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Augusta, Georgia
United States
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Total Time = 6h 27m
Overall Rank = 1948/2519
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 162/206
Pre-race routine:

Got into Augusta at 2:00 AM on saturday morning after a long drive Friday evening. Woke up at the crack of dawn on Saturday and decided to drive over and check into the host motel and take part in a little of the hoopla and expo etc. Moral of this story is I was really tired Saturday and went to bed early and got a decent nights sleep.
Event warmup:

After arriving in Augusta on Saturday, I did an easy 15 mile ride and a jog from transition back to the hotel along the river.
  • 25m 40s
  • 2143 yards
  • 01m 12s / 100 yards

The 45 - 49 Age group was next to the last wave, so we had about an hour and a half to wait from the pro start. Chilled out with a guy that I met on Saturday. Basically the swim started off an extended pier into the river with waves every 5 minutes. I took up a left side position 2 or 3 people back. The game plan was to just stay on course and hang the left side. I started getting tangled in alot of weeds so I thought about veering towad center, and started going wide left. A kayaker motioned me to get back toward center which I did. I don't feel like I was way off, but it did cost me some time. The cool thing during the swim, was that I noticed that I was swimming with alot of blue caps which started the wave before, and toward the end I was mixing in with some reds from the group in front of them. I knew at that point the swim was going pretty good.
What would you do differently?:

I think I could have swam a little harder and it not affect anything else in the race.
Transition 1
  • 04m 48s

No hurries here...just tried to make sure everything was good to go.
  • 3h 03m
  • 56 miles
  • 18.36 mile/hr

I thought I had a really good bike. My goal was to conserve my legs for the'll see how that turns out. I felt like I did a good job in that my HR stayed around 140 average. I thought being in next to the last wave, that there would be very few people passing me, but there must have been some really slow swimmers out there. Lots of fast bikes cruised by early on but after about the half way point I felt like I was really gaining some ground while at the same time not pushing myslef at all. I heard several comments regarding the amt. of hills on the course being difficult, but I thought it was pretty tame. Never got out of the big ring but once. Big headwind coming in. At one point I was grinding away on a flat 4 lane at 14 mph. Nutrition worked out well, as I had 2 gel flasks with perpetuum (800 cals) plus 2 gels at the end.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing problems on the bike, and was able to stay comfortable in aero most of the ride.
Transition 2
  • 05m 33s

Took some time to change from biking socks to running socks which I felt would be more comfortable. Stood in line for the potty and stretched some.
  • 2h 47m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 45s  min/mile

This run was like a hangover the day after having a great night out on the town! Everything had been GREAT up to this point I came out of transition and caugt a cramp in my left ham right out of the gate. I was able to work it out and managed to run 2 or 3 miles before I cramped up again and it was downhill from there. I felt like I had plenty of energy, and felt great running about 200 yards at a time and then my legs would get so tight that I could feel them starting to knot up...if I didn't walk it out, they would cramp to the point of stopping me. So, I developed a strategy to run about a block and a half and walk a half block. This worked pretty good for a couple miles then it got worse. About mile 6 or so, I said F-it and just decided to makes some friends in the back of the running pack:) Met an older guy, and he was running 2 min and walking 1, and we kept in touch for a while that way. I finally settled into a pace of running 40 or 50 yards and walking 10 or so. I think this strategy broke the tension, and at least I felt like I was running more. Met another guy who was having cramps also, and we took it into the finish together. Our plan was to rest long enough to run into the chute. I cramped up and had to stop right before the chute, and people were encouraging me to go, but I wanted to RUN the chute. I mean you got to look good for the camera right? I turned the corner with a slow run and totally LOCKED up half way down the chute. I dragged my leg and limped for a few yards, and somehow miraculously it relieved itself, and I think I was able to make it thru with a smile on my face.

What would you do differently?:

Post race
Event comments:

I thought this race was exceptionally run and the venue and atmosphere were great. I think next year it should be even better. The bike course was not hard but compared to the swim and the run, it was the most dificult terrain of the 3. I mean it is hard to beat a swim with a 1 knot current and a totally flat run!

Last updated: 2008-10-22 12:00 AM
00:25:40 | 2143 yards | 01m 12s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/206
Overall: 510/2519
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless Xterra
Course: Course was point to point in the Savannah River, with the only obstacles being a couple of bridge pilings and some weeds that you had to remove from being tangled around your neck from time to time
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:48
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:03:00 | 56 miles | 18.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/206
Overall: 1555/2519
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: I thought the course was a good mixture of speed and climbs.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 05:33
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:47:00 | 13.1 miles | 12m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/206
Overall: 0/2519
Performance: Bad
Course: 2 laps downtown Augusta, which consisted of a down and back only seperated by a median, which was great for spectators being able to see their runner up to 6 or 8 times without moving more than a couple blocks.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-09-28 11:41 AM

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Auburn AL
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2009-09-28 11:51 AM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Augusta
Great job Barry.  Sorry to hear about the cramping leg but at least you were able to finish it and your other leg problem didn't bother you.

Edited by dalessit 2009-09-28 11:52 AM
2009-09-28 12:41 PM
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lol!  i like your hangover analogy.  sucks about the cramps but great job hanging in there!   
2009-09-28 1:02 PM
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Apex, north carolina
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I feel your pain on that run.  Great job out there. So glad your first half was a success.  Hope to see you out there next year.
2009-09-28 1:13 PM
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Suwanee, Ga.
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Great job.  You really pushed through some tough stuff.

2009-09-28 1:17 PM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Augusta

A big congratulations!!!  Your swim and bike were A+ and it sounds like the nutrition worked pretty well.  You will nail the run next year I am sure.


2009-09-28 2:53 PM
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Wherever the trail takes me, WA.
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Augusta
You came, you saw, you kicked some butt!  Running is your friend (or nemasis) and it will only get better!  Great job!

Man I am jealous of your swim!
2009-09-28 4:10 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Augusta
wow what a swim and bike!  I love your hangover analogy, it's perfect..  Next time if you cramp try walking backwards.  When I cramped during my last race someone told me this tip and it helped loosen my legs..  Congrats on pushing through through the cramps, you did great.
2009-09-28 8:01 PM
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Greer, SC
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Augusta
Man, it was great meeting you, chatting with you for the past ten months, and sharing stories about our training.  You really did a great job out there.  Think back to when we thought about doing this - you could barely swim!!!!!!!!!!  Now, you are kicking my butt!!!!  I hate to hear that about the cramps, but you persevered through to the finish and even beat your initial goal of 6 1/2 hours.  Just think, if you didn't cramp it probably would have been in the 6 hr 15 min range.  You had a great race.  I also wish we had a little more time to hang out.  If you decide to do Gulf Coast, let me know.  I might try to make it down.  We can take a few extra days before or after. 
2009-09-29 9:49 AM
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Silverton, Oregon
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Augusta
Congratulations, Barry! Super speedy swim and bike! Sorry about the cramps. You did a great job staying tough through the run. The run always feels like a hangover to me, love the analogy.
2009-09-29 10:10 AM
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Johns Creek, Georgia
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Super report.  I had cramps start at mile 5 and had to run walk as well.  Still todaqy Im having some!  It was an awesome race and I love Augusta.  Hope to see you there next year and lets bot run the 13.1, NO CRAMPS!

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