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Beach to Battleship HIM - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
60F / 16C
Sunny
Total Time = 5h 36m 49s
Overall Rank = 85/255
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 8/37
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:45, ate some toast with honey and left to meet Steve downtown. We left his truck downtown and headed to the beach. Not too happy about having to be there so early when we did not start till 8:30.
Event warmup:

Waited at the swim start for about an hour, I had plenty of layers on so I was not too cold.
Swim
  • 27m 29s
  • 2078 yards
  • 01m 19s / 100 yards
Comments:

Great swim, I've never been 1st in my AG on the swim. I knew I was having a good swim, it was nice to be in the first wave because you could tell where you were. I caught up to someone that was kicking like a madman and was able to draft for a while. When I got out of the water the lady said that I was 6th out of the water, so I knew that I had a good swim:)
Transition 1
  • 06m 16s
Comments:

T1 was interesting, I had a few clothing choices laid out, but the way it was set up if you wanted to use the changing tent, you had to go to your bike, grab your clothes and go back to the tent. I chose to change at my bike, I just pulled bike shorts on over my tri-shorts, a long sleeved cool max shirt and a light running jacket. I had put hand warmers in by riding booties and gloves before the start, I was glad I did, my feet and hands stayed warm.
What would you do differently?:

Riding up 421 on my HED 3's I was laughing about the fact that all of the clothes I was wearing certainly offset the aero advantage of the wheels:)
Bike
  • 2h 55m 25s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.15 mile/hr
Comments:

I was dissapointed in my bike. I have never left in the first wave of a race before, so out on the bike there may only have been 10 people in front of me, not for long! I felt like I got passed by everybody. By bike PR for a 1/2 at White Lake was 2:45, I really thought I would beat this no problem. I felt good, tried to keep a good cadence and my average speed was 19.3. I was bummed by the time I got back.
What would you do differently?:

Need to bike more or not do another 1/2.
Transition 2
  • 05m
Comments:

It was pretty neat having someone take your bike and rack it, it was a little confusing because you did not see the transition area prior to the race. Skipped the changing tent again, slid on shorts over my tri-shorts and changed into a short sleeve shirt. Stopped at the porta-pottie.
What would you do differently?:

I'm sure I could have been faster.
Run
  • 2h 02m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 19s  min/mile
Comments:

Meh!
I felt terrible on the run start, mentally and physically. I just was not into it, I walked alot till mile 7. My goal was to stay under 9 minute miles, I figured that keeping track of my splits would be a good mental excercise. That lasted about 4 miles. Had some flat Coke at mile 7 and that made a big difference, ran the rest of the way.
What would you do differently?:

I still don't think that I do my nutrition right on the longer races.
Post race
Warm down:

Felt horrible after the finish, when they put the medal on my neck I almost fell over. Dizzy and the gray vision thing again. I went and sat down, drank a Pepsi.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nutrition and the biking part, and maybe the running part too:)
Maybe I should just swim!

Event comments:

I PR'd for this distance, but considering how fast the swim was it should have been better. My wife was the volunteer coordinator for this race, she has been working on this race for the last year, and I thought it showed, the volunteers were great. I went over to the convention center and picked her up and we went back to cheer on our tri-club people that were doing the full. The last one came in at about 11:30 or so.
I think that this will be my last 1/2, I don't really enjoy training for the distance and mentally I just can't keep my head in the game for that long.




Last updated: 2008-10-22 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:27:29 | 2078 yards | 01m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/37
Overall: 21/255
Performance: Good
Suit: Blue Seventy full
Course: The swim was in Banks Channel, then cut across to Seapath Marina. With an extremely fast current!
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 06:16
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
02:55:25 | 56 miles | 19.15 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/37
Overall: 127/255
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: You left the beach, stayed on the MLK parkway all the way to 421, then up 421 for a while and back to the Battleship.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 05:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:02:00 | 13.1 miles | 09m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/37
Overall: 95/255
Performance: Below average
Course: One loop course, same as the Battleship 1/2 marathon course. Over the bridges into downtown, then to Greenfield Lake and back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
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] 4

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2008-11-03 10:47 AM

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2008-11-03 11:09 AM
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Great race, Nick! What an awesome day, huh?
2008-11-03 12:04 PM
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Nice Job.  We must have criss crossed right at the beginning of the run.

I know what you mean about the distance.  I am thinking the same thing about it being too taxing for my old mind and body.

2008-11-03 2:01 PM
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At least you know you can do it if you want to. BTW, you're faster at that distance than me in a sprint! I love Wilmington, so if I do a half or full someday, this will probably be the one.
2008-11-03 2:08 PM
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First in AG in the swim! Nice.

Please thank your spouse - The volunteers were awesome..

Congrats on your day.
2008-11-03 4:16 PM
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Awesome job on the #1 swim spit! I want to do that someday. You should be pleased with your race times, and give yourself a break since you just went thru a very stressful time in your life!

Kudos to your wife for taking on such a huge job!

Dizziness and vision problems does sound like you got low on blood sugar. Were you taking in any calories on the bike?


2008-11-03 5:26 PM
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That was a good race.  That swim is smoking and the bike is not shabby.  You're probably right about all the clothes   Judging by our times, I think I passed you going up the first bridge.  Did you make a comment to someone about breaking the speed limit?

 Tell your wife that the volunteers were awesome.  One of the best staffed races I have run.  I was particularly impressed with all the teenagers on the run course.  They were all enthusiastic and cheering everyone on.

Good race. Maybe at one of these we will eventually meet.

2008-11-03 6:50 PM
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congrats on a great finish, give yourself a couple weeks before you decide to rule out a future HIM! 

 

2008-11-04 7:06 AM
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Congratulations on the PR!  I know the race didn't go as well as you had hoped - but I think you did an awesome job!!   And congrats on the 1st place swim - that is fantastic!!

My sister volunteered at the race - she worked a water station!  So maybe she handed you some water!

 

 

2008-11-04 7:39 AM
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Wow!  Great swim!  All that practice really paid off.

Sorry you didn't enjoy the rest of the race as much.  I know what you mean about being in early swim waves;  I hate being passed on the bike.  I much prefer to be in a back wave and being the one doing the passing!  Why did they seed the 40+ men ahead of the under 40 men?  I thought that was odd.

Kudos to your wife!  The volunteers were awesome!

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