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Buffalo Springs Lake Ironman 70.3 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Lubbock, Texas
United States
Buffalo Springs Lake Ironman 70.3
84F / 29C
Total Time = 6h 06m 3s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 66/105
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:15, sipped on water, sugar-free Red Bull and ate a plain bagel with peanut butter and honey. Got to the race site at 4:30 and got body marked and set up transition. It was very cool and windy. Made a couple pit stops at the porta-cans, sipped on some Gatorade G2 and at 6:00 had a clif bar to top off nutrition.
Event warmup:

Got wet suit on at about 6:15 and went for a short swim - roughly 100 meters out and 100 meters back. Felt good, nerves were fairly calm.
  • 40m 13s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 05s / 100 meters

The traffic on the swim course was very heavy. Large AG wave and caught the two previous waves as well as the fast swimmers from the wave behind mixed in. I felt like I was swimming much better than the time reports. The traffic definitely slowed my pace.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe start more towards the front/middle of the pack... not sure, my training times were so much better than this swim, so I am just kinda at a loss... Race conditions are SOOOO much different than training!
Transition 1
  • 01m 49s

I had a great T1... because of the ROUGH pavement of TA, I chose to put my bike shoes on and run with the barefoot running! Secondly, the hill coming right out of had to be in your shoes for that sucker!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really!
  • 3h 06m 18s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.04 mile/hr

I have never been passed by so many fast women on bicycles in all my life! I totally mean that as a compliment! I felt I was riding above my expectations for this course... I had slacked on my bike training, and the hills ~ they were brutal (6-7mph going up / 37mph coming down). I did nothing to prepare for that! Started to fell hungry on the bike ~ and that is a big No-No! I think that lead to a poor run and the nausea that came on. I felt like I had to pee the whole time I was on the bike... I even attempted to relieve myself and it was a no go! Stage fright I guess...
What would you do differently?:

Watch my time and take on nutrition accordingly! Waited too long to eat/nibble on the clif bar. One GU & 1 clif wasn't enough for the what followed! I have to get my mind right about nutrition!
Transition 2
  • 02m 57s

Good T2... except that I had to make a pit stop at the porta can to pee on the way out... that's why T2 is slower than T1.
What would you do differently?:

Pee on the bike I guess.
  • 2h 14m 45s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 17s  min/mile

The worst run of my running/triathlon endeavors! I have never experienced nausea on a run before. I started out feeling pretty strong... first mile 7:32 pace, second mile 8:03 pace, third mile 8:23 pace... and then the nausea set in... walked the steep hill at mile 3 - 4 and tried running again at the top...followed closely by more nausea! This was the patteren that would plague the rest of the run. I never actually puked, but it felt like it could go at any time. Miles 6 - 9, took on water only, with fruit (bits of bananas & oranges) the stomach was feeling a little better, but the legs were really starting to feel the difficulty of the course. I did not take on any GU and very little Gatorade...for fear of pushing my stomach over the edge!
What would you do differently?:

Better nutrition on the bike I guess! HTFU maybe, I really don't know!
Post race
Warm down:

Wallow in my run misery and stretch a little. Cool wet towel on neck and took on some more nutrition... watermelon, oranges and bagel pieces.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The big hills sapped my legs, NOT ENOUGH TRAINING!!! Poor nutrition.

Event comments:

A tough frickin' course for a flatlander.

Last updated: 2008-12-28 12:00 AM
00:40:13 | 1931 meters | 02m 05s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/105
Overall: 421/
Performance: Average
Avg HR 161
Suit: Zoot Zenith
Course: Small orange course bouys and spread too far apart. Start was wide and narrowed quickly at the first buoy (this buoy was in place to keep swimmers from running along the beach like previous years.)
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:49
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:06:18 | 56 miles | 18.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/105
Overall: 524/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: 8 HILLS (not rollers ~ steep hills!) Headiwnd! Rough roads! and some light rain! Well marked, well supprted ~ kudos to the BSLT volunteers!
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 85
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 02:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:14:45 | 13.1 miles | 10m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/105
Overall: 551/
Performance: Bad
Avg hr 149 / Max hr 161
Course: 2 big, steep hills! The rest wasn't bad.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-06-30 9:48 AM

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Subject: Buffalo Springs Lake Ironman 70.3

2009-06-30 9:59 AM
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Newport Beach
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Sounds like there was plenty of pain to go around - Way to push through and finish the race.
2009-06-30 10:07 AM
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Way to rock it out in tough conditions!  Sorry your run was so difficult - way to keep on going!

You were on my mind during my swim Sunday morning - my RR may put a smile on your face Smile

2009-06-30 10:07 AM
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Good race Justin, way to push through the run. I know that feeling oh to well and it's not easy to keep going but you did it.  Congrats!
2009-06-30 10:21 AM
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Houston, TX
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Way to push through on the run!  Great race Justin!  Buffalo Springs 1/2 is no small feat and you finished! 
2009-06-30 10:38 AM
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Right before I checked out of the hotel Monday, I signed us up for next year!

I know how bad you were hurting out there on the run.  Great job pushing through!  Great time the entire weekend.

2009-06-30 11:25 AM
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Great job Justin! Your run sounded like a real tough one.... glad you were able to push through the pain. I was thinking about you and John while I was watching Keri at the Y Sprint.
2009-06-30 11:35 AM
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Elizabethtown, KY
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Hey, for your training not being where you wanted it to be, this was a solid effort on what sounds like a brutal course. 

And for the record, I'm jealous of the swim time that you're not happy with.

2009-07-01 8:03 AM
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Amazing results.  I don't now how you maintained especially on that final run.  I am soooooo impressed and your race is inspiring. 
2009-07-01 9:27 PM
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Great job, Justin. You did it
2009-07-08 3:00 PM
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Katy, TX (West of Houston)
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Nice race Justin, great job sticking it out. I know that feeling, and it is not fun. Overcoming it is NOT easy. I am impressed!

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