American Triple-T Ohio - Race #4: Little Smokies Half Iron - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Portsmouth, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
65F / 18C
Total Time = 8h 02m 31s
Overall Rank = 222/229
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

ate some food and getting ready for the last day... mentally tough but I know I can do this
Event warmup:

jogged for 15 minutes and road my bike a few... stretched arms well to get ready for swim
  • 43m 28s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

I had a good swim by my standards, especially after 3 prior races. my time was faster than the PM OLY because of the cramps so I am happy that mentally I did not faulter.
What would you do differently?:

nothing... I liked my pacing and breathing. I could absoultely have gone another 1.2 without question.
Transition 1
  • 03m 44s
  • 4h 03m 20s
  • 55.5 miles
  • 13.68 mile/hr
Transition 2
  • 02m 30s
  • 3h 11m 57s
  • 8.14 miles
  • 23m 35s  min/mile
Post race
Event comments:

Love this race and if I could train hard year round I would definetly do this again... but not in the cards. I would never do this race half assing my training. This event is no joke and to see, and be a part of, the walking dead is eye opening. Seeeing the amount of people dropping out as well

Last updated: 2012-02-01 12:00 AM
00:43:28 | 2112 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/229
Performance: Good
Suit: yes
Course: 2 loops
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:44
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
04:03:20 | 55.5 miles | 13.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/229
really wanted to beat 4 hours here but those hills can be relentless. Also, on some of the descents you can't get up to speed and coast... a lot of switchbacks etc. braking was a must... dropped a chain and took a wrong turn as well which if I hadn't done that I could have beaten the 4hr goal.
Wind: Little with gusts
Course: 2 loops, rough and smooth... the smooth roads were very welcoming.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:30
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
03:11:57 | 08.14 miles | 23m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/229
Performance: Below average
ran the first leg too slow... could have gone faster but didn't want to blow up on the 2nd loop. hilly course... was walking up hills and running downhills... went from 15mm to 7mm very often.
Course: off road, rocky, hilly...
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5