Ironman 70.3 Branson - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Branson, Missouri
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
45F / 7C
Total Time = 5h 20m 20s
Overall Rank = 74/1500
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 18/123
Pre-race routine:

Up at 0400, coffee, oatmeal, banana, pear, salt tabs.
Event warmup:

Arrived at T2 0500, set up T2 transition. Caught the shuttle to T1, arrived at 0540. Set up T1, drank 3Fuel, tried to stay warm.
  • 30m 16s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards

I was hoping for a better swim. Started off good, but coming home the sun was peaking over the mountain and I had hard time navigation through the glare. Also got caught in a lot of traffic...kind of frustrating.
What would you do differently?:

Wear tinted goggles, get to the outside on the way home.
Transition 1
  • 03m 5s

Not a bad T1. Long uphill run to the transition area.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 57m 18s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.95 mile/hr

I had read plenty of comments about the Branson bike course, both at this forum and others. Nothing I read truly prepared me for this bike though. I have to admit it was pretty intimidating at times.
What would you do differently?:

Find huge hills to train on.
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s

Another smooth transition
  • 1h 47m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile

Run started out pretty decent, but I was feeling those hills on the bike by mile 6. Eventually the brutal bike course won and I was slowed to a trot.
What would you do differently?:

Regardless of the hilly bike course or not, I needed to do more bike/run bricks.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

I simply did not train nearly enough for the massive hills on the bike course. My bike splits were slower than I expected and the hills wrecked my legs for the run.

Event comments:

For my first 70.3 it was a good experience and very rewarding. However I think a more mellow bike course would have been nice. Looking forward to experiencing another 70.3...just not Branson.

Last updated: 2012-08-08 12:00 AM
00:30:16 | 2112 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/123
Overall: 36/1500
Performance: Average
Suit: Yes
Course: Counter Clockwise
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:05
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
02:57:18 | 56 miles | 18.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/123
Overall: 54/1500
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Hills, hills, and more hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:47:55 | 13.1 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/123
Overall: 74/1500
Performance: Below average
Course: Nice course 3 laps, pretty flat. Very good volunteer and spectator support.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3