Ironman 70.3 Austin - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Austin, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
40F / 4C
Total Time = 6h 34m 23s
Overall Rank = 1258/2539
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 109/161
Pre-race routine:

It was very cold. Woke up and tried to eat some Clif bars. Was very nervous since this was my first HIM. It was so cold waiting around, I jumped into a box truck to get out of the wind. Put my wetsuit on in there and waited for my wave to start at 7:45.
Event warmup:

Not really much to speak of.
  • 39m 55s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

I started out to the right. When I swim, I tend to vere right and breathe right. With the buoys on my left, I had a hard time staying tight and on line. I probably added a few hundred yards to the swim. I did stay away from alot of the body contact in the first few hundred yards.
What would you do differently?:

Try to keep a better line. My swimming is much improved and I should have been able to stay with the faster swimmers in my group.
Transition 1
  • 11m 2s

When the wetsuit strippers pulled my suit off, I got a bad cramp in my right hamstring. I took it very easy getting to the bike and put on several layers to stay warm. I obviously was not interested in maximizing time in transition. This was about finishing in a reasonable time.
What would you do differently?:

I don't take back anything. I probably could have scaled back some of my riding gear to make transition faster.
  • 3h 23m 45s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.49 mile/hr

My goal was to conserve energy on the ride. I could have ridden much faster but I was concerned with the run. It was a good plan as I felt really good on the run.
What would you do differently?:

I could have pushed the pace a little more. I had no idea how my body would respond so this was a learning experience. I now have a basis to work from.
Transition 2
  • 06m 12s

Due to the amount of clothing I had on for the ride, it was a little difficult to get ready for the run quickly. Once again, I wasn't really concerned with transition times. This was about finishing and learning.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing much actually.
  • 2h 13m 29s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 11s  min/mile

I was able to conserve energy and had a good run. I took the first lap in a conservative manner. Second lap went very good. Third lap was tough. The last two miles were very rough but I made it through without stopping.
What would you do differently?:

Have my Shark Salt with me and take in more Gatorade to replace electrolytes. I had some cramping but nothing bad.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much. When I stopped, I was ready to stop.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My conservative plan.

Event comments:

Had a great time. I don't know why they want to take advantage of you at the ironman store. The stuff is really expensive and they know you want it. For a detailed account of my race, go to:

Last updated: 2012-07-29 12:00 AM
00:39:55 | 2112 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 58/161
Overall: 803/2539
Performance: Good
Suit: Blue Seventy Reaction
Course: Sort of a triangle swim. Out, over, and back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 11:02
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:23:45 | 56 miles | 16.49 mile/hr
Age Group: 120/161
Overall: 1346/2539
Performance: Average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: One loop through the Texas countryside. The course meandered throughout the route. A wide variety of road types. Some chipseal, two lane country roads, some major thoroughfares, a little bit of everything.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 06:12
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
02:13:29 | 13.1 miles | 10m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 109/161
Overall: 1258/2539
Performance: Good
Course: 3 loop course with rolling hills. More downhill going out which meant lots of uphill coming back. Finish was in the arena which was very cool.
Keeping cool Good 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4