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Door County Triathlon Half Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
United States
73F / 23C
Total Time = 5h 36m
Overall Rank = 105/357
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 11/26
Pre-race routine:

Ate my usual, 2 servings of oatmeal using skim milk, added some blueberries. Drank some OJ, ate a banana.
Event warmup:

Swam for 5-10 minutes to the first turn buoy.
  • 42m 12s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m / 100 yards

Wavy water, felt like I was riding in a boat. It was difficult to sight, only because I'm a dummy and wore tinted goggles when it was foggy during the swim. Was kicked in the mouth, tasted blood for most of the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Not wear tinted goggles on a foggy swim. Have a better plan of attack, not swim so far away from the buoys.
Transition 1
  • 02m 44s

I had a longer T1 than I should have, since I used my jersey pockets to store my flat fixing gear.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, it went as good as it could considering the above.
  • 2h 44m 38s
  • 56.3 miles
  • 20.52 mile/hr
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 02m 5s

Removed my flat fixing gear, put in my GUs.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, it went fairly well considering the above!
  • 2h 04m 21s
  • 13.15 miles
  • 09m 28s  min/mile

That was one of the most difficult half marathons I've ever ran. I didn't eat/drink enough at all, I had 1 little GU the entire run.

The 1st hill I thought was the bluff, but I was wrong. Once I made it to the top of the hill (after walking it), which was a crazy hill, I thought I could negative split my run (run split of 07:45). Turns out I was dead wrong. Not too many more miles ahead was the worst hill I've ever went up, it was the bluff that everybody was talking about. I walked up it, and it felt like I was hiking up the side of a mountain. My heart rate wouldn't go down, even when walking. When I got to the top, I started running, and that's when my heart rate was out of control. I'd stop, wait for my heart rate to hit low 150's, start again, and it'd be back to lower 180's in a couple minutes. Somehow I didn't bonk, and I saved enough energy for a "sprint" to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Eat more than 100 calories.

Go to the bathroom if needed. I had to pee since mile 3 on the run, but decided to tough it out. No... bad idea. I got cramps, which I'm sure was from a full bladder.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Myself!!!! I feel like the swim volume in my training plan wasn't enough to do very well for an open water half iron swim.

Event comments:

I say "just right", but it's kinda in between that and "too hard". I felt like I was going to die, but it was mostly my fault :-]

I love learning lessons!!! Now it's 2 olympics, then the end of my tri season. I know what to do next season.

Last updated: 2008-01-01 12:00 AM
00:42:12 | 2112 yards | 01m / 100yards
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 0/357
Performance: Average
Suit: Full wetsuit
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:43.7
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:44:38 | 56.3 miles | 20.52 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 0/357
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Awesome course, loved it!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:05.3
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:04:20.6 | 13.15 miles | 09m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 0/357
Performance: Bad
Course: BLUFFS, but pretty :-]
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-07-25 10:57 AM

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