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Delaware Diamondman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Bear, Delaware
United States
Piranha Sports
77.9F / 26C
Total Time = 5h 23m 44s
Overall Rank = 68/283
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 13/25
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:45, ate my usual whole wheat bagel w/ PB&J, banana, water, and coffee. Got to the site at around 5:30, found humor in all the miner's lamps on people's heads, and picked up my race package. Set up in transition as E.D.attempted to sleep in the car. Then, the not so fun stuff began. 8 port-a-johns for 500 or so people is a recipe for disaster. Line was long, moved slow. 7:13 I was still online and my wave was scheduled to start at 7:15. Good times. I guess word made it to the swim start (about .5 miles away) that people were still on the bathroom line. I basically said to myself that if they start w/o me, so be it. Can't worry at this point.
Event warmup:

None at all... no time.
  • 38m 59s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 51s / 100 yards

So I sprinted to the start and I think I was the last person in the water. A nice lady helped me zip up, and I dove in. Brought 2 pairs of goggles as I have had some problems w/ leaking in the past (apparently my face changes shapes from race to race and the goggles don't fit... seriously). #1 pair leaked, went with the backups which don't leak but fog up immediately. get out to the start which I'd guess was at least 50M offshore (no idea why) and the lifeguard is like "Go Go Go!". I took a quick :30 seconds to relax, then began to swim. Swim was rough, lots of kicks to the face, gnashing arms, and I think 1 headbutt. Not to mention I had to rinse my goggles twice b/c I couldnt see a thing. Sun was bad coming back to shore as well.

All that said, I felt great in the water, and considering the .4mi run back to the transition and my :30 sec pause at the start, my actual swim time must have been closer to 34 mins. Good speed for me, but overall I am at the point where I no longer fear the water at all!
What would you do differently?:

1) Get to the water earlier, warm up
2) def need new goggles
3) actually look at the course so I know what buoys to swim to
Transition 1
  • 02m 45s

Not a great transition, if it were a shorter race I'd be completely pissed. But for a HIM, what's an extra 30 seconds?
What would you do differently?:

get better an ripping off the wetsuit
  • 2h 45m 3s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.36 mile/hr

Got on the bike and immediately had a gel w/ 1 shot of caffeine. My goal was to keep my heart around 135-145 BPM, but that seemed to go out the window pretty fast, as I felt strong even with the higher heart rate. The Hanna winds were pretty strong, especially on the uphill going up the backside of the bridge. Also, the jaw-like joints in the bridge concrete had me fearing a flat each time (didn't stop me from hitting 40 MPH on the downhill though). The volunteers and police seemed less than helpful on the turns, but I knew the general course and had an idea of where I was going.

Stuck with my nutrition plan of 1 gel every 30 mins, and 1/3 bottle of Accelerade ever 45 (love that stuff). Popped 1 Nuun in my water at the beginning.

Overall, great ride, faster than I thought I could maintain for 56 miles. Stayed aero 90% of the time, and flushed out my legs for the last 5 miles helping the run transition.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, lil bit of chaffing but that's it. Got passed a lot (which I hate), but biked faster then I planned.
Transition 2
  • 02m 35s

Good transition, but had to use the lil boys room and lost at least :45. Whatever.
  • 1h 54m 22s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 44s  min/mile

Here my goal HR was 155. So much for that. My goal time was 1:50 (8:24 pace) and after my 1st 5K, I thought I could keep an 8:00/ pace the whole way. That changed around mile 8 where I really started to slow down. Left knee was swelling up and getting really stiff. After 15k, I had to walk through the water stations, and drink more, as the heat was getting to me (it was maybe 12:20PM and 80-something degrees). Got a nice pick me up as I was walking up a hill from a fellow racer, and the cheering crowd at the entrance to the park helped. Tried to pick up the pace for the last mile, but my legs cramped basically all over. So, cruised to the finish - 1st HIM in the books.
What would you do differently?:

Run with a parasol for shade...
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat, bad race organization, and every other thing that is beyond my control (ha!).

Event comments:

The course was good, and the race was fun. However, for a 1st HIM, I wanted a little more out of it. I am not into race swag at all, but the t-shirt, finisher's dog tag, post race food, were just plain lame. Nothing even said HIM? Not that important, but whatever, I wanted a lil love.

I would be very weary of doing another Piranha event in the future due to the lack of organization and foresight. From the race director originally cutting the bike from 56 to 39 miles because of bridge work (luckily he was able to magically pull it off by simply having a few turn arounds), to the lack of bathrooms, and overall disorganized feeling, I didn't like it. Also, the environmentalist in me really didnt like that the water bottle "exchange" was just a place where they gave you a disposable Poland spring bottle. I was expecting an actual exchange, where they give you a full, re-usable bottle at the beginning, and you exchange it on the bike. Oh well.

Last updated: 2008-09-09 12:00 AM
00:38:59 | 2112 yards | 01m 51s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 122/283
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes please.
Course: Simple triangle type.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:45
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:45:03 | 56 miles | 20.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 73/283
Performance: Good
11.4 mi - 20.8 MPH - 152 BPM 11.0 mi - 21.5 MPH - 150 BPM 11.7 mi - 19.4 MPH - 152 BPM 10.4 mi - 20.4 MPH - 158 BPM 10.3 mi - 17.7 MPH - 154 BPM
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: 3 turnarounds due to road work. Up over a large bridge 3 times. If it had been a straight out and back I think i would have liked it.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:35
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:54:22 | 13.1 miles | 08m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 72/283
Performance: Good
5K - 8:00/mi - 165 BPM 10k - 8:27/mi - 167 BPM 15k - 8:52/mi - 168 BPM 20k - 9:17/mi - 168 BPM
Course: Out and back along the C&D Canal. Boring, no shade, and a refreshing breeze. Few short steeps hills which were not so fun.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2008-09-09 3:43 PM

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