Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
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Anytime alltom1 goes 46 mins in an IM you can be assured the course was short or there was a current. I can't be sure about the distance, which leaves an incoming tide as that which propelled me forward as with the speed of Andy Potts. Friends, those sighting buoys would be waaayyy off in the distance and next thing you knew, you were already past.
Water was flat and calm at the start and I did my trick of going well upwater of the first turn buoy so the tide would carry me back towards it. That's also the fastest path to open water. I stayed as far over to the left as I could and kept sighting off of fixed landmarks vs. the buoys. Chop was up by the time we got to the turn and I swallowed a little more water than optimal but I didn't think it was as bad as last year.
Cut the buoys close all the way/sighted off Seapath Condos to the marina. I was getting a little tired, believe it or not, and was kind of relieved to get to the ladders.
What would you do differently?:
I don't think I could find a better line and the current was a glorious thing. Good times in the water.
First things first: do NOT run into metal railing and fracture ribs on the way to T1 tent. Mission Accomplished.
I'm pretty sure everone who checked their watch was thinking "did I just do that swim in 45mins?". For my own part, I was practically giddy.
Slowish transition - stuff just did not want to go over my head/feet/arms. No worries - just hustle it up.
Would you rather have a wicked fast current to swim in, and then lots of wind to deal with on the bike, or no current and no wind? This year's ride at B2B was similar to last year: headwind for 70miles/tailwind for 40. Because the sun didn't come out until much later, though, I was downright cold for a long time and the bit of rain we had to ride through didn't help. For a while, I couldn't get my fingers to bend. OTOH, I could have been one of those poor people I saw riding with just tri-suits w/no socks. OUCH.
I ride with no data - It's completely by feel. I maintained a pace that was right at the edge of hurting too much. I got passed by a few people early on, including one lovely couple of guys who were taking turns doing the pulling - Some people just don't know how to have a good time. The only real dark moments came right after the rain stopped and I couldn't move my fingers to get at my Crustables. I have struggled with nutrition in enough races to know the consequences so I really wanted those Crustables.
Not much else was remarkable about the day..we made the turn at around the 70th mile and the stress on my legs eased up big-time. You still have to turn the cranks but the whole dynamic is different, from the change from shrieking wind to being very quiet, to not feeling nearly as cold, and the speed. Yes, indeed..the very real speed.
I started coming up on the tail end of cyclists doing the half - You could see that these folks were struggling with the day and I wish I had done more than just say 'on your left' but I was feeling a little beat up myself. Regret for the day was the missed opportunity to try and encourage.
Got out of the saddle to dance on my pedals over the last bridge and I was in T2.
What would you do differently?:
Time was pretty close to what I expected based on training rides so I'm giving myself a pass.
I changed from cycling to running shorts and left the jerseys on..If I had been out much past sundown, I would have been one cold shuffler 'cause they were pretty damp.
In and out with a bit of banana to go.
The day's crucible/death cage wrapped up in a moment of truth. .Always.
I had no idea whether I was on target to meet the goal, so I focused on task: Four 10k's and hold 9 min/mi.
First obstacle was the wind coming back over the first overpass - no joke, it was strong enough to check your forward momentum. A good crosswind would have knocked you clean over the side..According to race tracking, I was at about 8:50m/m the first 6.5mi. That was as fast as it got. More of the same on the way back to the battleship, went through the loop without grabbing a spare longsleeve shirt, as I could tell I'd be finishing in daylight. I took my first look at the time since the swim segment and lo' and behold 8:39 total elapsed time. In my tiny brain, I thought I could go 10:35 for the day if the caffeine kick was game. Harsh reality was that I was already slowing down and nothing was going to get my legs to turn over any faster. I managed to maintain my dignity and sense of decorum by not letting myself do any walking but what was necessary to grab food at aid stations. Crossing that bridge into the wind the second time around was the darkest moment of the day but frankly, if that's as bad as the day was getting, I got off lightly.
Second loop I saw some folks I'd met at the dinner and they were all moving well. I hit up every other aid station for Pepsi, alternating water, and occaisonal cookies and bananas. Somewhere I migrated into an IM shuffle vs. a slow run and split for the second time around reflects that. Whatever - I could feel the goal was in hand, especially after I overheard some other runners mention elapsed time was 10:39 when I had 1.5 to go. There was no kick in the legs in at all, which was a little disappointing because the little bit of run course where there was a crowd had to see alltom1 at his most vulnerable..
What would you do differently?:
I hadn't managed to actually run the whole way in an IM before, so I guess that's good but it's still feels like I should be going faster. I'll have a year to reflect..
Also, I did thank every volunteer I came in contact with but I would like to be of even sunnier disposition. "Love you guys! Thanks for being here!"
10 mins in the warming tent and straight off to the masseuse.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
If I'm really being honest, alltom1 might be getting close to terminal velocity unless something about my training and commitment changes. If there had been no tide AND no wind, I think my time would have been about the same.
The motivation for next time might be in the form of taking 4th in AG. I was 5mins behind 3rd place - make that up on the run? I would sure like to try. Since two guys ahead of me placed in Masters, I get the 2nd Place AG spot. It feels a little hollow.
Again, fourth time at B2B, and I've watched race management overcome the greater than usual number of details that go into a point-point event. Every year there are more volunteers, there's better traffic management, better organization of things like the handling of transition and special needs bags..I could go on. I think the city accepts and welcomes the event and the racers and Wilmington really is a pretty cool place to have a race. The race is also the right time of year for people like me who've decided no more racing in the heat. I plan to come back again next year but it might be for the half.
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This year's race had but one goal: Go sub-11.
I drove into Wilmington Weds. and stayed at MIL's. She's a saint.
I did a little splashing around off Blockade Runner on Thursday and that was the only exercising I did. I've had some of my best days at long course after a two week block of doing nearly nothing. Not really sure that's technically a taper, but whatever..
Anyhoo, I went to the dinner on Thursday and spent the rest of my time obsessing over details: packing the bags/making sure bike components check out/checkng the weather forecast for the kabillionth time.
None - stood on the beach and waited for the Coasties to give the ok.