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Soma Half Iron Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
The Red Rock Company
97F / 36C
Total Time = 7h 26m 12s
Overall Rank = 475/524
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 118/128
Pre-race routine:

Felt like I was getting sick all week leading up to the race. I didn't train much and tried to rest up. Didn't sleep much the night before the race. Got up at 4am and had a bagel w/ cream cheese. Drank a bottle of infinit on the way to the race and had 1/2 a banana in transition. 1 GU 10 minutes before the swim start. Should have stretched a bit but they had issues with my timing chip that took a bit of time.
Event warmup:

Not much. My nutrition plan usually works pretty well.
  • 47m 37s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 15s / 100 yards

Way more traffic than I've ever dealt with. Was shooting for 40-45 minute swim and ended up just over 47 minutes. kind of disappointing. I need to work on longer distance OWS in the off-season.

What would you do differently?:

I would move more to the right and try to get out of all the traffic. I just need to get better at swimming, period.
Transition 1
  • 03m 42s

This seemed slow to me. This being my longest OWS in a race, I just don't think I expected it to be that long. Was a bit winded in T1. The guy next to me had racked his bike on the wrong side so it was a bit cramped. i made do.
What would you do differently?:

Get better at the swim so I'm not so tired going into T1.
  • 3h 11m 19s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.56 mile/hr

Felt great on the first loop. Hit my goal speed perfectly but felt like I had to pee. Tried to go on the bike but that wasn't working so I stopped on loop #2 out by the 202. Felt better after that. I don't think my nutrition plan was followed very well. I was planning on a GU every 30 minutes and 1 bottle f infinit every 1:15 but I didn't keep up. I was drinking water from my aero bottle and never felt thirsty. On loop 3 my stomach exploded. It happened within about 2 minutes. I went from feeling good to feeling horrible. I would say it was like food poisoning. Felt like I was going to throw up and crap at the same time. After that, I was doubting if I could continue or not. I still had about 15 miles on the final loop and I was feeling terrible. My avg speed dropped from about 18 down to 14.6. My back, butt and feet started hurting also. I wanted off the bike so bad.
What would you do differently?:

I need to figure out the nutrition plan on the bike in the heat. I'm going to try some salt tabs because I'm a heavy sweater. I also need to figure out how to maintain pace and get my calories in. These are thing s to work on over the winter.
Transition 2
  • 05m 13s

I was still debating what I would do going into T2. I really thought I was going to have to stop. Right after I entered T2, I stopped and took off my shoes because the bottoms of my feet hurt so bad. Don't know if I need new shoes or what but they always hurt on my longer rides in the heat.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I was so out of it that I did the best I could. I had a hard time racking my bike because there was no room to get the seat under the pole. I ended up ripping off my sero bottle and racking it by the brake levers. I was dreading the run (I mean walk) ahead of me.
  • 3h 18m 18s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 15m 08s  min/mile

Brutal. Stomach never recovered. I stopped at the porta potty at mile 1 but there was a whole bunch of people at it. Went onto the one at Mile 2 and thought it might help, it didn't really. I was able to keep going at a HR in the 140's. Anything in the 150's to 170's made me feel like I was going to throw up and crap. I tried only water, gatorade, coke. Nothing seemed to work. It was so hot and my body doesn't function well in the heat. I just survived to finish this race. Not really the result I wanted but i didn't quit.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know what caused my stomach issues but I know I need to work on my run. I also need to do some bricks off 40+ mile rides over the winter. I was all set to run 5 minutes and walk :30 but I could barely run for 1 minute.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank one cup of gatorade and sat in the (hot) shade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Stomach cramping and the heat.

Event comments:

Great race but just wasn't my day. Even if I didn't have the stomach issues, the heat would have slowed me way down. They didn't have ice on the course for about 1/2 the run. They should have known since they knew how hot it was going to be. Hard to cool down with luke warm water

Last updated: 2011-08-16 12:00 AM
00:47:37 | 2112 yards | 02m 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 111/128
Overall: 446/524
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3 Full
Course: 1 loop. Lots of traffic the whole race. I probably should have moved further over to the right to get out of the pack. Had these two guys swimming in front of me the whole race that zig zagged back and forth in front of me. i must have hit them 25 times. They were faster than me but had no sighting at all. Was at just over 20 minutes at the 1/2 way point which was right on pace. The back 1/2 I slowed down a bit and got kicked in the jaw by a guy that was next to me (not in front of me). That pretty much pissed me off.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 03:42
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:11:19 | 56 miles | 17.56 mile/hr
Age Group: 108/128
Overall: 447/524
Performance: Below average
Loop 1 59:14 (right on pace) Loop 2 1:04:09 (stopped at porta potty for #1) Loop 3 1:15:40 (Bomb went off in my stomach around mile 40)
Wind: Headwind
Course: 3 loops through Tempe. Wasn't expecting that hill coming out of the lake.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 73
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 05:13
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal
03:18:18 | 13.1 miles | 15m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 119/128
Overall: 485/524
Performance: Bad
Course: 2 loops around TTL with an out and back
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %0
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
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

2011-10-24 3:18 PM

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Subject: Soma Half Iron Triathlon

2011-10-24 4:04 PM
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Subject: RE: Soma Half Iron Triathlon
Good job finishing! Congrats
2011-10-28 11:31 PM
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Highlands Ranch, CO
Subject: RE: Soma Half Iron Triathlon


I have gone through almost the exact same thing. It is horrible! Good for you for finishing. That took guts.


2011-10-29 8:59 AM
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Casa Grande, Az.
Subject: RE: Soma Half Iron Triathlon

Hey, great job of facing adversity and sucking it up and getting it done! Don

t let this get you down! This probably forged some mental tools to have at your disposal! Your bike time was still a major improvement over Marquee, and SOMA was a more technical and challenging course, by far!

Edited by todds 2011-10-29 8:59 AM
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