Deer Creek Fall Challenge Half Iron Triathlon - Triathlon

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Mt. Sterling, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
Total Time = 6h 05m 42s
Overall Rank = 48/115
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 5/9
Event warmup:

  • 26m 26s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 15s / 100 yards

Swim was easy and not stressful due to the 3-man wave start. Much safer than massed start type of events. The swim went very well for me with an ideal 22/min mile pace.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - went like clock work, even when I had to pass other on the course in earlier/successive waves.
Transition 1
  • 02m 45s

This could of been faster, but I took my time and put my HRM on which is not water proof. I was glad to have the HR data on the bike/run course though.
What would you do differently?:

Get a water proof HRM
  • 3h 03m 4s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.35 mile/hr

I am over all pleased with my bike split. A 56 mile race is right in the sweet spot for me (not too long, not too short) and the swim provided a good warm-up. People were pleasant and encouraging with light chat over the course. Sure maybe next 70.3 I'll be able wring out a little more avg. speed. I had to stop 3 times to refill my water bottle with propel & get gels. This seemed to be an excellent balanced, interval for nutrition --- about once an hour or 18 miles.
What would you do differently?:

Apply sunscreen at some point during the bike.
Transition 2
  • 02m 29s
  • 2h 30m 58s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 31s  min/mile

This was the first time I had ever raced a run at the 13.1 distance. I wasn't confident that I had done enough distance work for running & as I had done for the bike & swim (where I performed much better & was competitive for my age-group). The run got brutal as my ITB (which had been plaguing me in the pre-season, but healthy for all the shorter races in the summer.) went at mile seven and I had to walk all the aide stations for the second lap due to the pain. I'm not sure I am up to racing the 13.1 many more times. Very painful. It's a shame because the bike & swim seem just right for me. The pain prevented me from running at my aerobic threshold of 150. and I was down in the 130s.
What would you do differently?:

More long course training runs 10-12 mile runs.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

long distance running training was not adequate. I would delete all the speed track work outs I did & focus on hour long runs at least.

Event comments:

This was a well organized race by HFP. They are a great local race company and deliver an outstanding value for a 70.3 race. The race was perfect for a first-time 70.3 which it was for me. I learned a valuable lesson on the type of running preparation I need to do for this distance. I will definitely race this course again - even if it's just the OLY.

Last updated: 2015-09-09 12:00 AM
00:26:26 | 2112 yards | 01m 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/9
Overall: 19/115
Course: Two laps out to the furthest Buoy. basically double the OLY course with an additional buoy further out to get the extra yardage.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:45
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:03:04 | 56 miles | 18.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/9
Overall: 35/115
Performance: Good
Right at threshold -150 almost the entire time with wind and hills.
Course: 3 times around the OLY course with an additional hilly spur out to get the additional mileage.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:29
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:30:58 | 13.1 miles | 11m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/9
Overall: 71/115
Performance: Bad
Course: basically, again 2x the OLY course - 2 out & backs.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4