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SavageMan Triathlon 70.0 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman
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55F / 13C
= 5h 24m
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Soâ€¦I moved from Minneapolis to the DC area and my triathlon Guru and good friend Carl told me about this raceâ€¦â€Savagemanâ€â€¦.in western Marylandâ€¦he said it had some climb that peaked out at 31% and if you made it up without unclipping or crashing you received a personalized â€œbrickâ€ that was placed in the Westernport Wallâ€¦for all of Triathlon eternityâ€¦this sounded frickin amazingâ€¦so what the hellâ€¦Justine and I moved out here so why not race the â€œmost difficult triathlon in the worldâ€
(Thank you Triathlete magazine for that one
My training leading up to Ironman St. George this past May and up to this past weekend has completely taken a new direction. I was a volume guy beforeâ€¦long rides, hours upon hours upon hours of trainingâ€¦perhaps I was bored with Dental schoolâ€¦who knowsâ€¦but life happens, new jobs, new experiences, new cities, and an amazing new addition to my lifeâ€¦my Fiance Justine ïŠ. Thus, ultimately the amount of time I had to devote to hours of training has becomeâ€¦mid distance hard effort training. Weâ€™re talking 5-10 mile runs at 10k pace, 20-30 mile rides at race pace, swimsâ€¦well as often as I can..and weightsâ€¦ and wellâ€¦its working! Had a great result in Utah and Iâ€™ve been ripping up on the east coastâ€¦.although I was terrified of the â€œSavagemanâ€
PRE-RACE: Justine and I decided to camp out for this oneâ€¦it was a three hour drive from Bethesda, but absolutely gorgeous! Maryland has some east coast mountains! Awesomeâ€¦rocking out to Mr. A to Z all the way there. The 30.0 race was just finishing up so we set up our camp site, registered, and took the new Kayaks out for a paddle on the lake. Deep Creek State park is very much like Northern Minnesotaâ€¦beautiful!! Found Brendaâ€™s Pizza in town
(I default to Pizza for pre-race nowâ€¦superstition or a great combo of protein, fat, and carbsâ€¦
)â€¦This place was pretty amazing, New York Style and delicious. We settled in, Justine
) made delicious Sâ€™mores and off to sleep in our little tent.
Race Morning: It was very nice camping at the race site, great camp ground and only a 5 minute walk or so to transition. I loaded up Roo with a Bento box full of GU Chomps and my Peanut butter GUâ€™s
(Had to load up race morning due to threat of Blach Bears!
) , 1 aero bottle of Gatorade, and slithered into my TYR Cat 5 with the help of Justine. She had to get on the bus to Westernport for the wall party, but I was happy to be in my wetsuit earlyâ€¦.it was a bit coldâ€¦.thinking 45-50. I got a little warm up in and waited for my waveâ€¦I opted to race Age group rather than try to toe the line in the Elite wave for this oneâ€¦.like I saidâ€¦this race scared me a bit.
01m 31s / 100 yards
Swim: The swim was a long narrow rectangle with a turn around a large Turtle and a large Swan. The conditions were greatâ€¦this was the only flat section of the race howeverâ€¦if the race director could find a way to make the swim uphill he would. I had a great swim, good lines, and was able to find some feet to get a little pull. Overall great swim, I was thinking 35 minutes but came out in 32:00 for the 2000 metersâ€¦oh yea you run uphill to T1â€¦
What would you do differently?:
Learn to swim faster, but this was a good time for me and put me in contention.
