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Ironman 70.3 Boise - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Boise, Idaho
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Sunny
Total Time = 7h 04m 47s
Overall Rank = 1053/1420
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 48/67
Pre-race routine:

Got up really early to eat, stretch and chill. Made my way downtown to set up T2 (T1 & T2 were in different areas of Boise). Got in line for the shuttle bus up to Lucky Peak and chit-chatted away with the people in line.
Event warmup:

No real warmup besides walking around the transition area, double and triple checking everything! We had about two minutes to jump into the 53 degree water before our wave started.
Swim
  • 50m 15s
  • 1220 yards
  • 04m 07s / 100 yards
Comments:

Felt great about the swim. My goal here was to swim the entire portion without going to a breast stroke and I did it. I had zero panic at any point, even with then big boys caught up to us and swam past. I kept a nice, steady pace and got it done!
What would you do differently?:

I did swim off course once, but I caught it early on and got back in the mix. It can be so disorientating. Even though the bouys were different colors on each side of the triangle, seeing the previous bouys in my peripheral vision kept me drifting to my right.
Transition 1
  • 05m 55s
Comments:

Transition time for me was great. What was really cool is that a volunteer happened to be standing by my bike and saw me coming. He asked if I wanted to be stripped and I said heck yeah! I laid down right then and there and whooooosh! Off went the wetsuit!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I did it as fast and as calmly as I could.
Bike
  • 3h 14m 41s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.26 mile/hr
Comments:

My bike was the best out of all three sports. I loved it!!! Friday night when I brought my bike into transition and saw all these cool tri bikes and roadies I felt very insecure about racking my little cyclocross with road slicks. I found early on in the race that fancy looking equipment does not equal speed. I passed plenty of fancy bikes--many on the climbs! I realized the engine counts for a whole lot more than dollars spent when you're a middle of the packer like me! I found myself whoooo-hooooing down hills and repeating out loud to myself "this is so frickin' FUNNNNN!" I did eat some Pepto chews along the way so I could avoid stomach issues on the run.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know that I would've done anything differently. I executed my bike leg perfectly for me! Hit my goal on the bike as well. I said I'd be happy if I averaged anything over 17 and I did it!
Transition 2
  • 07m 59s
Comments:

I did run past my rack spot, but only by a few bikes so not a big deal. I did hit the porta potty before actually starting the run...I had to pee since the end of the swim but didn't want to stop on my bike to pee. Yes, I suppose I could've peed on my bike but I just couldn't bring myself to do it!
What would you do differently?:

Find my bike spot right away rather than run past it. The bathroom stop was necessary--added to my transition time, but what's a gal to do...when you gotta go ya gotta go!
Run
  • 2h 45m 57s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 40s  min/mile
Comments:

Well the run was an experience. My initial goal was to run the whole thing without walking. After I hit mile three I knew I had to start factoring in some walk breaks. So, I walked a bit when I felt I needed to and ran when my body said 'run'. Well, actually more like 'shuffle jog'. I was surprised how hard it was but took comfort in the fact that so many other people where doing the same thing. The first loop was the worst, the second loop was much much better. The aid stations were a a godsend and the oranges were manna from heaven. Best oranges I've ever had in my life! The run was a mental push for sure...but I did it!
What would you do differently?:

Pay better attention to the weather. The last 30 minutes of the run cloud cover hit and the temps dropped significantly but I just kept thinking I'm running...I must be really hot, therefore keep dumping water over your head. The post race warm-down became a warm-up.
Post race
Warm down:

When I finished I immediately went in search of a Sprite--it just sounded so good at the time. Found one and took three big gulps and sat down. I immediately started shivering uncontrollably. Luckily I sat down right by the first aid room--I went inside and right away I had my own volunteer nurse. She wrapped in me in blankets, brought me broth, etc. What I didn't realize is that when the temps dropped I kept dumping water on myself and I was completely soaked from head to toe. Hubby brought me all my dry clothes and then left to get my bike, etc. Two of my friends stayed with me and held up blankets so I could change right there. Of course I hammed it up by humming the famous stripper tune and waved my bright pink bra over the top of the blankets for all to see. That got all the volunteers laughing and even some of the poor, sick souls that were laid up in the same room. Finally warmed up, thanked my nurse and was on my way!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Ummm...I guess I could've done more bike to run workouts? I don't know. The run was just plain hard!

