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Beach 2 Battleship - TriathlonFull Ironman


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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
38F / 3C
Sunny
Total Time = 11h 18m 25s
Overall Rank = 5 F/103 F
Age Group = 30-35
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

72% male and 28% female participants.

Woke up at 4:15AM to give me plenty of time to eat and relax. David (David_Tris) and his cousin met Andy & I at the car at 5:15. We drove down to T1. Checked out the bikes, got body marked, and talked to several other BTers. David & I then got on the bus with kati (katimomma) that took us to the beach swim start.
Event warmup:

Putting on wetsuit and trying to stay warm. The weather and the sand were cold! Used my asthma inhaler and hoped my lungs would be okay for the day. Talked to a few BTers and waited for the start.
Swim
  • 48m 44s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 09s / 100 yards
Comments:

Waited on the beach with David, Steve (RottieGuy), Todd (CincyTodd), and several other BTers for the swim start. Cold. Gun went off and we all ran to the water. When I dove in and the cold water hit my chest, I could feel my lungs tighten. I swam for a few minutes, but I was caught up in a big crowd and was getting beat around. My lungs hurt, so I swam off to the side of the group to tread water a minute or two. Once I felt relaxed I caught back up with the crowd. After the first or second buoy the crowd broke up and I found some water space. The sun was up to our right and was quite bright. I was breathing too much and only to the left. I had some trouble seeing the buoys. They could have added a few more. I didn't notice any waves or chop until about the middle of the swim. It was mild. Made a left turn and then I could feel the current pushing me along. Fast swim due to swimming with the tide. I should have swam closer to the middle of the channel, but had my own space fee of other swimmers off to the side. This is one fast swim due to the tide! I could see the swim finish and made it to the ladder. Climbed on the dock and started to unzip the top of my wetsuit as I jogged. Wetsuit strippers were down the dock. I stopped and had the wetsuit stripped. Grabbed it and jogged the rest of the dock, parking lot, sidewalk, and street to T. It is about 300-400 meters from the dock to T1. Not bad. Feet were very cold and numb! People were lined up and down the street screaming and yelling giving the participants that rock star feeling.
Transition 1
  • 09m
Comments:

Due to the chilly weather, I decided to dry off and make a full change to dry clothes. I knew I would be in T1 for a while. I removed the swimsuit I had on under the wetsuit and put on dry tri shorts, sport bra, tri top, arm warmers, compression socks, bike gloves, throw-away gloves, and throw-away long sleeve t-shirt. There was only 1 volunteer for the changing tent. I was the 3rd female in the tent. No big deal. I was fine changing on my own. Of course I took time to put on my dove deodorant. :-) Shoes and helmet were on and I went out the tent. There were only 2 port-a-potty in the transition area. They needed more! I had to wait a minute until one was free. I need to learn to pee while swimming!
What would you do differently?:

I knew this transition was going to take some time.
Bike
  • 5h 37m 50s
  • 112 miles
  • 19.89 mile/hr
Comments:

Feet were numb, but the rest of my body was good. I started off feeling good. Got up to a race pace and was feeling good. There was a bit of headwind from the start. What a nice, flat, smooth course. I started to warm up and decided to throw my long sleeve t-shirt at the first aid station. The first aid station was at mile 30 and it was staffed by the military. I stopped and unclipped so I could rip the t-shirt down the front and off. Two nice military men were over in a second and helped me rip off the shirt. The asked if I need any other clothes removed and asked fro my phone number! LOL!! See - all the BTers that tease me about putting on deodorant in T1 - I was smelling dove fresh! LOL! :-) Left the arm warmers on during the entire ride. I was having trouble opening nutrition with the extra set of throw-away gloves and actually dropped a gel. I had plenty, but ended up tossing the extra layer of gloves around mile 35. People were drafting. One guy was riding on my wheel for a while. I was getting pissed and turned around and gave him a dirty look a few times. Finally, I asked him if he was going to pass. He still stayed on my wheel. Then, I said, "Kind of sad you drafting off a chick." I finally pulled away from him. There were a group of guys in VT clothing that were really drafting off each other. I saw the officials go by multiple times, but not sure if they ended up with a penalty. There were several hunters near the road around mile 45. Guess we were messing up their day. The special needs was around mile 65 or so. I didn't have a bad and didn't need anything. By mile 80 my asthma was bothering me and I was tired. The headwind was strong. I was hoping for a tail wind on the way in, but that didn't happen. I knew I was not 100% since I had the flu. I was really tired and had tightness in my lungs. I dropped my pace down to 16mph and stayed there for about 3-4 miles. By mile 84, I decided I needed to HTFU and get moving. I pushed it back up to race pace and fought the wind. I didn't need to stop to pee or get off the bike except at the first aid station to toss the t-shirt. The bike course was kind of boring. Saw a blackberry (or maybe a blueberry farm), sand, woods, etc. It was fun biking on the expressway. Once I got past mile 65, the groups i saw broke up, so lots of riding solo. The volunteers were GREAT and the course was very well marked. I pushed the bike a bit too fast and could feel it. I was so happy to see the battleship in sight. I was ready to be off the bike. The crowds coming in off the bike course by the battleship were great! Saw hubby and other friends. Nice and loud!
What would you do differently?:

