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Beach to Battleship HIM - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
50F / 10C
Sunny
Total Time = 6h 12m 12s
Overall Rank = 76/235
Age Group = 40 - 44
Age Group Rank = 16/51
Pre-race routine:

Attended pre-race meeting Friday afternoon. Here's me, Carol, Carol's husband, and Jason. Pete took the pic. The four of us from my Tri Club did the half. We had two others do the full.

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Saturday morning, up at 4:00 a.m. Had peanut butter and jelly sandwich and coffee. Did some foam roller and stretching. Headed to race site. Did body marking and set up transition area. It was COLD! 43 degrees.
Event warmup:

Warm up consisted of simply trying to stay warm while waiting! This event has two separate transition areas, about 8 miles apart, and the swim start was in yet a third location about 2 miles from T1. So, we had to ride a bus from T1 to swim start. Once there, we put on wetsuits right away simply to help stay warm. My start time was 8:50 a.m. and thankfully the sun was shining brightly by then. I ate a banana and had a GU while waiting.

Me and Carol trying to stay warm at the swim start.

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Swim
  • 38m 37s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards
Comments:

We got coralled into the water for about 5 min prior to start and I was able to get over the SHOCK of the cold during this time. Water was 63 degrees.

This swim was point-to-point down the saltwater channel with the current and had a couple of turns to navigate. My goggles fogged up and I could not see the bouys so I stopped to wet them. Afterwards, I could not get a good seal again and they kept leaking. I swam most of the race with a bit of water in my goggles, but at least that bit of water kept them from fogging up again! I figured the salt water was a natural saline solution for my contact lenses anyway.

Swim was comfortable and enjoyable. Time includes stopping for wetsuit stripper and quick shower before hitting the timing mat. This was a PR swim for me, but only because of the help of the current.
What would you do differently?:

Check goggles better before race.
Transition 1
  • 05m 48s
Comments:

There was a LONG run from the beach to T1 on asphalt (ouchy). Feet were numb anyway from the cold, so the asphalt wasn't so painful.

Since I used a wetstuit stripper, I didn't have to deal with that here. I found Tiny Roo, dried off, put on socks, shoes, dry jersey, garmin, helmet, sunglasses. Decided against the cold weather gear I had planned. Grabbed Tiny and ran.


T1 race morning.

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What would you do differently?:

Can't think of anything.
Bike
  • 2h 55m 40s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.13 mile/hr
Comments:

I took off and ... click, click, click. What? I look down and it appeared my front brakes were rubbing so I stopped and adjusted them. I get back on and.... click, click, click. Grrr! Not stopping again, so whatever is clicking is just gonna have to click for 56 miles. About mile 17, someone told me it was my sensor hitting my spokes. Thank goodness I now know what it is! It was driving me insane listening to it and also wondering what was wrong with my bike! Pulled over a second time and fixed the sensor.

Tiny was SO excited for his first race because Sunny (now retired) had told him all about how much FUN it is. He was like a horse at the starting gate; and when the gate opened, he hauled butt! I was just along for the ride. Pixie and Dixie were excited to race too (that's what I call my Zipps). A lot of people name their bikes, but how many people name their wheels too? Ha!

We rode most of this on a main highway! In the left lane even! Right along with the speeding traffic. It was insane. We even had to cross highway traffic and go down exit ramps. The police did a GREAT job of keeping us safe out there.

Headwinds and crosswinds were pretty strong for about 37 miles, then we finally got a break with some tailwinds back to T2.

Coming in to T2 was amazing with the HUGE USS NC Battleship as a backdrop. This was a PR bike for me.

Two servings of Infinit and one Lara Bar (582 calories).

What would you do differently?:

Make sure I've checked/adjusted everything on my bike before racking!
Transition 2
  • 03m 18s
Comments:

Handed Tiny off to a bike handler and found my rack. Immediately felt pain in my left ITB. Changed shoes, grabbed fuel belt and run belt, and headed out.

Here is T2 with the Battleship peaking over the trees in the background.

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What would you do differently?:

Can't think of anything.
Run
  • 2h 28m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 22s  min/mile
Comments:

I've been battling ITB syndrome for awhile and wasn't sure what to expect here. Left T2 already feeling pain, so I decided to go ahead and stop at the port-a-pot first just for the extra time to re-group (even though I didn't really have to go at this point). Started the run and felt like my socks were bunched up under my feet. Decided to stop and adjust them, but they looked fine. Started running again and to be sure... those socks are bunched up in my shoes caussing discomfort! Stop again, nothing. I actually stopped a third time when I finally decided that is must be a figment of my imagination and decided to ignore the feeling. I now think it was just a feeling on my foot from the bikes shoes/clips/pedaling.