Event comments:

For my first ever HIM and only second triathlon ever...I thought I did a great job. It was one year ago this weekend that I went and watched a triathlon for the first time...and here it is one year later and I do a HIM! I love this sport, love this lifestyle and am already thinking now I need to find an Olympic to do this summer...!




Last updated: 2011-01-02 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:50:15 | 1220 yards | 04m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 48/67
Overall: 1053/1420
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course: Triangular course swimming clockwise
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 53F / 12C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 05:55
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
03:14:41 | 56 miles | 17.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 39/67
Overall: 949/1420
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Some climbs, some flat, some weird hairpin turns but overall I loved the course
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 07:59
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
02:45:57 | 13.1 miles | 12m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 48/67
Overall: 1053/1420
Performance: Average
Course: Two loops, mostly shaded, pretty much flat, although even the jaunts uphill from under bridges felt really hard!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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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2011-06-12 8:22 AM

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2011-06-12 9:58 AM
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Sounds like you had a lot of fun, if I am ever sick in a tent I am going to think of you now. Great job and thanks for the laugh
2011-06-12 10:06 AM
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you did awesome and it sounds like you had fun which i think is the most important part....very good job!!!
2011-06-12 10:17 AM
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Great job! I'm disappointed that we didn't get to meet at the race. Swimming the entire swim using crawl is an accomplishment. The run is hard mentally and to get stronger on the second loop is great.
2011-06-12 10:37 AM
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Very nicely done. Sounds like you executed a great plan and you now get to reap the rewards. Congratulations.
2011-06-12 10:44 AM
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Sounds like you really rocked this one!

 

Love the whole stripper act in the med tent!  Too funny!



2011-06-12 10:55 AM
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Congrats on a well executed race! 

Even in the med tent, there's usually some time for fun. 

2011-06-12 11:01 AM
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Nice job. Sounds like you finished in good spirits!
2011-06-12 11:02 AM
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Great job!  Glad you enjoyed yourself and still kept your sense of humor in the tent.  Congrats!
2011-06-12 12:29 PM
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I enjoyed your race report. Written like an English teacher. You did great! Way to race!

2011-06-12 12:55 PM
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Great job, running a Half Mary after a 56 mile bike is HARD!!!!!!!!!! Awesome performance, especially the Bike, it ain't the tools, it's the carpenter.  Great RR, very entertaining read, someone should have gotten a video of the changing.

Congratulations Kim, sounds like you had a ball!!!


2011-06-12 1:26 PM
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Congratulations! Sounds like a really fun race. I'd be happy with your bike pace and I'm riding a Felt B16 tri bike. Great job out there!
2011-06-12 3:55 PM
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Great job Kim! 

I think your swim distance is wrong in your report.

2011-06-12 5:03 PM
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way to finish hard! You're a half IMer now!
2011-06-12 6:50 PM
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Very inspiring to read!  Congratulations!!
2011-06-12 7:58 PM
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Great job, now where's your half IM tattoo going?  Cool



2011-06-12 9:54 PM
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Great work! Sounds like you had a great day. My first (and only) half last summer went a lot like yours. That run is brutal, plain and simple. Congrats!
2011-06-13 6:14 AM
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Congratulations. You have been working hard towards your goal and it sounds like you really had a great time. I love the fact that the bike was total enjoyment for you. Your observation about the engine vs. the dollars spent is priceless.

2011-06-13 2:43 PM
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I always like to read your reports...

Congratulations on your race..

2011-06-13 8:18 PM
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2011-06-14 3:05 PM
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Great job and congratulations. It was a great day to race. Sounds like a missed the show in medical!


2011-06-16 11:29 PM
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All I can say is "Awesome Job"!
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