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Muncie Endurathon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Muncie, Indiana
United States
Muncie Endurathon
Total Time = 4h 52m 5s
Overall Rank = 73/700
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 11/44
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. No, wait, that's a Beatles tune. Starfish and coffee, no, Prince tune. Ok, bananas and bagels, yep. Mornings are the worst part about triathlons, so I try to stuff them into Oscar's garbage can while a certain jazzy someone plays Big Bird and chatters about excitedly. harumph.
Event warmup:

Used my sweet-peach new stretch where you put one foot flat on the floor and the other on the 4th or 5th step of a staircase and push forward until there are tears...and then push some more. Great bike muscles stretch.
  • 38m 34s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

Swimming is for the birds. It's not like I haven't put in the time going open water swimming and doing the pool laps, so why can't this leg of the tri just get easier? Is there something seriously screwed up with me that I don't like being punched in the head, swam across, and having my feet constantly grabbed and pulled backward?

The chop was high, my wave (again) extremely crowded with the 25-34 year olds in one clusterfock of a combined wave start, and for the first 700 yards, I could find nary an armful of water without a body thrashing and a mouthful of water down my throat. I nearly threw in the proverbial towel and the baby and maybe kitchen sinks too. Sucks to your ass mar swim!

After you get out of the water, it's a long run uphill to transition before you hit the timing mat, so in all fairness, my swim time should've been 1:30 less, but whatever, so should everyone else's.
What would you do differently?:

Jump on a jetski and plow through the sumbeetches.
Transition 1
  • 01m 54s

Why exactly they took the signs off the ends of the bike racks showing the range of bib numbers on that rack is a question for the easter bunny, because at this point we were on a hunt for the bike.
  • 2h 32m 17s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.06 mile/hr

Hey look, a bike ride -- something I can do! As prescribed, it was a flat course. Wide open and flat, perfect for the steady 15-25mph winds that brought in the ensuing storm, which hit with dread force the last 16 miles of the ride. I'll map it out quickly here: 15 miles of bliss and heaven on some smooth, completely closed roads. Then 15 miles of headwind on great roads, followed by 10 miles of crosswind with gusts, finished off with torrential downpours, thunder and lightning, and darkness. I did manage to spot the sunglasses I bought Alaina for her birthday a few years ago lying on the ground in the middle of the road. Even considered stopping to get them, finishing the bike, and then taking a nap in the car but realized how weak that was.

Saw Alaina coming the other way about halfway through and gave her a wave. She looked fast and happy as hell, which was pretty cool. I knew she was still in it for the win, for I only saw 2 other girls ahead of her, and the run is truly her strength.
What would you do differently?:

Not miss my long bike ride training days, but it was unavoidable.
Transition 2
  • 01m 44s
  • 1h 37m 38s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 27s  min/mile

The run was the highlight of the race for me. Until the run, I was about as happy as my 2nd pet, Gimpy, the one-clawed, tail-less crayfish I stole from the neighborhood creek when I was 9, who lived unhappily in my algae covered fishtank for 2 days before finally giving up the ghost to the ill-fed tetra fish who picked his body apart for the next week to my endless interest.

After Kansas' run disappointment, plus this bike ride that I didn't quite nail, and a swim that lingered like week old sushi, I knew I had to throw down for the run or end up with a worse HIM than my first. I used the Garmin a ton to gauge my speed, toughening up whenever I slipped into 7:45+ and shutting down the brain. The rolling hills weren't too big, but consistent.

This is the first run where my IT had no issues, my knees felt great, and I never had any problems with my peroneal tendon. Muscle fatigue is the best pain I've ever felt because it doesn't feel like someone's taking a chisel and hammer to the knee, or foot, or whatever. The only thing limiting you is you. Great stuff.

Saw Alaina coming back the other way at my mile 6 with 2 motorcycle escorts and I told her "you're number ONE!!!!" High fives were had to the roar of nobody who lined the course, but, you know, there could've been...
What would you do differently?:

More core work for next race. Form weakened around mile 8.
Post race
Warm down:

Considered the med tent. Considered the lobster. Considered going to bed.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My own training suckage from Kansas to this race.

Event comments:

Great mid-sized race that's well organized and I'd say well supported because there were still people out there cheering when the sky spewed the nastiness on everyone.

Last updated: 2009-04-19 12:00 AM
00:38:34 | 2112 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 0/700
Performance: Bad
Suit: Full Blue 70 Energie
Course: Triangularizationated
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: High
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Time: 01:54
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:32:17 | 56 miles | 22.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 0/700
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Flat out and back with some extra turns in there.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 96
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:44
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:37:38 | 13.1 miles | 07m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 0/700
Performance: Good
Course: Out-n-back on some rolling country roads
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2009-07-13 10:30 PM

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Ann Arbor, MI
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2009-07-14 7:24 AM
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Ann Arbor, MI
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That was the FUNNIEST race report.Ever.

And, you are an incredible athlete. Since you didn't mention it, this is your second half-ironman, ever, and your first was only 4 weeks ago. You are such a natural, it's just sickening.

2009-07-14 8:58 AM
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Heh, yeah, if it helps, I'm also sickened by your natural ability.  Moreso than your description of the crayfish getting picked apart.  Great race!!
2009-07-14 10:32 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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So awesome!
I can't believe this is only your second HIM! Woot!
2009-07-14 10:59 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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I wept for Gimpy.  I felt the tension and the angst of it all.  You know that a Tetra is much like a Pitbull - bred for meanness.  Provoke the little bastage and they get all up in the face of its "enemy", getting agitated and irritated, making you think that its "all that".  Flippin' things have no regards for its own kind, too.  Oh, wait.  That's a Beta, not a Tetra.  My bad.

So, where was I?  Think, think, think.  I know that I'm in a race report.  Ryan's race report.  Not some other person's that I don't know.  I wouldn't know why I was in the other person's race report.  It wouldn't make sense.  Since, I wouldn't know them.  Ya know?

Side-tracked again.  Sorry.

Well, what I REALLY wanted to say was, DUDE!  AWESOME!!  You fly!

2009-07-14 11:05 AM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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great report and congrats on the PR!

2009-07-14 11:28 AM
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Fantastic race and report!  Now go do some yoga and relax.
2009-07-14 11:35 AM
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Boston, MA
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nicely done Ryan, that was a great race and 2nd HIM ever! I better get my together before Austin because you are going to be racing dangerously close to me
2009-07-14 12:00 PM
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Way to get all Gump on the run.  I'm sure those buggers down in Muncie are still rubbing the soreness that The Glove smacked down on them.
2009-07-14 2:20 PM
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Nice job kickin some Ryan!  I think Im going to hire you to write my race reports.  Awesome!  Maybe barter... a workbench for race reports... k?

2009-07-14 5:39 PM
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Wellington, North Island
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This race report was hilarious. Congrats on the PR! What an awesome finish for only your second HIM.

2009-07-16 9:16 AM
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I see I'm not the only Ryan Race Report fan! 

As usual, you are THE BOMB!  Seriously, you got it goin' on kid! 

I'm such a lucky old fart to be able to say "Hey...yeah, I train( loop at ILRA counts!) with Yeats...he's cool...for a whippersnapper!"

Congrats Whippersnapper!
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