Beach 2 Battleship - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Setup Events
36F / 2C
Total Time = 14h 22m 28s
Overall Rank = 320/387
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with some Gatorade in the hotel room before heading to T1. Once at T1 and settled, sipped from bottle of HEED until time to move to the swim start.
Event warmup:

  • 1h 17m 48s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

As a rule, I would suggest that a swim without the current would add approximately 20 minutes to the swim split, for a total of 1:40 or so.
What would you do differently?:

Train before the event.. I hadn't been to a pool in almost six months.
Transition 1
  • 12m
  • 6h 46m 24s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.54 mile/hr

Forecast was for a slight headwind (0-2 mph) on the way out, increasing to 5-7 mph around the time we would head back. Instead, the headwind was 5-7 mph on the way out and then shifted to a northerly direction as we headed back south, picking up to 10-12 mph with gusts of 15-18 mph. The drafting was noticeable once the wind direction changed and its speed increased.
What would you do differently?:

I slowed more than I probably should have, adding a considerable amount of time to my bike split. The risk of frying on the bike and not being able to run at all during the marathon was a significant concern and I'm not entirely sure that I shouldn't have given it a little more to keep the bike time down.
Transition 2
  • 14m 24s

290 overall in T2, spent plenty of time (obviously) making sure that my feet were clean and dry before putting on running shoes. Took Alleve in the changing tent due to onset of headache during last 20-30 miles of bike.
What would you do differently?:

Sat for longer than I should have and probably could have shaved 5-6 minutes here.
  • 5h 50m 2s
  • 26.66 miles
  • 13m 08s  min/mile

Temperature dropped quickly once the sun began to set. I was wearing gloves as dusk approached and within a few minutes of it getting dark, I reached Run Special Needs and was able to pull on sleeves and trade my visor for a knit cap. By the end of the run, I was getting cold, but only for the last few minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Train better for the run. I only did two long runs, the latter of which was a 10-miler.
Post race
Warm down:

Took (very short) hot shower and put on compression gear before heading out for dinner.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training, inbalance in work life.

Event comments:

One last word about Setup Events and the Beach2Battleship triathlon. This was my first Iron distance event, but certainly not my first triathlon. To date, this is the best run event that I've seen with excellent support from the company that runs it and the most fantastic set of volunteers I've ever had the pleasure of coming across. There were two volunteers for every three athletes and it showed. I would highly recommend this race for anyone looking to do their first full or half-Ironman event and would also urge anyone interested in their other venues (Setup presents approximately 150 events per year) to consider doing those as well.

Last updated: 2009-03-09 12:00 AM
01:17:48 | 4224 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 360/387
Performance: Below average
Suit: Orca Full-Sleeve Wetsuit
Course: Course was in a channel of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) so while it was in salt water, there was no real wave activity. Also, the swim was with the current, which makes for some fast swim times.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 12:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
06:46:24 | 112 miles | 16.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 300/387
Performance: Below average
Average HR was 139
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Course was a point-to-point loop from Wrightsville Beach northwest into North Carolina followed by a short (30-mile?) leg northeast and then back mostly south to Wilmington.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 71
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 14:24
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:50:02 | 26.66 miles | 13m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 290/387
Performance: Below average
Average HR 138
Course: Course was a double out-and-back, or four 6.5-mile legs. Miles 1, 2, 12, 13, 14, 15, 25 and 26 were two bridges, one of which was rather steep and the other had a metal grate at the crest. There was a cobblestone road at miles 3, 10, 16 and 23 that presented some risk to the ankles, but the overall the course was nice and scenic. There were plenty of spectators and the atmosphere was energizing throughout probably 50% of the course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 5