Ironman 70.3 Racine - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
90F / 32C
Total Time = 6h 55m 59s
Overall Rank = 1460/2227
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 248/341
Pre-race routine:

Oh, the things you don't know that you don't know! I picked a hell of a race for my first Tri! It was Hot!! The Heat Index was 100 degrees!!!

I woke up at 4 AM, showered, ate 3 scrambled egges and some GU chomps, had a big glass of water, drove an hour to Racine, checked in at 5:30 AM. Got my transition set, tires pumped, gear laid out, talked to my fellow competitors and just soaked in the experience. Walked about a mile down to the start and drank a bottle of Gatorade.
Event warmup:

Stretched for about a half an hour, then got into the water, and swam a little. Took some pictures with my wife and daughters, it was great to have my girls (13 & 15) see me in a race!
  • 33m 29s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

Great Swim, perfect conditions, clear water, sandy beachs & perfect water temperature. Since this was my first triathlon, I specifically went wide at the start to stay out of the way of the other swimmers. Once you're past the first buoy, you take a right and it's a straight point to point swim. Since I breathe from my right side, and could constantly see other swimmers, I only sited every 20 breaths. While this caused me to zig zag a little, I was able to really get into a great rhythm. There was a little bit of bumping from time to time, and at a few spots I had to slow down in order to go around some slower swimmers. Overall, I felt really good.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, I would try to sight more so that I don't zig zag and try to find a faster swimmer to draft.
Transition 1
  • 05m 57s

I took my time. The run up the beach to the transition was about a 100 yards in wet sand. Then I ran through a kiddy pool to get the sand off my feet, next the wetsuit stippers took off my suit in 2 seconds, and got some sun screen. Ran to my bike, put on my gear and went.
What would you do differently?:

Not Much
  • 3h 04m 22s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.22 mile/hr

I started off well, averaging 20 mph, but started to feel like I had to throw up about a hour in and was just really hot! I pounded fluid, goos, salt tablets, and poured 3 bottles of water on my jersey. At mile 40, I eased up since I didn't feel great. I had ridden the course 2 weeks prior in 2:50, but the combination of heat, wind, and feeling sick slowed me down. The roads started to take their toll on me too, especially the last 5 miles (funny that they didn't bother me nearly as much going out). Overall, I was happy with my time.
What would you do differently?:

More training!
Transition 2
  • 06m 47s

I guess I was a little fatigued when I got off my bike. I took my time, went to the porta potty, got more sun screen and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Don't know
  • 3h 05m 24s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 09s  min/mile

This was slower than my bike! I will repeat that again, slower than my bike. My plan of nice and easy changed to a run walk, to a I'm going to finish, break 7 hours but I really don't want IV fluids or to end up in the hospital today-and I saw some of folks that did. So, I ended up running a minute, walking a minute. Honestly, I just didn't have it in me.
What would you do differently?:

More Training!
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line and went directly to the med tent! I got two big bags of ice, put one on my neck and one on my chest, sat down in the shade for 15 minutes and drank a coke. Then I found my family, kept drinking fluids, ate a little and got my 20 minute massage from Verna-love you :). I finally started to feel pretty good.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Too Fat!!!

Event comments:

On January 1st, 2012 I weighed 230 lbs (I'm 5'8"). and needed a goal. The Racine Half Ironman kept me focused and helped me drop 20 lbs. I'm proud that I got back into shape and that my family was able to cheer me on!

Now that I know what it takes to finish, I want to come back next year weighing 180 lbs. (not 210) and see what I can do. I don't want to say that I underestimated this race, but until you do it, you just don't know what you don't know. I also should have done a sprint and Olympic first, but honestly, I wanted/needed this challenge to get me going. Overall, it was a great experience! I met some great BT'ers and really enjoyed myself.

See you next year!

Last updated: 2012-07-22 12:00 AM
00:33:29 | 2112 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 67/341
Overall: 380/2227
Performance: Good
Suit: Wahoo Sleaveless
Course: Point to Point
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:57
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:04:22 | 56 miles | 18.22 mile/hr
Age Group: 181/341
Overall: 986/2227
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: The roads are really rough especially in the first and last 5 miles! I lost both my water bottles from my rear cage coming into town. Great volunteers and aid stations!
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 06:47
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
03:05:24 | 13.1 miles | 14m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/341
Overall: 0/2227
Performance: Bad
Course: Flat with a couple of hills
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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