Beach2Battleship Half Iron Distance Triathlon - Triathlon

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
65F / 18C
Total Time = 5h 11m 55s
Overall Rank = 122/1162
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 21/196
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:15 and had breakfast of oatmeal, bananna & peanut butter (Thanks to the HIE for opening up breakfast early). My wife dropped me off at the site and prepped and relaxed until the shuttles for the half started. Was on one of the first shuttles and then relaxed some more. We watched the full athletes swim by and then put on the wet suit and got in the water.
Event warmup:

None really, swam a few stokes from the shore to the dock where we were starting.
  • 34m 23s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards

We started from inside a dock area because the tide was still pretty strong. I was near the back but still managed to take a pretty swift kick in the face in the first 15 seconds. I attempted to get my goggles back in place but could not get the left eye to seal, so I swam with it mostly filled with water the entire time. It was tough to sight with one eye, but I was able to breath bi-laterally and as long as I saw swimmers on both sides I was pretty comfortable. The tide created a very nice push and I tried to just relax and take it reasonably easy. I realized about half way through that the lube on the back of my neck was not doing the job and I was getting burned pretty bad. Was able to spot the exit and get up the ladder pretty comfortable.
What would you do differently?:

Not get kicked in the face, better lube on the neck
Transition 1
  • 05m 52s

Strippers had a little problem getting my wet suit off and then there was a very long run from swim exit to T1. I had quite a bit of trouble getting my long sleeve UA shirt on.
What would you do differently?:

Roll sleeves on long sleeve shirt, maybe stash some shoes/flops for the long run
  • 2h 46m 7s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.23 mile/hr

I was able to mount the bike ok and took it easy getting going with lots of turns and some speed bumps. Riding over the grates on the bridge was interesting. Once I got off the island, I was able to settle in to aero and stay pretty steady. There were a few headwinds and tailwinds, but generally the wind was not bad. The course is mostly flat, but since I do most of my rides on the trainer, I am used to continuous pedaling. I was able to keep a pretty steady pace for the entire ride. On the turn back onto 421, I was grabbing a drink of water and it slipped up on me. I almost missed the turn but was able to correct without major trouble. I took 4 gus and a bottle each of gatorade & water.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, I have been riding almost exclusively on the trainer so it was difficult to know how that was going to translate to actual riding. I did not want to blow up on the run, so I maybe could have gone a little harder.
Transition 2
  • 03m 34s

Decent transition, took time to change socks.
What would you do differently?:

Wear same socks for bike and run
  • 1h 42m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 47s  min/mile

I wanted to avoid blowing up so I planned to run about 8:15 miles while walking each of the aid stations, hopefully averaging 8:30/mile. I started a little fast but was feeling pretty good. I settled in a little less than 8 minute miles, and skipped every other aid station. I continued to feel good and picked it up for the last few miles to the finish. I had 1 gu coming out of transition and then a little coke and water every other mile, with no stomach issues (yay!)
What would you do differently?:

Run in shoes after changing laces to get them loosened up. They were way too tight for the first few miles.
Post race
Warm down:

6:17 to 5:12 in 5 months!!!!!!!

I came across the line and had purposely not looked at my watch tracking overall time, just the run split. I knew I had crushed my stretch goal of 5:40 but had not done the math to see how much. I ended up being an hour+ faster than Raleigh 5 months earlier. The course was much faster, but I was also in much better shape, especially on the bike. I have been doing the mid-volume half plan on Trainerroad for the last 2 months and it definitely helped.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I felt like it was pretty close to a perfect race to end my first season of triathlon. The weather was great, the course was a perfect fit for my skill set. It was a great reward for all the early mornings and time spent training.

Event comments:

Great race, considering doing the full for my first iron distance next year.

Last updated: 2014-09-03 12:00 AM
00:34:23 | 2112 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 82/196
Overall: 476/1162
Performance: Average
Suit: QR Sleeveless
Course: point to point with several turns through the channel
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 55F / 13C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:52
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:46:07 | 56 miles | 20.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 36/196
Overall: 216/1162
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Mostly 4 lane roads with long stretches of no turns
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:34
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:42:00 | 13.1 miles | 07m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/196
Overall: 62/1162
Performance: Good
Course: One small out and back and then another longer out and back. Reasonably flat and shaded.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4