After wasting time messing with socks, I finally got going but had a hard time finding a pace. Seemed I was all over the place with pace. The dull ache in my ITB area was ever present and slowed me down but was manageable up until about mile 6. That was when the shooting pain started up my leg and stopped me in my tracks. I had my ITB compression strap with me, so I put it on and tried running again, but it was just not happening. My pace slowed way down and I just plodded along the best I could.

This was the bigget disappointment because I expected about 15 min better than this. But, today was not my day to run.
What would you do differently?:

Check my socks in T2 and then not mess with them anymore! Nothing to do about ITB issue other than do better with injury prevention techniques.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked it off and stretched a bit. Got a ride back to T1 with Jason and his parents. Went back to the race site and had 3 pieces of pizza and a beer, then went to watch a few of the Iron distance folks come in. We got there JUST in time for one of our club members to come into the finish line shoot in 10:30:35! Woo hoo! But we were cold and tired and decided not to wait for our other guy to come in, so we left.




And here's the Battleship!

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What limited your ability to perform faster:

ITB Syndrome

Event comments:

Loved this race! Despite the crazy dynamics of having two transition areas 8 miles apart plus a separate swim start location... it was organized VERY well. They did a great job of getting everyone and thier gear where it needed to be. Spectator support was awesome and the venue beautiful!




Last updated: 2009-12-01 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:38:37 | 2112 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 21/51
Overall: 51/235
Performance: Average
Suit: Full Xterra
Course: A saltwater channel point-to-point with current.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 05:48
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
02:55:40 | 56 miles | 19.13 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/51
Overall: 51/235
Performance: Good
Wind:
Course: Left lane of a busy double lane highway!
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 03:18
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:28:51 | 13.1 miles | 11m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 31/51
Overall: 51/235
Performance: Bad
Course: Out and back.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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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Sounds like you raced to perfection given your current conditions!  Great Job!! 
2010-11-14 4:36 PM
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Very proud of you and watching you start with a plan over thew last few months Maria.  Savor a great accomplishment.
2010-11-14 4:43 PM
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You did a great job!  Once you get your IT band healed, you will be unstoppable! 
2010-11-14 5:43 PM
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I love the wheel names!! Great report and I'm hoping to do this for my full next year. Great finale to a great season! Time to enjoy some time off before preparing for the next one.
2010-11-14 8:03 PM
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Great report and great performance despite that ITB! Glad to see you enjoyed some pizza and beer, now please take some time off to heal thyself for next year!


2010-11-15 5:28 AM
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

That is a wicked fast swim and bike especially in COLD brrrrr and wind ... I LOVE the pics, too!

Great job hanging in there on the run despite the ITBS.
2010-11-15 6:46 AM
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Boo on the ITB, yay on everything else! Tiny sounds eager and willing for more! :-)

2010-11-15 7:13 AM
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Enjoyed the report and the pics! Congrats on a great race!!
2010-11-15 7:28 AM
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nice job on your finish with the ITB! sounds like you're ready to kill at white lake HIM next yr!

2010-11-15 7:31 AM
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Wow Maria

Great race even with your ITB issues. Super nice swim and bike. Now you can just show us in March how fast you can run.
Be safe and make sure you get healthy before taking on that marathon.
Great to see you out on the course. It was cool to be able to offer encouragment to someone I know (I count you as a friend  even though we are yet to meet).


2010-11-15 8:02 AM
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Congrats!

Way to manage through annoying things that came up. Sweet that you got bike PB and very strong pace.

I've had same what's wrong with my sock issue to not be able to see anything wrong. Hope you can clear up your ITB issues in the off season.

Strong race....well done!
2010-11-15 7:20 PM
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Thanks everyone!  I'm going to try real hard not to run for 2 weeks and give this ITBS a chance to heal.

But for now I'll do more foam rolling, stretching, and yoga class.

I see my chiro Wednesday, so I'll get another update on how to proceed.

There's nothing worse than having an injury get in the way of training and racing. Frown
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Great race and race report! Loved seeing the pictures. I am doing this race this year(my first HIM), and I can't wait! Congratulations!
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