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EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Cambridge, Maryland
United States
Columbia Triathlon Association
100F / 38C
Total Time = 7h 05m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Rob and I played the 'Who can get a more annoying song stuck in the other's head" He won. (Wake me up before you GO GO).

Note: This is a dumb game to play before a long day of solo racing
Event warmup:

Sweating
Swim
  • 43m 11s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 14s / 100 meters
Comments:

HOT! Wish I hadn't worn a wetsuit at all.
I felt good, but I wasn't moving as fast as I wanted. Drank WAY too much water from the river.
Dunno. Just not the swim I wanted.
What would you do differently?:

No wetsuit.
Transition 1
  • 05m 11s
Comments:

Stupid f'ing wetsuit
Bike
  • 3h 11m
  • 56 miles
  • 17.59 mile/hr
Comments:

Time off my watch.
Threw up a bit in the first few miles. Lovely! Pretty sure it was just reaction to the water I drank on the swim.
Was feeling really great for the first 30 miles. There was a water hand off every 10 miles, and I was doing good finishing all my fluids before each handoff...until mile 40 -- I realized I had almost all my water left. Shooooooooooot. I was really having a hard time stomaching the next gel, water was not appealing. I slowed it down and tried to drink and take in salt, nutrition. Got the gels down, but not happily. Ugh. Kept going but was feeling progressively worse. Bad headache, etc etc. I mentally shifted to think I was just going to aqua velo.

And THEN -- the world's most bogus drafting penalty. GRRR! I was caught in a pack and got dinged with the rest of em. Oh well -- I didn't care at that point. Stopped at the penalty tent, a mile and half from transition. Man, did that save me. 4 minutes in the shade, drinking, stretching. It was actually kind of awesome :) Was starting to waver on my plan to DNF and just do an aqua velo

Transition 2
  • 06m 25s
Comments:

Not sure how long. Very long though. Ran into Travis (Tri Club prez) and Patti (Steve and Marcy's coach) and said "I need help". I needed to cool down and take in some nutrition. Had to get my HR down. Rested for a few minutes while Patti hosed me down and made me drink water, take a gel, etc. Felt good enough to give it go and see what happened. I knew it would suck, but I was starting to think it would suck less than I orginially thought it would suck.
Run
  • 2h 58m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 35s  min/mile
Comments:

Hm. Well, my goal was to keep with 8:2 run walk intervals. I did pretty good at this for the first 5 miles. I was stopping at aid stations and being veeeerrrry generous with ice and water. Took salt or gel as appropriate (gel every 40 minutes, salt at the 20's). I was putting ice anywhere I could get it. I swear I spent so much time with my hands down my shorts getting ice there that it looked like I was on a date with myself! But the ice really helped, and I could tell a difference. On the run portions, when I was actually running, I felt pretty good. I mean, I was LIVING for those 2 minute walk intervals, but I was running to them. So that was good. More than I could really hope for after how crappy I felt on the bike. I did have a moment of clarity where it was like "Wow. I'm running. It sucks, but I'm running. I kind of thought if I was runnign strong I'd also feel good, but I feel crappy...and I'm running strong. Maybe it's just SUPPOSE to suck." That was actually kind of a cool moment, like I cracked a code or something -- you don't have to feel good to keep moving strongly. Good to know. :)

Speaking of suck ... .Started to feel the pace slow and the suck increase around mile 6, and then was really starting to have a hard time keeping water and gels in by mile 8. Tried some coke -- bad idea. Didn't sit well. Threw up, kept trudging to turn around. Missed ice at the next station, tried another gel, but really couldn't keep anything it -- water, gels, salt, coke etc was making me retch. The wheels were starting to come off :(

By mile 9 I was convinced I was pretty screwed. I had the worst headache that I couldn't shake, and my vision was going to get spotty. I wanted to cry and I was scared of passing out (historically for me, black spots in my vision plus nausea have led to passing out). I pulled over at mile 10 (or whatever tent that was that was close to 10) and told the peeps I was done. The volunteers were awesome (and had been the whole way), and someone called in, but I was told there was something up and it'd be awhile before they got to me. There was nothing wrong with the organization -- they did a fabulous job -- I was just in the wrong spot at the wrong time to be pulled off the course and it wouldn't be able to happen immediately. I have no doubt if I had chosen to wait I would have been well taken care of, but I was having a little hissy fit and just wanted to be cool, and I wanted that as quickly as possible. I was 3 miles from the finish and I mentally saw my my options as walk in the sun and bake or sit in the sun and bake, and so I decided to walk it in.

The last three miles sucked hard, but you know .. in retrospect... that's kind of the name of the game. Oh well. Now it seems a little funny to me that I was passing some people who were running while I was walking, but I was still walking a good clip. I tried to run at a few points, but the minute I'd start up, my head would start pounding and my vision would get funky. it'd been a while since I had any calories at that point, so I just said 'eff that' and walked it.

