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Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
80F / 27C
Overcast
Total Time = 4h 44m 35s
Overall Rank = 152/1360
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 25/166
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at the Radisson right near the start. This was nice. Didn't get a good night of sleep at all. My MIL (bless her soul) had the two younger ones in her room, and we had my oldest. Turns out my oldest snores pretty good, and Holly and I had no idea. Kept both of us up.

Woke at 4:25am, had some Ensure, clif Bar, and a bannana. I added the Ensure to the morning ritual, as I think I need more calories before these longer events. Headed down to the lobby, where I met startingtotri, jniekrasz, and whizz and headed to the race. We loaded my canopy, chairs, and cooler that I brang for my family and all the donkeys to have a place to eat, sleep, drink and be merry.

After getting through most of my set up in transition, we heard the race was delayed for at least 1/2 hour b/c of dense fog. Better than the lightening that was forecasted two days earlier. So, ajotto, Force, jszat, and myself went to set up the canopy. We came back to do the final set up in transition.
Event warmup:

I had heard on the long walk to the start that we may be delayed even more. The water was 55.5 degrees. So, I got in and did about 100m and figured out that it really was cold. No need for any more warmup to figure that out.

I didn't feel like standing anymore, so I went and found a spot to sit by myself, think about what I was going to do, and get ready for the race. It was fun to just sit and watch the pros go off. Then I started to mentally get ready.
Swim
  • 27m 16s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 25s / 100 meters
Comments:

Swim was pretty good. Found out later, the current was helping a tad, and also was about 200m short. Thus, a very good time for me. I started off a little too fast, and I blame that on the one hour delay. I think I had a bunch of energy and forgot how long a HIM really is.

I slowed down to my HIM pace and found some feet to follow. This went well, but he was crooked, too. I figured since he was faster than I wanted to go, I would stay with him. Worked out OK.
What would you do differently?:

Not start out so fast. Pushed a little harder than needed in spots.
Transition 1
  • 01m 20s
Comments:

Great T1 for as large an area as this is. I had my suit down to the waist and goggles and cap off by the time I got to my bike (considering the run from the lake, there was more than enough time to do that). Had the shoes in the clips, so put the helmet on and took off.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Bike
  • 2h 31m 7s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.23 mile/hr
Comments:

A very nice bike. Although, it was only 2' faster than last year, the HR was about 5-6bpm lower. This was the plan per coach, as we wanted it to set up a good run.

The first 5-10 miles were uneventful, as I was taking in some Gu20 and getting some fuel in me. I was letting some of the people I had beat in the swim pass me by as I tried to get my HR down. It was 152 when I left transition, meaning the run up the beach, etc, had me running a little hot. I figured I would pass them later at some point.

After about 10 miles, I started feeling right, my HR was in the right zone, and I started to pick off people. I saw mutri (josh) and we kept trading places. Doing a good job of legal drafting, but keeping pace with the other people in the area. At some point one of the pelatons caught up with us, we got caught in the middle, and then I lost him. During that time, I saw a really bad wipe out going onto 20 (mile 15ish) as someone took a turn way too fast. He bit it good, and was two bikes in front of me. I had to swirve onto the shoulder to avoid the other bikes and him.

After that, I continued to ride by HR and it was going well. I saw my family at mile 40. I waved and kept going good. The next 12 miles I was completely alone and that was fine by me. We had some wind, my HR was actually staying put around 133 and I was going 22.5+. NICE.

All of my 80+ miles this summer (and there has been many), made this ride seem much shorter than last year. A nice feeling for sure.

Took in 3xGu20, 80oz water, 1 cliff bar, 5 GUs, 4 Endurolytes. 41.6oz/hr, and 360cals/hr.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Paced this very smartly. Started slow, got the fuel and hydration into my system.
Transition 2
  • 01m 22s
Comments:

Good T2. I had a gel bottle, saltstick tabs, race belt, garmin all in my hat. Chose to go w/ the hat instead of visor, so I could put ice in the cap along the way. Socks on, shoes on and I took off. Had the rest of the stuff on by the time I got out of the long transition area.
What would you do differently?:

Just be more efficient, I guess.
Run
  • 1h 39m 30s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 36s  min/mile
Comments:

The run went well. I was using RPE more than HR, but the two coincided well. I attribute that to not fully hammering the bike and nailing my nutrition/hydration. I actually was expecting (hoping) to go a couple minutes faster than this, but I think the heat got to me a bit in the second half.

The first couple of miles I was passing a good number of people. I was feeling great and just trying to ease into a good pace and keep the HR down. After about mile 4/5 it was definitely getting hot. I was putting ice in the hat, drinking two cups of water at every aid station. I hit up the gels every 20' or so, and also had a saltstick tablet after about 45'.

