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Victoria International Half Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Victoria, British Columbia
Total Time = 4h 53m 14s
Overall Rank = 36/399
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 2/27
Pre-race routine:

Had the flu and felt awful for the two days leading up to the race: very tight back, stuffed up, and my body ached all over. I took down some Alka Seltzer cold a few hours before the race and tried to hydrate like crazy. Not how I'd envisioned feeling at ALL.
Event warmup:

Jumped in the water 10 minutes before the gun and swam around a little. Found a little bit of water to myself, just relaxed, and waited.
  • 40m 29s
  • 2078 yards
  • 01m 57s / 100 yards

Mass start, and I eventually found a little pod of people to draft with. We all rounded the far turn buoy and were headed home when I notice a guy in a kayak headed toward us. I turn to breathe and I can tell he's yelling something and paddling furiously at us. I breathe again and now he's pointing his paddle directly at me and yelling. So I stop and ask what's up. He says I didn't go around the buoy. I reply, "Um, yes I did... we all did, in fact," while indicating my little group now pulling away from me. "Nope, you didn't, you need to go back and go around it again," he says. Soooo, I realize there's nothing to be gained by arguing with him: the longer I tread water, the more time that's going to pass before I eventually have to go back and comply. So now I'm FURIOUS. I sprint the 50 yards back to the buoy as hard as I can, going against the flow of oncoming swimmers (I took a wide angle back to the buoy so as not to interfere with the course), and have to feed myself back into the mess around the turn.

That cost me at least a couple of minutes to talk to the official and swim the extra 100 yards, not to mention how mentally difficult it was to go BACKWARDS on the course. Grrr. So I really should've been close to my 38 minute goal otherwise.
What would you do differently?:

Not be spotted by an overzealous kayak volunteer... really though, not much I can do about that.
Transition 1
  • 02m 24s

A little longer in T1 than I would've liked. Wetsuit would NOT come off around the ankles.
  • 2h 32m 44s
  • 55.92 miles
  • 21.97 mile/hr

I HAMMERED once I was on the bike. I felt like I needed to make up some time, so once I got my breathing under control, I pushed it hard. The course itself is mainly along back roads, with plenty of rollers. The hill they added was pretty brutal. Looking back at my log, I pushed 269w up that hill, and 388w at the top where it was the steepest. The first time around it wasn't too bad, but the second time... oh man. I got out of the saddle and just stared at the road right in front of me. Lots of people were weaving back and forth and just barely turning over the pedals.

Bike was very strong for me. Leaving out the 3 Pros, I had the 10th fastest bike split OA, 2nd in my AG. I felt good about that.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much. My back tightened up on me near the end of the first loop, so I had to come out of aero briefly to stretch but otherwise, it was very solid for me.
Transition 2
  • 01m 37s

Quick T2... shoes off, dismounted, and was able to quickly rack and get moving.
  • 1h 36m 2s
  • 13.11 miles
  • 07m 20s  min/mile

On to the run... it was a nice course on hard packed trail around Elk Lake. Pretty flat, but lots of twists and turns. The big thing about trail running is I find it hard to get in a solid rhythm. Plus, you have to constantly stare at your feet and the trail so as to avoid roots and rocks. I think I would've been faster on the road to be honest. My splits were pretty even: 47:26 and 48:36, so I paced it well. Small GI issues, which is surprising since I rarely have stomach problems. I took some water to try to settle things down.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much to change here either. Maybe push a bit more... but I guess I always feel that way after a race.
Post race
Warm down:

Hopped in the lake to cool off the muscles.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being SICK! Oh man, if I was feeling okay, I could've shaved off a few more minutes. Oh well.

Event comments:

This was a great race! A good size: not too big, not too small. The organizers were excellent, as were the volunteers. Smiles all the way around. I'll definitely try to do this race again.

Last updated: 2010-12-28 12:00 AM
00:40:29 | 2078 yards | 01m 57s / 100yards
Age Group: 24/27
Overall: 183/399
Performance: Below average
Suit: Blue Seventy Helix
Course: Long rectangular course in Elk Lake.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:24
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:32:44 | 55.92 miles | 21.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/27
Overall: 13/399
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Two loop, very hilly due to a modified course. Construction around the local airport dictated going up a super steep section (topped out at close to 18% near the top). Otherwise, lots of moderate rollers. Some chipseal, but overall road quality wasn't too bad.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:37
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:36:02 | 13.11 miles | 07m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/27
Overall: 43/399
Performance: Good
Course: Flat trail run around Elk Lake. Hard packed dirt, some roots to contend with here and there, but pretty good conditions. Running on the trail is definitely slower than the road, however.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2010-12-28 11:24 PM

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Subject: Victoria International Half Ironman

2010-12-29 7:14 AM
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Subject: RE: Victoria International Half Ironman
couldn't you find 20 minutes in there, somewhere, anywhere? 

i forgot about the kayak guy.  next time just tip him over.   awesome race.  being sick just adds to it. 
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