I did have a rocking finish kick though -- I don't like seeing people on the shoot in front of me :) I paid for it, however -- it took a really long time, lots of water and ice packs -- before I could get up and drink anything. It was hours before I could eat.
Post race
Warm down:

Dry heaving, retching, cool water from hose, ice packs

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of heat acclimation, general stupidity.

Event comments:

I cannot say enough good things about the voluneteers at this race. I have never been at such a well supported race. I didnt' enjoy a single second of this race day EXCEPT for the volunteers. The organization of this race is first class, all the way.

That being said, I don't know if I'd sign up for this race again. Mentally I found it really crushing -- flat, flat and flat. It has a certain beauty to it, but I missed the challenge and reward of hills, and longed for a bit more variety.





Last updated: 2008-02-26 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:43:11 | 1931 meters | 02m 14s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 05:11
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
03:11:00 | 56 miles | 17.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Wind:
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 06:25
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:58:00 | 13.1 miles | 13m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2008-06-09 7:39 PM

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2008-06-09 7:45 PM
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Tough conditions and you had issues and you pushed on and finished.

Impressive determination...

Congrats on finishing in hard weather. 

2008-06-09 7:48 PM
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Well, well, well-I must say this is the first time I have laughed since the race. I am certain I will not have toenails on my big toes pretty soon.
The hand down the pants with the ice was hysterical! Ah, so that's how I got all the chafing.
Hey, what ever happened to the bridge they were talking about on this race? Was there a bridge? I too had the same problem swallowing all that sweet stuff and ended up taking too much salt.
You know, this race really sucked for most people because of the extreme heat. I hope (please, oh please) that we will be able to laugh about this some day. Or at least, forget about the entire experience.
But thank you, congratulations, and thank you for writing so brilliantly to create a visual. I was there with ya/
Rhonda
2008-06-09 7:53 PM
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I'm impressed that you were able to finish.
2008-06-09 7:54 PM
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congrats Chippy, the headache wad weird, hopefully it was just cuz heat/dehydration, but you were a rock start to finish!
2008-06-09 9:01 PM
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You did AWESOME!!!!


2008-06-09 9:44 PM
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You finished.  Great job!
2008-06-09 9:44 PM
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Way to hang in there and finish.  Those were brutal conditions and next time you're in that situation you'll know that you can knock it out.  Congratulations and I enjoyed the race report (although it did give me flash backs)

Ernie

2008-06-09 10:11 PM
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You are my hero!!!
2008-06-09 10:56 PM
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You rock. Don't ever tell me you are afraid to suffer ever again! Loved the race report...so cool that Patti was there to help you!
2008-06-10 4:43 AM
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I swear I spent so much time with my hands down my shorts getting ice there that it looked like I was on a date with myself!

Heh. You know, ice in a hat works too.



2008-06-10 5:58 AM
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Good job getting through the tough conditions and finishing! The experience will surely pay off in future races.

The ice in your pants thing made me laugh, but was so very true. Seemed like I spent most of the run adjusting ice in various places!
2008-06-10 7:09 AM
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WHOOOP WHOOOOOP!  Way to kick a@@, girlie!  Those conditions sound brutal, but YOU DID IT!



Edited by fitphd 2008-06-10 7:09 AM
2008-06-10 8:22 AM
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Great race report.....I am glad you walked and finished, I am sure you are proud of yourself for that!
2008-06-10 9:21 AM
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Great job Chippy!  What a crazy day.
2008-06-10 9:48 AM
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Tough day at the office Chippy. You worked hard and made it to he end. In Nov, AZ will be cooler with dry heat. Actually, the weather will be much more cooperative.


2008-06-10 10:06 AM
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Wow Chippy.  That was a brutal race.  You are amazing for gutting that out.  So proud of you.
2008-06-10 10:36 AM
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"I was putting ice anywhere I could get it."

If I had a dollar for every morning I've said that...

 Dude...you're a total stud. You endured the extreme of suckitude and finished. Now, you know that however the hell bad it gets, you're still gonna beat the out of it. Just awesome...

2008-06-10 12:07 PM
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Speaking of suck... you absolutely do not.  Great job getting across that finish line in the heat.
2008-06-10 12:10 PM
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Chippy!!! Congrats on a tough finish. You are one tough chica!
2008-06-10 12:45 PM
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Congratulations on making it through, what a tough day!


2008-06-10 1:50 PM
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Awesome job!

Congrats on finishing under some really tough conditions!
2008-06-10 3:18 PM
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You are a trooper.. way to go you had a lot of mental toughness throughout .. great job
2008-06-11 7:02 AM
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Great race report. Funny when I read yours it reminds me a lot like my day...minus the hand down my pants Funny stuff!!

Great work on a very tough day!

Rest up!
2008-06-11 7:52 AM
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Good job staying in the race after throwing up. I threw up in my first tri and had a hard time getting going again.

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Oh, BTW, you got that stinkin' song stuck in my head now.
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