Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
75F / 24C
Total Time = 5h 53m 56s
Overall Rank = 813/1256
Age Group = 55-60
Age Group Rank = 13/24
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:30; drank a Slimfast, half a quart of Pedialyte, 2 anti-fatigue capsules.
Event warmup:

Went for a 5 minute swim in Lake Michigan to acclimate to the water and the waves.
  • 50m 48s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 38s / 100 meters

Basically did it with only 1 arm... right arm had no power nor lateral movement. It did not hurt; which was a plus.
1200 swimmers in the water was a rush.. there were bodies everywhere, clawing, pulling, thrashing. It felt like a nest of water snakes having an orgy. What a rush!!!
What would you do differently?:

Use my right arm if it had any power. Probably will go up 2 days earlier and practice wave swimming.
Transition 1
  • 03m 48s

First time the wet suit wouldnt come off my ankles. It was a looooong run from the water to the T area. Once out of the transition area I flew onto the bike and up the sharp hill out of the lot.
What would you do differently?:

Put some bag balm around my neck and on my ankles.
  • 2h 38m 31s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.20 mile/hr

Wide range of cycling abilities. Too many novices blocking the passing lane for long periods of time. Does anynone know about the 15 second passing rule? Handlebars came loose in the first 2 miles and I had to ride much more conservatively then I would normally. Then bar tape started to unravel on one of the aerobar grips. I had a negative split until 5 miles left. Too much congestion and bad roads eliminated the negative split.

I had a bottle of pedialtye I intended to put in my rear pocket but forgot. As a result I was getting 0 sodium replenishment. This affected my running, where I had to stop and repeatedly consume 3 endurolytes every half hour.
What would you do differently?:

Use an 11/21 instead of a 11/25, use my time trial bike. Sandals are too heavy... need to get some custom lightweight plastic sandals made with spd or speedplay on the bottom.

Put the extra bottle with my helmet so as to not forget.
Transition 2
  • 02m 37s

I really had a bad bike rack location. Outermost position 1/3 of the way from the swim entrance. Bikes were close together and hard to extract due to congestion.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 18m 33s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 35s  min/mile

I normally run barefoot but due to the Ironman rule that says I have to wear shoes I wore Nike Frees which are basically a velcrod sock with a rubber minimal sole. I did not wear socks.

Course was terrific, canopied alot and good scenic views of the lake. Really felt comfortable.
What would you do differently?:

Probably wear socks. Some sand got in the shoes and became abrasive. Thought about taking the shoes off and just carrying them. After all the rule says you have to have shoes, it doesnt say you have to wear them.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a water, a banana and walked back to my stuff in the Trans area.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough sodium, loose equipment, bum right arm.

Event comments:

I'll be back

Last updated: 2007-07-15 12:00 AM
00:50:48 | 1931 meters | 02m 38s / 100meters
Age Group: 19/24
Overall: 1151/1256
Performance: Below average
Suit: wetsuit
Course: Straight out through the chop for 600 meters then perpendicular to the shore then back in.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:48
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:38:31 | 56 miles | 21.20 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/24
Overall: 406/1256
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: Some pretty crappy cycling roads about 1/3 of the course. Bumps, cracks and chip seal. Generally flat course but very congested in spots. It was pretty hard NOT to draft. Judges could have given out penalities to just about everyone.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 77
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:37
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:18:33 | 13.1 miles | 10m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/24
Overall: 924/1256
Performance: Average
Course: A slight hill coming out of the Trans area then great view of the lake and canopied running on a fairly flat course. Extremely barefoot friendly course that made me want to rip off my shoes.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %5
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5