Delaware Diamondman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Bear, Delaware
United States
Piranha Sports
83F / 28C
Total Time = 5h 29m
Overall Rank = 85/283
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 4/9
Pre-race routine:

ate banana and half english muffin with peanutbutter, tried to drink full container of G2
Event warmup:

quick jog, stretched a little.
  • 34m 50s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 39s / 100 yards

swim felt really good, sighting yellow buoys on way out was easy, but sighting orange bouys on way back was difficult due to having the sun right in your face. pond was clean, even after hurricane hanna the previous day.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 5s

T1 was quick- had trouble finding bike, cause i was a little dizzy. Run from swim finish to transition area was 0.4miles, so a quick change into sneakers after getting out of the water helped.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 54m
  • 56 miles
  • 19.31 mile/hr

not a bad course for the bike leg. however, due to the hurricane the day before, as the day went on, there was a stong headwind/tailwind on the loop, making avereage speed drop to 17mph (ugh). tailwind picke up average speed to about 22mph. lesson: don't race after a hurricane.;)
What would you do differently?:

nothing--nutrition--took in 600 cal on bike between shot blocks, one accel gel, and cytomax. threw up a bit of it (guess i was trying to get too much down at once). but overall good bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 52s

a little trouble finding transition rack spot again.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 58m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 01s  min/mile

was happy with the run. found a few running buddies along the way to keep pace/comapny. started out withan 8:20-8:30 pace, but it dropped to around a 9:30 the last 3 miles. good run!
What would you do differently?:

nothing, perhpas have one more accel gel for the last few miles
Post race
Warm down:

walked, stretched...drank champagne (my first HIM i have to!!!)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

honestly...i think my bike would have beet a lot better without a headwind (pace would have been a little steadier) bt that's mother nature!

Event comments:

After some confusion where the bike course was going to be shortened, race director was able to work with police/county to get the full distance back. they did run out of water on the bike leg for some racers though. need more volunteers, but they've advertised for that. next year, perhaps I'll help instead of race...but for a first timer, this was a great HIM to start with!

Last updated: 2008-07-14 12:00 AM
00:34:50 | 2112 yards | 01m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 54/283
Performance: Good
Suit: nope
Course: long out and back triangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:05
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:54:00 | 56 miles | 19.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 117/283
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: out and back, with a middle turn-around loop (bridge was out on original course, so 8.5 miles were made up by doing a mini loop over the fisrt way out)
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:52
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:58:00 | 13.1 miles | 09m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 0/283
Performance: Good
Course: 2 miles out on pavement to the CD canal (sand/gravel path), then 4.5 out and back on the canal, and 2 on the pavement. canal path in sun, so it got pretty hot on the way back. water/gu/gatorade every mile. was throwing water on head to stay cool.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %2lbs
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4