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Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
60sF / 0C
Total Time = 4h 54m 32s
Overall Rank = 317/1206
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 25/80
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:15 to start getting ready. Tried to get some toast with PB and Honey down the gullet. Didn't really want to eat and the stomach wasn't really having it, so I just got as much down as I could and the pup got a little as she wandered out of her crate as I was making it. Jumped in the car around 4 and started the journey down to Racine. Uneventfull drive down and arrived at the race site about 4:50. Took my stuff down to transition, got bodymarked, talked to Rosshole(which happened a bunch throughout the day, and got my area set up. Once I was about 80% set up in transition I wandered around looking for Schmize and the location of the Donkey Corral. Found them and got my canopy set up and chatted with the Weningers and the others that were in the vicinity. Headed back to transition and just wandered around as I was done way early as usual.
Event warmup:

Walk the 1.2 miles up to the swim start and jumped in for a couple of minutes to test the water and move the arms a little.
  • 26m 23s
  • 1900 yards
  • 01m 23s / 100 yards

Swim was short, but with the current as well. Watch said 25 minutes out of the water, so that is really moving. Would like to know how long the swim actually was as this is a guess. One of my goals for the race was to catch at least one person from the Elite/Pro waive that started 3 minutes ahead of me and by the end of the swim I caught at least 2, so that made me laugh.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 11s

Decent T1, took a minute to get the shoes on here as I didn't want to worry about the hill and getting into them, so I think if was a good idea.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 30m 4s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.39 mile/hr

Plan for the bike was to take the first 10-20 miles easier as practice for holding myself back at the beginning of MOOO. Got to a comfortable pace and then backed off a little. Hit 20 miles in right around 1 hour which suprised me as I didn't think I was moving that fast. I didn't have the speed readout showing on the Garmin, just HR, Time and distance. Once I hit 20 I started to push a little more when I could. Got swamped a couple of times by the f'ing cheaters out there which cost me at least 45 seconds if not more as a couple of the peletons were so large I almost had to hit the breaks. One of the highlights of the ride was passing a group of about 15 people as I had had enough and just hammered to get around them. Got close to the end and felt really good. Pulled the feet out of the shoes and coasted down the hill.

5/6 of a 3 hour bottle of Infinit ~800 calories
2 gels
Approx. 408 cals/hour

Might have been a little high, but my stomach felt good and was interesting what happened on the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 48s

Good T2
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 54m 7s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 43s  min/mile

I don't know what else to say besides AWESOME. Got off the bike and had Peggy and Aidana yelling at me to get moving. I responded with that was as fast as I was going. Got out of T2 and just started running and didn't look at my Garmin until the top of the second hill on the course. To my suprise it read something like 8:15 pace. Thought to myself "self, this is WAY to fooking fast slow down" so I tried. Got into the rythm that felt comfortable and I thought slower and after the first two miles I kept looking down and the Garmin kept saying mid 8's so I just decided to go with it figuring it wouldn't last long and I would be back into the mid 9's soon enough. Well, I walked every aid station like I had planned and everytime the Garmin would beep with the miles they were between 8:30 and 8:50 and they were not changing. After the first lap I figured that sub 5 was possible if I just held the pace I was going, and even if I slowed to 9's. I tried numerous times to slow down but it just wasn't working, I know that sounds wierd usually I am trying to speed up. The only thing that hurt during the run were my poor feet that were paying for my idiotic decision to run in shoes that only had 1.5 miles on them. The encouragement from the Donkai nation both those racing and those on the sideline was AWESOME. I have to give props to Raytownpete for one piece on sidewalk art that he did that said 'Donkeys eat hills' I saw that on my first time up the hill and started laughing out loud. The poor girl next to me must have thought I was nuts as I just kept laughing for about half a mile. I guess the only other thing that was wierd on the run was my nutrition. I had 2 fuel belt bottles with me with 1 serving of Infinit that were about 250 cals each. I figured just about one bottle on each loop. Plus I had a couple of gels if needed. Well I only finished 1 bottle and none of the gels so only about 125 cals/hour. I must have taken in enough on the bike to not need as much on the run. Going to have to do some more work on that to see if it holds true on longer runs. Started hitting the endurolytes about mile 5 or 6 as my left hammy was starting to get a little tight as were my calves, but they never cramped. I kept seeing Peter and Davey and by mile 10 decided I would not get caught. Ran with Rosshole for a while towards the end of the first loop and he was doing great. I told him I planned on slowing down and expected him to catch me again on the second loop, but as with the rest of the plan for this run it went out the window in the best possible way. I was excited. Tried to cheer on as many people and Donks as I could out there and actually got a little choked up the last 200 yards or so when I came into the finish and heard all of the chearing and almost hyperventilated knowing that somehow I went sub 5 which is about 25-30 minutes better than I thought I had in me. I guess this IM training is paying off even with the injuries that I have had this year.

