Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
Total Time = 4h 37m 31s
Overall Rank = 63/1256
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 3/85
Pre-race routine:

Had a nice dinner with the BT crew at the Chancery Friday night. Nice pasta dish for eats. Woke up at 2 am and slammed an Ensure then back to bed...or tried to. There were a bunch of people getting back from the bars at 2:30 am and they were partying in their room which was near mine -kept me awake and never got back to a sound sleep. Ate a Clif bar, banana and another Ensure at about 4 am. Since I couldn't sleep I got up, organized everything and drove to the venue. The silver lining in not getting much sleep was that I got a sweet parking spot near the transition area.
Event warmup:

Standing in the porta potty line. They needed more. Brought my bike pump back to the vehicle and got my wetsuit. Back to the T area, made sure everything was in place and then jogged down the beach to the swim start area. Quick swim to warm up and then got in the start area.
  • 39m 53s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

My goal for today was to not repeat what I've done the last few races. The past few weeks I would try to go fast and end up just thrashing around. I can swim OK in OW practice, but in races I get out of control. Today I just wanted to take long, full strokes and get long with my arms. Focused on rotating my hips/core and keeping good head position. At least I broke 40 minutes for the first time for a HIM, so I'm pretty happy with the swim - considering how much I suck. They had larger buoys marking the course this year so sighting was much easier than last year.
What would you do differently?:

Ummmmm...swim faster
Transition 1
  • 01m 45s

The bikes were really tight together on the racks so I got out of my normal transition routine a little. Seems like it took a long time for me. Didn't put the shoes on the pedals this time because I didn't want to take a chance of a shoe getting caught on someone else's bike.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 25m 54s
  • 56 miles
  • 23.03 mile/hr

I pushed hard the entire ride, but for some reason I had a tough time settling into what I thought would be a decent HIM pace. After doing so many Olys this season I started getting worried that I was pushing too hard for today. Probably was a little too conservative, but overall satisfied with the ride.
What would you do differently?:

Probably not much, maybe push a little harder.
Transition 2
  • 01m 1s

There were very few bikes in the Elite racks when I finished the bike leg, so I was able to pull off a nice transition in T2.
  • 1h 28m 58s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 47s  min/mile

Legs felt a little heavier than usual, calves a little tight. Getting used to the new bike I guess. Pretty much pushed hard the entire race but I feel like I lost my concentration for a few miles until mile 9 when I re-focused. Need to focus more at Pigman HIM in a few weeks.

It was cool to be able to see the pros during both loops of the course. David Thompson continues to dominate his races. I could not believe the leg speed/turnover of Lisa Bentley - incredible. I thought I recognized pro Heather Gollnick (multiple IM winner) out there and sure enough, she was on the results list.

It was hilarious when I crossed the finish line. My legs were a little wobbly and I kind of bent over and then crouched to the ground to get my balance. Immediately a couple of woman yelled "Medical !!!" That was a first for me. I jumped right up and said (laughing) "MEDICAL ???, no way, don't ever say that!!!!" Everyone laughed. I think they were just anxious to get their first medical customer of the day. Volunteers did a great job.
What would you do differently?:

Focus more during the middle miles
Post race
Warm down:

Headed straight to the food tent. No pasta dish this year, which was pretty disappointing. Half a PB & J sandwich, cookies and some cold root beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Still need to get accustomed to the new bike,

Event comments:

This was a PR for a half ironman by 8:47. Previous best was on this course - 4:46:18 last year here and placed 102 overall. Gotta be happy about that :)

Overall AG placing reflects my time versus the 45-49 AG even though I was in the Elite Master wave. Elite wave start prevents an offical AG podium. Only one guy older than me placed higher overall, by 5 minutes (son of a b*tch).

I heard a lot of words of encouragement from fellow BT members during the race. THANKS!!!! Hopefully I yelled back something coherent when you did so.

Finished the night off with a pint of chocolate Haagen Dazs in my final splurge before the IM WI weight trimming phase.

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Last updated: 2006-12-18 12:00 AM
00:39:53 | 2112 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/85
Overall: 520/1256
Performance: Below average
Last year swim split was 41:06
Suit: Blue Seventy Helix full
Course: 2 short legs on sides, long swim parallel to shore
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:45
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:25:54 | 56 miles | 23.03 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/85
Overall: 85/1256
Performance: Good
Last year's time was 2:32:35
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:01
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:28:58 | 13.1 miles | 06m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/85
Overall: 45/1256
Performance: Average
Last year's time was 1:29:12
Course: Double loop with 2 short, but tough little hills.
Keeping cool 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4