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Beach 2 Battleship - Triathlon

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
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Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = DNF/
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:00 a.m. Had a bagel sandwich, coffee, and juice. My hotel was running shuttles to the transition area for swim/bike. I got on the second van and got to the area by about 5:10. I made a mistake by wearing flip-flops without any socks and my feet got really cold walking around on the wet grass at T1. I got body marked and headed immediately to the city trolley bus that was gong to take us to the actual swim start on the island. The bus was nicely heated, and I got a bit warmer.
Event warmup:

The bus/trolley took us to the southern end of the island and dropped us off. My feet started getting cold again and I put on my wetsuit and wrapped my jeans around them to warm them up. My friend Randy showed up shortly thereafter and discovered he had forgotten his chip. (uhoh)
We eventually moved to the beach and discovered just exactly how cold the sand can get.
  • 1h 02m
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 28s / 100 yards
Transition 1
  • 12m

I took my time getting through T1. I knew it was going to be a long day. I wore a long-sleeved jersey and kept my shorts on. It was still in the low 50's temperature wise, and was a little chilly.
  • 6h 15m
  • 112 miles
  • 17.92 mile/hr
Transition 2
  • 06m 33s

My legs were a bit twitchy getting off the bike, and I knew that the run was going to be really tough, but I also knew I had plenty of time to finish, and planned on walking a lot. My transition went well, and I was out on the road in a reasonable time.
  • 00m
  • 16.28 miles
  •  min/mile

This is where the wheels fell off. My first 7 miles went pretty much according to plan. I walked most of the first mile, and got my legs back under me, then I started a 2/1 run/walk strategy for the next six miles. At mile 7 the balls of both my feet started to burn a bit and I had to walk more than run. I walked to the waterstop at mile 9 and sat down to look at what was going on with my feet. Both of them had blisters about the size of a silver dollar on the bottom of them, and the on the left foot, the blister was starting to work its way around to the big toe side.
I could not run any more, and started walking. I figured that I would get back to the transition area, check in with the medical folks, get my feet taped up and head back out on the course. Little did I know how things would play out.
I got to the transition finally after a very painful walk. the worst part was the metal grate of the drawbridge we had to cross, it's covered with little metal nubbins that are there for traction, but they made it feel like I was walking on a bed of hot nails. A volunteer handed me my special needs bag, and I put on my long-sleeved shirt and headed over to the med tent. I got taken to the triage section by a very kind young lady who turned out to be a air ambulance nurse in real life. The folks there got my shoes off and were preparing to look at my feet to see what they could do for them.
The next thing I knew I was being loaded onto a stretcher.
I passed out.
The put me on Oxygen and rau two bags of IV solution through me. I managed to call my wife on a borrowed cell phone and she arrived shortly thereafter. Time passes strangely in situations like that. I thought I had not been laying there for more than 30 min. or so, but it turns out that I was in the med tent for a couple of hours. I was finally able to drink three bottles of water, and eat some gummy bears that my wife brought me, and they sent me on my way.
What would you do differently?:

Not pass out.
Post race
Event comments:

I said going into this race that I was going to be OK with whatever happened, and that included taking a dnf, and I actually am OK with the way things played out. This is not what I was expecting, but c'est la vie, que sera, sera. Here's a nsaty picture of my foot the morning after. Today is two days post race, and I can walk on it with not too much pain.

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Last updated: 2008-06-09 12:00 AM
01:02:00 | 4224 yards | 01m 28s / 100yards
Age Group: 33/
Overall: 0/
Suit: Irnoman instince
Course: I had a bit of trouble at first sticking my face in the cold water, and swam head-up for a few yards before I could do it, but I got over that soon enough and settled into a good pace. It is a point to point swim that follows the channel in the sound on the west side of the island, then takes a left turn into the yacht club. The current was pretty strong, and I got to the turn (marked by a giant orange wiggly man) much faster than I ever thought possible. My last Half-Iron swim was about 40 minutes, and this was way, way faster than that. It was an awesome swim.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 12:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
06:15:00 | 112 miles | 17.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 35/
Overall: 0/
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 06:33
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:00:00 | 16.28 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2008-11-03 9:20 AM

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2008-11-03 10:43 AM
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Brother, you are one tough dude. That looks pretty foul. I know you were in plenty of pain but you still made it to the tent to get your feet taped up and get ready to go another lap. Say what you want, you got a couple of parts that are Iron in my book.
2008-11-03 11:29 AM
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Wow..scary to pass out like that unexpectedly. Luckily, there are plenty of other races. Glad you're OK.
2008-11-03 11:54 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: Beach 2 Battleship
Your payback is gonna be sweet..You'll be back.
2008-11-03 1:08 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: RE: Beach 2 Battleship

That sounds really scary.  Do they have any idea why you passed out?  Glad you are ok. 

The blister is pretty nasty.  

2008-11-03 1:20 PM
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Hate to hear that.....the most important thing is that you toed the start line.  There are many things we can not controll out on the race course, injuries being one of the most important.

Keep you spirts high and the next time around you will own the race.

Good luck on recovery and in the future.

2008-11-03 3:04 PM
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Thanks guys
2008-11-03 4:18 PM
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Tough break dude! ...and yea the bridge sucked.

2008-11-03 5:43 PM
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Kinston, NC
Subject: RE: Beach 2 Battleship
so sorry to hear about your race.  I guess that is one of the things we all have to take into consideration and I admire your approach to it.  I'm sure you will bounce back and be ready to go again soon.  Glad the foot is doing better.
2008-11-03 6:09 PM
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Randleman, NC
Subject: RE: Beach 2 Battleship
Man, sorry to hear about that! I also HATED the bridges but on the 2nd lap even the rough pavement around the lake was tough. Glad to hear things are getting better and hang in there! You WILL get this!
2008-11-03 6:14 PM
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Cary, NC
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Sorry to hear about your misfortune during the race.  You will be back with a vengeance.

2008-11-03 7:50 PM
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Chapel Hill, NC
Subject: RE: Beach 2 Battleship
Wow, that was a surprise ending to your race report. Passing out when they were checking your blisters - obviously something much more serious was wrong than the blisters, so maybe they were a blessing in disguise. Sorry about your disappointment. You'll get 'em next time around!
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