South Carolina Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Greenwood, South Carolina
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 6h 43m
Overall Rank = ?/435
Age Group = 34-40
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

got up at 4am, ate, went through stuff, got ready, did it.
Event warmup:

stretching and walking
  • 41m 55s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 10s / 100 meters

it was way easier than I thought it would be.
What would you do differently?:

probably sight better
Transition 1
  • 04m 3s

easy, seemed like a blur. Probably a minute slow, but it was my first one so I'm happy how it went.
What would you do differently?:

nothing, except grabbed some electrolyte or salt tablets.
  • 3h 21m 5s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.71 mile/hr

bike was fine. I held back quite a bit in order to save energy. There were some headwinds, but nothing bad. All the hills were rolling and very easy. I got bored, so I put on a charge at mile 40 just to become interested in the race. Kept heart rate more or less moderate.
What would you do differently?:

get a tri bike. really wished I had one. That would probably give me another mph without any effort. I think I might push a little harder, but I was worried the run would kill me if I did. I normally train at a higher rate.
Transition 2
  • 01m 38s

easy. met my expectations
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 34m 41s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 49s  min/mile

hard and horrible beyond mile 10. was cramping badly and ended up doing 15 minute miles for the last three. That sucked. Otherwise, nutrition for the race was very good.
What would you do differently?:

take salt tablets! I hadn't done this in training, so I didn't do it on race day. bad mistake, total newbie.
Post race
Warm down:

face death, eat, lay down, etc.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of salt, for starters. I probably should have done more running in training.

Event comments:

they ran out of food after the race very quickly. aid stations were mostly good. I hate running multiple loops for any road race, so if you hate loops, don't sign up for this. But there were LOTS of great athletes participating, I thought. The heat of the day was rough.

Last updated: 2006-09-21 12:00 AM
00:41:55 | 1931 meters | 02m 10s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/435
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeveless Orca Predator 2
Course: out, around two buoys, back
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:03
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
03:21:05 | 56 miles | 16.71 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/435
Performance: Good
not sure of time yet.
Wind: Some
Course: loop. out in the rural country side, a couple of small towns, and rolling hills.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:34:41 | 13.1 miles | 11m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/435
Performance: Below average
Course: two loop course with rolling hills and a couple of climbs. didn't like it much since the biggest hills were in the open sunshine and it was hot.
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? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3