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Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
70,sF / 0C
Overcast
Total Time = 6h 13m 9s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 78/103
Pre-race routine:

Woke up about 4:30a.m...took a look outside at the weather because my worst fear was that it was going to be windy and rainy. We already knew Lake Michigan was going to be super cold (56 degrees). But it was pretty calm and the rain had just stopped. It was fairly foggy though. Got my transition bag packed, ate a PB bagel, drank some decaf coffee and Phil (1sttimetri) and I hit the road.
Event warmup:

The race was supposed to start at 7:00a.m but they kept delaying it due to fog. So my goal was to just get in and out of the water as much as I could during the delay time to get my hands, feet and face used to the REALLY cold water. Lots of chatter with the donks due to the delay.
Swim
  • 38m 9s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 48s / 100 yards
Comments:

Started the swim by running in and then trying to find a place that was clear. But with that many woman going at the same time, we were swimming on top of each other until we hit the first buoy. I got used to the water fairly quickly. My breathing was comfortable and my stroke felt smooth. I believe the swim was short because typically I never swim this fast. Considering the cold water, which I was very anxious about, I think I stayed fairly calm and just did what I had to do.
What would you do differently?:

Neoprene cap and booties.
Transition 1
  • 02m 55s
Comments:

Had a little trouble getting my wetsuit off..my hands were numb, so getting it off over my feet was a challenge.
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Bike
  • 2h 55m 5s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.19 mile/hr
Comments:

Started out fairly easy..saw one of the donks (Tripletmom)flat twice the first 5 miles, felt bad for her. Overall..great course..fairly flat with a few gradual climbs felt pretty easy for me. Then the fun began about mile 10. I met up with another girl that decided to challenge me. She wanted to take me on and play a little game of tag. I took her on almost the whole course. When she would pass me I took the opportunity to push it and pass her again when she took a nutrition break. We went back and forth and then the last mile and a half she decided to take a pee on her bike. I flew by her and said "your it"...she laughed and said thanks for the good times today!! She did push it past me at the end and came in just seconds before me. Had a great ride!! Rode with perp and took 2 endurolytes every hour. They were handing out heed in waterbottles...not crazy about heed. But I managed to get used to it. Ate a banana...thought it was cool that they were handing out bananas at one of the aid stations. The crowd support on the bike portion was really great!!!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Transition 2
  • 01m 56s
Comments:

All I could think about was how bad I had to pee. Got my shoes on and headed for the nearest porta potty.
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to pee on the bike.
Run
  • 2h 35m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 50s  min/mile
Comments:

Faced a pretty good hill out of T2..ran it but had to get the inhaler out right away. Hot and humid conditions didn't help the asthma one bit. Legs were feeling pretty tired from pushing so hard on the bike. Really paid attention to my hydration on the whole course. They were passing out ice so I put a bunch under my hat and down my shirt to cool off. Felt great. About mile 5 I had trouble breathing again so I stopped to use the inhaler again. Walked for a bit to get my breathing under control. I was thinking to myself this is gonna be a long run today. Continued to use the endurolytes and drank plenty of water and choked down more heed (yuck). Felt ok until I hit about mile 8, again had to get the inhaler out. Now I was getting pissed and couldn't figure out why I was having so many issues. Again had to walk. Also, something was not sitting well in my stomach..my guess is it was the heed. Made a B-line to the porta potty only to discover there were 3 other runners waiting to use it. Crap! I knew I wouldn't be able to continue if I didn't go. Started running again feeling pretty good thinking yeah its almost over. Hit mile 11 and again asthma issues. The medical cart came over and asked if I was ok and I told them I was fine and they waited near me until I got my breathing under control again. I was not going to quit!! Finally the finish was in site. I pushed it to the end and as I neared the finish, heard a huge amount of cheering. I looked to my right and saw all the great BTers and Donkey group gathered near the finish line cheering everyone on as they were coming in. What a great support group. This is one of the reasons I love this sport so much...great people and great support. :)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing...Asthma just happens I guess!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked over to the BT/Donkey tent...chatted, had a beer (thanks Terri and Clint for the refreshments) :), stretched and then headed home. Also thank you Phil for navagating me all over Racine.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Asthma, heat

Event comments:

Loved this race. Would do it again next year. The lake was great, bike course was easy and the run was nice. Awesome volunteers!




