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Ironman 70.3 Augusta - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Augusta, Georgia
United States
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76F / 24C
Total Time = 5h 28m 12s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 170/380
Pre-race routine:

For once I actually slept really well the night before this race. That really helps. I felt great on race morning. Had coffee and a banana at the hotel, then headed to transition around 6:00. It started raining as soon as I arrived at my bike rack, and that was the theme of the majority of the day. Set up transition area, then grabbed my wetsuit and headed for the shuttle to swim start. The line was long for for the shuttle so my buddy and I decided to walk to swim start. Had a cliff bar on the walk.
Event warmup:

Just the 1.5 mile walk to swim start. Stretched a little.
  • 31h 39m
  • 2143 yards
  • 1h 28m 35s / 100 yards

I should have completed this swim much faster. I was comfortable the entire swim, but I never really pushed the pace. I also started on the inside which had much less current. I wore a new wetsuit that I haven't worn before, and it chaffed my neck. Nothing new on race day!
What would you do differently?:

Start as close to the middle of the river as possible. Stay in the current. Push the pace a little.
Transition 1
  • 04m 37s

Not sure what happened in T1. I felt like this trabsition was much quicker than it actually was.
What would you do differently?:

run faster thru transition area.
  • 2h 43m 58s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.49 mile/hr

The rain was really coming down during the bike. This made the turns and cornering a little sketchy. I saw one guy wipe out. My plan was to go easy for the first 10 miles or so, but I felt really good so I pushed the pace a little. At the 1 hour mark I was over 20 miles in. I kept telling myself to slow down, so I would have something left for the run. I passed alot of people. At 30 miles, I was still carrying over a 20mph average. Again, I told myself to slow down. At mile 40, I was over 21 mph average and I felt great, so I decided to just push it the rest of the ride. Finished a lot faster than I expected, and I'm happy with my time, but I'm a little disappointed that I held back so much.
What would you do differently?:

Ride as fast as I want!
Transition 2
  • 03m 39s

I thought this transition was the slow one. I had to dry my feet before I could get my socks on, and I also made a pit stop at the port-a-john.
What would you do differently?:

not much.
  • 2h 04m 21s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 29s  min/mile

I lived off the course on the run. Mostly gatorade and water. Had 2 powergels. I prefer GU. Felt really good on the run until mile 9. My 10k split was around 54 minutes, which is fast for me. Slowed considerably the last couple of miles, but still finished right on my gaol pace. I'm happy I was able to run this well off the bike effort I put in.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Had a couple of slices of pizza and a cold beer at the finish line. It was great! Walked around a littlee then headed to transition to get my bike.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Gotta get faster on the swim and in transition.

Event comments:

I've read some folks reports who had some bad experiences with this race, such as long lines, and I heard the ran out of finisher medals. I had no issues, and really enjoyed the event.

Last updated: 2010-06-13 12:00 AM
31:39:00 | 2143 yards | 1h 28m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/380
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: xterra volt sleeveless
Course: straight downstream point to point.Strong current, nice and flat.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 04:37
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:43:58 | 56 miles | 20.49 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/380
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: The first 12 miles were flat, then the remainder of the course was roliing hills.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 78
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 03:39
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:04:21 | 13.1 miles | 09m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/380
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Flat snaking course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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] 4

2010-09-27 9:06 PM

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Subject: Ironman 70.3 Augusta

2010-09-30 1:15 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Augusta
nice  splits! congrats on your finish.
2010-09-30 9:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Augusta
Great race. You can save some time by just yourself on the bike, especially when it is raining.
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