Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
73F / 23C
Total Time = 5h 47m 16s
Overall Rank = ?/
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 9/24
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4am. Gatorade energy and cliff bar. Water in the car ride. On site at 6am. Body marking and chip pick up. Set up transition. Sipped some more energy drink.
Event warmup:

Walked mile down the beach to swim start. Warmed up with wetsuit on for about 10 minutes.
  • 42m 28s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards

didn't feel well for the previous few days. decided to race anyway. Hands down my worst race swim. Right hamstring cramped so violently early on that i had to stop in the water and try to stretch it. HR was north of 170. Seriously considered drifting over to the med crew and calling it quits. Just told myself to take it easy the rest of the way and re-asses my body on the beach
What would you do differently?:

Everything. I didn't swim as much as I simply prevented a drowning! Must have been a little sick. I've always felt comfortable in the water. Not today though.
Transition 1
  • 04m 57s

Aside from massive cramping of my right hamstring exiting the water, this was OK.
  • 2h 50m 26s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.71 mile/hr

cruised for first half averaging 18.5mph. Got passed by quite a few people. Didn't think there were that many left behind me. But relays went off behind me. At mile 28 I dropped the hammer and went. Nobody passed the rest of the way. Probably picked off 100 or more on the way in. I was just pissed in general from the swim, so I said 'screw it' and just went hard.
What would you do differently?:

nothing. Pretty pleased with 19.7mph
Transition 2
  • 02m 21s

No big deal here. Took my time though.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 07m 22s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 43s  min/mile

was curious how my hard bike would effect the run. As it turns out, it didn't effect it much. Pretty much the same crappy pace my 200lb frame always goes. As this wasn't an A race for me, I was experimenting a little with the bike and run.
What would you do differently?:

Not sign up for any more halfs. 3 in one season is enough.
Post race
Warm down:

went home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

definatley a little under the weather and I had been training hard previous to this race. It just fit in the schedule so I viewed it as more training. No taper of any kind. Training race for IM Canada on August 27th.

Event comments:

OK race. Of course I've been spoiled with the Ford 70.3 races for my first 2 halfs. Compared to those, this was a let-down. But it was OK. Plenty of aid stations and volunteers. The people of Racine were great with their lawn sprinklers dropping water on the the run course. Ran through probably 20 of them.

Last updated: 2006-07-30 12:00 AM
00:42:28 | 2112 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 18/24
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Suit: xterra full vector2
Course: point to point along lake michigan. Straight out for a tenth or so then right turn for a mile and back in at end.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Bad
Time: 04:57
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:50:26 | 56 miles | 19.71 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 11/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Pretty flat. Crappy roads in the middle ten mile.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:21
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:07:22 | 13.1 miles | 09m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/24
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: flat double loop.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 3