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Pacific Crest Half Iron - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Sunriver, Oregon
United States
AA Sports
86F / 30C
Total Time = 7h 19m 22s
Overall Rank = 365/433
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 3/4
Event warmup:

None - other than getting into my wetsuit trying not to bake in the sun while waiting for the 30 minute delayed start to happen.
  • 49m 17s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 20s / 100 yards

Felt great! Going into this swim I was really freaked out because the water was only 1 degree warmer than CDA last year and I hadn't swam in my full sleeved wetsuit in almost a year. Once again it saved the day. I stayed pretty warm, caught a few good drafts between Buoy 1 & 2 and then again between 2 & 3 so I only swam 50% by myself. Decided pre-race to devote my swim singing to Michael Jackson so I sang my favorite songs of his in my head while I swam. Slowed down a few times to pee, otherwise I felt strong and came out of the water ready to ride!
What would you do differently?:

Spend more time swimming :)
Transition 1
  • 04m 45s

This race has a split transition so you have to pack all your swim gear into a bag before speeding off on your bike. That slowed me down just a minute or so since my wetsuit didn't want to get into the bag :)
What would you do differently?:

Not much!
  • 3h 32m 34s
  • 58 miles
  • 16.37 mile/hr

This bike course kicks ass!!!!!! It is absolutely the most beautiful, most challenging, most fun course I've ever done. You start your ride at 4200 ft so you've first got to deal with the altitude. Then you spend 27 miles traveling through beautiful pine forests, past 7 lakes and the Deschutes River. Simply spectacular scenery. 3 short climbs take you about 700 ft up over 3 miles before you get a short break to enjoy the beautiful fields and snow capped mountains around you. From there it was up to the entrance to Mt Bachelor which was at 6500 ft. 1500 ft of climbing over 3 miles. Brutal! That's all I can say - this was the hardest climb I've ever done. I was in my lowest gear and still just barely turning the pedals for what seemed like 20-30 minutes. The payoff?????

Once you get to the top you have 20 miles of downhill/flat and they aren't kidding when they say you can make up for lost time here. Going into the race my LMT (who's done the race before) told me to stay steady on the climb and then use my size to my advantage, push a big gear and just fly down those last 20 miles and that's exactly what I did.

It was like a roller-coaster ride. My top speed was 45 MPH, I never got out of my aerobars or touched the brakes (a first for me). It was AMAZING and super fun!!!!!!

Once I started the descent I could see that I was picking off people left and right so I made it my goal for those last 20 miles to do the attacking and not let anyone catch me. WOOO HOOOO!!!!! Wouldn't you know I made it to transition and dismounted right at 3:30. I was so excited! This bike course is 58 miles so not only did I go 2 extra miles, I climbed up a mountain and did it at altitude. Definitely the best bike ride ever!
What would you do differently?:

Continue to lean out so I have more power for the climbing. Otherwise nothing. I far exceeded my goal for this ride!
Transition 2
  • 05m 42s

Lots to do here! Besides getting all my bike gear off and getting my feet lubed up and new socks and running shoes on. I also had to re-apply sunscreen (a lot of good it did), Bodyglide myself and load my still cold Fuel Belt bottles into my Fuel Belt.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe I would move faster - otherwise I didn't want to forget anything and keep in mind I've not had to do my own transitions for a long course in a while so I had lots of little things to do myself:

Load Fuel Bottles into Fuel Belt
Body Glide Inner Arms and Thighs
  • 2h 47m 3s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 45s  min/mile

The run was a death march. As soon as I left transition and started running I had to walk. The heat and humidity was oppressive. The altitude was making it hard to breathe and I was like OMG this is massive sucktitude!

Took a few minutes to walk and gather myself and then started on my 3/1 intervals. Saw my husband and friend Scott before mile 1 and they were next to a guy with a bag of ice - WOO HOO!!!! Stuffed a handful down my sports bra and felt a bit better. The course is super spread out so there's not a lot of spectators and it's pretty desolate. I tried to stick to my run/walks as long as I could but anytime I'd get to an incline I'd just walk.

At about the 4 mile mark I was really starting to cook out there and like a mirage my friend Eric showed up on his mountain bike. He rode ahead of me and chatted with me for a bit about the swim and the bike, slowing down when I'd hit a walk break or get to an aid station. It was amazing - having some steady conversation helped distract me from the blast furnace I was running in. We talked to other racers as they passed me or I passed them (rarely!) and I ticked off the miles as we went from 5 to 6 to 7 and on and on. The course is pretty isolated as you get to the outer parts of the resort and I was so hot that after my bag of Mike & Ike's broke I just focused on moving forward and staying as cool as I possibly could. The sealant on the path was melting under my feet which was so not awesome!

Considering the altitude and the heat, I think I did awesome. It was my best 1/2 marathon in a 1/2 IM so far which is saying something since this one sucked :)
What would you do differently?:

Definitely not lose my bag of Mike & Ike's - otherwise, I was a bit light on long runs but I honestly don't think that affected me here. It really came down to the heat and the altitude and there's not a lot I can do about either of those things.
Post race
Warm down:

Got a cold towel and a bottle of water and walked around a bit. Took an ice bath and ate very salty spaghetti when I got home. Yum!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat and the altitude were both key. I can't do anything about either of those though so I was really pleased with the day :)

Event comments:

This was a fantastic race! Really well organized, tons of volunteers, breathtaking scenery and super challenging course. I will definitely be coming back :)

Last updated: 2008-12-30 12:00 AM
00:49:17 | 2112 yards | 02m 20s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/4
Overall: 411/433
Performance: Good
Suit: Blue Seventy Full Sleeved
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:45
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:32:34 | 58 miles | 16.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/4
Overall: 374/433
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: The first 27 miles of this course are rolling hills with a gradual uphill bias. Then there's a series of 3 shorter climbs over 3 miles with some flat to rolling hills before climbing nearly 4 miles up to the entrance of Mt. Bachelor (located at 6500ft). That's at mile 38 and from there it's literally all downhill for the next 20 miles to the finish.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:42
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:47:03 | 13.1 miles | 12m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 377/433
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat to rolling hills along the Sunriver Multi-use path.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-07-13 1:02 PM

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Portland, OR
Subject: Pacific Crest Half Iron

2009-07-18 1:38 PM
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Subject: RE: Pacific Crest Half Iron
Nice job on a super tough course!

You race smart and executed times passing all those folks on the bike on the last 20 miles.  PB on a HIM run is awesome given tough conditions.

As always you find the good in racing...congrats!

Looks like hardware too!
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