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Ironman World Championships 70.3 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Clearwater Beach, Florida
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
80F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 5h 23m 25s
Overall Rank = 1027/1800
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 161/202
Pre-race routine:

We (Courtney M and Kraig M) arrived on Thursday afternoon in Clearwater, checked in to our condo and went out for some lunch/dinner. Afterward we walked down to the expo area and checked out the beach. Clearwater is a beautiful town with amazing beaches. On Friday morning we went for a swim, the water was a bit brisk when you first got in, but after warming up was perfect. After registration we checked in our bikes and gear bags and went back to the condo to rest.
Event warmup:

Woke up at 4am and ate a bagel with Nutella and had a cup of coffee. Walked down to the Transition area and pumped up the tires and basically sat around until time for the swim. Since we had checked in our gear bags the day before, we really didn't have anything to do.
Swim
  • 33m 44s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 36s / 100 yards
Comments:

Who knew that the best part of my day would be over after the first 30 minutes? This is a swim PR for me, but it could have been even better. For some reason (and I don't know if it was something that I ate or a little stomach bug) I started to have stomach cramps around 1500 yds and I felt like I bonked a little (which isn't possible with the calories that I had taken in the night before and pre race). I felt that my pace slowed significantly that last 500 yds to shore.
What would you do differently?:

Find better feet, I found a good set at the beginning but he petered out about the turn. After that the feet were pretty few and far between. I also need to spend some serious time in the pool this winter. This was a swim PR, but I really felt that I could have been faster.
Transition 1
  • 03m 56s
Comments:

I wasn't sure how the bag transition would work for the 70.3 distance. For IM it is a slower and more deliberate transition to make sure that you don't forget anything you might need for the next 5-6 hours. For 70.3 it is about getting in and getting out. Surprisingly my T1 was only 20 seconds slower than the non bag transition at Gulf Coast.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Bike
  • 2h 37m 18s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.36 mile/hr
Comments:

Where to begin...I thought that my stomach cramps that I had on the swim would work themselves out on the bike. Unfortunately that was not the case since I felt bad the entire ride. Couple that with the fact that I haven't exactly been banging out the miles on the bike lately and well you can see the results. I haven't had a HIM bike split this slow in 3 years. After the first 10 miles I thought that I would be able to settle into a pace, but I couldn't find a comfortable gear to push. About mile 30 I was really ready to be off the bike, my rear end was hurting (I need a new saddle) and to add insult to injury my right knee was hurting also (thankfully this didn't affect my run).

My comment on drafting...there are A LOT of dirty cheaters that were at this race. It was ridiculous the blatant pelotons that were out on the course. One of them came whizzing by and I looked over and said "You're joking right?", it was unbelievable that they were being so obvious about it. The worst part was on the bridge going over to the St Pete/Clearwater airport a pack passed me like I was sitting still, RIGHT IN FRONT OF A DRAFT MARSHAL!!! I don't think any of them received penalties either since the penalty tent was pretty vacant when I got to T2.

Another note about the course, the Clearwater and surrounding area Police and Sheriffs departments did an outstanding job controlling traffic at the big intersections. That being said I had one car turn right in front of me (across a coned off lane), another car pull out of a 7-11 in front of me,a lady walked out in front of me at a crosswalk and stopped, and then the girl that I leapfrogged the last 20 miles of the bike almost gets in a head on with a jackass turning left out of the center (closed for bikes) lane. There were just too many access points to the highway in some areas.

What would you do differently?:

Probably not try to peak 3 times in a season, it was really hard to get motivated to ride the last 2 months. I knew that I was a little undercooked for this race, but I never expected to be this slow.
Transition 2
  • 05m 36s
Comments:

Remember that cramping that I mentioned earlier....this includes a lengthy visit to the port o potty.
Run
  • 2h 02m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 23s  min/mile
Comments:

I knew that realistically my shot at sub 5 was pretty much out the window by this point. Still my run fitness has been pretty good as of late so I wanted to give it a go. First mile was 7:05 and I felt pretty good, but by the time I hit Mile 2 I had slowed to 8 min/miles and then it was pretty much down hill from there. It got really hot on the run, but it wasn't Gulf Coast hot (for those of you who have done that race) and I really don't feel like it was a huge factor. The cramping returned so everytime I would get a good turn over going a side stitch would creep up and I would have to slow down. I didn't walk any of the run except the aid stations (yes Ron I know you are disappointed in me), so that was a little moral victory. After sub 5 went out the window I really didn't see the point in wrecking myself for the remainder of the run.
What would you do differently?:

