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Beast of the East Half Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman
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Great Smoking Mountain Triathlon Club
= 8h 00m 53s
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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.
I did a quick warmup swim and the water was a little cold with a wetsuit, but not too bad.
1h 02m 21s
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.
4h 10m 3s
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.
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
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.
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.
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. BTW...my 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
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.
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Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
04:10:03 | 56 miles | 13.44 mile/hr
The course was pretty hilly with the "Beast of the East" at mile 12.
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:48:29 | 13.1 miles | 12m 52s min/mile
2 loop course with hills of course!
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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Race evaluation [1-5]
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