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Ironman 70.3 Racine - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
Total Time = 6h 58m 59s
Overall Rank = 1454/2150
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 136/166
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:15. Didn't really have a set plan, just wanted to make it to the race site early enough so I wasn't crunched for time. Got to transition at about 5:45 after the 40 minute drive. Started setting everything up and noticed my rear tire was really low on air. Forgot my air pump at the vehicle, so I stood in line and waited for the bike techs to pump it up. Tried staying relaxed.
Event warmup:

Couldn't get a bike warmup in since it couldn't leave transition. Didn't want to run because I was trying to save my knee for the race. I did a decent stretch and tried to eat a banana. I was too nervous to eat, it kept trying to come up. I was able to get about half of it down. Walked to the start with my support crew... nice little walk to clear the mind.
  • 44m 27s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 06s / 100 yards

Water was comfortable... I started out at a conservative pace, and actually started to pass people in my wave, which made me feel good. Unfortunately a little over halfway through my goggles started leaking, which I was worried might happen. It took me several tries of stopping and treading water before I got them back on right. Swim seem long at the time, but in hindsight, it was quite enjoyable.
What would you do differently?:

Need to keep trying different goggles to find the right one for me.
Transition 1
  • 04m 36s

Nice beach run to T1. Wetsuit strippers were helpful and saved me the hassle of trying to get it off on my own. Took my time and made sure I had everything right before heading out.
  • 3h 21m 27s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.68 mile/hr

Shortly in to the bike I knew this was going to be hard. I was pushing it hard, but people were flying by me. Felt uncomfortable and sluggish. I wasn't able to stay in my aero position for very long at a time and hammer on it. I didn't know how I was going to make it. 18 miles in I stopped to check my tire pressure cause I thought something had to be making this harder than usual. I was right, my rear tire had a slight rub. I was so mad at myself. I fixed it and the next 19 was easier. I was able to raise my average from 16.2 to 16.7. The last 17 miles hurt. I started cramping pretty good and my legs were shot. I was a wreck of emotions with a couple miles left. Happy that I made it, but overwhelmed that I still had the run to go.

I was only able to take 1 Gel pack. I know I needed more but I had taken so much fluids in (grabbing a full bottle at every station) and I knew if I were to take some I was going to get sick.
What would you do differently?:

I should have just left my trainer skewer on and not but my light weight one on. My rear tire has so little play, I knew there was a high probability something would go wrong.
Transition 2
  • 02m 20s

Was lucky enough to have my area right next to the fence, so I could talk to my father during T2. Told him I was cramping up badly and got comfort when he said a lot of people were in the same boat. People were passing me too fast on the bike for me to notice if they were in pain ;) .... I apologized to my support crew in advance for the slow run.
  • 2h 46m 9s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 41s  min/mile

I hadn't been able to get any running workouts in in the past month because my right knee has been causing me a lot of issues. I wasn't going to let that stop me from competing in the race, so my goal was to run as much as I could. And when I had to walk, to walk briskly. I was able to run a good portion of the first lap. The people with hoses felt amazing. One guy projectile vomited right next to me in the zoo because he had drank too much liquid. I felt bad but it was a little entertaining.

The 2nd lap I was a wreck. I couldn't run no matter how badly I wanted to. My knee was toast, legs were cramping and I was exhausted. It took everything I had to run the last 100m. I wanted to finish running, not walking.
What would you do differently?:

There really wasn't anything I could do but leave it in God's hands since my ITB has been acting up BADLY all season. Did everything I could think of to fix it in the 3 months leading up to the race. I have to let it heal and it hard next year!
Post race
Warm down:

Warm cool-down consisted of me getting my medal, walking to the grass, and promptly falling down in exhaustion.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

IT Band injury

Event comments:

Awesome job by all of the volunteers and law enforcement!

Last updated: 2011-07-20 12:00 AM
00:44:27 | 2112 yards | 02m 06s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/166
Overall: 0/2150
Performance: Average
Suit: Blue Seventy Reaction
Course: Point to point
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:36
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
03:21:27 | 56 miles | 16.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/166
Overall: 0/2150
Performance: Below average
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:20
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:46:09 | 13.1 miles | 12m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/166
Overall: 0/2150
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-07-20 7:26 PM

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Sioux Falls, SD
Subject: Ironman 70.3 Racine

2011-07-20 7:31 PM
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Sioux Falls, SD
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Racine

Total time was 6:58:59


Sorry I forgot to post it, and don't know how to edit it.

2011-07-21 8:30 AM
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Awesome job, way to hang in there on a horrible hot day!

2011-07-21 9:56 AM
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SE Wisconsin
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Congrats!  Way to fight through the pain and heat and finish.  That run was brutal for about everyone I think. 
2011-07-21 10:05 AM
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Great work out there! It was terribly hot!
2011-07-25 1:35 PM
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Winter Park, Florida
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Racine
Away to overcome the obstacles! You did what you could worth what you had out there and came put of the ordeal with a finish. I like how you kept everything in prospective and just kept plugging along.

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