Who knows? This run was a result of whatever was going on in my stomach and lack of bike fitness. I ran a 1:32 half marathon 2 weeks ago so I know that I was right where I wanted to be in that regard.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line with a friend of mine that I caught up too on the course. We receieved our finishers medals (which are really cool btw) and our finishers hat. Walked over to the area where our spectators were to cheer Courtney M to the finish line.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training or the lack of it to be more precise. This day was ripe for a PR weather and course wise, but I just didn't have the horses to take advantage of it. To be fair I expected a less than stellar result, but I suppose you can always hope for an unexpected result. 11 months of training 6 days per week is tough mentally and physically. I felt like my body was "played out" after Steelhead and I don't think that I ever really recovered from that. I am glad that I finished but I am a little disappointed in my showing at the World Championship, 5:23 is the slowest HIM that I have had in 3 years.

Event comments:

WTC puts on a first class event. Everything ran like clockwork and the athlete was catered to the entire weekend.




Last updated: 2008-08-16 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:33:44 | 2112 yards | 01m 36s / 100yards
Age Group: 123/202
Overall: 812/1800
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Sleevless
Course: Rectangular out and back with buoys every 100 yds.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:56
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
02:37:18 | 56 miles | 21.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/202
Overall: 0/1800
Performance: Bad
Wind: Little
Course: Winding course through Clearwater and Pinellas County. There was a LONG stretch on one road that I thought would never end.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 05:36
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:02:51 | 13.1 miles | 09m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/202
Overall: 0/1800
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 loop out and back across the Memorial Causeway and through downtown Clearwater.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
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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2008-11-10 2:27 PM

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2008-11-10 2:40 PM
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I enjoyed the RR, thanks for sharing. Great job having a clean race even with what sounds like blatant cheating going on all around you. Enjoy the off season!
2008-11-10 2:54 PM
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Nice RR, would you go back to compete in Clearwater?
2008-11-10 3:03 PM
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I know just what you mean about 11mos of 6days a week..I'm a little crispy at the moment myself.

Without a bug/cramps, you probably go sub-4:50 easily..I know you didn't have the day you wanted but I am sure you'll get it next time. Beside myself with jealousy you got to race at Clearwater..

Congrats on a full, intense, and successful '08 racing season.

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2008-11-10 3:12 PM
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Great job out there Brett, sorry you weren't feeling great. It was awesome to meet you!
2008-11-10 3:54 PM
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Sorry you didn't have the day you wanted to, Brett. But man...you made it to the world championships!


2008-11-10 4:54 PM
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That's a pretty killer time for everything you said was bothering you out there, great job Coach!!
2008-11-10 6:01 PM
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Good Job Brett. What an accomplishment to make it to the World Championship. Screw the drafters/cheaters - don't let em get you down

2008-11-10 6:58 PM
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Thanks for the race report.  It's interesting to hear about what goes on at these big races.
2008-11-10 7:41 PM
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very nice swim...that is a big take away from  the race.  3 peaks in one year is alot to ask from the body, even a prime one like yours.  Take a rest and crank it up again in 2009. 

2008-11-11 10:14 AM
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Seems like  yesterday we saw each other on the Steelhead course.  Sorry about the stomach issues.  Nice job out there despite what other racers were doing.  Congrats


2008-11-11 10:58 AM
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I know you weren't excited about the results, but just being able to do this race is pretty freakin awesome! Congratulations!!
2008-11-12 8:01 PM
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Hey, congrats on toughing it out. You have gained something, mentally, by knowing what it's like to be at a low in the race- I know, because I was there, too. Now, next year, it will only get you stronger!
2008-11-13 6:00 AM
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Congratulations... it an accomplishment just to start this race and you toughed it out to the finish.  Sorry it wasn't the race you hoped for, but it's still a success... and yippee for the swim PR!
2008-11-13 7:50 AM
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Sorry you didn't post the time you were looking for, but you manned up and still had a very strong race. Congrats on making to the world championships and a great "clean" race
2008-11-13 12:01 PM
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run4yrlif - 2008-11-10 4:54 PM Sorry you didn't have the day you wanted to, Brett. But man...you made it to the world championships!

Couldn't have said it better myself.  Congrats on a great season.


2008-11-13 12:52 PM
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Your time is a testiment to not giving up. After reading your race report I think you did a great job with the condition you were in mentally and physically. I could only imagine what 11 months of 6 day/week training would feel like.



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