South Carolina Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Ninety Six, South Carolina
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 06m 22s
Overall Rank = 2/2
Age Group = Aquabike
Age Group Rank = 1/1
Pre-race routine:

Got up crazy early (3:15) to drive to Greenwood. Ate waffles and oatmeal, drank diet coke and gatorade.
Event warmup:

A little 10 minute run and ~300 yards of swimming.
  • 27m 27s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 18s / 100 yards

What a rough swim. Aquabikers were in the 7th wave, and all previous waves had 4 minute intervals. But for whatever reason, they started us just 2 minutes after the wave in front. That meant that 100 yards in I was swimming all over people. It was like that th erest of the way. Got kicked in the face. And, rounding the last bouy, I swam into a girl who was treading water. We knocked skulls pretty hard (still have a bump on my forehead), and when I came up, it looked like she was going down. But then she popped up and said she was OK. Lost maybe 5 seconds there.

Didn't feel great at the start, because of not enough warm up, probably. But after 10 minutes I settled in nicely.
Transition 1
  • 01m 6s

6th fasted T1 on the day
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 37m 49s
  • 56.17 miles
  • 21.36 mile/hr

PR HIM bike by ~10 minutes. And on a hilly course to boot. And without race wheels. And with heavy-ass PT wheels. Oh yeah...204 watts average.
What would you do differently?:

Race wheels! I got passed by th eother aquabike race at mile 49...he ended up beating my by about 1.5 minutes. With different wheels, it would have been a different race.
Transition 2
  • 01m 28s

Having just finished the aquabike race, it was pretty tempting to pack it in.
  • 1h 50m 6s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 24s  min/mile

Warmdown run. Just steady...never pushing. Super tight legs from pushing the bike, but otherwise fine.

Unofficial 4:57:56 HIM. On a hilly course.
Post race
Event comments:

So I 'm pretty excited for B2B. I sub 11 hour race is looking extremely doable. With some race wheels (I've rented a set of Zipp 1080s for the race) and on a flat course, 5:45 at least on the bike should be easily within my range. Add a sub 4 hour marathon and a 45 minute sim (its a completely down-current swim, and that adds up to 10:45 with conservative transitions.

Last updated: 2008-09-08 12:00 AM
00:27:27 | 2112 yards | 01m 18s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 6/2
Performance: Good
27:06 out of the water. 6th overall, fastest AG swim of the day.
Suit: QR Ultrafull
Course: Two left turns.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:06
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:37:49 | 56.17 miles | 21.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 0/2
After 20 miles, was consistently 21.3mph the rest of the day.
Wind: Little
Course: Big, bumpy loop. Very little smooth road all day long (like, literally, on 2 mile stretch was on smooth pavement).
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:28
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
01:50:06 | 13.1 miles | 08m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/1
Overall: 0/2
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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