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Ironman 70.3 Racine - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = /2150
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 102/
Event warmup:

Did a little swimming / water acclimation - 66F
  • 40m 4s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards

Perhaps my best swim ever! I felt great and stayed with my pack. Everything seemed to be there for me. We did swim against the current, while it was barely noticeable at first, the final few buoys were a struggle. I was able to find someone to draft off of and this was the first time that I was able to move from one persons draft to another and successfully hold their pace. I did get stuck a few times behind some slower swimmers from the group who launched before us.
What would you do differently?:

I still need more work on speed, but I'm getting there.
Transition 1
  • 02m 55s

I utilized the wetsuit strippers and had to wait for a second for their help. Got in to T1 and didn't rush.
What would you do differently?:

Considering the overall race today, I think I paced everything well.
  • 2h 52m 59s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.42 mile/hr

Wow, it was hot before I started my swim and I definitely felt it on the bike. I didn't push the bike as I knew that I hadn't trained to race this bike. I wanted to save energy for the run and had high hopes of nailing my run. I felt that I held a good cadence on the bike but OA it was 67. I did coast a lot but my OA cadence should have been much higher! I started out holding a solid 20-22mph pace. I opted to slow a little to hold for the run, but near the end of the bike I felt spent. It was just crazy hot!

Speedfil - if you don't own one, buy one! It's a 40oz container, but I refilled it at each aid station. I also had 1 bottle of Fluid with me. Never felt the urge to use the bathroom, so I know I was sweating out a lot more than normal.
What would you do differently?:

Spin baby, spin.
Transition 2
  • 03m 9s

T2 went well, but again, I took my time. I felt the burn in my legs so I let them rest for a bit. Started up the Garmin 410 and let it sync, took some MAP and SaltTab and I was off to run.
  • 2h 19m 26s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 38s  min/mile

I was hurting when I left T2. I knew from the first step of my run that this was going to take a LOT longer than I planned. I'm not exactly sure why I was so cramped and I have a hard time believing that it was solely the heat. Water and nutrition intake was good on the bike. Supplements were right on during the bike - so that leaves me with pre-race training. I made the immediate decision to take the Hal Higdon approach to running and followed it strictly for the entire first loop. I knew that it would cause my OA run to be slower than planned, but I wanted to be sure that I could finish the race without letting the cramping stop me. Again, nutrition and supplements were right on. Second loop I did pick the pace a little and limited my breaks. I hoped that this would still give me a sub 10min/mi time. At the last turn-around I stepped it up and then paid for it. I did take another minute walk break about a half mile before the finish. Then I took final stretch in with a sadly slow stride. Turns out that only 2 of my miles were sub 10 min/mi. So apparently my walking intervals was longer than Hal Higdon would approve of. Per the Garmin data(reviewing after the race), while I was running I held 8-8:45 paces. Thankfully the good citizens of Racine were out again in full force soaking down everyone with cold hose water! I took a bath at every opportunity and put ice down the front of my shorts at every other aid station. I took in oranges at every opportunity, grabbed a sponge and kept it cold and wet.
What would you do differently?:

Wow, I let my training fail me here. I should have been doing bigger and longer bricks over the past few months!
Post race
Warm down:

Ate a turkey sub immediately and drank some water. I hate ice baths, but if one was available, I would have dove into it!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My training was focused, but not specific enough and my volume was WAY under where I should have been for this race. I knew that going in. I knew that I was prepared to finish, but hoped that I could still race it.

Event comments:

Ironman did a great job organizing this race. The only fault that I can point out is that one aid station ran out of cups - but with the heat and people taking 'extras' it does add up. I had a good time and hope to be back next year.

Last updated: 2011-06-07 12:00 AM
00:40:04 | 2112 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 102/
Overall: 788/2150
Performance: Good
Suit: Full Xterra
Course: Straight swim along the beach - 200m out.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:55
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:52:59 | 56 miles | 19.42 mile/hr
Age Group: 112/
Overall: 759/2150
Performance: Below average
Avg HR was 156 with a total calorie burn of almost 2000.
Wind: Some
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 67
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:09
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:19:26 | 13.1 miles | 10m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 102/
Overall: 788/2150
Performance: Below average
Avg HR 157 with calories spent at 1800+
Course: Double out and back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
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

2011-07-19 9:27 AM

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Small Town
Subject: Ironman 70.3 Racine

2011-07-19 10:11 AM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Racine

Why is it everytime we do this race it's a scorcher?

It was great to see you today and awesome to hear your swim is coming along so well.  You were able to strategize on the fly and that was important to surviving the day.

Hope to see you next year!!!  I'm thinking it will be mid 70s!

2011-07-19 10:18 AM
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Wherever the trail takes me, WA.
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Racine
Great day given the condition... Also from what I read you had the right attitude out there!  Good work!  Hope all is going well with you!
2011-07-19 10:33 PM
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san francisco
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Racine
Way to get it done in such horrible heat and humidity! Cramps on the run and you still made it through in good time. Happy for your swim improvements, too! Cooler weather next time, you guys deserve it!
2011-07-20 9:08 AM
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Racine
I think most of us had to sacrifice on the run...especially if we didn't on the bike.  Great job and race report!  Like you, I am looking at more long bricks, particularly in the heat...
2011-07-23 10:48 AM
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Winter Park, Florida
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Racine

JHag, it was a great time in Racine and that was a great RR as well.  I won't hesitate to mention and overstate that it was so damn hot out on race day.  My sleeveless Tri-Top suntan (more like sunburn) is just not working for me.

But hey, we did some damage, whether good or bad is besides the point right now, out there this year.  I think that there was something to prove to ourselves and those around us that there's nothing that's going to stop us when we're motivated.  You can call it lack of training, heat, stress, whatever...You did what you could with what you had and that was a success crossing the finish line.

Ahh next year, those infamous words.

(Thanks for those quick words of Coaching when I saw you first on the run.  You said "negative split man", and even though I didn't get the negative split, I know that I kept hearing those words in my head throughout my run and used it as motivation to pick up and start running when I had to stop to walk)

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