Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
Total Time = 6h 18m 23s
Overall Rank = 1007/1254
Age Group = 25 - 29
Age Group Rank = 65/70
Pre-race routine:

This was my 3rd tri and my first HIM so I was extremely nervous. Drove up to Racine on Saturday with my parents and girlfriend and spent the afternoon needlessly driving around the city. Ah, parents. We finally got to a restaurant and I had a light chicken and pasta dinner. Got up the next morning and had a hotel waffle, english muffin w/peanut butter, and coffee.
Event warmup:

Got my transition site setup pretty quick and walked to the swim start. It was about 6:40 and we were some of the only people at the start, not even the race coordinators had shown up yet. That didn't help the nerves but went for a swim to relax/warm up.
  • 46m 26s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 12s / 100 yards

Our wave eventually started and we all ran into the water and started swimming when it got deep enough. While swimming to the first buoy I saw another swimmer in my wave struggling to keep a swimmer from the previous wave above water and I started to swim towards them to help. In the time it took me to get there second swimmer started to help him and I was the 3rd swimmer helping out. The swimmer who was having trouble was awake and I'm not sure what her deal was but the lifeguards sure took their time getting there. After they got there and secured her we started our swim and it took me a while to get my head back. Eventually I was able to get into my rhythm and finished the swim fine.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. My first race was with TNT and someone from my team drowned. I couldn't stop thinking about that after helping the other guys. Eventually I relaxed and had a pretty good swim. Usually I get really dizzy coming out of the swim but read that I should kick hard on the last 100 yards. Tried this and was able to almost run in a straight line up the beach.
Transition 1
  • 02m 56s

After the long run up the beach, and seeing family and friends, I made it into transition and started to strip my wetsuit off. Socks, bike shoes, glasses, helmet, bike, and on my way out.
What would you do differently?:

Considering I had to take off a wetsuit I'm cool with this time. The only thing I'd like to do different is learn how to start with my shoes attached to my bike.
  • 2h 57m 57s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.88 mile/hr

I remembered to start in an easy gear so the first hill wasn't a problem and I settled into the bike quickly. For the first 20 miles I was doing great and I've become a huge fan of Infinitnutrition. A friend has did this race a couple years ago and said it was a flat course so I was riding like I was expecting this. Either they've changed the route or we have a difference of definitions because the bike wasn't nearly as flat as I was expecting. I went from 21 - 22mph in the first 2/3 of the bike to 17 - 18mph at the end.
What would you do differently?:

I didn't grab drinks at every aid station and a couple times I ran out. Especially after the last station. Ended up finishing the bike with only water and could have really used some sports drink. The other thing I have to work on is my climbing. I'm not all that good at it and got dropped more and more as the ride went on.
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s

Got off the bike and ran through transition with out any problem. My spot was close to the swim entrance so had to run most of it in bike shoes. Racked bike, popped shoes off, running shoes on, helmet off, running hat on, take a deep breath, and jogged out feeling pretty good.
What would you do differently?:

I haven't practiced riding with my feet out of my shoes and the running dismount. I'm going to make sure this is ready for the next race.
  • 2h 29m 16s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 23s  min/mile

I didn't have any delusions of running the entire half marathon and had a plan of running 4 minutes / walking 1. This worked great for me and I adjusted my run time based on walking through aid stations. This strategy made it so I was able to run pretty strong the last mile or so and have a strong finish.
What would you do differently?:

I stopped at every aid station and don't think I really needed to. Next race I think I'll bring a hydration belt and refill as needed. Also, I feel that I might have been able to push a little harder on my run.
Post race
Warm down:

After the race there was hardly any food left and my family left my bag with my post race drink in the car. They brought a plastic bag of dirty clothes instead. Oh well, still love them. Eventually the race brought in a truck load of food and I jumped all over that but had a hard time digesting the food. The family wasn't too interested in relaxing at the race much longer than it took for me to stretch out and I was very rushed into the back seat of a car to drive home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I had a training program that a couple of friends where doing with a group. I was following it really well but there was no information about the intensity of the workouts so I ended doing them all about the same. Next time I'm going to either join a group or get a more detailed program.

Event comments:

I had set a goal window of 5:30 - 6:00 and even though I was outside of that window I'm OK with how the race went. It was a real test and I made it through with out injury.

The race over all was really unorganized but they did keep transition secure which was nice. Racine is a pretty cool little town and the people really came out to cheer and hose down the runners. It was fun and I'd recommend it to someone.

Last updated: 2007-07-08 12:00 AM
00:46:26 | 2112 yards | 02m 12s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/70
Overall: 1029/1254
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca S1
Course: The course was a 1.2 mile U
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:56
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
02:57:57 | 56 miles | 18.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/70
Overall: 927/1254
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:29:16 | 13.1 miles | 11m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/70
Overall: 1051/1254
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4