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Timberman - Half Iron - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Gilford, New Hampshire
United States
6080F / 3360C
Total Time = 4h 41m 23s
Overall Rank = 46/1503
Age Group = Male 20-24
Age Group Rank = 4/29
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 03:00 because I had about a 45 min drive from the hotel to the race venue. When Dad and I arrived at the park, I relaxed until 04:45 and then made my way over to the transition and body marking. My wave was scheduled to go off at 07:40, so I had a bit of time before beginning my warm up, and just relaxed.
Event warmup:

At 07:00 I went out for my 10 min run to get my legs moving. I felt surprisingly good as I began my warm up, and began really getting into the mood to race hard.
  • 34m 14s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 37s / 100 yards

I was very disappointed with my swim performance. I never felt good at any point in the swim. My shoulders were sore almost immediately and I was never able to get my breathing into a good rhythm. I knew it was going to be slow, but I wasn't expecting anything quite as bad as 34:18.
What would you do differently?:

There was nothing that I could do at this point, but I have a lot to work on until next summer. This poor performance came at a good time to really push me to do something about my (lack of) swimming ability.
Transition 1
  • 01m 53s

This was my cleanest mount this season, which made me happy. It was also pretty cool to have help taking off my wetsuit going into transition.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 27m 39s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.76 mile/hr

I wanted to go sub-2:30:00 on this leg, and am glad to say that I had a pretty good ride. By starting in such a late wave, there was a constant stream of cyclists that I had to pass. This was good and bad as I always had something to try to catch, but I also had to do a lot of maneuvering through both bicycle and vehicular traffic for the entire race.

Around mile 53 I hit a nasty pothole while trying to avoid slow cyclists and passing cars. I heard a very loud crack and looked down, glad to see my computer hitting the ground behind me. I was terrified it wasn't something that would end my race, such as my fork or a wheel.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe take it slightly easier to conserve some strength for the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s

I had the cleanest dismount of the season today, as well. I did a good job of getting off my bike and getting through the transition.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 35m 54s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 19s  min/mile

For how I felt, I was happy with the way I pushed myself through the later miles of the race. My first few miles were at a good pace, but the middle half of the race was particularly slow.
What would you do differently?:

For what I had in me, I did well. This is not at all the runner I want to be, however. I know I can be much faster than this because I have been there before. This gives me a good focus for the off-season.
Post race
Warm down:

My legs were pretty toasted by the end of this race, so I didn't want to do any additional running, but did stretch for about 15 minutes almost as soon as I could.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Simply my (lack of) swimming and running ability. I have a lot of work to so in both disciplines over the coming months.

Overall, considering the fact that I felt terrible in the water and that I have poor running fitness going into the race, I pushed as hard as I could and still managed to PR thanks to a strong bike leg.

Event comments:

This was my first experience with a race of this scale and I was not disappointed. There are not enough good things I can say about this race in terms of its organization and preparation. Awesome race.

Last updated: 2007-12-28 12:00 AM
00:34:14 | 2112 yards | 01m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 13/29
Overall: 277/1503
Performance: Below average
Suit: Zoot Z2
Course: A point-to-point clockwise rectangular swim in Lake Winnipesaukee. The water was not as cold as I expected, and was remarkably clean. There was a slight chop, but nothing very bad.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:53
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
02:27:39 | 56 miles | 22.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/29
Overall: 29/1503
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: A challenging one-loop course. There were a few tough climbs, but the majority of the ride was rather flat and fast.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 100
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:35:54 | 13.1 miles | 07m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/29
Overall: 87/1503
Performance: Average
Course: A tough, two-loop course. There were a few tough hills, but nothing too detrimental.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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

2008-08-19 9:08 AM

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Subject: Timberman - Half Iron

2008-08-19 4:39 PM
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Subject: RE: Timberman - Half Iron
Great race! Congrats.
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