Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
85F / 29C
Total Time = 4h 46m 18s
Overall Rank = 100/1200
Age Group = Elite Master
Age Group Rank = 4/14
Pre-race routine:

I knew this would be a tough week. On Monday I drove 12 hrs to St. Louis for a work-related meeting rather than fly so that I would have my bike with me during the meeting. Sitting in hotel chairs for a week always trashes my lower back and legs so I tried to get up and stretch in the back of the meeting room whenever I could. Diet went to hell but did better than I usually do on the road. Drove up to Racine on Saturday and got a call from my motel roomates that they were running late and they wanted me to meet them at registration. So, didn't follow up on the BT get-together...sorry I missed another one.

Got up at 1:30 AM and drank 2 bottles of Ensure, went back to bed. At 4 AM had one banana, 1 powerbar, 1 Clif bar and water and then laid in bed for a while. We left the motel at about 4:45.
Event warmup:

Headed to transition to pump my tires and lay everything out. Hit the bathroom a couple of times and pretty much knew that I would be having some "issues" during this race thanks to the Italian sausage I ate at Olive Garden the night before. We walked down the beach to the start and that was my only warmup, except for about 20 yards of swimming prior to our wave start.
  • 41m 6s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 57s / 100 yards

Swimming is still my weak leg. On the way out to first buoy I caught a swell the wrong way when I tried to breath and took in a lot of water. Stopped and coughed quite a bit and lost contact with my group fairly quickly. Settled in to a rhythm and rounded first buoy but had a hard time sighting next buoys in the swells. I started to follow another swimmer but I realized too late he wasn't sighting well either and we both were way too far out away from the buoys so I added a lot more distance to my swim. Actually though, I enjoyed the fact that I was swimming in Lake Michigan for the first time. I just kept up focusing on my stroke and didn't try to get frustrated.
What would you do differently?:

Do a much better job of sighting.
Transition 1
  • 01m 53s

With the long run from the water to the T area the water in my suit drained out which makes it harder for me to get out of my suit. Got hung up on the ankles and I just had to laugh at myself. I think I'm going to cut 2-3" off the legs to make it easier to slip off.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
  • 2h 32m 35s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.02 mile/hr

After climbing the first hill after T1 I got on to the first long stretch and tried to shift into the big gear. I was already in the big gear!!!!...forgot to check it the night before when I checked the bike in the T area. Surprised I didn't notice it when I climbed the hill - luckily I wasn't in the 12 to start out with.

The first 15 miles I started to have intestinal issues and I had to make some decisions on how to deal with it - started having thoughts about Julie Moss's experience in Hawaii. I didn't think I could last the whole bike leg without stopping so I decided to pull off at the mile 15 aid station to use the portable bathroom. Finished up, filled my bottles, clipped in and started to hammer to try to make up some time. I didn't look at my watch so I don't know how much time I lost, but didn't want to obsess about it.

Started passing quite a few people. I ride a Trek 2300 road bike with stock wheels, rotated seat post, and clip-on aerobars and I have to admit I absolutely love to pass people with tricked-out tri bikes with disks/aerowheels.
What would you do differently?:

Other than the pit stop I felt pretty good about the bike leg.
Transition 2
  • 01m 31s

Not much to comment on about T2
What would you do differently?:

Didn't put speed laces in my new racing shoes yet, so that's the only thing I would have done differently. Doesn't mean much in a half iron though.
  • 1h 29m 12s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 49s  min/mile

Made my second bathroom pit stop immediately after leaving T2. Settled into a decent pace and tried to drink water and energy drink alternately. At the end of the first lap I need to make a third pit stop but there were no portable bathrooms at the turnaround. So, I made the turn and used the bathroom at the construction site at the top of the hill. Stomach settled down for the second lap so I just focused on pace and form for the rest of the race.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
Post race
Warm down:

Just walked a little and then headed to the food tent. Was surprised that I could eat so soon after the race with no issues.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Three visits to the bathroom during the race added quite a bit of time. I didn't keep track of time lost, but it was probably eat least 5-6 minutes.

Event comments:

This is a great venue and race. The community really turns out to cheer the racers on. My training buddies that did it last year said the facilities were vastly improved over last year. I would highly recommend this race and will likely go back. It was nice to see David Thompson win a high profile race after just missing out of the money at the LifeTime Fitness race.

I entered the Elite Master division but figured my time would have placed 9th out of 86 in the 45-49 AG if you add the other masters to their respective divisions. So, not to disappointed considering the entire week.

We headed to Madison Sunday night and then rode the loop of the IM WI bike course on Monday. It is an awesome course and now I can't wait for September 10.

Last updated: 2006-07-25 12:00 AM
00:41:06 | 2112 yards | 01m 57s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/14
Overall: 723/1200
Performance: Bad
Suit: QR sleeveless
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Below average Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 01:53
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
02:32:35 | 56 miles | 22.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/14
Overall: 191/1200
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Very nice bike course. Only one small section with rough surface. Tons of volunteers and sheriffs directing traffic.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:31
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:29:12 | 13.1 miles | 06m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/14
Overall: 41/1200
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loop course with only one small hill. Plenty of aid stations.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4