After the first turnaround (3.25 miles), I started to look for jszat to see if I could beat him. He was pretty close to the turnaround, running very fast (sub 7 for sure) and I wasn't so sure how far ahead I was in front. So, I told him that it looked like he would get me. He laughed, but wasn't so sure. I continued to push, so that he wouldn't, but damn he looked strong.

I came to the next turnaround feeling good getting energy from the family and the crowd. But then you have to hit those two hills again. They hurt a bit more the second time around no doubt. My pace was starting to slow, and my HR was climbing pretty good. Not a great combination for finishing strong. I knew the last 5 miles were going to hurt....and they did.

My left arch started to hurt. More like it was going numb. This happened last year, too. Not sure what its from, but it never happens on my long runs, or short bricks. Just happens after a long ride and a longer run. I need to figure it out before IMWI.

The next time I saw jszat after the third turnaround, it looked like he was slowing down, and I felt like I would be able to finish ahead of him. But, then again, everyone was slowing down. I was passing people, and my pace kept getting slower. Of course, I was now passing people on their first loop, as well, but the heat/humidity was effecting everyone.

I really was playing a mental game in my head b/c I didn't want any of my splits to be above 8m/m. It made it hard, but also kept me from giving into the little devil on my left shoulder ;) You know the one that is talking to you to take a walk break, as opposed to mr. half full on the right shoulder.

1m: 7:10, 147ahr
2m: 7:08, 152ahr
3m: 7:21, 151ahr
4m: 7:23, 154ahr
5m: 7:27, 155ahr
6m: 7:31, 156ahr
7m: 7:38, 157ahr
8m: 7:42, 157ahr
9m: 7:53, 156ahr
10m: 7:53, 158ahr
11m: 7:51, 159ahr
12m: 7:58, 159ahr
13m: 7:52, 161ahr
0.1m: 6:25, 165ahr

Nice push at the end. My son jumped in with his "Go Daddy Go" shirt and ran to the finish line with me. He is getting pretty fast, so I couldn't let him show me up....especially in crocs and all ;)


What would you do differently?:

Not a whole lot. My socks got pretty wet from the ice in the hat melting and running down the body. maybe just hold the ice in the hands? I needed to be cooled, though.
Post race
Warm down:

Met up with my family. Got some ice, which I put on my head, but wanted to put on my left arch. Got some food, talked with jszat and headed to the lake to freeze my legs. Good choice. Then headed over to the canopy to see others finish.

Ate some food that Joe Runner had let get stale, but it was still tasty. Then she started serving up some beers and bloody marys. Good times there. I had a couple and that was all I needed.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not a whole lot here. Continue to train and get stronger and faster. I really don't think I have hit my full potential....yet.

They added 4' to my finishing time of 4:40:35 b/c of a penalty. Not sure what it was yet, but I am going to call and find out. It was added to my run time, but I don't think it was anything I did on the run. And I really like to see what MY best time can be on the bike, and take the high road when I see drafters, but it was pretty crowded out there. I saw the draft marshall 3 or 4 times on the course, but was good at keeping the 3 bike lengths away when they passed. The one time, I was trying to pass this guy and he sped up and I fell back. The motorcycle came shortly after that, but I just don't think he would have dinged me for that incident...who knows. It probably won't do any good to complain, and at least I wasn't in contention for an AG award or anything. Then I would be really peaved. Now it just gives me more fuel to the fire to continue hammering my bike! and run!

Even with the penalty, I still PR'd by 20' from last year. With 14' coming from the run. That is crazy. Of course, that can be contributed to working on my limiter over the winter, getting a great coach, and continuing to work on it.

In the '07 SOR, I was top 8% swim AG, 25% bike AG, and 45% run AG. This year, I was 12% swim AG, 24% bike AG, and 12% run AG. Doesn't look like the run is my limiter anymore! Makes those track workouts not hurt as much as they really do ;)

Event comments:

Pretty good. I don't like that the swim course was off, but I heard they had to move the buoys in b/c of the colder water which was further out. However, the could have lengthened it.

Overall, they do a pretty good job. Even if they never posted what time the transition would open and close.




