DeSoto American Triple T Race # 4 Team Time Trial - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Portsmouth, Ohio
United States
45F / 7C
Total Time = 5h 59m 10s
Overall Rank = 81/
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 20/40
Pre-race routine:

More Odwalla and Starbucks Frappacino: liquid sugary love was to do the trick today.
Event warmup:

A peaceful inevitability filled my lungs. Threw my arms around. Thought about one leg at a time.
  • 26m 24s
  • 2122 yards
  • 01m 14s / 100 yards

9th overall fastest swim! And I beat some dude named Gordo by 20 sec. who like ended up doing really well in the end: I'm happy for him, I really am!
Seriously fun swim. Turned at an orange buoy on the second lap (looked yellow in the glare!) and really started turning it on when I realized that whistling dude in the kayak was mad at me. Bet I coulda been top three if it wasn't for that navigational faux pas...
What would you do differently?:

Confident swim.
Transition 1
  • 03m 6s

More standing around holding my bike... need to have a mental checklist and just go!
  • 3h 27m 48s
  • 55.5 miles
  • 16.02 mile/hr

Tough two laps, but I hung in there, even though there were some tough moments of fatigue. 3 bottles of Infinit, 4-5 caffeine gels and cookies and bananas at the halfway table. Rightly predicted that I needed to go 25% beyond what I "felt" I should be drinking. Set me up for a better run than I could have forseen.
The course was so much harder than the Beast of the East 1/2 IM from last year, hills like mini-gaps.
Transition 2
  • 02m 54s
  • 1h 58m 58s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 05s  min/mile

While the time or pacing is not great, I didn't give up, and I ignored the ankle completely, drank the warm coke in my belt (which was like ambrosia from the gods) and every water someone handed me. Never walked, even though I wanted to probably the entire first half. Hills were serious challenges, mental and physical.
Post race
Warm down:

Laying down in a frozen stream.

Event comments:

The conclusion I always come to (the SAME conclusion, rendered as epiphany every time) is that this is not only a hard sport but a Painful one. That Half Mary after all that other stuff was so difficult to work through, but there was a moment somewhere on mile 9 when I realized I could do it and that I could do it well and that the best of my ability could be evident. (It helped knowing that a good bit of what remained was downhill!) That was cool. That was a learning moment that I need to hold on to and remember after my body is done healing. I'm glad I did the event and I'm certain my Iron distance race at Silverman will be conquered as convincingly.

Last updated: 2008-05-28 12:00 AM
00:26:24 | 2122 yards | 01m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/40
Overall: 9/
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:06
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:27:48 | 55.5 miles | 16.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/40
Overall: 119/
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:54
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:58:58 | 13.1 miles | 09m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/40
Overall: 89/
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4