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EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Cambridge, Maryland
United States
Columbia Triathlon Association
90+F / 32C
Total Time = 6h 34m 40s
Overall Rank = 900/
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 158/207
Pre-race routine:

up at 4:45 to get a good parking spot. ensure shake, pb+j sandwich and a pop tart for breakfast at 5.
Event warmup:

none. just tried to stay cool and calm inprep. for the blazing hot day to come. put wetsuit on at the last minute.
  • 38m 1s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 48s / 100 yards

very calm and nice compared to last year. started towards the outside a bit. swam really straight and sighted well. kept monitoring HR so i wouldn't go too high and risk burning out in the run (like last year). kept HR in the low to mid 140's. felt great.
What would you do differently?:

perhaps go a bit harder.
Transition 1
  • 03m 53s

goal was to improve on transitions form last year (both were about 6 min). got everythign together and was off in under 4 min. felt good about that.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 57m 45s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.90 mile/hr

did really well on maintaining HR in the right zone as well as with hydration/supplements/nutrition. wind was not an issue but could have benefitted from a tri bike instead of my road bike. perhaps i'll break down and get one for next year. overall very happy with my strategy. didn't get caught up going too hard, and maintained a proper pace, even thought i wanted a faster pace. had to save some juice for the run.
What would you do differently?:

perhaps invest in a tri bike to gain some speed, and need to drop about another 15-20 lbs (196 on race day).
Transition 2
  • 02m 57s

a little slow getting off bike. lots of traffic and people were bottle-necked a bit. i passed 4-5 people in this area.
What would you do differently?:

perhaps work on faster dismounts.
  • 2h 52m 7s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 08s  min/mile

i thought i raced a perfect race until the run. HR/food/fluids... everything was spot on, all set for a perfect run (sub 9 pace was the goal). well... right off the bat my HR jumped to 180. i knew that this was gonna be a terrible run. the heat was just unbearable, so i had to do a lot of run/walking. after each walk session, HR went back to 175 within a minute of running at a 10+ min pace. the heat was just absolutely nuts. Easily 20-25 degrees warmer than any run i've done this year. i was told road surface temps were 115 and i believe it.
What would you do differently?:

perhaps weight loss could have helped, but the weather was just unbearable on the run. not much i could do about the heat.
Post race
Warm down:

got ice and was hosed off at the finish line which felt awesome. went and drank gatorade, water and a pepsi and layed down for a bit. got up afterwards and got more fluids and some food. couldn't stretch b/c of excessive cramping, so had to just lay/sit carefully. even cramped (shins) from walking to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

heat heat heat!

Event comments:

my only criticism of the race is very poor marking of miles. there was only one trustworthy mile marker on the bike course (40 mi). not usually a big deal but i didn't have my computer in working order. wasn't sure if the drink tents were all at mile markers, but assumed so. great volunteer help and very professionally run race.

Last updated: 2008-06-09 12:00 AM
00:38:01 | 2112 yards | 01m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/207
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: v-shaped out/back with dogleg left to ramp at finish.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:53
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
02:57:45 | 56 miles | 18.90 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/207
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: big loop through the bald eagle preserve. nice flat course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:52:07 | 13.1 miles | 13m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/207
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: out/back course.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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] 4

2008-06-09 12:27 PM

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Subject: EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon

2008-06-09 5:56 PM
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Subject: RE: EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon
Nice race.
2008-06-10 11:28 AM
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Subject: RE: EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon
thanks, gadzinm. i truly never thought i'd run a slower 1/2 marathon than at last year's eagleman... ever. ugh!!! boy, was i wrong!
2008-06-11 7:08 AM
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Subject: RE: EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon
Yeah the heat took it's toll for sure. Way to keep at it though!!!

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