South Carolina Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Ninety Six, South Carolina
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 6h 27m 43s
Overall Rank = 351/408
Age Group = Old/Fat
Age Group Rank = 10/19
Pre-race routine:

Woke up after a fitful night of sleep at 5:30, packed up with Rich and Brent and drove to the race site. Ate a bagel/PB and banana. Walked bike and bucket o stuff over to the transition area and set up. Got marked, my chip, and weighed (209.5 lbs). Pulled on my 2XU sausage casing and headed over to the race start.
Event warmup:

Just the one block walk over, which was a mistake as you will see shortly.
  • 57m 49s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 44s / 100 yards

As is consistent with all of my previous races, I swam like someone who has never seen any body of water before. I must get a coach asap. Terrible form, dragging legs, poor breathing, the usual. Otherwise, like this site. Nice setting, smooth (although dark water), short distance to transition.
What would you do differently?:

When I jumped in, the neglecting to swim a bit before caught up with me. I had that clutching, panicky feeling and had to backstroke a few strokes to calm my HR. Took me a few minutes to get back to my normal, if crappy, form.

Get a swim coach.
Transition 1
  • 04m 40s

Stopped and hit the portajohn before cycling, which added a bit to the transition time. Having passed people putting on their shoes while I am pedaling, and knowing I would wipe out if I tried, I generally just put on my cleats and start that way.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. Could have saved a bit of time, but at this distance I prefer to calm down and let my HR come down rather than really charge through transition.
  • 2h 55m 35s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.14 mile/hr

Very nice ride, enjoyed the scenery. Nothing really steep, but no flat spots on this course. For us flatlanders from eastern NC, quite a challenge, but I took it a bit slower than I would have on a flat course. Quads definitely felt those hills on the run, however.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 02m 25s

Went fine, again took my time and jogged slowly out of the transition area.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 27m 15s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 14s  min/mile

First four miles I ran from station to station and walked through while dumping ice water into my hat and making sure to drink water and gatorade. Then five miles of walking a bit between running, followed by 2.5 miles of gawd awful cramping in my right calf which lead to me walking and a painful shuffle when I could. Then, once I turned back down into the park, things loosened up enough for me to run the last bit, just finishing the race under my 6:30 goal.
What would you do differently?:

Don't know. Clearly the hills and fatigue contributed to the cramps. Train more.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out with Tonya and Rich and cheered Brent and Missy when they finished. Chowed down a burger and some chicken, packed up and drove back 350 miles to Greenville.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Conditioning, strength on the bike, and my totally incompetent swimming.

Event comments:

setup events always does a nice job. Liked the course a lot, volunteers did great. Race started 12 minutes late, but overall a great time. Probably will do again at some point despite the long drive to get there.

Last updated: 2008-08-27 12:00 AM
00:57:49 | 2112 yards | 02m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 18/19
Overall: 408/408
Performance: Bad
Suit: 2XU Sleeveless
Course: Counterclockwise triangle, no chop or current. Sun shines in face on right side for most of the first leg.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:40
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:55:35 | 56 miles | 19.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/19
Overall: 254/408
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Definitely rolling hills, no flat spots that I found. One loop, really pretty rough section around miles 40-43.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:25
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:27:15 | 13.1 miles | 11m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/19
Overall: 326/408
Performance: Below average
Course: Two out and back loops. First mile shady along the park entrance road. Right turn onto a section about another mile with no shade and a nice long hill, then right into a lollipop shaped loop that is short rollers with a loop at the bottom before heading back up toward the turn. Finish involves a short loop through the parking lot that is pretty demoralizing and a horrendous short but steep uphill to the finish.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %210
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4