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LongHorn Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Festival - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Austin, Texas
United States
Total Time = 7h 24m 38s
Overall Rank = 1838/1991
Age Group = F 40-44
Age Group Rank = 72/83
Pre-race routine:

Ate breakfast at 4:45am (3hours pre-race) and took 70% bolus insulin for it (Type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump). Headed over to the expo center, dropped my special needs bag, and hopped on the bus to the park. Set up my T1 area and fretted about getting everything right. Forgot to put my sunglasses in there, walked back and fixed that. Forgot to put my lip balm in there, walked back and fixed that. Commiserated with the rest of Team WILD on what was happening with our blood sugars.
Event warmup:

Much less than I've done before (novice triathlete -- this was my first 70.3 and my 3rd official race). We couldn't do a run warmup because our shoes were in the bags at T2. It was too dark to take bikes out before transition closed, so it appeared nobody did a bike warmup I thought there'd be a roped off area for swim warmup, but I thought wrong. Did a tiny bit of swim warmup before they called all of us in. Checked blood sugar a few times. Ate.
  • 53m 1s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 31s / 100 yards

I was touched, groped, kicked, etc more than on my other open water swims here. Despite this, it a was a pretty smooth swim for me, and I felt calm and didn't need any big breaks (I usually do). Just kept keeping on -- nice! Also, this time was good for me!
What would you do differently?:

I got a little off-course a couple of times, so sighting more often would be a good idea.
Transition 1
  • 10m 31s

Okay, so my transition times are terribly terribly slow. Part of this is the diabetes -- I have extra stuff I have to do in transition. Part of it, though, is just me. I _feel_ like I'm hurrying, but clearly I'm not!

I loved the wetsuit strippers. Mine was enthusiastic and pushy. Having to put everything back in the bag before we left our transition space added extra time for everyone.
What would you do differently?:

I need to practice this more so I'm not so addled when I hit T1. Also, I had to do some algebra to figure out exactly how much insulin I wanted to take immediately and how much to mete out over the next hour, and if I just do that calculation ahead of time (and maybe write it down), that would help.
  • 3h 44m 45s
  • 56 miles
  • 14.95 mile/hr

Many on my team drove the biking course 2 days before the race, and I was kind of appalled at the potholes on the road. Was wishing I had my 25 tires on the bike instead of my 'racing' 23 tires. Or maybe my mountain bike :-). That said, in the actual race, just knowing that there were those kinds of landmines in the road helped me be aware and looking out. Lots of detritus from other racers in the road -- GUs, water bottles, tires, a seat pack! I think it all bounced off others' bikes.

Had to stop at 2 porta-potties on the bike course. Perhaps I was too well hydrated (and I haven't practiced peeing on the bike). I also stopped 4 times to check my blood sugar -- I'd practiced testing while riding, and had a blood sugar meter mounted on my aero bars, but after seeing the condition of the roads when we previewed the bike course, I decided I would stop to check.

I thought with my stops and all, that doing this in 3:45 would be good for me, and I did the course in almost exactly that time.
What would you do differently?:

There's all kinds of things I could work on, but this went well.
Transition 2
  • 07m 16s

Did I mention that my transitions are slow? At least this was better than T1.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions more!
  • 2h 29m 4s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 23s  min/mile

Normally I wouldn't be pleased with a 3-loop run, as it's nice to have new scenery. However, this worked out wonderfully for seeing my teammates on the run, and for experiencing the wonderful aid stations more than once (loved the cold wet towels to put on our necks). Also for going by our team tailgating tent for cheers!

I live at altitude, and on the first half of the run this felt like a distinct advantage for me -- I wasn't out of breath at all for awhile! My legs were shot, though.

I was glad there was cloud cover for most of my run. It was hot when the sun peeked out!
Post race
Warm down:

Hmmm...mostly I just grinned like an idiot, ate some chicken tacos and ice cream, and hugged my teammates and our support. And checked my blood sugar.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm sure if I could get my blood sugar not to fluctuate much at _all_ that I'd be faster. However, this 7:24 of effort had smaller fluctuations than I've had in past races and rehearsals, so I was pleased with that.

Not being diabetic, and thus not having to do all the calculations and blood sugar checks and blah blah blah would make me faster. Also, probably, being much taller would help me on the swim. Alas, I am short and have a faulty pancreas.

Seriously, though, I didn't feel like the weather was a limiter at all, except for some wind on the ride and a _little_ heat on the run -- could've been so much worse! Ate well, drank well (a little too much -- 4 bathroom stops in all), remained afloat thanks in part to the wonder that is a wetsuit. I'll call it good!

Event comments:

I had a wonderful, wonderful time in this race. It was my first 70.3, and it was really well-organized. Only complaint is the condition of the roads -- I saw lots of people fixing flats, and 3 times on the ride emergency vehicles drove by. There were LOTS of volunteers, and I thought they did a great job!

It was also great for me to represent Team WILD (Women Inspiring Life with Diabetes) on the course. Thank you SO much to the other racers who encouraged me when they recognized my team colors -- I was touched by your cheers.

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Last updated: 2009-10-28 12:00 AM
00:53:01 | 2112 yards | 02m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 80/83
Overall: 1938/1991
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeveless
Course: Counterclockwise rectangle.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 10:31
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:44:45 | 56 miles | 14.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 77/83
Overall: 1952/1991
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Lots of turns, some really bad road in sections.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 07:16
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:29:04 | 13.1 miles | 11m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 62/83
Overall: 1511/1991
Performance: Average
Course: 3 loops between the expo center where the race ended and the park where it began.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2009-10-28 2:24 PM

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