure if this time included the 400 yard run to T1 - I only saw a timing mat at T1 but others thought they saw one at swim exit. Either way this time is ok. Got clubbed in the eye during the swim passing somebody from an earlier wave who was swimming elementary backstroke. I guess that shouldn't irritate me but it does.

2011: 23:49
2012: 24:16
Transition 1
  • 04m 21s

Spent some extra time here trying to get dry in preparation for a cold bike course.

2011: 4:06
2012: 4:21
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, except I forgot my gloves at home. Made for numb hands later.
  • 1h 48m 57s
  • 32 miles
  • 17.62 mile/hr

Rain really kicked in sometime during the swim, and the whole bike leg was very rainy, cold, and wet. Between my numb hands and wet brakes, I made the decision not to really push any of the downhills too fast. Got stuck behind car traffic for about a mile just past the high school, so had to ride the brakes for a while.

I expected Lance to pass me on the bike course, but he didn't. Looking back at the results, I think I missed it by only about 5 minutes. Hmmm... maybe I should have biked slower.

Last year's course was changed due to contribution so they changed it back this year. The difference is about 1.5 miles, so last year's bike course was really 31.1 and this year was 32.6 even though both were billed as "32". Last year was much windier though.

2011: 1:45:06 (31.1 miles @ 17.8mph)
2012: 1:48:57 (32.6 miles @ 18.0mph)
Transition 2
  • 02m 2s

Not much of note here, except I had no feeling in my toes or fingers by the end of the bike.

2011: 2:02
2012: 1:56
  • 1h 00m 23s
  • 6.7 miles
  • 09m 01s  min/mile

The first two miles were a bit painful with numb toes, although they eventually warmed up. The rain managed to stop right around the time I was thinking that a cool rain in my face might actually feel nice. Splits show that I ran the 2nd half at a much faster pace than the 1st. I definitely felt much better on the back half this year. But the overall time was slower, which is disappointing.

The run is really 6.5 miles, not 6.7.

2011: 59:38 (9:10/mile)
2012: 1:00:23 (9:17/mile)
What would you do differently?:

learn how to run faster one day
Post race
Warm down:

Did the weird normatec leg massagers, which actually felt kind of nice. And then hung out for a minute to watch Lance finish. I think he beat the whole field in the Half by 20 minutes or so.

Event comments:

Not a great performance for me, but no terrible, and probably about what I deserved given my recent training.

I have done this event each year since it's inception, and this year was interesting. Obviously Rev3 and Lance's involvement raised the profile of the race by about a million percent. This in turn made for a much stronger field - I finished in the top 20 overall last year but was around #45 this year.

And it was an extremely organized, well-run, and well-supported event. But it definitely had a different feel to it: in past year's it had been a pretty low-key, cancer fundraiser event with a very cool charity vibe to it. This year's event was much more professional and had the added hype of Lance racing. Not saying this was good or bad, but it was... different. I will likely do it again next year, but only if they avoid the same weekend as Seagull Century (a favorite event I was sad to miss this year because I signed up for Half Full before knowing the date of Seagull).

Last updated: 2011-11-21 12:00 AM
00:24:16 | 1640 yards | 01m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Suit: DeSoto longsleeve
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:21
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
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Getting up to speed:
01:48:57 | 32 miles | 17.62 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Road:   Cadence:
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Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:02
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:00:23 | 06.7 miles | 09m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Drinking
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Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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