EnduraSport Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Pomona, New York
United States
52F / 11C
Total Time = 6h 57m 2s
Overall Rank = 75/146
Age Group = no AG ranks
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:30 and it was dry out! Weather predicted rain later in the day.
That would prove wrong, very wrong.

Cup o joe, PB and Honey on Bagel.
Event warmup:

Hung out w/ Matt and John for a bit in Transition
JK and I jogged about 200 yards to the bathroom. Seemed like enough :)

Actually the three of us got in a nice warm up swim. The water was 60 and the air mid 50's, breezy and chilly. After standing on the shore for a few miuntes shivering we realized the water actually was warmer than the sand we were standing on. I knew right away the sleeveless was fine.
  • 33m 15s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

Time includes 1 min+ run up the beach so a great swim for me and by far the highlight of my day. Supposedly, the course was a bit short. Regardless, everything went well for me here. Got in a nice rhythm from the start, plenty of open space and I sighted well. I've finally become very comfortable in the water. Time to work on the speed.
What would you do differently?:

As good as it gets. Water temp was a non-issue.
Transition 1
  • 02m 54s

Surprisingly, it started pouring while we were in the water so everything was drenched. I had planned on wearing arm warmers but since they were soaked I went w/ the brand new rain gear. That turned out to be a godsend.

My left hammy tightened in the water but it had thankfully passed. It spasmed on me here as I was getting the wetsuit off and sneakers on . I had to spend considerable time strecthing it out. Thankfully that worked and I headed out on the bike, never to feel it again. Whew!
What would you do differently?:

Not have wicked hammy spasms!
  • 3h 58m 44s
  • 58 miles
  • 14.58 mile/hr

ugggh. It was pouring and freezing on the first lap. Instead of being able to enjoy and hammer the downhill it was all I could do to concentrate and fight the cold. Very unpleasant, my legs were bright red and my feet went numb. It was FREEZING!

Apparantly a fair amount of people called it quits after the first loop, some w/ hypothermia. I wasn't really dressed right either but at least I had that new rain gear. It kept the cold water off of my torso and may have actually stopped me from a DNF. The first lap proved to be the worst as far as being cold. It was miserable the rest of the way but I acclimated. One interesting thing is my hands never felt cold. Hmmm? I'm sure though the weather took it out of me as far as speed and power. I just couldn't muster either all day.

I actually was very happy to start the long climb as I knew I would warm up. Finished the first lap in a pathetically slow 1 hour. I realized right here that it was going to be long day on the bike. I decided to forget about time and make the best of it.

As my temperature rose, so did my spirits. I started having fun w/ all of the volunteers and spectators. I feel so bad for both when they get stuck in the lousy weather. I asked to borrow umbrellas, for boats, dry clothes etc and of course thanked them profusely.

Lap two was uneventful until I started the climb. I met a really nice girl who was training for Timberman while her boyfriend was racing. Imagine, training in these conditions! I sure wouldn't have been out there if I wasn't racing. We spent almost the whole 3rd loop together and that really took my mind off the lousy conditions. I actually threw caution to the wind and bombed the descent on this 3rd loop. I lost my new friend so I was left to suffer on the fourth lap solo. And suffer I did. The last climb killed me and I couldn't wait to get off the bike. It had rained the entire ride. I took solace in the fact that my computer showed just under 4 hours as I reached the peak for the last time. I reached down deep to keep my split under 4 hours. It would be a day of small victories. After the swim, this was number two.

This was, by far, the most difficult bike ride of my life and unfortunately it was during a race.

Besides surviving, the other good thing that came out of this ride is I mastered peeing on the bike. That's right I said it, and I'm proud! Aside from that 3rd loop, I spent a lot of time alone so it was a great chance to practice. Besides it was the 3 warmest moments I had on the bike. Ahhhh, twice the relief :)
What would you do differently?:

uh, have the sun shine and ride faster
Transition 2
  • 02m 23s

I was in no rush at this point.
  • 2h 19m 48s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 40s  min/mile

My legs were shot from the bike so this was gonna just be a survival run but at least it had finally stopped raining. My feet were completely numb and the start was quite painful. It was weird too, I could swear I had rocks in my shoe or my sock was bunched up. I actually stopped and took it off. Nothing. Evidently, my feet were just freaking out from the numbness. By mile 2 it passed. This was a common theme amongst all the competitors. Somewhere around here JK passed me. I realized he was going to be done around 5:15. I had no idea he did as well as he did bc at this point the mini and HIM people were mixed togehter. I went through starts and fits on this run. Sometimes feeling good, sometimes terrible. The 2 miles on the trails were tough. It was very uneven and footing was difficult. But I did run most of it w/ another guy so that was a nice distration. Finally, I was back out on the road but it seemed like forever to get to the turnaround. On the way Matt and I crossed paths and actually stopped to talk for a minute. Niether of us were in a hurry. It was nice mental break as I was really starting to struggle. The last 4 miles were real difficult. There was a 1/2 mile climb at mile 10 that really sucked the life out me. Although my pace was ridiculously slow I never walked, except at the aid stations. I guess that was the highlight of this run and the 3rd small victory of the day. By mile 11 I really just wanted to be done. Surprisngly, I had a little left for the finish and hit a decent stride for the last 1/2 mile or so. Funny what seeing the finish line can do for you. This run really hurt though. My slowest half marathon ever but not surprising given how the day unfolded.
What would you do differently?:

suffer less
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some pizza, then had a beer w/ Matt and John. Wuda like to hang longer but I was chilled to the bone.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The weather.

Event comments:

Genesis Adnentures puts on a very good race. Harriman is a an awesome, challenging venue on a good day. This early in the season and these conditions made it quite the undertaking. Despite it all I enjoyed the event. Once again I met some great new people and got to hang w/ some BTer's.

This will go a long way towards improving my time at Timberman, my ultimate goal for this season. I'm sure I'll be better for having had done it. But man, during it, I was really tested. Mentally and physically this was the hardest thing I've ever done. Initally I was not happy with my performance but in retrospect I had those small victories during it and in a field where roughly 25% of the entrants DNF'd I'm very happy that I perservered. My love/hate realtionship with Harriman continues. I'll be back next year (most likely for the mini) ;)

Last updated: 2007-02-28 12:00 AM
00:33:15 | 2112 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 54/146
Performance: Good
Suit: IM Stealth - Sleeveless
Course: Trinagle 2 Laps
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:54
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
03:58:44 | 58 miles | 14.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 98/146
Performance: Bad
Wind: Some
Course: 4 hiily Loops
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:23
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:19:48 | 13.1 miles | 10m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 84/146
Performance: Below average
Course: mostly rolling hils, about 2 miles on a trail and one long (1/2 mile) climb
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4