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Black Bear Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Lehighton, Pennsylvania
United States
CGI
60F / 16C
Sunny
Total Time = 8h 36m 49s
Overall Rank = 387/389
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and got ready. Ate a bagel w/peanut butter. Drank some coffee. Headed over to the park, major traffic. Managed to get transition set up just in time for the area to be closed. Went over to the beach, ate banana, used potty, took some immodium. All morning had fought the fear of the race, but kept telling myself I was not going to let the fear stop me. The hurried pace at the race site was helpful because I did not have time to think about it much. sweet.
Event warmup:

Put on wetsuit, and hit the water to acclimate... they had said the day before that the temp was 68. liars. the water was so cold that whenever I put my face in it, it took my breath away... so I was glad I had some time in the water. Felt good.
Swim
  • 42m 25s
  • 1900 meters
  • 02m 14s / 100 meters
Comments:

Despite having acclimated to the water, the temps farther out were even colder I think. It was still hard to catch my breath. But once I got in the groove, I felt pretty good. I would catch some people's feet for some drafting here and there, but couldn't ever hold them. I just focused on staying smooth and continue moving forward... just like 2goggs said. The breeze/chop picked up near the end of the first long stretch. Wasn't a huge problem though. After the second right, I took a snoutful of water... almost yakked. Kept it down, and kept on moving. So I bet that was at least 30 seconds I lost...
I had estimated the swim to take me 45 minutes and I finished in 42+, which was within what I thought was reasonable... I had thought it would be nice to get closer to 40, but I am pleased.
What would you do differently?:

Not nearly puke. Get better in cold water. Continue to work on technique... I still have some work to do.
Transition 1
  • 03m 27s
Comments:

I was not in any hurry, but I wasn't about to dally either. I didn't want to forget something as I went. I didn't make any major mistakes. I was very deliberate.
What would you do differently?:

well, go faster, but I was just wanted to make sure I had everything I needed.
Bike
  • 4h 35m 2s
  • 56 miles
  • 12.22 mile/hr
Comments:

So... I was put at ease the day before the race by driving the course and knowing that the hills were doable. I am not fast, but I knew I could complete the course within my estimate... averaging 12 mph (4:37:xx total bike time). My first loop I climbed and rode well... I finished 27 miles in almost 2 hours exactly. About mile 20 my back started getting tight, but I was able to work through it... At mile 27 I ate what was almost my last nutrition for the day.

I have been dealing with GI issues for which I am scheduled for some tests this week. My stomach has been hurting whenever I eat, but it has never bothered me during training. well today it did. I ate half of a clif bar on the bike. I wanted some solid food in my belly just for a change from the gels/sports drink. And I trained for that, with no adverse problems.

At about mile 35 though my stomach started hurting. About mile 48 I forced down some Carb Boom chews with water... and used the diluted sports drink for other nutrition on the bike. My second loop came in at about 2.5 hours, I could feel myself struggling without the adequate nutrition. But the thought of eating was making me nauseous.

Also... at the second bottle exchange, I got off the bike for a short moment to stretch my back out. that helped a lot. I probably should have done that the first time around.

On the first loop I don't remember where exactly, I was coming down a hill with a hard left turn... we had been warned by signage, and I slowed down. I went around the bend... cocked my head to the side to thank the volunteers, and drifted into some landscaping river rock on the side of the road. I kept the bike upright (phew!) but my chain popped off and lodged in my front derailleur. I worked it out and got moving... but sheesh... talk about heart stopping.
What would you do differently?:

Get my stomach issues worked out... ride more to gain more strength, endurance and speed.
Transition 2
  • 03m 42s
Comments:

Despite the stomach pain, I came into T2 pretty well. I got things switched over, grabbed three gels, the water bottle off my bike and my Garmin and took off... still being deliberate though, I probably could have gone faster, but I didn't want to forget something crucial.
What would you do differently?:

dunno... go fast I suppose, but I was on schedule essentially and didn't want to forget anything.
Run
  • 3h 12m 15s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 41s  min/mile
Comments:

So here is where the stomach stuff caught up with me. While the stomach discomfort was manageable on the bike, when I started running, the bouncing up and down of the stomach made it almost unbearable.

