Beast of the East Half Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Hiawassee, Georgia
United States
Great Smoking Mountain Triathlon Club
Total Time = 8h 00m 53s
Overall Rank = 46/49
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I got up around 2am in Atlanta and started getting all my gear ready for my drive up to Hiawasee, GA. I was able to leave around 3:30am. I got up to Hiawasee around 6am and I unloaded my gear and got everything set up in transition. I had a bagle before the start and got some gatorade and water in my system.
Event warmup:

I did a quick warmup swim and the water was a little cold with a wetsuit, but not too bad.
  • 1h 02m 21s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 57s / 100 yards

I started off with the swim and things were going great! I was drafting off some people and seemed to have no problems. It wasn't until I got to the back, that my goggles and swim cap came off. I eventually made it to a buoy and situated myself so I can get the goggles and swim cap on. By that time I was so far behind everyone.
What would you do differently?:

Literally glue my goggles and swim cap on.
Transition 1
  • 00m

  • 4h 10m 3s
  • 56 miles
  • 13.44 mile/hr

This was by far my worst discipline for the day. I literally wanted to quit at least a dozen times. The course was very hilly, and I don't know if I wasn't prepared or it was my nutrition or it just wasn't my day. I had the truck picking up the bike cones right behind me the whole entire time and I swear I thought about getting off my bike and throwing it back of the truck so I can be done. At one point of the course, I had motorists flipping me off and honking their horns at me. Of course, the natural thing for me to do was flip them off. I was all the way over to the right, and if I was any further I would have went into a ditch.
What would you do differently?:

I really need to work on my nutrition on the bike. I honestly think that was my main problem.
Transition 2
  • 00m

I had a good transition, and when I was riding into transition they announced I was the last cyclist. I'll admit that I got a big smile on my face when everyone clapped and said way to go. I can't complain about that.
  • 2h 48m 29s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 52s  min/mile

The run went alright. I thought for sure since my run is my strong point that I would be able to pick some people off. I unfortunately couldn't catch up to anyone. My stomach was not feeling too well, and the sun was out. When I got into transition after my ride, I looked down and saw that I was around 5 hours. I figured that even on a bad day, I should be able to complete the run in 2:30 hours and finish around 7:30. Unfortunately that did not happen.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think nutrition and not getting enough rest played a factor. I also think that I might not have been physically ready for the course.

Event comments:

This is a great race, and I will admit that I probably shouldn't have chose this as my first half ironman. With that being said, I did learn alot and that no matter how bad I felt and how much my mind was telling me to quit, I kept going. What I need to do now, is learn from my mistakes and apply what I learned for Ironman CDA. watch and the race clock had me at 7:56 and some change, but according to the race results on active, they had me at 8:00:53. I like the 7:56 time a little better.

Last updated: 2006-09-26 12:00 AM
01:02:21 | 2112 yards | 02m 57s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 48/49
Performance: Below average
Suit: Yes
Course: The course was a rectangle out to an island, around and back. The course was beautiful with the mist on the water and the moutains in the background. Great place to swim.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
04:10:03 | 56 miles | 13.44 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 49/49
Performance: Bad
Course: The course was pretty hilly with the "Beast of the East" at mile 12.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:48:29 | 13.1 miles | 12m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 40/49
Performance: Average
Course: 2 loop course with hills of course!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4