Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
80?F / 0C
Total Time = 5h 37m 18s
Overall Rank = 633/2000
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 73/113
Pre-race routine:

Went to Chancery for the BT dinner. Was great meeting all who were running the race for the first time, but our food came out an hour after we ordered at about 8:00pm. I wanted to eat a little bit earlier. Great colorful conversation on pee-ing on the bike and so forth.
Event warmup:

Woke up @ 4:30 and had a half a bagel w/ honey and peanut butter and coffee. I didn't want any sloshing throughout the swim, so went with the minimum. I got to the race site at around 5:50 and set up transition. I tried pumping my tires, but no matter how hard I pumped, they were still squishy. The guy next to me was nice enough to lend me his pump. Same result. I realize that I've never pumped my tires the right way. He showed me and my tires were taut. Nothing like being prepared for a race a half hour before it. Went for a short ride, but ran out of time to do a run and swim. Struggled to put on the wetsuit as I put it on at the beach.
  • 41m 22s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

I went into the swim thinking that I would not exert so much energy because the day would be long. Race start wasn't that bad. After the first buoy, I tried drafting, but I kept losing the person that I was drafting. Felt very comfortable throughout the race. Towards the end of the race, I felt my calves cramping up. As I took of the suit (in the water), my right calf cramped up and a little massaging got the cramp out. I was a little worried as I still had 5+ hours to go in the race.
What would you do differently?:

Longer strokes. Perhaps put more energy into the swim. It's mostly arms and the rest of the race is all legs. My wife saw the elite guys come out of the water. They did butterfly in the shallow waters in and out of the swim. I think I'd like to try that for fun. They skipped out of the end of the race probably either to get blood into the legs or because it was easier to get out of the water that way.
Transition 1
  • 05m 8s

I had the 3rd longest T1 in my AG. Sad. I did do some calf stretches and had to us double socks (bike shoes are a little large). With better planning, I could cut out at least 2 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions @ home and during brick workouts. Instead of taking wetsuit out of the water, take it out during transition.
  • 2h 49m 6s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.87 mile/hr

After I mounted the bike and started up the hill, MY SEAT DROPPED 3 INCHES! As a newbie to the sport, I was fiddling with the seat height and I didn't tighten it enough. I was thinking, "There is no way I'm doing 56 miles this way." I felt like those kids in the neighborhood who purposely bike their BMX bikes low so they look cool. I biked this way for about 3 miles until I saw another biker on the side of the road. Luckily, he had a size 4 wrench. i jacked it up a few inches and took off. I think I could have raised it another 1/2 inch but it was much better than low-riding the course.

My plan was to go 18-20 for the first half and then raise it b/t 20-22 for the second half depending on how I felt. I felt really strong during the first half, but held back. I read some really good advice in one of the forums that said something like, "Don't drop the hammer on the bike ride unless you want to walk 13.1 miles." So my mantra for awhile was, "No hammer, No hammer", although every fiber of my being wanted to go nuts on the bike while I saw and heard all the tri-bikes going 'swoosh-swoosh' past me. Even though I had a TREK 1000, I thought that it held up pretty well against some of the other tri-bikes. I love that thing and will hold up from dropping the thousand(s) on a tri-bike for awhile. Towards the end of the ride, I was counting down the miles and looking forward to the run.
What would you do differently?:

not fiddle with my bike b4 the day of a race. maybe pick the pace up during the first half the race by one mph.
Transition 2
  • 02m 54s

Overall pretty good. I still need to practice these @ home.
What would you do differently?:

practice my transitions @ home
  • 1h 58m 48s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 04s  min/mile

I was hoping to run b/t 7:30-8:30 pace but my body would not allow it. First of all, my butt hurt from my seat and my quads were like cement so my running gait was very awkward. I had a slight stomach cramp that I ran through. I planned to not eat during the run portion, but I got really hungry. At mile 4, I my quads started cramping. I just pictured myself surrounded by the medical people and a big DNF on the results post. I lasted till the next station where I ate a half a banana, a chocolate chip cookie, and one of the pretzel bites. That solved the hunger problem and probably the cramping problem(either that or the endurolyte kicked in). At the halfway point, I was sad to see the finish line, but felt really strong. That lasted about a mile and a half before I slowed again to a 9:30 pace. On the last back leg, I cranked the pace to an 8 minute pace. Finished strong and despite the 9 minute pace, I was happy with the run.
What would you do differently?:

run faster
Post race
Warm down:

Hobbled to the food tent. Stretched a little. Jumped into the lake for a little swim. So refreshing!...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of brick practices. The extra 10 lbs that I was carrying

Event comments:

Great race! Well organized. There is a need for more portapotties in the beginning and better food at the end.

Last updated: 2007-05-27 12:00 AM
00:41:22 | 2112 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/113
Overall: 0/2000
Performance: Average
Suit: XTERRA sleevless
Course: Swim out to first yellow buoy. Swim across 5 orange buoys. One more yellow and back to shore.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:08
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:49:06 | 56 miles | 19.87 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/113
Overall: 716/2000
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling hills. Beautiful course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:54
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:58:48 | 13.1 miles | 09m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/113
Overall: 540/2000
Performance: Average
Course: Double out and back. Nice shaded areas. Great crowd support. Numerous sprinkler systems going from people's yards. Thank God for hoseman @ mile 4ish. A few up and down hills during the out parts of the race.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5