Ironman 70.3 Racine - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
90F / 32C
Total Time = 6h 35m 10s
Overall Rank = 1241/2200
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 37/85
Pre-race routine:

got up about 3:30 had my typical protein shake. Four pit stops and 3 imodium. It was my typical race day morning.
Event warmup:

swam a little just to get the blood flowing
  • 36m 26s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

Lake Michigan is always a fun place to swim. The conditions were just about perfect. I finally had a decent swim with a PR!! No complaints
What would you do differently?:

nothing...took my time at the start and found a great rythym before the first buoy
Transition 1
  • 05m 6s

even the strippers had a hard time getting my suit over my heels. NOt sure what happens. ;-) went for sunscreen application, then my t1 location. All went as planned. As usual the run on the beach is killer.
What would you do differently?:

get in better shape to run harder on the beach
  • 3h 19m 16s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.86 mile/hr

At Racine, I experience the same problem EVERY YEAR!!! at mile 40 my inner thighs cramp and it's a pure sufferfest the last 16 miles of the ride. I've tried everything from different fueling, starting slower, stopping at the first two aid stations. Nothing changes...mile 40 is the start of my death zone. Interestingly, shortly after (while still cramping) I got a penalty for drafting. Had a women with a camelback in front of me...just coasting. So I made the pass, but she decided to speed up. I immediately backed off because of the cramps. As I backed off, she continued to slow...I would have had to brake to get back 4 bike lengths. The official stung me for a yellow. I just want to say, that I'm not a drafter, never would be. And as far as I'm concerned, the camelback chick was just as much as fault. She should have let me pass rather than pushing it.
What would you do differently?:

figure out a way to stop the cramping. I don't know what causes it. my PT seems to think its a technique issues when I start to fatigue. It didn't happen in Kansas. So makes me wonder, if it has something to do with hill recoveries during a hillier race Vs. the flats of Wisconsin.
Transition 2
  • 03m 6s

zipped out of t2 after reporting my penalty
  • 2h 31m 16s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 33s  min/mile

I like this run! I train on the course, so know it very well. I under-fueled and hydrated on the bike and it caught up with me on the run. Severe cramping the entire 2nd lap. But I kept going.
What would you do differently?:

hydrate, salt and fuel on the bike more
Post race
Event comments:

Very well run! Great volunteers, spectators and residents! It was a great day...I wouldn't miss this event!!

Last updated: 2012-05-09 12:00 AM
00:36:26 | 2112 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/85
Overall: 708/2200
Performance: Good
Suit: xterra vectra 2
Course: point to point. beautiful lake michigan
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:06
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:19:16 | 56 miles | 16.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 42/85
Overall: 1348/2200
Wind: Headwind
Course: i ride this during training, so know what to expect. NO surprises. The aid stations were fantastic. I wouldn't trade our volunteers for anything in the world
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:06
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:31:16 | 13.1 miles | 11m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 37/85
Overall: 1241/2200
Performance: Below average
Course: flat and fast...if you're not cramping. :-)
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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