Last updated: 2007-12-17 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:27:16 | 1931 meters | 01m 25s / 100meters
Age Group: 20/166
Overall: 150/1360
Performance: Good
HRM had this at 147 which sometimes is jacked b/c of the water, but that feels about right. Higher than last year, but I felt I pushed it a little bit more.
Suit:
Course: Lake Michigan. Calm for its standards, but still choppy compared to most lakes. Very clear, though.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 56F / 13C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 01:20
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
Biking
02:31:07 | 56 miles | 22.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 41/166
Overall: 229/1360
Performance:
137ahr, 1st hour 135ahr, 2nd hour 132ahr, last 31'
Wind: Little
Course: Relatively flat, few rollers.
Road:   Cadence: 92
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 01:22
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:39:30 | 13.1 miles | 07m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/166
Overall: 150/1360
Performance:
See below for HR splits.
Course: Two hills at the beginning. Flat elsewhere and lots of exposure to a hot sun.
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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2008-07-21 9:38 PM

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2008-07-21 9:41 PM
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Ha! How's that for response time! Great race Scott. Now go get it @ IMMoo. Had a great time hanging with you and your family. I'm in for next year.
2008-07-21 9:46 PM
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Stellar results, Scott. Great event and effort. It was fun to watch you, Jszat and Mutri duke it out on the run. Very impressive, indeed.

Thanks again for lettin' me hang in the Donkey shed.

2008-07-21 10:35 PM
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Another great race Scott. You are hitting on all cylinders. Scary thing is your probably right about not hitting your potential yet.
2008-07-22 8:36 AM
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Fantastic race! You absolutely crushed the whole course. On to IMWI....excellent job.
2008-07-22 8:57 AM
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Wow..just wow! Very impressive.  You rocked that race dood! Great seeing you and the family again!


2008-07-22 9:32 AM
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you know they penalized you just to try to even things out for us mere mortals right?

 

great job donkey!!!!

2008-07-22 9:35 AM
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Your greatest area of consistancy is that you continue to get faster and faster even on longer distances like this!  You're a very impressive triathlete and I can't wait to see what you do to that IMOO course.  Great job and keep on keeping on my brotha!  Oh, and great to see you again briefly b4 the start!
2008-07-22 12:11 PM
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Great race Scott.  Nice to meet you and your famdamily.  Thanks for sharing the canopy.  Oh, and make that soggy food, not stale  Dang sun! 
2008-07-22 12:15 PM
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Great job!!!!!!!!  Can I borrow your swim split for Steelhead 70.3???  Congrats
2008-07-22 12:20 PM
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Great race... man, you're fast!


2008-07-22 1:18 PM
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You're an animal! Nice job....you killed the course!

One of my friends was an offical. About 40 penalties were handed out for leaving caps on the beach and the rest were mainly for drafting 196 total penalties handed out. Regardless, of the penalty you had an amazing race! Can't wait to see you smoke the IMOO course too.....
2008-07-22 2:00 PM
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PHREAKY PHLIPPIN' PHAST!!!!   EEEEAAAAWWWWSSSSOOOMMMMEEEEE!!!!!

I wonder if the Harley dude thought you were drafting or something and marked ya for that?

Very cool meeting you (formally and finally)!

Those long bike days REALLY kicked your bike up!

2008-07-22 2:48 PM
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Holy sheet you're fast. Perhaps you and Birkie should duel it out one day.
2008-07-22 3:14 PM
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Great race, Scott, and great to see you again! I'd like to say I saw you out there but I think you were just some kind of blur that went whizzing by while I snailed along. Good luck in the final prep for IMMOO!
2008-07-22 6:19 PM
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Great race Scott. Can't wait to see what you pull out at IMWI!

It was good to see you and all the family again too.


2008-07-23 5:13 PM
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You are sick. A whole other stratosphere. I'm just shaking my head, I don't know what else to say.
2008-07-23 8:02 PM
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Pretty amazing, Scott!

 

You are right, the buoys were moved in closer to shore.  not sure why they didn't move that last buoy a little further south though.  I think there is some reason we can't go further north, although I'm not sure exactly what it might be...

2008-07-24 5:13 AM
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Way to go, bro!  You nailed it.  Last year I got yelled at for taking a leak in the woods on the run course near the first turnaround but no time penalty.  Maybe they penalized you for running like a girl? 

Forgot that most of the girls on this site can kick my azzz.  Oops.

 

2008-07-24 6:42 AM
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Nice job Schmeeeeeeze.

I have a photo of you and Jszat:

And I thought I had one of you coming down the stretch to the finish line, but I think you were too fast for my puny little camera-phone. 

2008-07-24 7:42 AM
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I found it!




2008-07-24 4:07 PM
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Suh-weeeeet race Schmize!  I can't wait to see you tear up IMWI! 
2008-07-31 10:33 AM
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heh.....You're a freakin' TORNADO dude!  Faaaaaaaassst.

And you mentioned that you and I are similar in speed?  Pffft!  Funny.  You kill me!  The only way I'd keep up with you is if I were riding in a kayak, cycling in a draft-pack and running on a treadmill in the back of a pickup truck.

Great job speedy!

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