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South Carolina Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Ninety Six, South Carolina
United States
Set-up.inc
Sunny
Total Time = 5h 50m 20s
Overall Rank = 306/567
Age Group = Clydesdales
Age Group Rank = 7/22
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:00 and took a shower. Ate two uncrustables and had one bottle of Frappuccino. Drove to the race site and set up Transition. Had time to mingle with the rest of the NAMC crew.
Event warmup:

Walked from Transition to the swim start.
Swim
  • 37m 59s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 48s / 100 yards
Comments:

My orders on the swim were to stay at Ironman pace. I felt comfortable throughout the swim and at the end I felt like I could have swam back to the start without difficulty. Sighting was pretty good but I wasn't very good at drafting. I received my wetsuit in time for the race but I didn't have a chance to try it out so I went without. My right goggle leaked for most of the race. Last year's time was 51:12
What would you do differently?:

Try to make sure that my googles don't leak.
Transition 1
  • 02m 57s
Comments:

I felt like I took a very long time in transition, especially considering that I didn't have a wetsuit to take off. I always find it hard to put on a shirt and socks when I am wet but I don't have a tri top that fits. I also spent some time trying to find the gel that I was planning to take before I got on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. My transitions are slow but I expect them to be pretty slow in FL too.
Bike
  • 2h 52m 49s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.44 mile/hr
Comments:

I started off in a little trouble because I had only one water bottle filled at the start. The water in the hotel was nasty and I was sure that I could find water when I got to transition so I didn't stop on the way to pick some up. There was no water to be had anywhere near transition so I was looking at going without for the first 15 miles on the bike. Fortunately Amy had extra water and gave me a bottle.

I was supposed to try to keep my HR in check and to ride at IM pace. I went out too fast for the first 10 miles or so, got control of myself for the next 40 miles, and kind of hammered the last 6 miles in. My nutrition was alright though I missed one gel shot at the 2 hour mark. Hydration was off the whole ride.

I found myself getting pretty annoyed at the groups that were clearly drafting. One group would pass me with less than a foot between their bikes. Then, when the marshalls would come by, they would break up and I would pass them back. Then they would do their thing again. When results were posted it made me happy to see that at least 3 of them got drafting penalties. Last year's time was 3:33:47.
What would you do differently?:

Have three bottles prepared. Hydrate. Ignore all other riders.
Transition 2
  • 01m 32s
Comments:

Had a long run/hobble in bike shoes. I got a little flustered with Courtney standing there with a camera.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I'm fine with this time in a Half.
Run
  • 2h 15m 6s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 19s  min/mile
Comments:

Last year I was beat before I even started the run and dreaded having to go out there. This year I was in much better shape. I thought that I might be able to run the whole way and maybe even hold off Nora of the Go Go Girls. I was able to do neither but I did set a half marathon PR. It was nice to see the club members on the run. The club tent was rocking as always and some comedians in the club even made up a poster saying that I was fast. Like last year, when I came in for the finish the folks in the club went nuts. About 50 feet past the tent a woman said "You certainly have a lot of friends". Yep.

During the whole run I really concentrated on my form and on hydrating. I knew I was behind getting off the bike so I took water and gatorade at every stop. Last year's time was 2:51:30.
What would you do differently?:

Eat a little more. Try not to go out too fast (first mile was 9:27)
Post race
Warm down:

Walked over to the club tent. Tried to subtly hint that I would be happy if someone would get me some food. I was too subtle. Got some food myself and then cheered for the rest of the club and the get-fit folks.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not much. I could have hydrated better on the bike and eaten more on the run but I cut 1:32 off my time from last year and that 'aint bad.

Event comments:

I really like this race. The course is nice and there are a ton of volunteers. I especially like the fact that there are a ton of water stops on the run course. For a guy who is perpetually under-hydrated that's a good thing.

The NAMC crew was great as usual!




