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Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
69F / 21C
Total Time = 11h 17m 40s
Overall Rank = 105/525
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 20/87
Pre-race routine:

Taped my gels to my bike, and got my Garmin ready. There wasn't a whole lot to do, since I had already turned in my T2 bag the day before, and had gotten my T1 bag set up at the hotel.
Event warmup:

Just swung my arms a little bit on the beach.
  • 47m 46s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 08s / 100 yards

I wasn't expecting them to start the race with us all in the chute. I figured we'd walk across a timing mat, and then all start from the beach. I was pretty far back in the chute, and took a while to even get to the water. Then it was hard getting around a bunch of slower swimmers when we started.

I just took it easy on the actual swim, to save up energy for the race.
What would you do differently?:

Get closer to the start.
Transition 1
  • 08m 15s

I'm not sure what took so long on this transition. It did take a while to get on my arm warmers, but I didn't think it was that long. I didn't start with my shoes on the bike like I do in shorter races, and I didn't run as quickly through the TA, but I wouldn't think that was enough to account for this much time.
  • 5h 50m 18s
  • 112 miles
  • 19.18 mile/hr

I decided to leave my gloves in T1, and at first that was fine. But, then there was a light mist/rain. The wet hands combined with the wind was miserably cold. I stopped to pee at the first rest stop, and I had gotten a knot in my tri shorts drawstring. My hands were so cold, I couldn't get the knot out. Eventually, I finally got it out, but according to my Garmin, I lost 8 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure the tri shorts are tied better.
Transition 2
  • 06m 54s

I wasn't thinking at the end of the race, and I only got one foot out of my shoe, approaching the dismount line. I got off the bike, and took off the other shoe, and handed it to the volunteer who was taking my bike. I was a little wobbly at the end of the bike, so I had a hard time unclipping that shoe.

I stopped to pee during this transition, so that added a little time.
What would you do differently?:

Remember earlier to take my feet out of the shoes.
  • 4h 24m 29s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 05s  min/mile

At the beginning of this run, my right foot scraped against my ankle a couple times, and hit the timing chip strap. I looked down, and noticed the velcro was mostly undone, so I stopped and strapped it back together. When I got to the turnaround point, the timing mat didn't beep. The volunteers had me run over it a couple times, and when it still didn't beep, they said they'd call in my number and time. It dawned on me a little later, that the timing chip had probably come off when the strap came loose, so I stopped and checked, and sure enough, it was gone. I kept an eye out for it when I passed the stretch of road where I had fixed the strap, but didn't see it. Every time I crossed one of the timing mats, I kept telling the volunteers my number, to make sure they knew I was had done the whole thing.

Early in the run, my achilles was hurting a little bit again, but praise to God, it loosened up after a mile or two. The last few miles, my body was really aching.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure my timing chip is on nice and tight.
Post race
Warm down:

Just walked around a little bit.

Event comments:

This was a good race. The venue was great. As always, SetupEvents did a great job with organization. There were tons of friendly volunteers. I'd recommend this race.

Last updated: 2011-09-01 12:00 AM
00:47:46 | 4224 yards | 01m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 17/87
Overall: 114/525
Performance: Average
Suit: Synergy wetsuit
Course: Point to point, with 2 turns. The first was a right hand turn 100 yards off the shore. The second was a left hand turn, close to the end.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 08:15
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
05:50:18 | 112 miles | 19.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 23/87
Overall: 100/525
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Point to point, with one big loop. Extremely flat.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 06:54
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
04:24:29 | 26.2 miles | 10m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 29/87
Overall: 151/525
Performance: Average
Course: 2 laps on an extremely flat course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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] 4

2011-10-31 3:04 PM

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2011-10-31 3:52 PM
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Bedford, MA
Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
Nice work out there - you killed it in your first IM! Looks like we came out of the water at about the same time. The conditions on the bike were brutal - I had to stop twice to even get out nutrition b/c my hands weren't working.
2011-11-01 10:03 AM
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North Carolina
Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
Congrats on a great race!
2011-11-01 9:53 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon

Another speedy swimmer!

Great job!

2011-11-02 8:16 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
Congratulations - Fast day all the way around, esp. considering 8mins trying to get a knot undone! I couldn't get one of my shoes out of the cleats either..

Way to go!
2011-11-02 5:55 PM
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Bedford, NH
Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
Awesome race man!  Sounds you had a couple minor issues, but all in all, you had a great day!  Bummer about the timing chip, but I'm glad it worked out alright.  Congrats Ironman!

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