When I left transition I sucked down a gel, and my legs felt decent. My stomach wasn't all that happy to have a gel, but I didn't give it any choice.

I was not at all prepared for the run to be this kind of trail... the trail wound through the park, so I had anticipated something like crushed limestone... but no. This course was uneven, rocky path... very dusty... portions were very barren with no shade at all, especially over the dam... and the wind really picked up here on the dam, blowing dust all around.

My first loop was a little slower than I had anticipated, but that was ok... At mile 5 I tried to take another gel... no such luck. I squeezed most of it in... swallowed some...rinsed whatever was left out. I ran the last 8.1 miles on water alone. I tried some coke at one point, but that didn't help... they had heed on the course, but I just couldn't bring myself to drink it... my stomach was totally unhappy with me. After I started the second loop, I tossed my Garmin to my wife and told her I didn't want to see that anymore... it was repulsing me. ugh. The pace on there was downright depressing, so I just ran without it.

I knew I was near the cutoff times... When I crossed the mat to begin the second loop I fully expected someone to stop me... but there was no one there. So I kept moving forward. I walked (a lot), I ran (some). I don't really know what I was going on... my stomach hurt. Part of me wanted to throw up to see if it made me feel any better. The thought of quitting kept coming over me... I just kept moving.

After I passed mile 11, another woman and I heard on a race official's radio that we had 25 minutes to finish. I stopped walking and kept running. With a little over one mile to go I could hear the announcer at the finish line saying that the last runner was out on the course and he would be expected to finish in about 10-15 minutes. I knew it was going to happen then. That last runner was me. I rounded one of the last bends and saw three others in front me. I knew I was almost there. As I approached the last bend before reaching the finish chute, I heard the announcer say, "If you can hear my voice, don't think of this as the golden hour, but the golden five minutes!" That last distance through the cones into the finishing chute they said was 300 yards... it felt like forever... I had nothing... no adrenaline surge. No emotion. I focused on that "Finish" banner and kept telling myself, "you can run to there... you can run to there." I wasn't thinking about finishing... I just thought about getting to that point.
What would you do differently?:

Not have these stomach issues...

Run on some real trails... wasn't ready for that.

Deal with sun/heat more... there were very little shady areas and a lot of full-on sun...
Post race
Warm down:

I crossed the finish line and nearly fell into my wife's arms. I sat down... they threw ice in bags for me... I put some on my back... I tried to drink something. I couldn't eat anything. As I sat there I cried for a moment as I realized what I had done.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I was at the bare minimum of training for this race... I had lost the entire month of February to pneumonia and my youngest son's illness and two hospital stays. I lost most of Holy Week and Easter. I had pastoral situations where I had to go there instead of train.

Of course the stomach pain... I am hoping that I get some answers this week at my tests...



Event comments:

Well-run race... the whole race was delayed 15 minutes because of traffic trying to get into the park. So all in all, organized but late... no one was complaining though...

The volunteers there were great. It seemed lots of folks in the surrounding communities were there helping out... Great volunteers.

I can't really say that I would do this race again, but it is totally worth doing! A good, challenging race that is run well.




Last updated: 2009-01-24 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:42:25 | 1900 meters | 02m 14s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/389
Performance: Average
Suit: Neosport Sprint -- Full
Course: The course was a J-shaped course with the swim start a short distance from the swim exit. So a long straight swim, turn right for a short distance, and then another right turn for a moderate distance to the swim exit. The lake was really nice... clean and clear.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:27
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
04:35:02 | 56 miles | 12.22 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 397/389
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: two-loops over a fairly hilly course. Lots of people characterized it as brutal, but coming from WV, it was typical fare... challenging yes. Brutal? mmm... probably not.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 03:42
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
03:12:15 | 13.1 miles | 14m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 385/389
Performance: Below average
Course: 2-loop trail run over grass, dirt, vehicle access trail and a very small section of concrete/asphalt.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-06-01 1:15 PM

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2009-06-01 1:30 PM
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Wow, Epic race, Preach!! But you finished!!!!

