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Ironman 70.3 Augusta - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Augusta, Georgia
United States
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88F / 31C
Total Time = 4h 54m 29s
Overall Rank = 280/3,300+
Age Group = M18-24
Age Group Rank = 19/147
Pre-race routine:

Got up, ate Clif Bar and a nice mixture of Carbo Pro and Amino Vital that I love, packed up and headed to race site.
Event warmup:

No swim warmup allowed.
  • 23m 8s
  • 2143 yards
  • 01m 04s / 100 yards

This was a pretty good swim for me. Started out at the front of the wave to try and avoid the blender, worked out pretty well. Me and another dude from my AG swam side by side the whole way. Current was strong so we breezed through it.
What would you do differently?:

Ehh maybe just some more speed work.
Transition 1
  • 02m 55s

Transition was CROWDED. Seriously how do you fit 3,300 bikes and gear into a space so small? It was a huge mess for everybody with transitions. Had some trouble getting my feet into my shoes as well on the initial takeoff.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure there was anything we could do differently, it was just way too crowded. Really need to get better at slipping my feet into my shoes.
  • 2h 41m 42s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.78 mile/hr

This was my longest bike ride yet in a race, and since I usually go too hard and pay for it on the run, I decided why do anything differently! The crappy pavement that I mentioned broke my new bike computer/cadence meter by sending it into the back spokes, and also launched my Clif Bar......
What would you do differently?:

Hmmmm I know I need more base miles, and I am going to put in a lot of work over the winter to try and get that 1/2 split down for next season. As far as today, I need to figure out this bike computer situation.
Transition 2
  • 02m 31s

COULD....NOT...GET...MY....SHOES....ON. Seriously this took me a good 1-2 min. And with the tight quarters in there you could tell it was just making everybody kinda irritable.
What would you do differently?:

Get my head on straight.
  • 1h 44m 13s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 58s  min/mile

Ok so my open 1/2 Mary time is 1:23. Judging by my time today I think we can conclude that I went too hard on the bike for my current fitness level, and I know that I didn't drink enough. I have NEVER drank so much fluid in my life during a run. It was like a free for all for me at literally every aid station. I think the ice cold sponges were the only thing that kept me alive out there. Started cramping kinda bad at about mile 8-9 and I just tried to salvage what I could from there.
What would you do differently?:

I will NEVER run another 1/2 with no socks. I won't even describe to you the bloody mess that was my feet after I finished.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat down and didn't move for a long time.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

First HIM, learned some very important lessons today. Looking forward to putting in some good work during the Winter.

Event comments:

This was my first crack at the distance, and minus some poor decisions I really gave it all I had today. I really respect the 1/2 Ironman distance now.
I have to give my hat off to the race organizers for this one. There is no way I thought they would pull this off being the inaugural event with 3,300 racers. The only real problem I had was the serious lack of space in transition, but everybody had to deal with it so what can you do. I think this race has some major potential for the future.

Last updated: 2009-09-27 12:00 AM
00:23:08 | 2143 yards | 01m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/147
Overall: 128/3,300+
Performance: Average
Suit: Blue Seventy Helix 2
Course: Swim down the Savannah River with the current - very nice. Water temp was good, only problem was swimming through nasty patches of seaweed.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:55
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Bad
02:41:42 | 56 miles | 20.78 mile/hr
Age Group: 25/147
Overall: 388/3,300+
Performance: Average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Nice course. First 17 miles were FAST, then you hit some gradual climbs and the rest was smaller rollers. Some ppl would consider it a fast course, not me =). I don't have the cycling experience yet. A small stretch of really crappy pavement that caused issues.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: ?
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:31
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
01:44:13 | 13.1 miles | 07m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/147
Overall: 280/3,300+
Performance: Bad
Course: Very flat, which was nice. HOT.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
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

2009-09-27 9:02 PM

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Subject: Ironman 70.3 Augusta

2009-09-27 9:10 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Augusta
Great race, especially for your first half! I got lucky in T1/T2 as my neighbors were no shows...but I can imagine how tough it would have been otherwise.

As for the sponges...QFT.
2009-09-27 9:17 PM
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Great job and awesome race. Congrats on your first HIM
2009-09-27 9:34 PM
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Louisville, KY
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Congratulations!!!  Great race.
2009-09-28 8:59 AM
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Congrats!!! Fast time for a first!
2009-09-28 9:26 AM
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Great report and I think a 1:44 HM is very respectable.  Congrats!!!

2009-09-28 9:29 AM
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Lexington, KY
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Wow, great job for a first HIM!

2009-09-28 10:55 AM
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Greer, SC
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Excellent race man.  Your times are awesome.  Even though may not have been what you wanted, that HM time is really good - especially after riding 56 miles @ just under 21mph.

2009-09-28 11:46 AM
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nice race! well executed for a first 70.3. I feel your pain on that run, I had the same issue. That aide station that had ice water was the best ever!!!congrats and happy recovery!!
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