Beach2Battleship Half Iron Distance Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
60F / 16C
Total Time = 5h 06m 29s
Overall Rank = 71/599
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 10/105
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:00 am; coffee, banana, bagel and business.
Event warmup:

None..walked around a bit waiting for the full distance to start.
  • 28m 42s
  • 2078 yards
  • 01m 23s / 100 yards

Pre-race swim on Friday was a great idea and I'm glad I did it. For the race, I lined up in front; completely submerged myself several times (I despise cold water) - this worked flawlessly. Went out hard and was going strong until my right goggle partially leaked. Now, I didn't swim much this year, but when I did, I never had a problem with leaky goggles. I was in a large group and the current at this point and decided not to stop, which was a mistake. My sighting for the rest of the swim was horrible. Contact was minimal, but had swimmers around me until the last third of the swim.

The hot water shower area that we had to run though on the way to T1 was awesome.
What would you do differently?:

Stop and empty goggles.
Transition 1
  • 03m 49s

Kissed my cheering wife and daughters on the way out, to which they responded, "It's a race! Go!!"
  • 2h 41m 32s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.80 mile/hr

I'm not a great swimmer and the bike is usually where my race starts. Today was not that day. Felt great coming out of the water and hopped on the bike shooting for a 2:30 as a worse case scenario. From the very first pedal stroke, I knew that I did not have "it." My legs just would not respond. I remember seeing the Mile 20 marker and thinking "you have got to be kidding me." My legs felt as though I had biked half the course by then. At this point, I simply had to readjust my goals for what the day was giving me and press on. My brother summed it up nicely via text message wondering, "What happened to your run?!? You obviously didn't blow it out on the bike."

Nutrition: 400 cals Heed Perpetuem; 200 cals Powerbar jellies.
What would you do differently?:

Re-evaluate taper period; try discover why the usual zip was not in my legs.

EDIT: Went back and looked at my avg cadence. Very low and confirms the uncooperative dialogue I was having with my legs.
Transition 2
  • 03m 1s

Hand your bike to a volunteer and they rack it for you - AWESOME.

High-fived my wife and daughters - no kisses; it's a race ;)
  • 1h 49m 28s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 22s  min/mile

Having changed my outlook for the day, I simply focused on a smooth effort to the turnaround so that I could pick up the pace for the final 10K. Before the race started, I was shooting for 1:35 - 1:40. However, the leg drama continued as I just could not get the turnover I was used to. I spent the first four miles looking for a rhythm. I felt good for the next 6 miles, but at mile 10, I was in a dark place. Stopped to walk for a couple of minutes. Picked it up again to the next aid station, grabbed some water and walked a few more minutes. At this point, another racer encouraged me by saying "we've come too far to walk now." He was right. I put one foot in front of the other until I reached the finish.

Nutrition: Water only. One to drink, one on the head.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing; the run is usually where I make up time on the swimmers ;)

Even though I was out of sorts for the day, I climbed into 10th in my AG during the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked a few minutes; sat down and rested against one of the buildings downtown until my wife and daughters found me.

Then - pizza!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not sure; it just wasn't my day. However, it gave me a chance to reflect on what's truly important, how blessed we are just to be able to do this sport, and to have fun. My goals were tossed out of the window from the bike start and I simply made the best of the rest of the day.

Event comments:


I will be back.

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Last updated: 2012-10-05 12:00 AM
00:28:42 | 2078 yards | 01m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 26/105
Overall: 165/599
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex Sleeveless
Course: Point to point, with current.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:49
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:41:32 | 56 miles | 20.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/105
Overall: 123/599
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: One loop. Road were smooth, with few exceptions. Fairly flat throughout, except when going over grates (bridges) or a few highway spots.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 82
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:01
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:49:28 | 13.1 miles | 08m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/105
Overall: 65/599
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back with a small loop you had to repeat each way. Lots of water stops, a few small, rolling hills, and tons of shade.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5