Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
80F / 27C
Total Time = 5h 36m
Overall Rank = 624/1256
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 1/20
Pre-race routine:

Decided since I have been gaining weight lately...where?? Im not sure- hoping it is muscle :) decided to switch to Athena... I knew I wouldnt win anything in my AG and thought I could maybe pull off something racing athena.
Was fun meeting all you BTers Saturday night too.
I was lucky enought to have my dear friend drop me off right in front of transition Sunday morning.
I was REALLY happy the lake looked calm.
Event warmup:

Well we had to walk a mile down the beach for the swim start... I think maybe they should have shortened the run by a mile :) Another great thing about being switched to Athena- we had a much earlier start time the my AG- so I started at 7:12.
  • 42m 56s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

Had a REALLY tough time getting started- I dont know if I was nervous or what- but I just felt like I didnt have any air. Told myself to realx- that I have done this before. Then suddenly I was fine and got into my nice easy stroke. I felt pretty good- decided to try to go alittle faster. Then came the next wave and I got a little discouraged- but kept pushing. I was pretty happy with my sighting- amazing what a little practice does! Kept hoping the next bouy would be the yellow one so we could turn in- seemed to take forever. Got out of the water and looked at my watch 41 minutes- 2 minutes faster then High Cliff- Ill take it. Then had a pretty nice run through the sand to transition- ugh.
What would you do differently?:

swim faster of course! Ill get there. Last year I said I could never swim a mile- and that I would definitly never swim in Lake Michigan. And look at me now.
Transition 1
  • 01m 48s

Pretty decent T1. I liked the fact that I was on the end and could use the outside gate to hang onto when I was putting my shoes on. Wetsuit came off great. only bad thing was I get there and see I never put my sticker on my helmet- just sat it next to it- dumb ass- so that took a couple of seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Put my dumb helmet sticker on my helmet before T1.
  • 2h 49m 17s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.85 mile/hr

Was really hoping to hit 20mph. I really have the ability to do this- just have to keep pushing. Bike was OK.. new seat was OK... lost a bottle at like mile 5. I really thought this course was way to bumpy. I also had a headache since I woke up and the bumps were NOT helping much. I usually really have fun on the bike- but today it was just kinda blah.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder. I took almost 10 minutes off my time since High Cliff a month ago- so cant complain too much.
Transition 2
  • 02m 49s

Not sure why this was so long. I did put on socks- learned my lesson last time. Grabbed my race belt, grabbed my visor, grabbed a gu and away I went. I also wore my shoes with normal laces.. I think those elastic things kind of hurt my feet, so I had to tie my shoes too. Felt pretty good coming aoff bike too.
What would you do differently?:

I dont know
  • 2h 00m 32s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 12s  min/mile

Really thought I had a faster run split than this. The first 4 or 5 milesI was doing about 8:30s- then went to 8:40-8:50 then the last couple miles was about 9:15... I also walked most of the aid stations. next time I am running through them. My calves were really starting to cramp- I grabbed endurolytes twice- I think that helped. I LOVE it when they have ice at aid stations. Tried to have fun on the course- you know- mask the pain. Felt much stronger then a month ago- when I alomst lost it on the run. The support along the course was great though. Took 6 minutes off my run time in a month- again- cant complain.
Oh did I mention my great belching ability in my HIMs??? I have NO idea what is causding it- but it starts almost right away on the bike and last throughtout the run. Maybe had something to do with the swim- because it doesnt happen in training. Really its quite impressive :)
What would you do differently?:

I think I could have run a little harder- but was being careful- since I knew I had a hard time on my second loop at High CLiff. I would like to knock anothe 6 minutes off.
Post race
Warm down:

Did another loop of the run course.
You dont believe me do you??? :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Im slow??

Event comments:

Ill take 1st place anyday. I took 15 minutes off my last HIM a month ago- so I am pretty happy with this.
This was a fun race- although I sort of expected more???
I also qualified for the halfmax nationals... in my AG or Athena- so thats cool.

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Last updated: 2007-05-31 12:00 AM
00:42:56 | 2112 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 0/1256
Performance: Average
Course: point to point
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:48
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:49:17 | 56 miles | 19.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 0/1256
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:49
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:00:32 | 13.1 miles | 09m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 0/1256
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking
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Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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