Last updated: 2008-08-04 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:37:59 | 2112 yards | 01m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/22
Overall: 263/567
Performance: Good
Suit: None
Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 02:57
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
02:52:49 | 56 miles | 19.44 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/22
Overall: 266/567
Performance: Good
Wind:
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 01:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:15:06 | 13.1 miles | 10m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/22
Overall: 353/567
Performance: Good
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
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

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2008-09-28 8:03 PM

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2008-09-28 8:13 PM
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Good race......sound like you improved over last year.  I never realized a HIM was so hard.
2008-09-29 6:40 AM
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Great job Bunny! Way to stay on plan and execute. Great race.
2008-09-29 6:52 AM
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Way to go, Felix!
2008-09-29 6:53 AM
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Great Improvement! 

You are on the right path for IMFL.

2008-09-29 7:00 AM
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Great race! Looks like you are ready for Florida!


2008-09-29 7:47 AM
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Congrats! I'm glad you had such an outstanding race. You've definitely worked hard and I'm glad it all came together on race day. I know you've still got to focus on the next few weeks of IM training, but take a day or two (at least) to enjoy the accomplishment.
2008-09-29 9:00 AM
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WOW - this was just a "long training day" AND you crushed your time from last year? Amazing job, you have made so much progress this year - it's extremely impressive!!
2008-09-29 9:19 AM
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Great job...and what a big improvement!
2008-09-29 9:51 AM
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I am so proud of you   All of your hard work is really paying off.  And you even went to Masters the day after your race.  You are a STUD!
2008-09-29 10:02 AM
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Awesome job! Congrats on a great race and killer PR! Very impressive.


2008-09-29 10:26 AM
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This was just a training day!  Holy Cow!  You kicked a$$!  Way to go.  : )  It was fun to pass you out there.  Just seeing familiar faces made me feel better.
2008-09-29 1:02 PM
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Yeah...what ^^^^^^(everybody above) said...you rocked it!!  Fantastic improvement and you should be so proud of your effort - game day and leading up to it.  You're going to have a great IMFL!
2008-09-29 2:26 PM
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Congrats! I'm glad you had such an outstanding race. You've definitely worked hard and I'm glad it all came together on race day. I know you've still got to focus on the next few weeks of IM training, but take a day or two (at least) to enjoy the accomplishment.

What she said.
2008-09-29 2:30 PM
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You had a great race training day.  You looked very relaxed and as if you were just racing your race.  Way to bust 6 hours and set a PR.  It was fun seeing you out on the run course.
2008-09-29 11:03 PM
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I was driving back to Florida from Maryland and started seeing tri-bikes so I had to find out who was racing.  What an awesome improvement from last year.  I'll see you down at Panama City Beach in a month.


2008-09-30 6:01 AM
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Felix! Congrats on a huge PR. It was nice seeing you on the course even though I am sure my negative demeanor didn't reveal that. I'll be much more positive cheering for you from home when you do IM FL in Nov. I am a nicer, positive, happy person when I am not miserable and uncomfortable and in pain.
2008-09-30 8:06 AM
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Great job out there! and yes, Felix is Fast!

2008-09-30 9:20 AM
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Congrats Felix.  It is amazing how fast you have gotten this year.  You are primed for Florida!
2008-09-30 9:26 AM
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It's really great to see you progressing so much. I remember seeing you out running after one of the early season centuries, you were just coming off some time off, but you were still the only one out there running. That's the kind of dedication and determination everyone should take note of. When you kill IM FL, there will be no doubt as to why. Great Job, Great Race.
2008-09-30 9:13 PM
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Great job!  That should be a great confidence boost for IMLP!  A 92 minute improvement is huge.


2008-10-01 10:47 AM
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Great Job Felix. It is amazing how far you have come in the last couple of years. I think you deserve the most improved athelete again for the second year in a row.
2008-10-06 2:32 PM
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Mearly doing the distance is impressive.  Crushing last years time by so much is beyond impressive.  Your committment is really paying off and should lead to good things at IMFL.

Great Job!!

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