Beach2Battleship Half Iron Distance Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
74F / 23C
Total Time = 6h 14m 55s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 19/31
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4 a.m. to drink my bottle of INFINIT Nutrition and some chocolate milk. I tried a new approach so I wouldn't have to use the port a john's. I didn't drink any fluids after 4 a.m. It worked and I had enough fluids on the ride, but I now realize I should have drank more water. Something I'll have to consider for the next race.
Event warmup:

I stretched a little and used The Stick before I left the hotel room.
  • 29m 39s
  • 2078 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards

This was fun right from the very beginning and it helped having plenty of other club members there along with the Warrior club.
What would you do differently?:

I did the one thing you aren't supposed to do and used my full wetsuit for the first time. No problems with the XTERRA Vortex and I was very comfortable with it during the swim. Wish I bought a full suit from the very beginning. The arm sleeves are very flexible.
Transition 1
  • 07m 10s

For the first time I had no problems clipping in right away, this is a first for me during a race.
What would you do differently?:

I could have been a little faster.
  • 3h 02m 14s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.44 mile/hr

I was steady the entire time and when I came across any hills I was actually stronger. Every time I took in nutrition, I had a burst of energy. I should talk with Christin about my water and food intake to see what she says.
What would you do differently?:

Take in more water. My urine wasn't clear until the day after.
Transition 2
  • 03m 42s

We handed off the bikes at this event, which definitely helps your T2 time!
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 31m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 35s  min/mile

Between swimming, biking and running, running is the least time I spend doing. Now that my foot injury has been healed for 13 months now, I'm taking the step to focus my running. I just downloaded the 1/2 marathon training plan today.
What would you do differently?:

Placed more focus on my running.
Post race
Warm down:

Went from finish to hotel room to shower and change hoping to get back in time to cheer Peter, Maria and Kevin on at their finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing other than my running has got to improve.

Event comments:

I've been to a few triathlons in the past 7 years and having attended this year's B2B can see why people love it. I've never seen so many polite and courteous volunteers before. People were out cheering you on in the middle of nowhere. They closed bridges down and not one person in their cars yelled or looked upset. Very nice event, so much so I'm considering doing the full out there next year.

Last updated: 2012-06-18 12:00 AM
00:29:39 | 2078 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/31
Overall: 31/
Performance: Good
Suit: Full
Course: Very fast
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 07:10
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
03:02:14 | 56 miles | 18.44 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/31
Overall: 31/
Performance: Good
I haven't checked my Garmin, but I didn't wear my HR monitor. I would like to know my cadence.
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Not exactly flat, but a great course. I didn't like the cones, but they were a necessity on the course. One lady in front of me narrowly missed one and in turn almost wrecked, which would have taken a bunch of us out.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:42
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:31:51 | 13.1 miles | 11m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/31
Overall: 31/
Performance: Bad
HR was 145 for the first half and I slowed down so much halfway through it averaged 132.
Course: Flat course with the exception of some bridges and slight inclines.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %2
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5