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Ironman 70.3 Austin - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Austin, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 5h 37m 21s
Overall Rank = 441/2573
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 65/342
Pre-race routine:

Arrived in plenty of time to drop off my run transition bag and get my bike transition setup. We had to keep everything in a bag in both transitions so that made things a little difficult for everyone. Once I aired up my tires and got my bike ready, I waited around for another 90 minutes for my wave to go. 20 minutes until my wave start, I put on my wetsuit….and my game face.
Event warmup:

None - 90 minutes from transition closed to start of my wave
  • 36m 59s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards

I had a tough swim. It seemed like I couldn’t get away from flailing arms and legs for the first 800m or so. Got my goggles kicked off and my Garmin buttons pressed. I seemed to be tracking a little left of center as well. My arms felt strong on the last half of the swim though so that was good. As I got out of the water, I looked at my Garmin, “8:50.” So much for that. I’ll have to fix it on the bike.
Transition 1
  • 03m 16s

The flying mount was a success! Now I just need to be able to do it with my shoes already clipped into the pedals....and be able to do the run sockless.
  • 00m
  • 56 miles
  • 0.00 mile/hr

I practiced a flying mount probably a dozen or so times on Friday – first in my yard in case I wiped out and then in the street. I never wrecked and felt like I could probably pull it off at the race. And I did! 30 seconds saved. I had a pretty good ride despite the typically rough roads on the course. There was actually a stretch of about 70m with no pavement – just road base. Lots of whiners were complaining but it wasn’t bad at all. Lots of blocking and drafting out there and I ended up riding beside the course marshall motorcycle for a good 20-ish miles. Saw her write down 50+ names but never once showed someone a penalty card. What’s the point? :eye roll: Coming into transition, I was able to get my feet out of my shoes so I could run sock-footed into transition – another 15 seconds saved. I felt a bit taxed but hoped I had saved enough for the run.
What would you do differently?:

I need to try carrying all my own nutrition. The Gatorade Endurance on the course wasn't doing me any favors and I don't think I got enough salt. Need to look into salt tablets.
Transition 2
  • 01m 59s
  • 2h 17m 32s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 30s  min/mile

I didn’t save enough for the run. 0.4 miles in, I had to stop and massage my quads for a good 90 seconds or so since they were locking up bad. After that, I was able to run again and planned to do whatever pace a 160bpm HR would allow. That turned out to be 8:40 for a while, then 9:35, then 9:50, then 10:20. Then at 9.5 miles, I had to walk. My quads were locking up again and I couldn’t coerce them to cooperate for 3.5 more miles. So I run/walked the rest of the way. Oddly, going downhill was worse than uphill. I saw the same people multiple times since it was a multi-loop out-and-back run. About a half mile from the finish, I mustered all the guts in my legs and ran it in across the finish. I nearly tripped and fell on the excess timing mat bumps after I crossed the finish but luckily saved it. Should make for a great finish line picture.
What would you do differently?:

More base miles. Need to do some over-mileage runs.
Post race
Warm down:

Signed up for a massage, grabbed a chopped beef sandwich and some ice cream, got my massage, tried to see a couple friends come across the finish (never saw them) and eventually gathered my things and went home. Chuy’s chips and salsa, Dos Equis, and enchiladas for dinner hit the spot.

Last updated: 2011-10-24 12:00 AM
00:36:59 | 2112 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 96/342
Overall: 599/2573
Performance: Average
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 03:16
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:00:00 | 56 miles | 0.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 35/342
Overall: 0/2573
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:59
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:17:32 | 13.1 miles | 10m 30s  min/mile
Age Group: 123/342
Overall: 0/2573
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
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] 4

2011-10-24 12:35 PM

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Austin, TX
Subject: Ironman 70.3 Austin

2011-10-24 12:47 PM
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San Antone, Texas
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Austin

Nice race dude!  I agree,  lots of whiners and complainers out there.  The roads really weren't that bad at all.  At least, not bad for the folks who ride them on a daily basis.  I wonder what the roads are like in the rest of the world?  Must be perfectly smooth and not a crack in sight...


Good job!!

2011-10-24 1:16 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Austin

congrats on a great time. It did seem crowded out there.

I saw that same ref on the back of the motorcycle. And lots of drafting and blocking going on.

2011-10-25 3:24 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Austin

Congrats on great time! it was a crowded race...way to push thru those cramps and finish strong!


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