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South Island Half-Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Ashburton, Canterbury
New Zealand
13C / 55F
Total Time = 5h 50m 58s
Overall Rank = 19/43
Age Group = Women 20-24
Age Group Rank = 2/3
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, drove to race course, had breakfast in the car. Set up the bike, put on wheels, put on aerobars, etc.
Event warmup:

1k easy jog to keep warm
10' swimming in the lake to warm up before the race
  • 30m 53s
  • 1900 meters
  • 01m 38s / 100 meters

I didn't swim this "hard", instead I swam it "strong" and practiced perfect sighting. I had fun.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, maybe go out a bit stronger... not too much.
Transition 1
  • 03m 7s

It was a freezing cold, windy and rainy day. I spent a lot of time in transition putting on warmer clothing (arm warmers, booties, etc). It was worth it b/c even so, I was frozen on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, other than not have a disgustingly cold day to race in.
  • 3h 16m 58s
  • 90 kms
  • 27.42 km/hr

I spent the first 30k feeling sorry for myself, barely pedaling, cold as ice. Then a girl passed me on the bike that really shouldn't have. At that point, for the next 60k, I did perfect Z3 and passed her back. Rough day. I was SO cold, I couldn't feel my feet. But at least I ate and hydrated well.
What would you do differently?:

Not get down on myself for the first 30k and start racing right away (I blame the cold temperature and the rain).
Transition 2
  • 01m 19s

Got all my warm gear off (now soaking wet), got into my shoes and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Not forget to take off my armwarmers. Had to double back a bit.
  • 1h 58m 41s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 05m 37s  min/km

Run of death. I started the run with incredibly low HR and fast pace. I thought, AWESOME, once my feet defreeze, I'll be a rock star in this half-marathon. But... the feet didn't unfreeze, they just got more and more painful and iced up. It was painful to run on them. And finally at around the 13k mark, I started to slow down painfully. My feet were in serious pain. They'd come off the bike absolutely numb and then I went straight to running on them. Like slabs of iced meat. Horrible experience. The entire run my HR was low (low Z2) and I couldn't get it any higher. This could have been an amazing half-marathon but it just wasn't happening. Anyway, I finished in a slow time, but ah well. Live and learn. Another experience.
What would you do differently?:

My feet always freeze up on the bike if it isn't beautifully warm outside. I don't know what I could have done differently. Maybe brought my neoprene booties... but that seemed a bit much. Next time, though, I'll consider it.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, ate a cookie, got a massage on the legs, started shivering horribly so I warmed up in the car with the heater on.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The cold weather. I was freezing, and just not willing to put in bigger efforts, or (as on the run) not ABLE to put in big efforts.

Event comments:

It's a small, well-organized race. Not exactly beautiful (I hate doing loops and out-and-backs), but it was good practice. A lot of these kiwis use this race as prep for Challenge Wanaka, so I'm sure to see them again in January. Overall, there were 43 women and 88 men doing the half-ironman. A small race, but a good vibe and friendly atmosphere. I was definitely the only foreigner.

Last updated: 2010-10-04 12:00 AM
00:30:53 | 1900 meters | 01m 38s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 8/43
Performance: Good
Suit: nineteen W XS
Course: 2 loops of a triangular course
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:07
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:16:58 | 90 kms | 27.42 km/hr
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 29/43
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: 3 times an out-and-back course that was a little too long (~15.5km). Windy on the way out, with the wind on the way back in. Chip sealed roads.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:19
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:58:41 | 21.1 kms | 05m 37s  min/km
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 21/43
Performance: Below average
Course: 3 times around the lake. Flattish but on rough terrain (some chip sealed roads, mainly rocky, gravelly or on grass).
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-11-25 2:07 PM

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Subject: South Island Half-Ironman

2010-11-25 4:00 PM
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Subject: RE: South Island Half-Ironman
Great effort in toughing out the conditions, and having the mental strength to push through.
Can't wait to see how you go at Wanaka!
2010-11-26 7:02 AM
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Quebec, Canada
Subject: RE: South Island Half-Ironman
Good job out there Krystyna

It sure seems like it was really cold, but you HTFU and got it done!! Awesome job  
2010-11-27 12:54 AM
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Thanks guys! Now it's all about making it to the start line of Challenge Wanaka fit, happy and healthy!!
2010-11-30 8:55 PM
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Perth, Australia
Subject: RE: South Island Half-Ironman

Wow, TOUGH RACE! Feeling freezing cold for 5 hours 50 mins would break most people. Amazing effort for toughing it out. Such a shame you couldn't have a good half marathon!!! But like you say, live & learn. Neoprene booties sound like a really good idea!!! I'm used to battling heat, humidity & sun burn on my races, this is something else ;-)

Bring on Wanaka!!!

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