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Victoria, British Columbia
15C / 59F
Total Time = 4h 40m 34s
Overall Rank = 44/461
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 8/36
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early, had my usual race day meal, packed up the car and headed out to the race with my friend who was swimming in a relay.
Event warmup:

Quick swim just to get the arms going. Felt surprisingly good after being sick for the past week and a half.
  • 25m 50s
  • 1900 meters
  • 01m 22s / 100 meters

This swim was awesome. I had no clue how fast I had gone until I saw the results at the end of the race, but I knew I had been close to the front as I came out with some guys I am normally behind. My sighting was perfect, and I was in a good group for drafting, so no complaints here whatsoever. Absolutely bar none the best swim I have ever had in any race.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, this was pretty much perfect.
Transition 1
  • 02m 11s

Ho hum T1, a little slow as it usually seems to be, but I like to ride with socks so I take more time putting them on then I should. Have to work on this. Still, this was faster than Shawnigan, so no real worries.
What would you do differently?:

Just work on getting into a faster routine.
  • 2h 35m 26s
  • 87 kms
  • 33.58 km/hr

I knew right away I didn't have a lot of power in my legs, but I tried to keep the pace up as much as I could. The first lap went by OK, I was on pace for a 2:30 split, but I died off a bit about halfway through the second lap as I just didn;t have my usual ability to push the pace on the bike. It was pretty frustrating as I was watching people go by me and I was unable to go with them. Oh well, that's what being sick does for you. Looking forward to the next race to see if I can make up for it.
What would you do differently?:

Can't really say here. Mostly irt was just lingering sickness from the last week and a half, I just didn't have that extra gear.
Transition 2
  • 00m 52s

Very easy, felt like I was out running right away. No problems.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Anytime under a minute is good.
  • 1h 36m 16s
  • 20 kms
  • 04m 49s  min/km

Not bad, not good, the first lap was decent, I was holding 4:30's and was happy about that as I wanted to hold that then pick up the pace in the second lap, but I couldn't push any harder and I fell off the pace big time. Ended up walking the aid stations on the second lap, and then just at the end I had a guy pull up next to me who went to pass me with 100 meters to go, but I managed to kick it up a notch and just held him off in a sprint finish. After I found out he was in a relay...The bastard!!!
What would you do differently?:

I need to work on some longer steady paced runs in training. No questions there, this needs to become a bit of a focus in the next few weeks.
Post race
Warm down:

Jumped in the lake for 15 mins to ice the legs, had a protein shake and went home for a nap.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being sick as badly as I have been for the past week and a half didn't help. On Thursday I had been thinking I wasn't even going to do kthe race, but I like this venue too much to not participate, and in the end, I set a new 1/2 iron PB by 11 minutes so it was a good decision. I hope I can lower that even more at Vancouver in three weeks.

Event comments:

Always a good race, lifesport has done well in taking this one over.

Last updated: 2009-06-23 12:00 AM
00:25:50 | 1900 meters | 01m 22s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/36
Overall: 24/461
Performance: Good
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:11
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:35:26 | 87 kms | 33.58 km/hr
Age Group: 9/36
Overall: 45/461
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:52
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:36:16 | 20 kms | 04m 49s  min/km
Age Group: 8/36
Overall: 86/461
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-06-23 7:49 PM

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Subject: New Balance 1/2 Ironman

2009-06-25 10:01 AM
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Subject: RE: New Balance 1/2 Ironman
Wow! What an AWESOME swim, Mike. All that hard work sure has paid off. And your bike and run were solid, even if they weren't what you wanted.

Great job!
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