Ironman 70.3 Racine - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
96F / 36C
Total Time = 6h 25m 31s
Overall Rank = 1122/2227
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 205/341
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, had a cupa joe, a builder bar and just basically got prepared. Drove to the race site, put up the tent and set up the transition. It was much more packed than when I dropped off the bike the day before.
Event warmup:

Nothing. Race this long, not worth warming up.
  • 35m 20s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 50s / 100 meters

Farthest I've swam straight through in quite a while. Haven't done the 1000 TT in a bit so didn't quite know what to expect. Longest I've done so far this year is 600m. So this was far. But got into a groove and got out of the water exactly when I wanted to. Saw Beth while I was coming out of the water and she told me my time. With a smile, I gave her a kiss and ran through to Transition.
What would you do differently?:

Not skip swim workouts? Not too disappointed considering I'm almost top 25% overall and top 1/3 in AG.
Transition 1
  • 04m 53s

Used the stripper. Big dude. Peeled me like a banana. Likedy split. Kind of cool. Into transition. Such a big transition. Not displeased.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Took my time knowing I needed to get my HR down before I started on the bike.
  • 2h 51m 54s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.55 mile/hr

There is a hill right out of transition. I went up it like it wasn't even there. Tucked into aero position and didn't leave it the entire time.

Within the first 10 miles, I knew I was going to beat my goal of 3:00:00 for the bike split. The question was, by how much.

On the way out, there was a bit of a head wind out of the North and West. More West. And that was the direction we were heading. So I knew if I kept up the pace, kept my cadence and HR in control (90+RPM and under 150 BPM) I would be in great shape when we turned around to come back. And we did. There were a few miles where I was averaging well over 20. I knew I was banking what I wanted. The question was, how would it translate into the run. The big unknown.

Last stretch towards T2, slipped the feet out of the shoes, down the hill into transition and I was done. 2 down, 1 to go.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Did just what I wanted.
Transition 2
  • 02m 22s

Good transition. Lathered up on the way out and I was on my way.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 51m 2s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 04s  min/mile

This hurt. I knew it would. Hottest part of the day and got hotter.

Started out on the first leg out averaging well and keeping the HR in check. Walked through the water station at the turn around and started back. That's when the HR started to move steadily upwards. And I knew it was going to be a long one.

Slogged through the leg back and saw mr2Tony close to the turn around. Where the "eff" is the turn around? Just a bit further. Hit the turn around and he walked with me for a bit. "I don't want to do this. I will finish it, but I don't want to". We chatted for a bit more and off I went on the second lap.

Long story short, I did a ton of walking. I was finally able to get my HR down and downing water and putting ice into the pockets of my shorts and my top. It seemed to help. I was just over heating.

I finally slowly jogged the last mile+ to the finish line. Crossed it, kissed my ring finger in honor of my wife who is always with me and I was done.

Post race
Warm down:

Caught up with the family. Got some pics taken. Ate some food and water and just chilled out under the tent for a bit trying not to cramp up. Beth was nice and got me a pack of ice to help me cool down and get my HR down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Very well run race. I'll never do it again cause I'll never do a HIM again, but they did a VERY good job. Much better than the HFP that used to run it.

Last updated: 2012-03-26 12:00 AM
00:35:20 | 1931 meters | 01m 50s / 100meters
Age Group: 102/341
Overall: 582/2227
Performance: Good
Course: Straight out about 50 meters, hard right and paralleled the shore the rest of the way till we turned right again into the run out.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:53
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:51:54 | 56 miles | 19.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 123/341
Overall: 631/2227
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Long course that goes out and over I-94 and back.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:22
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:51:02 | 13.1 miles | 13m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 205/341
Overall: 1122/2227
Performance: Bad
Course: Double lap out and back to the lighthouse and back. Water stations essentially every mile.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4