Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
82F / 28C
Total Time = 6h 52m 4s
Overall Rank = 1163/1256
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 122/129
Pre-race routine:

Wake up and convince myself that I can do it!
Event warmup:

10 min. swim to loosen up and get acclimated.
  • 1h 12m 46s
  • 2112 yards
  • 03m 27s / 100 yards

REALLY, REALLY need to swim, and swim some more!!! Got legs cramps around 1/2 mark, and further on. I was tired, cramping, and needed assistance to pull off the wetsuit and get my legs massaged. The medical support team were great.
My arms felt great, though, during the swim.
Locate my tinted goggles next time and wear them, since my non-tinted Speedos were fogging up and couldn't see at times from the sun glear.
The 2 lady lifeguards were adorable and nice. They asked if I wanted to rest next to them when they saw me struggling between the 1/2 to 3/4 mark. I had to decline and keep moving.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 06m 43s

The sand walk out of the water to transition opening was not fun due to my legs cramping. I took my time to let my body get oxygen and get my HR down.
Double-checked everything before getting out.
I felt quite lonely and uneasy when I looked around and saw only a handful of bikes left.
I really was quite p.o.ed that my Garmin wouldn't stay on even though I charged the thing beforehand and didn't have it on prior to the race.
What would you do differently?:

Work on getting time cut by at least 1/2.
  • 3h 08m 57s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.78 mile/hr

1st hill is when you just get out of the transition area. There were a couple of hills that one needed to gear down on, but nothing bad, IMHO.
The course was fast. There were a couple of county roads that were quite bumpy (but I'm used to riding those), and didn't help when I felt like I had to pee.
What would you do differently?:

Push the bike a little harder. Figure out the Garmin beforehand to make sure it would work.
Transition 2
  • 06m 2s

Move a little quicker, but I was a gentleman and didn't want to knock over or bump into the girl that I was a second behind on the dismount area.
What would you do differently?:

Cut the time in 1/2.
  • 2h 17m 37s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 30s  min/mile

Walked up the hill, and took my sweet time on the first lap. 2nd lap I picked up the pace quite a bit and received a lot of good comments on how fresh I still looked.
What would you do differently?:

Pick up the pace a little after the 1st mile instead of the 1st lap.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and stretched a little. Had ice packs applied and taped on my quads for about 30 minutes or so.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The swim!!!! (and doing more longer training).

Event comments:

The volunteers and spectators were great. If anything, I would never recommend the swim portion (let alone a 1/2 Tri) to any newbie - I'm just quite lucky that I have some natural ability.
A couple of other participants were very nice and offered some wisdom which helped.
Plenty of water, Infinit, salt tablets, etc. at the "stops", with very helpful crews.

A great race!

Last updated: 2007-07-23 12:00 AM
01:12:46 | 2112 yards | 03m 27s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/129
Overall: 0/1256
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full - Pro Motion Fluid Drive
Course: Point to Point in Lake Michigan. Choppy water, sun was in the eyes going to the first buoy before turning right. Current was strong, but I never swam in that kind of condition before.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:43
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:08:57 | 56 miles | 17.78 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/129
Overall: 0/1256
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 06:02
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:17:37 | 13.1 miles | 10m 30s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/129
Overall: 0/1256
Performance: Good
Course: First hill in the first 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Out and back course, two loops, fast and flat otherwise. Stay on your right since runners coming back on 1st loop will be on your left most of the way.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4