Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
70sF / 0C
Total Time = 5h 58m 35s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 42/69
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4, coffee, had a bagel w/pb&j in the car. Stomach was being VERY cooperative (more to come on that later). Got body marked, picked up timing chip, set up transition. Banana while setting up. Switched from coffee to water
Event warmup:

Walked 15 min down the beach to swim start. brief swim just to acclimate.
  • 41m 36s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

I ended up too far outside the buoy line, I think because of the slight undertow. Also the second buoy wasn't very visible, for a while I was following others and a lot of them went too far out also. Added some time, probably close to 2 min. I sighted every third breath consistently though.

Also, the run on the beach to transition was a little longer this year, last year I don't think we ran around the dunes. The sand was VERY soft and hard as heck to run in.
What would you do differently?:

Stayed in closer to the bouys.
Transition 1
  • 03m 32s

Stupid wetsuit stuck like crazy on my right heel, somehow it got sort of rolled up and wouldn't pull off. I had a long run between my assigned rack and Bike out. I can't run in my bike shoes thanks to the speedplay cleats, and there was a hill immediately out of transition so I didn't want to try to get into my shoes while climbing. SO, I carried my shoes and socks close to bike out and put them on there. Worked pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

Not let my wetsuit bunch up above my ankle!
  • 2h 50m 29s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.71 mile/hr

Drank half a bottle of Perpetuem before I hit the 20 mile mark, along with a gel (not together) and my stomach started to feel gassy and bloated, bad sign. But it wasn't painful. I think I had 2 more hits of gel on the bike, and got down most of 2 big bottles, plus a bottle of water.

The course was crowded, one group blatantly drafting but otherwise went smoothly. Only a few people blocking and if you yelled "on your left" at them they pretty much moved to the right. Tried not to pass people unless they were actually slowing me down.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more slowly and gradually, not gulp.
Transition 2
  • 01m 59s

There was a mount/dismount line so jumping on or off the bike wasn't possible. THe same hill we climbed out of transition we came down into transition, even though there were plenty of volunteers telling people way ahead of time where they had to stop and asking them to slow down someone behind me crashed, and I think caused the person behind them to go down also, I didn't stop to look.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. My transition seemed faster than this. Not sure where I was for almost 2 minutes. Running through transition I guess. With 1500+ athletes the transition area is pretty big.
  • 2h 20m 57s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 46s  min/mile

Felt strong on the first lap, managed about a 9:45 avg for the first 3 miles, slower than I wanted but ok considering I pushed harder on the bike than I planned to. Had a gel after the turn around, still felt pretty good although every time I tried to pick up the pace the sciatica in my leg would fire and I thought the leg was going to give out, so I settled for slow and steady, my goal being not to walk. My stomach was still touchy but ok..I laid off the perp for the first 3 miles and felt fine. Drank probably 6 oz during the second 3 miles. Then I had another gel at I think the first or second aid station on lap 2 soewhere around mile 7. BIG mistake. My stomach cramped and bloated, I started thinking I should visit a portapotty but I really didn't want to stop. But there was a portopotty at about mile 9, when I saw it my stomach just TWISTED and I knew if I didn't stop I was going to humiliate myself. Lost 4 minutes. But had a much more comfortable run in. Tried to pick up the pace to make up the time but even though my heartrate was low and the sciatica had subsided somewhat I just couldn't get my legs to go any faster. So my "run" was more of a shuffle. Story of my summer :(
What would you do differently?:

Not sure...I think I need more time between gels.
Post race
Warm down:

Watch for others to cross the finish line :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Touchy stomach. Sciatica. Poor running abilities..for running this just hasn't been my summer.

Event comments:

As always HFP did a bang up job, although the post race food left a little to be desired.

Last updated: 2006-06-01 12:00 AM
00:41:36 | 2112 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 33/69
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
131 Avg, 164 max
Suit: sleeveless zoot
Course: Point to point S to north.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:32
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:50:29 | 56 miles | 19.71 mile/hr
Age Group: 25/69
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
149 avg, 167 max
Wind: Little
Course: NW out of town , out into the county, then back more or less the way we came. Very few hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 01:59
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:20:57 | 13.1 miles | 10m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 56/69
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
151 avg 162 max
Course: double out and back through the zoo, up main, past the golf course and turn around somewhere near Prairie school. There's a short uphill in the zoo that I swear wasn't there before, and I used to run through that area A LOT. There's been construction and I wonder if that incline wasn't manufactured.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
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