Bike: Well here we goâ€¦how will this â€œSavagemanâ€ live up to its hypeâ€¦wellâ€¦there is a short steep climb right out of transition, so no flying mountâ€¦a flat sectionâ€¦then up Toothpick hill
(9% with a max of 16%
)â€¦so within the first mile your legs are screamingâ€¦.on top you get a flat section for a mile or twoâ€¦then an absolute ripper of a descent into Westernportâ€¦.if youâ€™ve never descended mountain roads beforeâ€¦practice!! This was awesome! Luckily this last year I had the opportunity to do a lot of work up and down Bogus Basin in Boise Idaho..so this was just frickin awesome!! I was hitting 45 to 50 mph in westernport!! Average speed at this point 24mph for the first 20 miles! The approach to the Wall is flat, but you turn up an off ramp and there it isâ€¦.The Westernport Wall!! Lined with spectators, devils, goblins, taunting signs, hundreds of people laughing at the carnageâ€¦ this is Alpeâ€™dhuez!!! I wanted to be out front as much as possible to have a clear shot at the wall, the left side is treacherous, cracks, cobblestones, etcâ€¦.I spun up the bottom section feeling greatâ€¦I hit the last 4 blocks and exploded!! Out of the saddle, people everywhere and riders lying in the street still clipped into their bikes!! This was EPIC!! I had to maneuver a bit and ended up on the left side to avoid crashing riders, but made a big push and made it!!! I GOT MY BRICK!!! Goal #1 accomplished!! I didnâ€™t see Justine unfortunately, but I knew she was there and that made it even betterâ€¦â€¦once you crest the wallâ€¦ you look up and in front of you in another 6 miles of climbsâ€¦.steep climbsâ€¦the bottom of the wall to the top of Savage mountain has its own KOM competitionâ€¦I was the 18th fastest overall, 7th fastest amateur!!! I was feeling greatâ€¦Riding to the Beatâ€¦Heart Rate that is...Jason Mraz has a song â€œyou fuckin did itâ€ this was in my head all day longâ€¦Thanks Justine ïŠ. Anyway..just keep climbing, just keep climbingâ€¦ups and then rippers downâ€¦just frickin awesome!! Oh and the roads are absolutely perfectâ€¦no irregularities, just fast..well when they are flat or downhillâ€¦Killer Miller was the worst climb at mile 38
). But once you crest that one, you only have one short climb to go before a flat and a descent into T2â€¦I wanted to hold 18.0mph averageâ€¦came it at 17.6mph
)â€¦.third fastest in my age groupâ€¦18th overall. I was still feeling pretty good into transitionâ€¦the runâ€¦is just as hillyâ€¦here we go!!!
What would you do differently?:
I could have gone a little harder
07m 29s min/mile
Run: Good dismount and ran into T2, I had been jockeying with a guy for most the bike course and wanted to take him in T2â€¦Got himâ€¦I had started in Wave 3, 14 minutes back, but was pretty much out front onto the runâ€¦great feelingâ€¦The first mile was flat before entering the camp ground and our first climb on the runâ€¦I busted out a 7:10 first mile just running HRâ€¦I thought this was too quick, but I ran the hills up to mile 2.5 under 7:30 pace as wellâ€¦.Hmm this was going very wellâ€¦ controlled HR, and feeling strong. Out of the campsite and out to the firetower roadâ€¦BIG HILL trail style!! I was still running at about 7:30 paceâ€¦.I was starting to think about a Sub 1:40:00 Half hereâ€¦which is slow, but considering the course, it would be a great timeâ€¦.completed lap 1 in just under 50 minutesâ€¦here we goâ€¦time to bust out a huge final 10Kâ€¦ I saw a calf of a guy ahead of meâ€¦.31â€¦.getâ€™emâ€¦gotâ€™emâ€¦.I was thinking I was top 10 AG at this point and top 30 overallâ€¦I had no idea where I was on the courseâ€¦.Damn wave startsâ€¦.but the field was very thin after the final turn aroundâ€¦I was passing many of the Elites and even passed the Pro woman leader with about 5 to go
(Des Ficker was there, very cool but DNFâ€™ed
)â€¦this amped me up even moreâ€¦the best guys and girls were imploding from a very difficult dayâ€¦.goes to show you that you need to race your own race sometimesâ€¦..With 5K to go I knew I could break 1:40:00â€¦so picked it up a bit, one more time up the firetower road and downhill to the finishâ€¦I ran a 1:38:00!!!! Fastest AG 30-34 run split by 4 minutes!!!! The finish was greatâ€¦.A very accomplished feeling.
POST RACE: I knew I had a good day, but I have never been on the podium at a Half Iron. So I thought maybe top 10, possibly top 5â€¦But I got the Third Positionâ€¦..3rd Place at SAVAGEMAN AGE 30-34â€¦Only 61 seconds behind the winner!!! Frickin awesome!!!! I was 19th overall, and 10th Overall in the Amateur Race!!! This race was EPIC!!
Savageman is exactly what Triathlon should always be, a well run event, good pro field, great volunteers and a brutal course. There was not a competitor there that complained about too many hills, draft packs, too hilly of a runâ€¦.we all wanted a brutal courseâ€¦no one cared about a PR. Ironman is amazing for so many reasons, but races like this are something special. A festival atmosphere and people competing just because they like to compete!! This is a must do for the triathlon purest, the masochist, and for anyone and everyone that loves this sportâ€¦.Iâ€™ve done a lot of big races, Ironmanâ€™s, Marathons, etcâ€¦but this was far and away the greatest race experience Iâ€™ve had yet!!
Thanks Justine for being the greatest Spectathlete ever!!!!
One of the best races in the world!
Last updated: 2012-09-20 12:00 AM
00:32:00 | 2112 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
TYR Cat 5
68F / 20C
Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:09:00 | 55.7 miles | 17.68 mile/hr
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:38:00 | 13.1 miles | 07m 29s min/mile
Hills lots of hills
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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