Ironman 70.3 Austin - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Austin, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 7h 22m 26s
Overall Rank = 1897/2090
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 239/254
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:45, showered and ate a bagel with peanut butter and honey. Ate a banana once I got transition all set up. Lots of water.
Event warmup:

Just some light jogging and stretching.
  • 52m 12s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 28s / 100 yards

Lots of people in the wave and started off a little choppy getting kicked and grabbed. Went way off course at the beginning because I couldn't see any of the buoys. After the first 500 meters or so, started getting into a rhythm but had a little bit of trouble siting especially the orange buoys after the halfway point. The last 200-300 meters were perfect and I now have my preferred pace for the full in May.
What would you do differently?:

Better siting and settle into my pace sooner.
Transition 1
  • 05m 27s

It was very muddy and not great conditions so I had to carry my bike like everyone else. Since I was walking in my shoes (required) they got very muddy on the cleats.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe a little quicker because I was taking my time
  • 3h 26m 45s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.25 mile/hr

Glad I prepped for the hills because the entire course was up and down. Very technical with nearly constant gear changing. Got a flat around mile 35 that took me about 10 minutes to change because it was on the back tire which I'm terrible at changing. Felt good after the bike and was ready to run.
What would you do differently?:

Better at changing back tire and continue hill work.
Transition 2
  • 06m 33s

Again, I took my time and enjoyed the race. Saw my family and ran back to high five them before starting to run. A perfect flying dismount at the line.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe a little more urgency.
  • 2h 51m 29s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 05s  min/mile

Great until around mile 3 when my legs completely tightened up. Began to shuttle/walk from that point on. Last lap was tough but finished strong.
What would you do differently?:

Gotta figure out why my legs tightened up so much and more hill training wouldn't hurt.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretch and eat.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Running breakdown.

Event comments:

Not very impressed with my first Ironman event. The expo was nice but the transitions weren't high production value like I thought they would be with little attention to detail. And the post-race "party" was lacking a lot. The veggie burgers were no a great choice. I didn't have the turkey sandwich but I heard it was just as bad. Nothing else in post race. I really expected more especially for the premium price.

Last updated: 2013-05-20 12:00 AM
00:52:12 | 2112 yards | 02m 28s / 100yards
Age Group: 241/254
Overall: 0/2090
Performance: Good
Suit: yes
Course: Triangle out and back
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:27
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:26:45 | 56 miles | 16.25 mile/hr
Age Group: 226/254
Overall: 0/2090
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Loop and lots of hills
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 06:33
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:51:29 | 13.1 miles | 13m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 239/254
Overall: 0/2090
Performance: Below average
Course: 3 loops and hilly
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 2