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Scheels High Cliff Triathlon - Half Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
United States
Midwest Sports Events
Total Time = 5h 52m
Overall Rank = 241/576
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 30/48
Pre-race routine:

We all got to the course way too late had to use bathroom and there was a long line. Was not ready on time, forgot salt tablets. Need to get to course earlier next year.
Event warmup:

  • 45m 4s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 08s / 100 yards

Last years course was about 3-400 meters short from what I hear, so that pry had to do with why my time was 09 minutes slower but I was still very disappointed with how I did. Wore friends googles, big mistake. Once I hit the turn around, everytime I came up I was looking right into the sun. This made spotting very difficult and I ended up veering way too far out on several occasions. It also made me come striaght up to look quite a bit and I never got into a steady pace.
What would you do differently?:

Definatly master's swim before Ironman Wisconsin next year. Work on spotting, new googles.
Transition 1
  • 02m 28s

Ate half a cliff bar
  • 2h 53m 40s
  • 56.7 miles
  • 19.59 mile/hr

Started off good up the big hill, then after about 3-5 more miles I heard hissing from my tires. Asked a guy if I looked flat, he said no but that maybe my tires looked a little low. Got off my bike and noticed the nozzle you fill the air with was bent and loose, tire was a little low but I didn't fill it with c02. Got back on and road. Felt really set back and wanted to average over 19 on the bike so I started pushing harder than I had planned. I have never had leg cramps biking or running in my life, but I began to get really bad cramps in my hamstrings after about 20 miles. Didn't even know what I felt like so I thought I maybe had pulled it, but then it went away but then came back around mile 30. Nice lady on bike told me she had salt tablets and said they should help. Took the pills and the cramps stopped, was very thankful. Got off bike and noticed that my hamstring was pretty tight and sore. Overall very happy with bike time but used way too much effort.
What would you do differently?:

More nutrition on bike. Don't push as hard.
Transition 2
  • 02m 48s
  • 2h 08m 25s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 48s  min/mile

Very very disappointed with run. Just did an Olympic three weeks ago where I averaged 20.4 on the bike and 7:00 min per mile on the run and also did a half marathon where I averaged a 7:03 run. Do not understand how I did so terrible as running is normally my biggest stregnth.Took off too fast up the hill and felt completly bonked out after 3 miles. My run was slower than last years run even though I trained way more, did more bricks and am overall a way better runner. Also my wife did her first half, trained really hard with her busy schedule and she finished at around 6 hr 30 min. Was really proud of her and when she finished I didnt really care about how bad a did because I was happy to see her finish.
What would you do differently?:

More nutrition on the bike, a little slower on the bike maybe.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Really trying to figure that out. Am very disappointed and pretty confused. No reason I should not have been around 5:30. I understand I need to train more for swimming and the course being the right distance this year has a lot to do with me getting a 9 min slower time than last year but I feel seeing my time after coming out of the water put me in a bad mental state. Then once I had to get off my bike around mile 10, I felt like I had to make up a lot of time and pry pushed too hard on the bike. Once I started running I just felt terrible. My hamstring was bothering me and I just felt bonked. I think when I started to realize I wasnt going to hit my goal I just gave in. This is what I am most disappointed in, usually mental toughness is a big stregnth of mine but I started feeling sorry for myself, was upset and just gave in. There is no reason that someone who can run 7:00 per mile on an olympic course should be running 9:40's on a half ironman.
On a positive note, a lot of things did not go my way but I still got through it. I beat last years time by about 20 min, learned a lot about my body and what is needed for my nutrition, will be even more important for the full im planning to do next year. Will be more prepared next time for incoviences and try and learn from and take what I can from it. Still can't believe how terrible my run was!

Event comments:

Course was nice, not a big fan of the uneven trails very very upsset with how I did, however trails not to blame. No reason that someone who can run a 1:30 half marathon and 7 per mile Olym should be running a 940 run in the half. No exactly sure what happend and feel like I did all this training for nothing. Will need to get over it, try and learn from it and use what I learned for the full next year.

Last updated: 2011-06-08 12:00 AM
00:45:04 | 2112 yards | 02m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 40/48
Overall: 0/576
Performance: Bad
Suit: Full sleve wetsuit
Course: Shore start, waves of about 50.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Bad
Time: 02:28
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
02:53:40 | 56.7 miles | 19.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 26/48
Overall: 0/576
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Up the approx. 1 mile High Cliff Hill then up and down country hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:48
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:08:25 | 13.1 miles | 09m 48s  min/mile
Age Group: 30/48
Overall: 0/576
Performance: Bad
Course: Up the high cliff hill, two lap run through 85% trails then back down the high cliff hill.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2011-06-20 11:36 AM

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