Big Kahuna 1/2 Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Santa Cruz, Texas
United States
Frist Wave Events
60F / 16C
Total Time = 6h 17m 42s
Overall Rank = 412/616
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 25/41
Pre-race routine:

2 pieces of pizza, bottle water. Not a full night sleep, but close.
Event warmup:

Jessi and I rode our bikes to transition. took two endorlytes.
  • 34m 54s
  • 1930 meters
  • 01m 49s / 100 meters

Well, the water was cold. I was kind nervous as this was my first 1/2. My right goggle kept getting salt water in it, so i had to keep stopping and adjusting. It was annoying as it kept throwing my rhythm. I'm not used to salt water, so it was an ajustment... the taste and the salt on my skin, not to mention the seaweed in my face. I used a long sleeve wetsuit Jessi got for me. It was good, not claustrophobic at all, probably b/c it was men's and little big, which is a good thing. By the end of the swim, i felt like it was taking me forever b/c i kept adjusting my goggles.
What would you do differently?:

tighten goggles!
Transition 1
  • 09m 52s

much longer than I'm used to. it was a distance to transition area, I'd say about 1/4 mile. I put on a bike top, so it took longer. and i was cold, so that didn't help. and i have to use one water bottle to get the sand off my feet and body and the salt off my face.
What would you do differently?:

I donno. it was cold. I don't know how i would have sped up. at least put an extra water bottle specifically for washing off at my transition.
  • 3h 07m 50s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.89 mile/hr

Well, it was cold and overcast on the bike. I didn't dry off the entire bike ride b/c of the humidity. But it was cold. I didn't feel my toes for most of the ride, and after 2 hours, i started moving my fingers to get them warm. I was so focused on my toes and fingers that i hardly noticed the hills! Not once was I gasping for breath like i do here in Dallas! I'm positive the weather had much to do with that. wa hoo! and my nutrition was right on! Gu ever 40 minutes (and one right when i got on the bike). bottle of endorux and water every hour
What would you do differently?:

arm warmers and toe covers!!!
Transition 2
  • 01m 55s

my toes were cold so i took extra card getting my socks and shoes on!
  • 2h 23m 9s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 56s  min/mile

It was awesome! Sun came out right when I started my run! my nutrition was right on. Gu every 30 minutes. Water every aid station. Got a piece of banana at two of them. I was kinda worried I would crash near the end b/c I felt so good. I didn't really start to ache until about mile 9. I forgot my endorlytes the bike, so i took them then and i think again about 40 min later? The last 3 miles were very sore. my legs started really hurting at this point (calves and quads... lil achillies). so I walked a little more. The last bit on the beach was just cruel.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Jessi met me at the finish line w/ a huge hug, a smile and a bottle of recovery drink. She also made me get back in the COLD ocean from the waste down for 5 minutes. I think that helped my legs a lot, even though i still had to limp to transition to get my bike, and will probably limp for a few days. After my cold dip, i got a snack of 1/2 bagle, and cup of trail mix. That night, Jessi gave my legs a rub down. But on the airplane home (red eye), my knees swelled up.

Event comments:

Great race. Hope to do it again next year and break 6 hours

Last updated: 2006-09-11 12:00 AM
00:34:54 | 1930 meters | 01m 49s / 100meters
Age Group: 17/41
Overall: 238/616
Performance: Average
Suit: long sleeve wetsuit/ tri shorts/ Jessi's bike top
Course: around the pier.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 55F / 13C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 09:52
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:07:50 | 56 miles | 17.89 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/41
Overall: 420/616
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: out and back. rolling hills and a few steep ones
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:23:09 | 13.1 miles | 10m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/41
Overall: 464/616
Performance: Good
Course: out and back. mostly sidewalks, couple miles on dirt path. last 1/2 on beach. ugh!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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