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Soma Half Iron Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
The Red Rock Company
Total Time = 5h 25m 29s
Overall Rank = 198/490
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 37/95
Pre-race routine:

Veggie sausage, banana yogurt and coffee to help with the Pre-race evacuation. Got to TTL with what I though was plenty of time to spare...although Tanya didn't seem terribly impressed with my 5:30 arrival time. She did let me borrow her headlamp which I really appreciate, cause I couldn't see crap.
Event warmup:

None. I don't warm up or stretch.
  • 45m 10s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 08s / 100 yards

The swim start was a bit of a cluster. They didn't let our wave into the water with enough time to even make it to the start line, much less with enough time to pee myself, get my watch set, etc. I tried to pee while swimming but I've never been much of a multi-tasker. Other that that the swim went fine. I veered way off course to the north because by goggles were completely fogged and the sun was in my eyes, had to make a hard right to make it over to the southern turn-around buoy.
What would you do differently?:

I think I could push harder on the swim, I wasn't really tired. Also need to remember the anti-fog stuff for my goggles.
Transition 1
  • 03m 47s

I learned my lesson and looked for the largest wetsuit stripper team I could find. Those guys ripped my suit off instantly. Put on my stylish white kit, applied extra sunscreen and headed out.
What would you do differently?:

I will learn to start with my shoes already on the bike.
  • 2h 39m
  • 56 miles
  • 21.14 mile/hr

I was happy with the course, courtesy of the pointy hats and general stay-rightedness of the mountain-bike newbies. I did this race last year and I think having the 1/2 first helped with congestion. Also the slight course change didn't seem like a big deal. All in all I had low expectations for the course and it exceeded my expectations.

My main goal for the ride was to practice and experiment with nutrition. I drank only water(3 bottles) and ate only power gels (3). I think I will stick with this strategy for IMAZ mixing in a few endurolytes as the heat and my stomach dictate. I really worked on my bike peeing skills which still suck. I was able to work out one weak stream on the downhill before the 2nd aid station, but I've still got some major stage fright issues to work through.
Transition 2
  • 03m 47s

Pulled my feet out of the shoes while still riding. I didn't do a flying dismount, but still this saved a few seconds and I'm happy with that. My feet are still to weak to not wear socks, so I put those on and completed my sun-fearing outfit with the foreign legion hat.
What would you do differently?:

Learn the flying dismount and toughen my feet so I don't need socks.
  • 1h 53m 41s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 41s  min/mile

I was very happy with this run. I felt good right out of T2, my legs weren't heavy like usual. The advantage to being a better at running than I am at biking or swimming is that I pass a lot of people on the run which helps keep the motivation going. Came across quite a few BTers on the run which was really cool having people you know to share a quick word of encouragement.

I took 3 advil at the first aid station. Took gatorade and water at every aid station until the last 4 miles when I switched to Coke and water at all but the last aid station.

I hit the slip and slide as hard and fast as I could. I only made it about 1/2 way, then had to crawl the rest of the way. Won't be doing that again, but it was fun to do once.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training and I should have pushed harder on the swim.

Event comments:

This race was a 50 minute improvement over my time last year and a PR at this distance by 40 minutes. Needless to say I'm very happy with my improvement.

Last updated: 2007-11-09 12:00 AM
00:45:10 | 2112 yards | 02m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 62/95
Overall: 0/490
Performance: Average
Course: A rectangular single loop in partially filtered sewage water.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:47
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:39:0-2 | 56 miles | 21.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 41/95
Overall: 0/490
Performance: Average
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:47
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:53:41 | 13.1 miles | 08m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 27/95
Overall: 0/490
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

2008-10-28 12:18 AM

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Flagstaff, AZ
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2008-10-28 8:07 AM
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Big Bear City, California
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Great job out there. You did awesome. Bummer that I didn't see you on the out and back, I must have just missed you.

You are going to rock IMAZ.
2008-10-28 8:53 AM
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Goodyear, AZ
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Awesome race- that is a HUGE PR for you! Well done! This was great experience for the big one next month- you are going to do great and I look forward to cheering you on. Sorry I didnt see you at all on the course this time, thats the bad thing about such a big race.

Well done


2008-10-28 9:43 AM
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Chandler, AZ
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Dave, you are ready! I am envious of your white hat. It rocks.
2008-10-28 10:08 AM
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Surprise, Arizona
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Great race, Dave, both improving over last year and a PR.  It was great to meet you on the run.  You were speedy!
2008-10-28 10:53 AM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Great race, you're looking strong for IMAZ revenge!

2008-10-28 11:13 AM
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Wisteria Lane
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You looked so strong when I saw you running!!  Great job out there!!  I can't wait to cheer for you at IMAZ!
2008-10-28 12:18 PM
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Somewhere over there in Az
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You rock the course this year. What an improvement form last year. Thanks for talking with me on the or or the run. Not sure had alot of people pass me on both

Great Job
2008-10-28 4:32 PM
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Flagstaff and Phoenix, AZ
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You had a fantastic race! I hate people like you passing me on the run...

Spit into your goggles next time! 

2008-10-28 4:59 PM
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WOW! That is insane improvement Dave!! Way to go!! Sound like everything came together for you!!!  And I think you are too tall and skinny for the slip n slide!!  When you're a short little butterball like me you go sailing right to the end! Hahaha!
2008-10-29 8:43 AM
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the desert
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Great improvement and an awesome race! 

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