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Patriot's Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Williamsburg, Virginia
United States
Set Up Events
Total Time = 6h 32m 44s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 48/61
Pre-race routine:

Decided at last minute to drive up with the family. Stayed at a hotel near the site. Slept pretty well, even with a 1yr old in the same bed. Got up before the alarm at 5am and left at 5:30. Had a powerbar and water.
Event warmup:

Just walking down to the swim start.
  • 38m 19s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

I didn't feel like I sighted very well but sounds like I wasn't the only one. Heard some of the buoys might have drifted but I felt wide most of the way. The sun was bright on the way back.
What would you do differently?:

Sight better.
Transition 1
  • 04m 47s

Took my time, put the Garmin on. It was fun to run up from the river with my 5 year old. I forgot about being tired or anything else. Very cool.
What would you do differently?:

Sunglass fogged up... maybe wait until I was going to put them on.
  • 3h 13m 29s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.37 mile/hr

Felt good for the first 20 miles then legs got tired earlier than normal. Maybe didn't taper enough. Engine still needs work (and maybe replace the 10 yr old tank bike:). Miles 25 to 40 more difficult than training rides but last 6 miles felt great... maybe tail wind or downhill. Glad I had the tune-up done at Final Kick.
What would you do differently?:

Need to work on a higher cadence.
Transition 2
  • 02m 5s

Legs felt good getting off. No cramps, just a bit stiff.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 34m 6s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 46s  min/mile

Started out nicely. Kept a good pace and hit mile 1 at 8:30ish. Didn't want to push the stomach too much so I took water at the aid stations. Wasn't as hot I feared. Hit a portopotie at mile 4 which may have disrupted by pattern. Mile 6 was 1 hr and fatigue started to set-in. Started taking some walking breaks but stomach got tighter. Saw the oreos at the turn and said I'd have one on the way back for motivation. Kept walking the aid stations until mile 11 and walking got more frequent but kept moving. Mile 12 and 13 were slow but finished with a run and some cheers from the family.
What would you do differently?:

Longest training run was 12 miles. Go for 14 just for the mental aspect. Stomach tightness was present, still need to work on nutrition plans.
Post race
Warm down:

Took on some food but didn't feel like eating much. Was happy to have finished my first HIM.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Perhaps undertrained some but was healthy which was most important.

Event comments:

Good race and well run by Set-up. Nice to have Final Kick on site too. Great weather and really enjoyed the trail portion for the shade.

Last updated: 2009-07-10 12:00 AM
00:38:19 | 2112 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/61
Overall: 61/
Performance: Average
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:47
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
03:13:29 | 56 miles | 17.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 57/61
Overall: 61/
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Mostly country roads with a few rollers.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:34:06 | 13.1 miles | 11m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 50/61
Overall: 61/
Performance: Average
Course: Two laps, half road, half dirt path.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

2009-09-15 9:03 PM

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Virginia Beach
Subject: Patriot's Half

2009-09-16 10:13 AM
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Chesapeake, VA
Subject: RE: Patriot's Half
Great work this weekend. I felt the swim was slightly off as well.
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