Can you tell I am thrilled with this run.
What would you do differently?:

Not wear new shoes. Other than that NOTHING.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked into the med tent for some ice for my hip and shins. Walked to the Donkai Corral and iced the sticks, chatted with the fam and ate some food. After I got some water and Coke in me I felt awesome and had a couple of beers with the Donks. The amazing thing is after each of my other 2 HIM's I have not wanted to talk to anyone for 30 minutes or so and I just felt like hell. After this one I felt great and was excited for the rest of the day.

I really want to thank my wife Danielle and my parents for coming down and it is awesome to have their support. Also the Donks, there isn't a better group of people anywhere.

Finally hit the wall about 6:00 and took a nap until 7 and then went to bed at 9 and slept like a baby.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

For the first time I have to say nothing.

Event comments:

The only complaint I have with this race is the drafting was rampant. Don't know what the organizers can really do though if the racers don't play fair. Other than that I don't really have many complaints. Food could have been a little better, but that is minor.

Last updated: 2009-07-13 12:00 AM
00:26:23 | 1900 yards | 01m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/80
Overall: 0/1206
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleaveless
Course: Point to Point swim with the current.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:11
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
02:30:04 | 56 miles | 22.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/80
Overall: 0/1206
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:48
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:54:07 | 13.1 miles | 08m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 46/80
Overall: 507/1206
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back 2 loop run course. Flat with the exception of 2 hills at the beginning
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-07-21 1:56 PM

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Elm Grove
Subject: Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon

2009-07-21 2:13 PM
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West Allis, Wisconsin
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GREAT freakin run on an EEEEAAAAAWWWWWsome race!!!!  way to rock it donkey!!!!

2009-07-21 2:21 PM
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Madison, WI
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So super speedy. You rock dude. Seriously!

2009-07-21 2:47 PM
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Oak Creek, WI
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awesome race Scott...!!!  Congrats on the huge PR and sub-5...  always great to see you...!!!  keep up the stellar work...
2009-07-21 2:59 PM
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Madison-ish, Wisconsin
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Nice going!
2009-07-21 3:22 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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Was that what you were pushing for on the run, or did you feel that you wanted to go faster, since you were talking about your concern of the run while we were walking to the start?

Nice job, Scott!!

2009-07-21 4:03 PM
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Nice race out there. Where to pull a sub 5! Nice to meet you, good luck with training and preparing for IM. Ill be looking for ya to be tearing that one up!

2009-07-21 4:31 PM
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Waukesha, WI
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So I see you speeding by me on your way back to transition when I am only just hitting mile 20.  Then I see you running when I am finally coming back in from the bike.  Again, I see your smiling face one last time when I am just starting my first loop on the run.  You be soooo speedy  Way to go.  Glad you were able to do so well and enjoy the day afterwards as well.  Great job.

2009-07-21 4:40 PM
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In The Peleton
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Great work Donkus!  You have ramped up from newbie to rock star in no time.  Can't wait to see you rock IMWI!
2009-07-21 4:44 PM
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Awesome job Scott! All that worrying at dinner...pffffft!  Great race dude!

2009-07-21 7:39 PM
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NW Suburbs, Illinois
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Great Race.  You are so ready for IMWI.  That run must have felt awesome, especially with some of the injuries you have been battling.  I have to think that is one of the best feelings in a race, when you look down at the garmin and its reading faster than you are thinking it should be.

I so wanted to talk to you on the bike and use my full 15 seconds, but it got crazy with all those people in that group.

Also, thanks for contributing to the Donkai Corral.  We NEED to set up something like that for MOO....I just don't know how..........yet

2009-07-22 6:19 AM
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piece o heaven
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Great Job!!!!


You were always looking strong out there.



2009-07-22 8:01 AM
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Greendale, WI
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Great race Scott!  Congrats on the sub'll definately kick some IM MOO butt!  Nice to meet you this weekend!
2009-07-22 10:53 AM
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Menomonee Falls, WI
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Scott, you never cease to amaze me. You just keep getting faster and faster. Great job, man. IMMOO is yours for the taking!
2009-07-22 12:33 PM
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Nice race on Sunday.  Good job on the PR.  Keep it going for MOO.
2009-07-22 1:33 PM
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St Charles, IL
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To quote that "other" forum.... "That's HUGE!"   

Awesome race out there.  Congrats on cracking the 5-hour barrier.  I broke it for the first time at SOR 2 years ago with a 4:59, so you bettered that already.

I didn't realize it was you on the course there, that I was flip flopping with.  Heh.  Cool.  Glad we were able to ride it legal, despite the best efforts of others to roll up in packs.

Solid race, and what a way to throw down on the run.  It's an amazing feeling when things start clicking for you and all of a sudden barriers just start falling down in front of you.

Keep up the training, and stay healthy and keep kicking donkey!

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