Last updated: 2008-07-09 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:38:09 | 2112 yards | 01m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/103
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Full Xterra Wetsuit
Course:
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 56F / 13C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:55
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
02:55:05 | 56 miles | 19.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/103
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Fairly flat with a few gradual climbs.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:56
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
02:35:00 | 13.1 miles | 11m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/103
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: A few good hills other wise fairly flat. Ran though the zoo..didn't really notice the animals though. I was in my zone I guess.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2008-07-21 12:46 PM

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2008-07-21 1:22 PM
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GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!

uh?.......peeing on a bike???
I have soo much to learn!
2008-07-21 2:09 PM
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Great, great job out there!  Nice meeting you too!  Awesome race!
2008-07-21 2:21 PM
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Great job Amy ! Happy to tell my racine peeps "hey I  know that one"

2008-07-21 2:21 PM
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Great race! Can't imagine how tough it would be with asthma... wow.
You're like the HIM Queen this summer!

2008-07-21 2:38 PM
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Excellent job out there! I can't imagine doing it with asthma...you're a rockstar amyjo!!


2008-07-21 2:52 PM
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Nice job. I was actually looking for you considering at Pewaukee we didn't get to meet and were only one wave apart, but was unable to locate you.

Either way, good work on the race.
2008-07-21 3:02 PM
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Holy Focking Shiat!!!  You would have smoked my on the bike.  Nice ride!
2008-07-21 3:02 PM
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Great Race AJ.  I think I will be putting this one on my schedule for next year.
2008-07-21 3:23 PM
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Great job out there AJ. You smoked that swim! Luckily you had the inhaler this time! Keep up the good work.
2008-07-21 3:30 PM
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My pleasure to assist, Sunshine!

First, your swim was exceptional!  2nd - you RAWED that bike!  Now, we need to work on your run a little, but it appears that flippin' asthma may get in the way.  Maybe some kind of control breathing?  Are you thinking about something that acts it up, too?

Next time, don't hog the toidy in the morning (ya know I'm a kiddin' here)

You hit it hard this summer, and there is no reason why you couldn't do IM in Sept., other than some longer training days.

Proud of ya, Donkette!

Forgot to originally add - YES, HEED SUCKS!!!



Edited by 1stTimeTri 2008-07-21 3:37 PM


2008-07-21 3:50 PM
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You rocked the swim and bike! Wow. Stupid asthma.

I'm picturing one of those commercials where the nice mom-sounding woman says, "is your asthma under control?"  while they show a pic of an overweight dude taking hits off his inhaler. It's just not fair, is it?

2008-07-21 3:58 PM
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I'll say is again, you are nuts and a monster. 3 HIM are you kidding me? I just did my oly and I am in pain. I can't even imagine a HIM right now. Congrats you monster you.
2008-07-21 4:21 PM
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2008-07-21 4:33 PM
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I say its better to be hydrated than not. I had heard about people peeing on the bike last year.
I was able to pee on the bike on my last Tri but yesterday was a different story.
Great job holding it together.
2008-07-21 4:39 PM
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Grizdog - 2008-07-21 4:33 PM I say its better to be hydrated than not. I had heard about people peeing on the bike last year. I was able to pee on the bike on my last Tri but yesterday was a different story. Great job holding it together.

Did you REALLY mean to double entendre that, griz?



2008-07-21 5:05 PM
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great job out there representing the nation!!!  third half in just a month and a half......you rock!!!
2008-07-21 7:13 PM
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Awesome job and great race dudette!  You're a race - a - holic this summer! 

Eeeeeeeyyyyyyyy'aaaaaaalllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!! (GA Donkey)

2008-07-21 7:26 PM
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Great job!

Remember- if you pee on your bike it stays in the garage.

Just pee on Phil's bike instead

2008-07-21 7:46 PM
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firstnet911 - 2008-07-21 7:26 PM

....Just pee on Phil's bike instead

Whaa Haaa! I second that thought, but seriously, another stellar HIM effort by the Queen of HIM's. Again you perservered on the run where others would have packed it in. Tough as nails, I say.



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2008-07-21 9:34 PM
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Great job again girl

Next time stop and help a sister out!! 



2008-07-21 10:24 PM
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You are one awesome Chica. Another great race for you!
2008-07-22 7:55 AM
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Awesome, awesome job out there!! I can't believe just, what, 2 mos ago you did your first half, and now you've done 3?! You're crazy, girl, and AWESOME! Congrats!
2008-07-22 9:23 AM
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Great race! Too bad the asthma made an appearance. Way to rock the HIM's this summer!
2008-07-22 9:34 AM
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You are my HIM inspiration! Great job fighting all the hurdles on your way to completion of the race!!
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