SavageMan Triathlon 70.0 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Swanton, Maryland
United States
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Total Time = 5h 57m 13s
Overall Rank = 70/330
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 12/43
Pre-race routine:

Stayed in a big house -- a new one for us -- on the opposite side of lake and atop a big hill. Was with Patrick Pannett, Dan Combs and Big Al St. Jean.
Woke, ate, packed and drove down to transition.
Oatmeal and chocolate flavored liquid power bar.
Event warmup:

Very little stretching; set up bike, used toilet.
  • 25m 45s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 13s / 100 yards

Good swim. Felt strong but not hurried. Didn't have a ton of juice to "kill it" and basically coasted off of my conditioning from IMLP. But, that said, I swam within myself and smart, I didn't get caught in traffic and enjoyed it.
What would you do differently?:

Mirrored goggles would have really improved the last 200 meters when I got too close to shore and swam up on people as I passed them into the sunlight.
Transition 1
  • 04m 10s
  • 3h 21m 37s
  • 55.7 miles
  • 16.58 mile/hr

Great day on the bike. It was pretty brutal on the second half of the hills but still, so very pretty.

I didn't make the climb up Westernport. I popped a wheelie and on a "switchback" from the right side of the road going back left I dumped over. I was 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up and though it was very tough, I was in control and thought I'd make it.

I climbed well for the next hour and around Otto's Lane started to pay for the early strong uphills. I pissed my bike twice and worked hard the last ten miles.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing...train more after IMLP. In 2013 I'm going to incorporate jumping on a box that is 20 inches high to see if that can help explode me up the hills. Also, I am much much better at 185 than 190 which was my race weights for IMLP and Savageman, respectively.

Best bike split ever for this course -- either on a training ride or in a race.
Transition 2
  • 01m 56s

Sat for a while messing with drinks and socks. Could have trimmed :20 to :30 seconds.
  • 2h 03m 47s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 27s  min/mile

Ran by myself until about a mile from the halfway when I was joined by Big Al. We ran together for 2-3 miles and then he left.
Best ever run split for Savageman.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing -- work harder the middle half -- from mile 4 to 10.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretching and walking waiting for Patrick and Dan. Ate my ice cream. Could not stretch hamstrings enough.

Event comments:

I look forward to this race every year. I've only earned one brick out of three starts. It is a great place to ride and an epic course.

Last updated: 2012-03-08 12:00 AM
00:25:45 | 2112 yards | 01m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/43
Overall: 14/330
Performance: Good
Swam smooth throughout. Had trouble sighting on the way out to the turtle but refused to get worked up about anything or anyone. Just went out and cruised through the cool water. There was steam coming up off of the water as we arrived for the start but the fogginess burned off quickly. I hit my hands on some rocks coming in toward the finish line and into the sunlight.
Suit: Blue Seventy sleeveless.
Course: Narrow rectangular course. Out to the floating turtle into the sun, back past the starting area and around the swan boat and then back 150 yards to the start/finish area.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:10
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:21:37 | 55.7 miles | 16.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/43
Overall: 60/330
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Same as the last few years. Savagery all around.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:56
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:03:47 | 13.1 miles | 09m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/43
Overall: 121/330
Performance: Good
Course: Same as the past few years -- more savage than the bike course.
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5