2009-06-01 1:31 PM
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Awesome
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Awesome

Great job, B!
2009-06-01 1:34 PM
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Great job finishing! It would have been so easy for you to throw in the towel in February, when your son was in the hospital, during Holy Week, but no. You continued on. i am so proud of you.

i hope the tests this week will give you some answers.
2009-06-01 1:39 PM
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Congratulations, B!!  Way to stick with it and finish.  There were a lot of times you could have given up.  I was so happy to see the note that you finished yesterday. 

I hope they can give you some answers on your stomach.
2009-06-01 1:46 PM
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Way to go Brian!


2009-06-01 1:58 PM
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Wow!  Way to stick with it and FINISH!  Congrats!
2009-06-01 2:01 PM
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Congrats!  You finished, you didn't give in to that negative voice in your head.  From now on, you can tell that nagging voice to shove it and push on through. 

2009-06-01 2:40 PM
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2009-06-01 2:44 PM
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Nice job finishing on a tough course! Not many people can say they've done a HIM...
2009-06-01 3:42 PM
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Awesome race B!  That's one heck of an accomplishment.  I hope to join you in the HIM club in 10 weeks.


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Sprint_DA - 2009-06-01 4:42 PM Awesome race B!  That's one heck of an accomplishment.  I hope to join you in the HIM club in 10 weeks.

You'll do great Dan!

2009-06-02 8:14 AM
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Bro, I'm totally proud of you.  I knew you could do it.  And think about it, it wasn't the course that got the better of you, it is your stomach and in reality, you got the better of your stomach.  Mind over matter my friend. 

I hope you can find out what is going on. 

Again, I'm so totally stoked for you.  great job.  You showed true courage and determination. 

2009-06-02 9:13 AM
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Awesome job Preach!!!  way to "gut" it out!!!  We are all proud of you here!!!  Great Job again man!!!!

2009-06-02 11:54 AM
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GUTS!  you got em!

Oh and when I lifted you up by name in our prayer time you got a slight chuckle from one of my members who also does triathlons and an audible "Nice" from one of my sweet little old ladies who sit down front. 

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2009-06-02 8:13 PM
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Great job out there!! That was a heck of a race to gut out with minimal training but you got it done. You are an inspiration for all of us.
Way to go.


2009-06-03 12:43 PM
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olliedawg - 2009-06-01 2:01 PM Congrats!  You finished, you didn't give in to that negative voice in your head.  From now on, you can tell that nagging voice to shove it and push on through. 

That was the devil inside.  That pesky critter tried to give doubt to our Preach.  But, Preach had something/one better on his side!

GREAT JOB!!!!

2009-06-04 1:05 PM
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Black Bear is a tough course; to do it as your first half is impressive!

Not knowing any of your history, have you tried different sports nutrition? I seem to have a lot of GI issues with Hammer products, but Gu stays down fine. Its hard to find a product that you can endure through that many hours of racing, but I would suggest exploring other options (if you haven't already).

2009-06-04 11:15 PM
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gymnutt03 - 2009-06-04 2:05 PM

Black Bear is a tough course; to do it as your first half is impressive!

Not knowing any of your history, have you tried different sports nutrition? I seem to have a lot of GI issues with Hammer products, but Gu stays down fine. Its hard to find a product that you can endure through that many hours of racing, but I would suggest exploring other options (if you haven't already).

No nutrition has given me a problem... my stomach pain is something actually wrong with my gut.  I had an ultrasound and upper g.i. series (think, barium and x-rays) scheduled for this week before the race ever happened.  I am awaiting the outcome of the tests now. 

I was using a variety of gels/chews/etc.  Never had an issue with anything before. 

2009-06-11 4:30 PM
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My favorite line in the whole race report:  "So I kept moving forward." 

Fantastic job Brother B! 
2009-06-11 5:16 PM
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Great job for hanging in there and finishing!


2009-06-12 2:11 PM
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Way to go, especially on limited training! I have heard this is a hard HIM.
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