I pushed a little too hard on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 03m 31s
Comments:

I pushed too hard on the bike and was very tired going into T2. I changed my shoes and put on a hat. Left on the arm warmers. No port-a-potty in the transition area. The were outside of transition in the start of the run. I stopped.
Run
  • 4h 39m 22s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 40s  min/mile
Comments:

Garmin time was a bit faster than the race time, but I will go with the race time. I was tired starting on the run, so I knew it was going to be a long marathon. I started off at a good pace. Stopped at the 2nd aid station and walked. Started running again. Stopped at the 3rd aid station and used my inhaler - lungs were hating me! That helped a bit. I stayed with the run and walk the aid stations for the first 6 miles. I ran with a guy from South Carolina for about 6 miles. That helped. I was having trouble keeping a steady pace. I would be too fast and then go too slow. i couldn't find a pace that felt "good". I enjoyed running in the downtown area with all the people. The out and back course was nice and I saw lots of BTers. There were some hills on this course. The bridges and some other hills in the mix made for a challenge. I could feel myself starting to really struggle at mile 20. The last section back to the finish was rough. My hubby and JungleJenn were in the downtown area and had gummy bears for me. They were so good! The last 3.5 miles were horrible. I was running, but at a slow pace. I knew i could not stop or I would not start again. Hubby & Jenn were really yelling for me to finish strong and keep moving. Somehow I ran up the last bridge hill. I was kind of out of it and it was getting dark. The lights from the oncoming cars were making weird shadows and I was feeling funny. They needed some more lighting on the run course. I was too dark. Also, I didn't get a glow stick. They needed to have more of these out and pass them our earlier. I didn't even realize that I ran up the bridge until I turned down the street to the battleship. I then realized that I ran up the last hill and it was done. I picked up my pace as fast as I could and finished strong. Lots of people cheering!
What would you do differently?:

Not push as hard on the bike to save some for the run. Find my pace and stay with it. Have asthma under control.
Post race
Warm down:

They had a GREAT party at the finish line. I ate some pizza and drank 2 bottles of water. My asthma was bad so I went to medical for a breathing treatment. They had a wonderful mobile hospital set up on site and were able to provide excellent care. Talked to a few BTers, gathered bike and gear, and took the ferry to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Having the flu two weeks before the race and asthma problems limited my performance. I didn't feel as strong as I usually do while I was racing. I still had a fun time and am happy with my performance.

Event comments:

This is a fast course and a great race to PR. The race is well organized and with plenty of volunteers. I would love to race B2B again.




Last updated: 2009-09-05 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:48:44 | 4224 yards | 01m 09s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/103 F
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeveless wetsuit
Course: Mass beach swim start. A fast salt water swim with the current.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 09:00
Performance:
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
05:37:50 | 112 miles | 19.89 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/103 F
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: 1 loop course. 112 miles of flat, smooth roads. Only a few rollers, but I enjoyed these and climbed out of my seat just for a break in position. Biked on the expressway for some of the course. Headwind was not fun!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 03:31
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
04:39:22 | 26.2 miles | 10m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/103 F
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 out & back runs. Some grade change with a few hills and bridges.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2009-11-10 8:02 AM

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2009-11-10 8:25 AM
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nice report.  like your comment "sad, you drafting off a chick" !  pricelesss :-)

limited your performance! wow you did great! imho.....
2009-11-10 8:26 AM
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Awesome Job hottieEmbarassed.
2009-11-10 8:33 AM
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Congrats!

To bad about the asthma and flu and have effects linger on race day.

Well executed race and sounds like I need to put it on my list of potential races to do.

Really impressive race...
2009-11-10 9:00 AM
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Fantastic race Amy!

2009-11-10 9:05 AM
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Your rocked that race!!!  5th OA female is awesome.  It was great to meet you and Andy this weekend.  Maybe if you didn't have the dove on (and your hair blown dryWink) that guy wouldn't have wanted to suck your wheel...just sayin.  It's funny that you saw a pack of VT guys because the worst pack I saw included a few UNC guys (including one that I know won his age group....).  Enjoy some time off.


