Beach2Battleship Half Iron Distance Triathlon - Triathlon

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
78F / 26C
Total Time = 5h 30m 1s
Overall Rank = 172/599
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 31/106
Pre-race routine:

Ranks have *s next to them. What I put is official. I rode 3.5 miles further because of a wrong turn so my ride was 2:41:xx (checked as my watch beeped at 56 miles) at 56 miles, not 2:53:22 like the official results say. So I am going to do this both ways, both official and official minus 10 mins (which is actually conservative- it was more like 11 or 12).

Overall finish rank unofficial (assuming 10 mins to do those 3.5 miles) would have me at 5:20, which is 123 overall and 22nd in AG. Mainly just annoyed that it looks like my average on the bike is 19.4, but it was 20.7. Oh well, no-one really cares except me, right? I'm sorta half tempted to contact the RD and have him put me on the off-course list, since enough people deviated so that they actually have one, but not sure if I want to do that.

Had a nice dinner the night before,looking at the ocean. Had met d00d's fmaily at the pool earlier and freaked his wife out by saying "your husband isn't Ron is he?". Anyway, that was pretty funny.

Met d00d and Chris at the shuttle and headed to T1 about 6:45. It was coooold getting marked and waiting for the start. Stood around at the swim start then right at the end realized I needed a port-a-potty trip so just made it back in time.
Event warmup:

Standing shivering count? Had accelerade while waiting and half a bag of Gu chomps.
  • 27m 4s
  • 2078 yards
  • 01m 18s / 100 yards

5th place in AG was 11 seconds ahead of me! We were very bunched at the end. Never mind though- that is trivial in the big picture.
Started well but then got boxed in by a large group swimming diagonal to the middle of the channel (I was already in the middle). Had to stop, look and try gegt around them. Overall it was a nice swim except for a major navigation issue- swam right to one of the nav bouy's after turning left but it was actually some kind of out-of-bounds bouys so the guy blew a whisle and yelled to go left. So I had swim at a 90 degree angle and then had to turn sharp left, rather than just swimming diagonal. Not sure how much time it cost me but certainly a handful of seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Stop and make sure I am going to the right place before heading over there!
Pretty happy with this though- swam somewhat sporadically before the race (1-2X/week, 2Kish each time) so put in little effort and could fudge my way through. One of these days I am going to train hard for the swim and see what happens. Maybe for Raleigh (non wetsuit legal and no current...should be able to put some distance between me and the runners and make them catch me :-)) Still, I always say that but then realize that the 5 mins I might gain takes a lot more work than trying to cut down on my shoddy running time.
Transition 1
  • 03m 5s

Wetsuit stripper was quite slow and he had some issues but nice to have him do it anyway. Got caught behind a bunch of people so had to slow down but then ran fairly quickly through and had a reasonably fast T1. Its funny, because I really didnt hurry. Makes you wonder what the heck some people do in transition! Second fastest in my AG and 34th overall.
What would you do differently?:

Try to get round that pack sooner so I could push along. They were moving very slowly. Other than that it was pretty methodical. Didn't do anything stoopid.
  • 2h 53m 22s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.32 mile/hr

So this is where the * comes in. Missed the turn at mile 35 or so. There was a woman in front of me who almost crashed and the three guys behind her almost hit her, so I was watching them. Saw all these cars stopped but no-one turned left on a bike and I didnt hear anyone so I just kept going straight. I started passing only people with grey wristbands and thought it was odd. After a mile and a half I asked someone if they had seen the turn and they said it was way back. I turned around, almost lost it in a fit of rage, pulled myself together, fumed and then was somewhat happy to see that it was "only" 1.7 miles or so out of the way. I got lots of cheers from people thinking I was the lead FULL bike coming back! That was funny. Anyway, when I got through mile 56 I was averaging 20.8 and was a touch under 2:42 (2:42:xx, but Garmin doesnt have the seconds once you go over an hour). So I am taking 10 mins off (should be 11 or 12) for my unofficial results :-) Ranks would have been about 28th (2:42 was 28th) in my AG and 130 overall. That is MUCH more in line with where I normally am. Did I mention how thoroughly frustrating that was? :-)

Garmin has my ride at 20.7 average...not 19.4 :-( Overall, other than the missed turn, my ride was pretty methodical. I found the congestion to be a problem at times and hated how many people were blowing by in packs, clearly drafting. Some people were also riding quite dangerously on the highway- passing on the right IN the interstate lane on the other side of the cones. Guys, this is an are blowing by at 70+ and are not expecting you in their lane!
What would you do differently?:

Not mess up the turn. I knew it was there...I just missed it. And I should have asked sooner. I had a bad feeling when suddenly it looked much quieter on the course but was too embarrased to ask someone. Anyway.
Transition 2
  • 02m 36s

