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Oceanside, California
United States
Ironman North America
65FF / 0C
Total Time = 5h 10m 1s
Overall Rank = 383/~2100
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 85/450
Pre-race routine:

Up at 2:50AM, light breakfast, pack up the car, shower, fuel up and head down to Oceanside.
Event warmup:

Very little - no warm up swims allowed at Ironman California. Stretch as best I could, relax.
  • 37m 43s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

Nice swim course until you round the outermost buoy for the return and wham! Facefull of sun, impossible to sight coming back, so I was depending on the navigation skills of the hundreds of people in front of and around me. All in all a decent swim. My pace was off quite a bit from training, but I still came out MOP.
What would you do differently?:

Not quite sure - I was using dark tinted goggles and still couldn't see any buoys on the return.
Transition 1
  • 04m 18s

Pretty good transition. Took my time deciding whether to throw on an Under Armor cold gear due to the ambient temps. Made sure I wasn't forgetting anything. Probably could have cut a minute or so here.
What would you do differently?:

See above.
  • 2h 37m 39s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.31 mile/hr

Pretty good bike segment. Probably should have saved a little in the tank for "the" hill at around mile 28, but still fairly good. They were policing drafting pretty heavily, which was nice to see. Some people need to learn that just because they are Dave Zabriskie in their own mind doesn't mean they are. I spent a lot of time braking, waiting for people hanging out in the left side to clear the way...especially on the hills on the back side. Pendleton really does make for a fabulous HIM bike course, with a nice mix of topography and some great vistas.
What would you do differently?:

Go a little harder on the rollers, but then again, I wanted to conserve some fuel for my legs/the run, so probably a good decision to cut the throttle a little on the up side of some of the rollers.
Transition 2
  • 02m 43s

Good transition
  • 1h 47m 38s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 13s  min/mile

Not a bad run for me, considering the amount of run base I have coming in to this. The sand section was not a lot of fun and I ended up with copious quantities of grit in my shoes, which contributed to the extensive blistering of the arches of both of my feet. Got a side stitch on my first 2 miles that really put the brakes on pushing it. Slowly subsided when I back off a little and had a drink of water. Oceanside has GREAT aid stations and fan support - definitely a plus when you're out there pounding the pavement.
What would you do differently?:

Body glide the insoles of my flats and possibly wear socks.
Post race
Warm down:

Pizza, cookies and cola. Lots of all of em!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Side stitch on the run and serious blistering of the feet. I didn't realize how much I'd chewed my feet up until it was over and I looked at the inner side of my shoes and could see bloodstains! Funny how pain takes a back seat at an Ironman race....:)

Event comments:

Ironman branded races are definitely a notch above your average triathlon. For the most part it was everything I expected. A little disappointed that they had next to no finisher merchandise at the finish line Ironman store. They really cheaped out on the goodie bags for this race as well - not even a gel in the bag. Issues with the start cannon and no posted results in the athlete post-race area. I'm hoping it was just because it was one of the first races of the year.

On a side note, I found out I missed a Clearwater slot by about two and a half minutes (via rolldown of course)!! My goal for this race was 5 hours and I went 5:10:01...just wish I had hurried a little more in T1, hammered a little harder on the swim and given a little extra on the run before my feet disintegrated! No worries though, I'm certainly not gonna beat myself up over a 5:10:01 on my first attempt at 70.3 racing (and only 8 months of doing triathlons of any kind). I really do enjoy this distance race.

Last updated: 2008-09-16 12:00 AM
00:37:43 | 2112 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 192/450
Overall: 1080/~2100
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vector Pro X2
Course: L-shaped out and back starting at the boat jetty in Oceanside harbor
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 59F / 15C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:18
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:37:39 | 56 miles | 21.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 65/450
Overall: 329/~2100
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: 56 mile loop around Camp Pendleton Marine base.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:43
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:47:38 | 13.1 miles | 08m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 85/450
Overall: 383/~2100
Performance: Average
Course: Two loop out and back course. Real nasty 1/4 mile section of sand which wasn't the highlight of my day. Some very mild uphills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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

2009-04-05 12:47 AM

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Wrong Beach, CA
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2009-04-05 10:36 AM
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San Diego, CA
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Awesome race! I agree, the bike course was beautiful and great for HIM. Well done for your first 70.3, you rocked it!

2009-04-05 3:19 PM
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Good race report. Sounds like you hit the nail on the head for a first HIM. Good Job!
2009-04-05 5:08 PM
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Nice job!
2009-04-05 6:51 PM
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Great race!
2009-04-05 8:28 PM
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Melon Presser
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Congratulations, Wolf! You were speedy fast and AWESOME ... and way to go for making it through some tough issues on the run!

2009-04-06 4:20 PM
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Las Vegas, NV
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Congratulatoins on a very well done race, and awesome time for your first. I can only wish to go that fast.

Great job, and keep it up. Can't wait to see your time on a flat course. WOW!!
2009-04-10 3:00 PM
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San Francisco
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John, that's an impressive race for your first.  You were pretty solid all around and definitely a triathlete!
2009-04-12 2:10 PM
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Sunny Southern Cal
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So I read your race report and feel like a total slacker.   Up at 2:50 AM?  You're NUTZ.  Bloodstains in your running shoes, and you didn't notice?  5:10?  Holy cow man, you are an animal !!!  Way to nail a race.
2009-04-14 12:13 AM
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Wrong Beach, CA
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LMFAO!!  No, you're not a slacker, its me that has the problem.  I'm just the TEXTbook OCD freak that gets sucked into this sport.  My mother thinks I have an eating disorder and wants me to "gain some weight", hehehe.    She doesn't appreciate that when you're burning as many calories as some of us in an average training week, you'd have to eat every waking moment to gain any weight.  I'm already dreading the jabs when the folks see me for the first time in over two years when I finally make a trip back to Nova Scotia next month.  

I probably could have gotten up at 4:30AM and still been fine, but I have just a *little* excitement issue the night before a race...=)

Trust me, I felt the pain in my feet, I just didn't realize that they were actually bleeding until afterwards.  I'm a little peeved at the 5:10.  I had more in me and should have laid it down on the swim and bike, especially if I'd known how jacked my feet were gonna be on the run anyways.  I was out for a 20 mile recovery ride the next morning and was able to jump out of bed no problem - I like to be crippled the day after the race - that way I know I didn't hold anything back.  I also learned an important lesson about rolldowns...I had a Clearwater slot (found out a couple of days later that they rolled down all the way to a 5:27 finisher) and I wasn't there to claim it because I didn't think there was any hope at all.  I won't be making that mistake at Boise...and I hope to need a wheelchair to get around the morning after that one, lol. 

Thanks for the props though...makes me feel that I'm at least doing some things right, this early in my triathlon journey!    Have a great season...

Edited by TheWolf 2009-04-14 12:14 AM
2009-10-21 6:41 PM
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Wow. Just read your race report and you did awesome for you 1st HIM! My goal is a HIM next year. Keep it going.

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