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Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon - Half Iron Distance - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Tupper Lake, New York
United States
Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon
Total Time = 6h 51m 57s
Overall Rank = 422/506
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 45/47
Pre-race routine:

Woke up 4:30, had some cereal, a bagel, water and a banana. Got packed and got to the race site at 6 am. (it had been raining all morning, but stopped around 6:15) Got setup and ready with plenty of time to relax and get ready.
Event warmup:

None, just walking around getting ready.
  • 40m 25s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

Keep swimming into and over people for the first 15 minutes. So I ended up swimming way to far to the outside of the buoys, and keep veering off course. Even with those problems I still almost made my goal time of 40 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Need to practice sighting a lot more, and get more comfortable swimming in and around people. (Guess I am always afraid I will make hurt or bother someone by swimming into them)
Transition 1
  • 02m 39s

I was in no rush out of the water, was just happy that I did it in the time I did :-) All went smoothly, but nothing rushed.
What would you do differently?:

Move a little faster next time, and take in some nutrition before getting on the bike.
  • 3h 31m 41s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.87 mile/hr

The rain started not too long after I got on the bike, and it was a little heavy at times. All was going well until mile 42 when I got a flat. (my first flat EVER, and I have never changed one) Luckly I broke down to someone I knew and we both struggled to fix our flats. Someone from our tri group saw her, and stopped to help us, THANK GOD!! (he had his own flat earlier)

Got up and running then had another flat 5 miles after. With no extra tube or CO2 I just rode the last 6 miles on the flat tire.
What would you do differently?:


Transition 2
  • 03m 45s

Same as T1, and also took a quick bathroom stop.
What would you do differently?:

Same as T1, take in some nutrition before the run.
  • 2h 33m 29s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 43s  min/mile

My legs were shot from the bike. (think riding with the flat didn't help) I was really short of breath after running 5 minutes and my legs were already sore.

After 10 minutes my breathing leveled off, and got some gatorade, water and a banana at the first stop and my legs felt MUCH better. (just continued to do the same at ALL the water stops)

Even with everything I still meet my run goal. I actually matched the same 1/2 mary time I ran in January, WOW.
What would you do differently?:

Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition! I didn't fuel enough for this race, and I need to practice it A LOT more. I could really tell the difference every time I fueled up on the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Once I cooled down it looked like I rolled around in the sane, but I was actually covered in salt. Talked to family and friends and had some food from the BBQ. (best ever, bc I was STARVING)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nutrition, and little practice fixing a flat.

Event comments:

Worst thing was the start of the bike. They actually stopped people from starting so they could let the traffic go through. Didn't happen to me, but I would have been pissed if I had to wait out of T1.

Also I really didn't like the condition for the roads we road on. With the fast moving traffic we were forced to ride on the rough should at times.

Last updated: 2009-02-11 12:00 AM
00:40:25 | 2112 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 38/47
Overall: 309/506
Performance: Average
Course: One lap lake swim that got a little choppy when we got all the way out to the end.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:39
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:31:41 | 56 miles | 15.87 mile/hr
Age Group: 46/47
Overall: 445/506
Performance: Bad
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back ride on a somewhat busy road with some fast traffic. Starts of a little bit hilly, but levels off after that. The hilly part had rough roads.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:45
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:33:29 | 13.1 miles | 11m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 44/47
Overall: 424/506
Performance: Average
Course: A few medium hills in the first three miles that level off for the last 10. The course does not have much shade and has some sections on trails. Of course the rain had stopped, and the sun was out for the run.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 3

2009-06-29 4:09 PM

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Upstate NY
Subject: Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon - Half Iron Distance

2009-06-29 4:40 PM
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Austin, TX
Subject: RE: Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon - Half Iron Distance
WAY TO FINISH!!  Sounds like a lot of stuff was going on in that race.  Great swim time.  Never heard of stopping bikes for the traffic (who planned that one!).  Then two flats and the rain.  It too takes me about 10min on the run to get the breathing back to normal and get into a groove.  I am really impressed you have come so far in such a short time!  Makes me wonder if I should stop slowly building up to one and just go for it!
2009-06-29 5:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon - Half Iron Distance
Nice recovery to finish strong. I too got held up, by the time they let us go, 7-8 bikers had lined up ready to go. Of course clip in and start shifting and drop my chain, even more time lost. I approached some one on holding the bikes up and was told the town won't let them hold up traffic, they need to figure something out for sure. Lot of flat tires, wow.
2009-06-30 12:36 AM
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Bartlett, TN
Subject: RE: Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon - Half Iron Distance

AWESOME JOB! Two flats one race is crazy!  I cringe to think of changing a flat tire on a course, but great job pushing through it! I have since decided that next year I am stepping into the HIM, sounds like yours was alot of fun!

2009-06-30 9:47 AM
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Houston, TX
Subject: RE: Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon - Half Iron Distance
Way to keep going after two flats.  So glad to hear you were almost finished by the 2nd one.  Sounds like the race director needs to get more organized to me...stopping traffic, being pushed to the shoulder with speedy traffic passing by...that would be a nightmare for me.   You finished!  What an accomplishment!   
2009-07-01 6:05 AM
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Upstate NY
Subject: RE: Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon - Half Iron Distance
Thanks everyone :-)

Sooo sorry, I forgot to mention all of the good aspects of the race:
  1. Plenty of volunteers, who just seemed to love the race and supported you through the whole race.  Lots of smiling faces and people cheering on on the course! 
  2. The course was VERY well marked, there was never a question about where I was suppose to go.
  3. Everything started on time, and no long waits for packet/timing chip pickup.

Great race for my first HIM!!!


2009-07-01 12:47 PM
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Subject: RE: Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon - Half Iron Distance

Way to stick it out through the flats.  Kudos for riding on 6 miles on one!  Glad you were able to learn a lot from your first HIM.  Road conditions are a bear.  I haven't heard of too many races that have close to perfect roads.  Glad to hear you're geared up for August!  You're right about nutrition, it IS key. Would you like me to send you some snippets from my sports nutrition book about pre-race nutrition?

2009-07-05 5:14 AM
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Subject: RE: Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon - Half Iron Distance

Nice, what an accomplishment!  Nice job getting through everything, i can't believe you had 2 flats in one race!  How do you feel?

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