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Montauk, New York
United States
Event Power
55F / 13C
Total Time = 6h 03m 10s
Overall Rank = 180/349
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 4:30am, hot shower, got dressed quickly. Had my usual pre-race breakfast of a banana and some water. Arrived at the race site at 5:45ish, and it was cold and windy. Quickly setup my transitions and got my wetsuit on to keep warm! Transition area was well-lit, plenty of staff around to answer questions, etc. Pre-race briefing and national anthem at 6:20. My wave started at 6:48 so I had a Hammer Gel at around 6:35.
  • 40m 2s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards

There was no real chop or current even though we had steady winds of 20-25mph. Water felt warm given the outside temp. Plenty of buoys/markers for reasonably easy sighting, something I usually struggle with.
What would you do differently?:

Push my pace a bit. I left too much on the table.
Transition 1
  • 02m 46s
  • 3h 09m 6s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.77 mile/hr

The wind was brutal. 20-25mph all day long, gusting, in-your-face, and crossing at times. My training on similar terrain led me to believe I would finish the bike in about 2:54 with medium effort but I was not even close. Thinking afterwards about the windy conditions, I wonder if having a tri-bike (with proper fit etc) would have made a difference.

Nutrition was good - I sipped from my bottle of Hammer Perpeteum for 2.5 hours and I had no energy problems at all. I should have been consuming Endurolytes as well but since it was very cool out, I skipped them and paid for it with a run-stopping cramp later on.
What would you do differently?:

Stick to nutrition plan!
Transition 2
  • 02m 8s

Thought about taking a few Endurolytes as planned. Didn't. That was dopey.
What would you do differently?:

Stick to nutrition plan!
  • 2h 09m 9s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 52s  min/mile

Started strong, feeling great. Saw my wife and kids at about 1/2 mile into the first lap, got some high fives and was having a great time. Then at 1.5mile mark I got a wicked cramp in my hamstring. Luckily I was at the first water stop so I took 2 Endurolytes and some water and I was back on the course after 4 minutes or so. Had to back off my pace for the rest of the first lap, worrying about the hamstring. Murder Hill section was tougher than I expected.
What would you do differently?:

Incorporate more hill work into run training. More brick workouts.
Post race
Event comments:

I had a great time. Montauk is an excellent venue for a race, the event was well organized and the volunteers were great. I was hoping for better conditions for my first half but hey, at least it wasn't raining :-)

Last updated: 2010-10-06 12:00 AM
00:40:02 | 2112 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/349
Performance: Good
Course: The swim was a (lopsided) triangle in a freshwater pond/lake. Standing start in knee deep water. I think there were 5 or 6 waves.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 02:46
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:09:06 | 56 miles | 17.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/349
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: 2 loops; in order to make the required mileage, they have added some odd out-n-backs that seem a bit contrived. Spectacular scenery in spots. Water bottle hand-up at the start of lap 2.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:08
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:09:09 | 13.1 miles | 09m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/349
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 laps of rolling hills. A section called "Murder Hill" which is a series of short steep hills.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-10-06 1:52 PM


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