Ford Ironman 70.3 California - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oceanside, California
United States
Ironman North America
78F / 26C
Total Time = 5h 43m
Overall Rank = 907/1950
Age Group = 18-24
Age Group Rank = 53/81
Pre-race routine:

Ate a bowl of cereal and banana. Had everything packed and labeled and tried on the night before.
Event warmup:

Set up transition, used the bathroom, and put on my wetsuit. I wish I would have had bodyglide and a small towel for a quick dry out of the swim.
  • 36m 21s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 53s / 100 meters

I couldnt swim in a straight line to save my life. I also felt uncomfortable swimming close to other people, so I purposefully swam way outside of everyone. I was surprised how easy the distance was though.
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to navigate and become more comfortable jostling with people.
Transition 1
  • 05m 25s

I forgot to put on sunscreen before the bike which was really dumb. I also packed too much food for the bike that I didnt end up eating. Otherwise transition was pretty easy.
What would you do differently?:

Put on sunscreen all over body before swim. Probably wear a tri-jersey under a wetsuit.
  • 3h 14m 48s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.25 mile/hr

Everyone was passing me on the bike and yet I thought I was going pretty fast. I only passed about 2 people. I need to become a faster biker. I was also freezing in the beginning and hot in the end. My butt was hurting because im not used to never getting off the saddle.
What would you do differently?:

Train a lot faster for the bike. Get arm warmers. Do bike training without breaking or getting out of the saddle for a long period of time.
Transition 2
  • 04m 26s

I took my time, and yet it was still pretty fast. Very happy about remembering to put on sunscreen at this point, and to take some ibuprofen.
What would you do differently?:

Invest in a tri-jersey and a race belt so that I dont have to change from a bike jersey to a running singlet.
  • 1h 42m 2s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 47s  min/mile

I thought both my legs were going to cramp and seize on me starting about mile 9. I couldnt run up the second to last hill or my hamstring was about to cramp. I started getting some chaffing on my armpits and chest around mile 8. The aid stations were pretty awesome about gatorade, bananas, oranges, water, and gu. I think I consumed the right amount of fuel throughout the race. As opposed to the bike I was passing people the entire time at what I thought was a slow pace.
What would you do differently?:

Eat some kind of salt pills to replenish my body so that it doesnt cramp. Invest in Bodyglide and go crazy with it.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk. Eat pizza. Couldnt stretch or I would cramp.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My quads, hamstrings, and calfs. My bike is obviously my weakest of the three.

Event comments:

Great aid stations and supporters on run, but lacking on the bike. Bathrooms are hard to come by.

Last updated: 2006-09-27 12:00 AM
00:36:21 | 1931 meters | 01m 53s / 100meters
Age Group: 46/81
Overall: 810/1950
Performance: Good
Suit: 3/2 O'neill full suit
Course: One loop in the harbour. Calm but really dirty water.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:25
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
03:14:48 | 56 miles | 17.25 mile/hr
Age Group: 72/81
Overall: 1463/1950
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: First 30 is pretty flat. Last 26 is rolling hills with one that is super steep.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:26
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:42:02 | 13.1 miles | 07m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/81
Overall: 389/1950
Performance: Good
Course: Pretty flat. Only a couple very small hills. A lot of it is on concrete.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4