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Ironman Calgary 70.3 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Calgary, Alberta
Total Time = 6h 10m 28s
Overall Rank = 581/1079
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 66/102
Pre-race routine:

Had to be up at o4oo to make it to the bus in time to get out t the race start. Had a coffee and bagel before I left the house and brought another one with me. Got to the site around 0600 and got my bike ready, then waited in the outhouse line up for 1/2hr. Mostly tried to stay warm while the sun was coming up. Took a couple more trips to the outhouse.
  • 47m 9s
  • 1900 meters
  • 02m 28s / 100 meters

I definitely need to work on my swimming a lot. Going to have to hire a coach in the winter to work on stroke, speed and endurance. Also need to try a tri specific wetsuit.
What would you do differently?:

Be better prepared for the swim.
Transition 1
  • 06m 4s

A very different transition. Not too concerned about my slow time. I have no trouble with traditional transitions so no real concern.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 45m 47s
  • 94 kms
  • 34.02 km/hr

I couldn't be happier. I wanted to finish what I thought was a 90km course in 3hrs and ended up finishing a 94km in under 3 so I am really pumped.
What would you do differently?:

For this particular race... nothing. I passed a hundred or more people and was only passed by some dude that was ridiculously fit and had had a flat when I originally passed him.That being said, there wasn't really anyone who could pass me as I was one of the very last people out of the water.
Transition 2
  • 03m 9s

Not really a very good transition. Came to a stop to get off of my bike, unclipped and then walked to my rack. Pretty bad
What would you do differently?:

Be off of my bike by the time I stopped and ran to the racks.
  • 2h 28m 22s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 07m 02s  min/km

Not prepared enough for the run. Needed to do more hill training. My feet got wet and then went raw. I wasn't able to run as much as I normally would. The heat was also nearly unbearable during the run.
What would you do differently?:

Train more for longer distances. One really long run prior to the race is obviously not enough. Being my first real year running I am not too disappointed, it is just that I know that if my feet had not gotten wet and then blistered that I could have been much faster.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

My lack of running experience and my raw feet. Time to start concentrating more on my running if I want to continue with this distance.

Event comments:

The race itself ran very smoothly and the swim and bike course were amazing. The run course was poorly planned, too much going over the same ground.

As far as race value, I am very disappointed. For the cost of the event there was nothing outside of the actual race provided for the riders. No pre-race dinner, no post-race dinner. There was absolutely nothing in the registration bag except for my race kit and a magazine. There was no swag at all. Finishers buckle is cool and the race t-shirt, but come on, not even a free water bottle. The organizers should be a little embarrassed that they didn't provide a little more for the athletes. I really expected more out of an event put on by our sports biggest name. There was no "expo" at the finish. There was no real food for the athletes at the finish (pizza,pop,bananas, maybe some cookies, that was all). I have definitely gotten better post race food from the Multisports Canada guys.
All that being said, I know this was their first year doing this event and that it will take time to perfect things.

Last updated: 2009-08-02 12:00 AM
00:47:09 | 1900 meters | 02m 28s / 100meters
Age Group: 82/102
Overall: 828/1079
Performance: Bad
Suit: Full Wetsuit
Course: Course was ok... needed a few more buoys for navigation. Not that rough at the beginning, but choppy by the time I got outside the bridge on the way back in. I was really slow though, slower than my pool swims, just couldn't find a groove. Apparently I needed to do a few more long swims in the couple of weeks before the race.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 15C / 59F Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 06:04
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:45:47 | 94 kms | 34.02 km/hr
Age Group: 38/102
Overall: 296/1079
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Awsome coure. Rolling hills through most of the course which is what I usually train on. My average speed was faster than my first sprint a month ago. I really wanted to averrage at least 30km/hr and was right around 34, so I am pumped.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:09
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
02:28:22 | 21.1 kms | 07m 02s  min/km
Age Group: 74/102
Overall: 737/1079
Performance: Below average
Course: Challenging course for my fitness level. A couple of really steep hills with three or four turn-arounds and out and backs. Poorly designed. Lots of aid stations, a couple of them felt too far apart, but that is probably because I felt like I was going to die.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
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: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-08-04 11:08 AM

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Coldstream ,BC
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2009-08-04 11:34 AM
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Chilliwack, BC
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Great race.

Just keep will get better!

2009-08-05 9:10 AM
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Port Moody, BC
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Good job out there, don't worry about the swim, those swells / waves killed just about all of us. Crazy slow for our swim wave. Well done on the bike, pretty solid!

2009-08-05 10:18 AM
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Coldstream ,BC
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Thanks guys. I am on my way to the pool in 15 minutes. Time to get to work.
2009-08-05 10:23 AM
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Dallas, TX
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You have the right plan for getting your swimming faster- smart guy!

Solid bike and amazing run!

Eh, what you mentioned for "what we got for the money" is standard here in the US. We don't get much for our $$$ before/after races. Swag is usually pretty minimal.

Times are hard.

2009-08-07 10:31 PM
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Well done. Awesome bike, you were flying. Congrats.

2009-08-15 12:31 AM
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Port Moody, BC
Subject: RE: Ironman Calgary 70.3
Thanks for referring to me as "ridiculously fit". I'm a little embarrassed. But thanks for noticing!
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