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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
50F / 10C
Total Time = 12h 03m 24s
Overall Rank = 204/750
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:30. Ate a small baked potato, a small bagel, a banana, a cup of tea, a multi-vitamin, a TUMS. Out the door to bus to T1 at 5:10. Sipped 20 oz of water. Ate a gel 15 minutes before the start.
  • 49m 45s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 11s / 100 yards

Good swim. Pre-race swim found the landmarks for navigation, Blockade Runner, channel markers, SeaPath condo tower. Found a steady 4 stroke rhythm, breathing mostly on right side to sight on Wrightsville Beach.
Transition 1
  • 07m 9s

Wetsuit stripper was a great help. Volunteer in T1 bagged my wetsuit for me, nice. Long gloves were slow going on wet hands. Full zip bike jersey was a good call. Glad I had toe covers, cap, and plastic bag inside jersey.

Used too strong rubber bands to hold shoes to bike. On flying mount, rubber band launched shoe out the back 30 feet. Crowd laughed, I laughed. Stopped bike, ran back, put on shoe, got back on bike, crowd cheered. Lost 20 seconds, felt ridiculous.
What would you do differently?:

Thinner rubber bands! Minor mis-step, otherwise smooth T1. Will find long gloves with wide opening cuffs.
  • 6h 15m 3s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.92 mile/hr

I checked the weather forecast (50F, windy, rainy) so I dressed for 40's. I don't understand the people who were cold. I was fine. I rode to target upper zone 2 heart rate for the first half and lower zone 3 heart rate for the second half. Conditions were cold, so not much sweat, so I made 3 pee stops. In the tailwind I pushed the heart rate +5 bpm and was flying.

I got a drafting penalty! No big deal. I was passed and accelerated up behind the guy to tell him his bottle was about to fall out of his rocket launcher. Sure enough, there was the official right behind me! Whatever.

Bike fit a month before, moved my cleats back, lowered my seat, lowered my bars - all very slightly. Worked well. My quads were tired, but tired throughout the length of my thighs - no one spot was hurting.
What would you do differently?:

Arms and neck were sore from riding aero (and new bike position). Just need more time on aero bars. No drafting.
Transition 2
  • 09m 58s

I was tired and not focused at T2. Forgot to get out of my bike shoes, so I handed off my bike and ran in bike shoes to T2 tent. I intentionally took time to get comfortable - complete change to running clothes, dry socks, vaseline on toes and butt.
What would you do differently?:

Leave shoes on bike. Get helmet off while running in.
  • 4h 35m 30s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 31s  min/mile

Goal 1 was to finish, vertically and smiling. Goal 2 was 12 hours.
Started out too fast, settled down after a few miles. As planned walked the aid stations. I knew I had about 4.5 hours, so I could run 10:30's. Ran a little faster in the first half. I sipped Heed and ate a gel every 5 miles. I was watching my heart rate, to keep it under 145. In the second half I was fading and keeping heart rate down wasn't a problem. Keeping going was the challenge. I drank warm chicken broth on the second half which felt good. I recorded my splits with the lap timer on my watch at every mile and I glanced at it, but because of the hills and walking my times were mixed, fast mile, slow mile, etc. In general everything worked fine, especially for a first 140.6. I definitely had a lull in pace and focus. I never got so low as "survival mode", I just let off a little.
I knew at mile 21 I needed to pick it up to make 12 hours and I was able to do it. Final time on my watch 11:57:28.
What would you do differently?:

Next time, focus on keeping a more consistent final 13.1.
Post race
Warm down:

Warming tent, snacks, water, pizza, beer.

Everything hurt so much I was afraid a massage would be painful. I just wanted to get a hot shower and get in bed.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

First 140.6. I raced to heart rate. I hit my targets. Just need lots more zone 2 miles of training to go faster at same heart rate.

Event comments:

I had a great day on a great course. No point in whining about the weather. Volunteers were awesome. I highly recommend this race.

We stayed 3 nights at Hilton downtown, which was fine and very convenient. I recommend going a few days earlier and staying at the beach.

Last updated: 2010-12-31 12:00 AM
00:49:45 | 4224 yards | 01m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 173/750
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: Swim with a strong incoming tide. Mass start. Salt water.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 07:09
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
06:15:03 | 112 miles | 17.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 203/
Overall: 0/750
Performance: Good
Heart rate 140 average for 1st half. Heart rate 144 average for 2nd half.
Wind: Strong
Course: Flat course. 50F with headwind and heavy mist/drizzly rain first 50-60 miles. Partly sun and strong tailwind last 35+ miles. Plenty of aid stations. Bottle handup volunteers were excellent. Slowing and calling out your menu you can get everything you want without stopping.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 09:58
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
04:35:30 | 26.2 miles | 10m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 193/750
Heart rate 138, pace 10:00 first 13.1. Heart rate 135, pace 10:27 second 13.1.
Course: 10k out and back course, done in 2 loops. Generally flat, but 2 big hills (high bridges) and 4 - 5 small hills, so I call this a hilly run. Plenty of aid stations. Excellent volunteers. Slowing and calling out what you want, they will hand it to you.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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] 5

2011-11-01 2:46 PM

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Subject: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon

2011-11-01 3:30 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
Ironman! Congratulations!

I've done the shoe launch myself - anything to entertain a crowd!

Looks like a nice day all the way around..
2011-11-01 7:38 PM
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Southern Ohio
Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
Great Job! Congratulations on your 1st 140.6!!!
2011-11-01 9:44 PM
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Whispering Pines, North Carolina
Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
First 140.6 in 12 hours! You're a beast! Solid swim and bike! Finish vertical and it!
2011-11-01 9:48 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon

That's a heckuva swim time!

Great job!

2011-11-02 3:48 PM
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Bedford, NH
Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon

Congrats on a great race.  Pretty funny about the bike shoe falling shooting back 30 feet in T1...I would have like to have seen that.  Smile.  Besides that, great execution, especially for your first full.  Way to go!

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