Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
75F / 24C
Total Time = 13h 37m 5s
Overall Rank = 298/650
Age Group = 45 - 49
Age Group Rank = 38/56
Pre-race routine:

I tried to burn off nervous energy by walking around and striking up conversations with other folks.
Event warmup:

I swam about 100 to 200 meter warm up. Water felt great.
  • 58m 25s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 23s / 100 yards

Swim went well. My wet suit really chaffed my arm pits before I made it to the docks. When I made it up on the dock the race crew was helping a challenged athlete up on to the dock. That athletes performance really moved me.
What would you do differently?:

More Body Glide in certain areas.
Transition 1
  • 06m 55s

Felt a little overwhelmed. This was my first full and was not sure what to do with my kit. Start temp in the low sixties. Arm Warner's or not? Sun screen- crap put that in the wrong transition bag.
What would you do differently?:

Note to self- sunscreen required in T1 bag.
  • 6h 26m 11s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.40 mile/hr

The wind was a bit more than I expected. It seemed no matter which direction we went there was a head wind. I spent more energy on the bike then I wanted to.
What would you do differently?:

I fought the wind a bit, and think I would lay back a bit if I could do it again. A power meter would probably solve this problem; I am going to look into one this off season.
Transition 2
  • 05m 58s

First time I clipped out and jumped off with shoes on my feet. Biggest mistake of the day was sticking sweaty bike shoes in a bag a drawing shut. That bag smelled foul when I opened it the next day.
  • 6h 00m 28s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 13m 46s  min/mile

I have to figure out how to run off the bike. Maybe I need to train some sort of walk run combination. I need to figure out long course bike to run fueling too. The three long distance races that I have done I bonk at some point on the run. Heart rate is always way over what I have trained.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked to car as fast as possible to get to a Taco Bell. I was jonsing a soft taco supreme something fierce.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heart rate would shoot well above my training zones. It was warm so I know my core temp was up, not sure how to deal with that.

Event comments:

This race is well organized and well run by Setup Events. I would highly recommend this race whether it is going to be your first full distance or you are a seasoned veteran. The volunteers were second to none. The aide stations were the best stocked of any I have ever seen. One would have to work pretty hard to get lost at any point in your race from the expo directions, setting up your transition bags at two separate locations, the morning announcements, the swim start crew directions, T1 support, T2 support, to race course support, these folks work hard to make racing as easy as possible.

Last updated: 2012-06-18 12:00 AM
00:58:25 | 4224 yards | 01m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 22/56
Overall: 0/650
Performance: Good
Suit: John
Course: Course begins in the Masonboro inlet and follows the channel to the inner costal waterway.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:55
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
06:26:11 | 112 miles | 17.40 mile/hr
Age Group: 35/56
Overall: 0/650
Performance: Average
Average heart rate a little high for what I trained 143.
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: The course was a bit more bumpy then the pancake flat course advertised- ok I do live in Virginia Beach where it is flatter than a pancake. Everything looks like a mountain to me.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:58
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
06:00:28 | 26.2 miles | 13m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 45/56
Overall: 0/650
It was warm at the beginning of the run. I was not able to keep my heart rate in check, so I started walking a lot sooner than I expected. I also was having GI issues. I made it to mile 12 and started walking quite a bit. My legs were toast. I was thankful for the first cup of chicken broth. That salty broth was soooo good.
Course: The course is really pretty with a short exception over the train tracks. The evening illumination was really cool with a few exceptions.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %5
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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