2009-11-10 9:24 AM
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Well AMy its also sounds like you offically became as we call it in the business of triathlons (PACE BOOTY) for the guy who sat on your wheel on the bike. Congrats it a huge honor lol
2009-11-10 9:26 AM
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Dang, Amy...I can't believe you pulled off such a fast time after being so sick and asthma-y.  Oh, and having this as your second IM in a season!

You're amazing!
2009-11-10 10:08 AM
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Holy carp that's blazin' fast!!!

Oh and it was a blueberry farm. `Blueberry Hill Blueberry Farm' ... I couldn't help but sing the song, out loud, for the next 10 or so miles.

Awesome time out there. Congrats!
2009-11-10 10:56 AM
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Congratulations!  Great race!  Way to put the hammer down on that dude!
2009-11-10 11:08 AM
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You're my "Iron-hero"  Way to suck it up bad a$$!!!!



2009-11-10 11:47 AM
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Livestrong191 - 2009-11-10 10:24 AM Well AMy its also sounds like you offically became as we call it in the business of triathlons (PACE BOOTY) for the guy who sat on your wheel on the bike. Congrats it a huge honor lol

 

LOL!  He was sure on my a$$!!  :-)  Yes, it may have been the Dove deodorant I put on in T1.  I smelled nice.  :-)

2009-11-10 11:47 AM
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You're amazing Amy!! Congrats on a great race! You have to like stopping to catch your breath and treading water and STILL going 48:00 in an IM swim!!
2009-11-10 12:22 PM
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Ok a few things:
1.) I've had to draft off you several times in training rides. I do this for several reasons;
      A.) You're an awesome biker, you're much faster than I am.
      B.) I don't want you to drop me (oh, wait, you already have)
      C.) When I ride behind you I get to smell your clean fresh Dove deodorant.
      D.) Two words-Pace Booty!
2.) If you could learn to pee on the bike and swim you'd be an even bigger force to be reckoned with.
3.) You made this statement in you RR: This is a fast course and a great race to PR. The race is well organized and with plenty of volunteers. I would love to race B2B again.
I just want to point out that you told me on Saturday that you were done with cold weather races.
4.) Great job. I know you were not feeling 100% on race day. Way to suck it up and get it done in style.
5.) I'll never mind getting chicked by you.

2009-11-11 8:48 AM
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Congrats on the Race.  A new PR a week/few days after the flu is awesome!

"72% male and 28% female participants."  There is a term for that.
2009-11-11 8:50 AM
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Great job after the illness and all.  I knew you'd crush this course.  Sorry we didn't get to see you a bit more.  Are you finally going to take some rest?



2009-11-11 9:53 AM
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Awesome race, fantastic PR!!!!!  Drafting on the bike....you should have peed on him!  Deodorant will be in my bags next weekend at IMAZ   Congrats!
2009-11-11 4:40 PM
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Kudos on HTFU after all your recent illness battles... you're a tough pace booty! Congrats, Amy.
2009-11-11 5:43 PM
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Amy,

Pleasure meeting you last weekend.  I knew your were going to kill that race.  Incredible times......very impressive. 
2009-11-11 9:40 PM
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amy not only was he on your wheel i think the dumb a$$ pass you on your right i was in that little group that was changing the lead until 421 coming in us big guys catch to much wind, nice racing with you great job on 5th OA and thanks for making me walk over the bridge faster then i would  
2009-11-12 7:09 AM
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You are AWESOME!!!!

I'll say it again -- Amy to KQ!


2009-11-12 8:07 AM
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trizimmermann - 2009-11-11 10:40 PM amy not only was he on your wheel i think the dumb a$$ pass you on your right i was in that little group that was changing the lead until 421 coming in us big guys catch to much wind, nice racing with you great job on 5th OA and thanks for making me walk over the bridge faster then i would  

Yep - that was him!  I finally dropped him!  :-)  It was great seeing you out there on the bike & on the run! 

2009-11-12 9:37 AM
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Pleasure meeting you at the Friday morning swim! As I expected, you have a very, very solid race. Wow, you can move.

Glad to see the deodorant from T1 helped out at that first aid station.

I totally forgot about the hunters on the side of the road. One of them actually had a gun in his hands watching us go by.

I am shocked that the run was that hard for you. You looked strong out there. Everytime I saw you, you were moving very well.

Again, congrats on a wonderful (FAST) race!!!
2009-11-12 6:41 PM
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You are so fast girl!!!! Look at that swim time!

5th OVERALL? WOWOWOW!

Congratulations on such a wonderful race.

OH and this was funny... Then, I said, "Kind of sad you drafting off a chick."
2009-11-13 8:17 PM
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Maybe you could carry some of that mace with you to cut down on those drafters. Congrats on a great race!
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