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Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
55F / 13C
Total Time = 5h 53m 2s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = W 45-49
Age Group Rank = 13/38
Pre-race routine:

Attempted to get some sleep the night before, but failed miserably. Out of bed at 4am, ate my PB&J sandwich, grabbed my coffee and drove 1 hour to the race. I had chosen a spot along the railing, figuring I would have a bit extra room to layout my stuff. Covered my bike with plastic bags. As I was leaving a guy showed up and racked next to me. He wanted to cover his bike with a large tarp and wanted to anchor it to the railing, so could he cover my bike too. Sure, why not. In the morning I arrived and Mr. Tarp had not so I had to spend 10 minutes undoing the maze of strings he had wound around the tarp and bikes. At least my bike was dry.
Event warmup:

Other than standing in line at the porty potty and walking a mile to the race start - nothing.
Had to stand around an extra hour due to the fog delay.
  • 35m 47s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

I knew I was in trouble immediately. I had been working myself up even before entering the water. A bit after rounding the buoy I couldn't breathe. I couldn't tolerate putting my face in the water as it seemed to only increase the sensation of not being able to breathe. I swallowed water and began coughing. Then I really began to have a panic attack. Was trying to swim closer to shore so I could stand up but this was proving to be difficult as everyone else wanted to go straight. Began to really go into freak out mode. A REALLY NICE woman noticed my obvious distress and STOPPED to help calm me down. Once I was standing and began to regulate my breathing she went on. I walked a bit then continued with the swim. All form out the window as I swam more than half without putting my face in the water.
And to the women who helped me Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I continue to be amazed at the wonderful people I have met within the triathlon community.
What would you do differently?:

First off, need more OWS practice. I've had some but obviously not enough.
Get some neoprene booties and a hat.
Not work myself up before the race even starts.
Transition 1
  • 05m 18s

So, the swimming is over and now its time to run onto the beach. Run? I can't fell my feet. How am I supposed to run if I can't feel my feet. Managed to get to my bike, but by then I am shaking uncontrollably. I had trouble getting out of my wet suit. Here's where another nice person comes into the picture. I had to sit down because I was shaking so much. A guy comes over and says"stickup your feet" and proceeds to pull the wetsuit off my legs. But I was on my own as far as the helmet, socks, shoes, etc. Very difficult with hands that would not respond to my commands. To add to fun, I decided to put on arm warmers. Lost a lot of time trying put those suckers on wet trembling arms.
What would you do differently?:

Hard to say. I'd like to say not get so cold, but don't have that much control over that. Having the neoprene booties and cap would have helped.
  • 3h 03m 57s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.27 mile/hr

It took me a good 45 minutes on the bike before I warmed up and could feel my feet again. Even though I lost time in transition with the arm warmers was probably a good decision to help me warm up. OF course I took them off later.Once I stopped shivering I began to feel better and go faster. At around 18 miles I saw my husband and son waving from across the road. What a great pick-me-up. I needed that. The rest of the ride was actually quite nice. I maintained a comfortable pace. Nutrition on hydration plan worked well. I got off the bike feeling good.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Probably could have pushed myself a bit harder, but overall I'm pleased.
Transition 2
  • 02m 40s

Went better than the first transition that's for sure.
Took some extra time to put on sunscreen.
Meet up with a women I met prior to the swim and decided to run together.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 05m 20s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 34s  min/mile

The sun had come out while on the bike and now it was HOT! NO worries about being cold anymore. But I do OK in the heat. I brought along sport beans and GU and made sure to drink a little at each aid station. The woman I was running with began to slow down at the start of the second loop, but I stayed with her. It was nice to have someone to chat with and pass the time. I also felt like I was sort of repaying the kindness shown to me earlier. At mile 10 she had to stop and walk. Told me to go on. I picked up the pace and finished strong.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Found my husband and son and drank water. Was not interested in eating. Actually went down to THE LAKE, my arch enemy, and went into the water to cool off and get all the grime off. Later tried to eat a PB@J to get some protein, but could only finish half. Have to remember to have my husband bring my protein shake, about the only thing I can tolerate after racing.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Begin SO VERY COLD coming out of the water. I have never had that type of reaction before. I was really having trouble functioning.

Event comments:

Can't fault the race for the weather. even though it was a pain to delay the start, I glad they did.
Overall, I'm please with my performance and my time for my first HIM. I persevered through a rough swim and didn't give up (although it did cross my mind at one point in the freak out) But I didn't and finished feeling great!

Last updated: 2008-02-17 12:00 AM
00:35:47 | 2112 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/38
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Suit: wetsuit
Course: Point to point swim in lake Michigan. Shallow enough to stand in some areas - Fortunately for me.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 55F / 13C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Bad
Time: 05:18
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:03:57 | 56 miles | 18.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/38
Overall: 0/
Wind: Little
Course: 1 loop mostly flat with some rolling hills.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:40
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:05:20 | 13.1 miles | 09m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/38
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Two loop flat course (other than the hill at the beginning of each loop)
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-07-22 9:37 AM

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Illinois _ Chicago area
Subject: Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon

2008-07-22 9:47 AM
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Mukwonago, WI
Subject: RE: Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon
Hey - great race!  Those water conditions were pretty tough but way to fight through it!  That's a great run you had at the end!
2008-07-22 10:30 AM
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Waukesha, WI
Subject: RE: Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon
Way to pay it forward.  I agree, the Triathlon community is wonderful.  Probably part of the reason we get so addicted.  It is just nice to be around so many helpful people.  Great job getting thru it.  I was a spectator and have the utmost respect for all of you.  Way to go!
2008-07-22 12:50 PM
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Wauwatosa, WI
Subject: RE: Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon
Great race! Wow, exceptional run at the end.. way to go!
2008-07-22 1:18 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon

We'll have to work with you on calming down before the start.

Sub-6!  GREAT JOB!!

2008-07-22 3:21 PM
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Menomonee Falls, WI
Subject: RE: Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon
Great race and fantastic time, especially considering the difficulties you had on the swim. You smoked the run, fo sho!

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