All fairly methodical. Found Daryn who had been waiting, wondering if I had wrecked because he was behind me on the swim but had seen my T2 bag and didnt recall passing me. It all made sense when he found out that I had missed the turn and was riding on my own for a little while. Had a pee in T2. That wasted quite a bit of time because I ran back into the restroom after I had almost exited T2. No worries is what it is.
What would you do differently?:

Not backtrack to pee.
80th overall and 42nd in AG in T2. Again, what are other people doing because this was not a speedy transition!
  • 2h 02m 53s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 19s  min/mile

Started out OK. Running with Daryn and chatting. Somehow I seemed to be in worse shape than he was, even though I had trained and he has run somethign like 20 miles in 3 months! Anyway, started pretty well. In retrospect maybe I should have gone at silly-slow pace rather than comfortable. Didd 8:xx miles for the first 4, then 9:xx for the next 5, then 10:xx stuff after that, other than the final mile. Can't remember where the walking began but we started walking the aid stations and I was VERY thirsty at that point. Then those walks got longer and started to do some walks in between the aid stations too. It felt very warm on the back end going to the turnaround and, as Daryn said, "there is always someone who feels worse!". Had moments when I was running OK but mostly it was a struggle. Had a really hard time just sucking it up and not stopping. Part of that was my knee/tendon on right side of my calf, just below the knee that was absolutely killing me. Got worse as I plodded along. Happened 2 years ago too. It really sucks because I dont know what to do about it. Anyway, will work on that. It was a hard run and I was very happy to finish! It felt like it would never end and some of the miles felt so so long! Thanks for the encouragement Daryn- I really appreciate you tagging along with me but I hope (for your sake) that your achilles plays along so you can race the next one of these.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure- greater fitness? Mental toughness to just push through more? More long bricks? I think this might be the key for me- multiple 50mile rides/6-8 mile runs. I actually think there is some merit to just having a few very long days in training- 4/5 hrs long (like a 100 mile ride) just to get used to being out there for so long. I struggled a little with knowing that my goal was out of reach and, bad as I felt, it didnt seem worth really trying to dig deeper. Having said that, I felt quite "done" at the end so pushing harder was prob not really in the cards.
Post race
Warm down:

Milled about. Felt like crap until I drank some chicken broth! That stuff fixed me. And had some tylenol. After that I felt OK.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Knee. Fitness.

Event comments:

Still love this race. A few of the changes they made this year were good (losing those bridges and havingt the finish downtown), but a few were not (that triangle was confusing and I know it messed a few people up on the run- I know a lady who runs, maybe 2hrs on a good day in a stand-alone race who is listed as having finished in 1:41...I don't think so). Other than that though, it is just a really cool area to have a race and Setup does a great job with the logistics.

It was a fantastic weekend down in Wrightsville. Stayed at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort. It is right on the beach with pools and hot tubs and the kids ate for free in the restaurant, so it was pretty cheap too. Great to be able to sit in the room and watch the sun rise over the ocean with Luke on Sunday morning, and to look out over the sea. Played quite a bit with d00d's family- our kids and his his are roughly the same age and seemed to quite enjoy each other's company. Very nice atmosphere at the hotel too. While I am really disappointed in my race, "it is what it is". Glad I am doing this report on Monday rather than sooner because I was ready to pack it all in and eat chips. But I am moving on and, while annoyed, am ready to try to rectify some of this and move along.

Last updated: 2012-04-30 12:00 AM
00:27:04 | 2078 yards | 01m 18s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/106
Overall: 81/599
Performance: Average
Suit: QR fullsuit
Course: Down a channel, then left and zig zaggy to the end.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:05
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:53:22 | 56 miles | 19.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 60/106
Overall: 269/599
Performance: Below average
Ave HR was 133. Started at 144 and drifted down during the ride. That is still higher than normal for me. Started my watch a little bit into the ride, so 59.31 is less than I actually did. So annoying!
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: See - modified my privacy settings so people other than me can see the file. Just a weird kind of point-to-point with a loop...and a little something extra for me! nutrition: Mixed 4 scoops of accelerade into the big chamber of the aerodrink. That is too strong and tastes gross. Should go with 3. Took 3 gels along the way. Seemed reasonable but maybe should have done another one?
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Bad Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:36
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:02:53 | 13.1 miles | 09m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 30/106
Overall: 173/599
Performance: Below average
Mile Pace Ave HR 1 8:06 141 2 8:01 149 3 8:26 151 4 8:34 151 5 9:11 150 6 9:14 148 7 9:55 148 8 9:32 142 9 9:43 146 10 10:39 140 11 10:41 142 12 10:57 136 13 9:13 145
Course: Out and back with a weird triangle. Part through downtown and the rest around a lake. Really nice course.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5