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Ironman Kansas 70.3 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Lawrence, Kansas
United States
Total Time = 7h 14m 16s
Overall Rank = 1350/1451
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 214/231
Pre-race routine:

Got up early and set up both transistion areas.
Event warmup:

Got wetsuit on and hung out with family while first waves went out. Made my way to my wave as the nerves started.
  • 47m 16s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

Started at the back and right of my wave. Was very worried with such a large group, announced at 280. Cannon went off. Put my face in the water and it took my breath away. Swam for about 100 yards with my head out of the water. Saw one swimmer in trouble with the boat coming to get him. After about 100 yards finally found my stroke. Moved to the inside of the bouys. Started to take it one bouy at a time. Made the first turn and rounded nicely. About half way down the back had a couple of huge belches and farts and really felt a lot better. Felt like I was cruising nicely for me on the backstretch. Started to have a few cramps in the calfs on the way in. Exited the water to my roaring cheering section.
What would you do differently?:

More training.
Transition 1
  • 04m 40s

Felt like an OK transistion. Suit came off pretty good. Jersey and garmin on. Helmet, glasses and shoes on. My spot was near the center of transition. Seemed like a long run from my spot.
What would you do differently?:

Move faster. Put on jersey and number belt under wetsuit.
  • 3h 20m 6s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.79 mile/hr

Got on my bike and felt good surviving the swim. Got up to speed and worked on having a good ride. Decided to keep the candence in the low 80's and heart rate in the low 140's to save myself for the run. Felt good coming over the dam. On the second climb I dropped the chain and had to stop and put it back on. Lost a little time there. Stopped at the first aid station to pee. Rode a really comfortable ride. Legs felt good during the whole ride. Stopped at mile 25 to fix my race number which had come off of one side of my race belt. During the last 10 miles was accused of drafting by another rider who was passing both me and the woman in front of me. I wasn't intentionally drafting. I would just catch her on the downhills a little and she could pull away on the flat's and uphills. After the accusation I stayed behing her for the rest of the race out of principal. Felt like I had a great ride and could have pushed it harder.
What would you do differently?:

More training and new bike, otherwise happy with the ride for the training level I was at.
Transition 2
  • 02m 32s

Space was squeezed by two other bikes who got there first. Otherwise transition went good.
What would you do differently?:

Be faster so that I have more space around me.
  • 2h 59m 42s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 43s  min/mile

This is where the wheels came off. Came out of transition feeling great. Headed out to begin and my legs just didn't want to go. Thought this would be temporary but it wasn't. Legs just felt like they didn't have any energy at all. Ended up doing the walk/run routine. Talked with some really nice people in the same boat I was in. Did promise myself to not quit and to keep moving forward. Ran the last half mile and was great to hear Mike Reily call my name.
What would you do differently?:

More training.
Post race
Warm down:

Talked with family and friends and took pictures.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Sitting here four days post race I feel better about the race than I did on Sunday. I see that under training reared it's ugly head. I was really bummed out by my run on Sunday. I thought I could have done much better.

I sit here ready to rededicate myself to training. I am needing to really focus on training and make it more of a priority. I also need to lose some much needed weight. Would love to be down 20-30 pounds by this time next year.

I really want to thank my family, friends and all here who have supported me. It was a great adventure I have taken from complete couch potatoe to finishing a half ironman. I now look forward to becoming a competitor instead of just a participant.

Last updated: 2009-01-20 12:00 AM
00:47:16 | 2112 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 202/231
Overall: 1285/1451
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Full
Course: Rectangle out and back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:40
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
03:20:06 | 56 miles | 16.79 mile/hr
Age Group: 206/231
Overall: 1297/1451
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Several out and back sections.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:59:42 | 13.1 miles | 13m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 226/231
Overall: 1448/1451
Performance: Bad
Course: Several out and backs with two loops through campsites X 2.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 5

2009-06-18 3:43 PM

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Beatrice, Nebraska
Subject: Ironman Kansas 70.3

2009-06-18 7:48 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Kansas 70.3
Congratulations....raising kids and training is quite a challenge.  

I hope to race next years Ironman in Lawrence...but I have a long way to go!!!! 
2009-06-18 9:26 PM
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Colorado Springs
Subject: RE: Ironman Kansas 70.3

Congrats on the finish! You know you can push through the pain now and you'll only get faster from here on out. I honestly think that success in Long Course triathlon is as much about focus as it is fitness. Great race! I hope to run into ya again at future races.

2009-06-18 10:37 PM
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Beatrice NE.
Subject: RE: Ironman Kansas 70.3

Nice job Jeff.  Way to push hard and knock it out.  Congrats on your first HIM.

2009-06-19 12:03 AM
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Congrats on the job you did do.  After reading your 'Event Comments', I was really inspired.  Thanks man.
2009-06-20 9:17 AM
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Husker Nation
Subject: RE: Ironman Kansas 70.3
Great race! Glad you didn't let the post-race blues get to ya too bad. Just enough to kick you in the a** and get you back out there training! This half-ironman stuff ain't no joke Hopefully I can get my dang foot healed up and come back down there for another ride with you & the gang.

Nice job, for real. You're a (half) Ironman!

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