American Triple-T Ohio - Race #4: Little Smokies Half Iron - Triathlon

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Portsmouth, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
37F / 3C
Total Time = 5h 27m
Overall Rank = 29/300
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up. Checked out of hotel. Got to race site and got set up.
Event warmup:

Ar you kidding? This is race numbe four, day number three. Getting the wetsuit on was warmup enough.
  • 30m 36s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 27s / 100 yards

My best swim of the weekend. This went very well. I suspect it was a touch short but I'm taking it. I felt remarkably good for this. I was able to swim in a group. Navigating was good. Overall very satisfied with this swim.
Transition 1
  • 06m 25s

WTH was I doing in here. I put on a lot of clothes, more than yesterday and did not regret the extra clothing. For some reason I struggled a little to get all of the stuff on. I was happy when I got out on the course and was not frozen solid.
What would you do differently?:

  • 3h 06m 59s
  • 55.5 miles
  • 17.81 mile/hr

This was a combo of the yesterday's two courses. It was hard and hilly but pretty great.
Transition 2
  • 01m 41s

not sure why this took so long.
  • 1h 41m 20s
  • 13.1 kms
  • 07m 44s  min/km

This trail, as I pointed out before, is way hard. But, at this point, you know exactly what you are in for. The first loop is survival. Going out on the second loop was pretty dismal but as I got to the turn around I had a wave of "I'm feeling awesome" wash over me and I decided that I was going to finish this darn thing as fast as I could. Did the 0.63 mile climb back up to the high point of the course at 8:00 pace or better, which is saying something because it is steep. When I got to the 2.62 miles of down hill I decided to let it fly. Got under 7:00 pace and did all I could to keep it there. Passed a lot of people in the last two miles. Just wanted to finish stong and I think I did.
Post race
Warm down:

food. warm clothes. some socializing but I had a five hour drive ahead of me so I packed up and got going pretty quickly

Event comments:

This race weekend is one of my best overally experiences in triathlon. Really fun. Really well organized. Nice grass roots, non corporate feel. This really is a must do race. Not sure if my wife will let me come back next year :) but if she does then I will be racing this again.

If you are wondering whether you should do this or not, the answer is yes.

Writing this almost a month later, I have seen a nice little fitness boost from doing this as an early season race.

Seriously. Sign up and do this race.

Last updated: 2014-06-10 12:00 AM
00:30:36 | 2112 yards | 01m 27s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/300
Performance: Good
Suit: Aquaman Cell Gold
Course: Even bigger Rectanglish
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 59F / 15C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:25
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
03:06:59 | 55.5 miles | 17.81 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/300
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Combination of the two courses from yesterday, minus the most brutal hill of the weekend.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:41
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:41:20 | 13.1 kms | 07m 44s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/300
Performance: Good
Course: Lamp Black Trail. See the other reports for commentary. This time two out and backs, 6.5 miles each more or less.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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