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TryCharleston Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
75F / 24C
Total Time = 5h 03m 2s
Overall Rank = F8/83
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 2/14
Pre-race routine:

Picked up packet and dropped off bike night before. Morning of race, dropped off bike stuff at T1, got my tires pumped, drove to T2, set up run stuff, took shuttle back to T1, set up bike stuff, filled water bottles, got ready for swim. I understand why they needed two transition areas and am happy they did it that way to avoid rough roads, but it made for a lot of running around before the race.
Event warmup:

Swam a little in the lake. Stretched.
  • 31m 42s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 30s / 100 yards

First time racing in wet suit. Loved it!
What would you do differently?:

I could have pushed a little harder.
Transition 1
  • 02m 2s

Wet suit strippers were great!!! But other than that, horrible job on my part. Ran to my bike and threw my wet suit on top of all my stuff. Lost a sock in the mix (need to learn to go without). Felt like I was there forever.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions.
  • 2h 40m 54s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.88 mile/hr

Biking is definitely my weakness. I was expecting 20 mph on average so very pleased I went faster. It felt like a good pace and didn't make me tired. I think my rear tire started losing air somewhere in the last few miles because I was pushing hard but not going fast. Rounding the last turn into transition my bike was really wobbly so I knew something was wrong. When I got back to my bike after the race, rear tire was completely flat. I'm soooo lucky it waited until the very end to go flat!
Transition 2
  • 01m 11s

Guy in front of me running really slow with his bike. I couldn't get around him. Then I couldn't get my bike racked. The racks seemed lower than normal. Then I didn't put my gels far enough into my pocket and they all fell out with I started running.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions.
  • 1h 47m 15s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 11s  min/mile

I HATED this run course. It was so boring and there was no motivation at all along the way. They needed music or something. The worst part was having to do the same run, twice. They said it was to "view your competition" but there was no way of knowing who was on first lap and who was on second.
I was hoping to hold around an 8 minute mile but kinda fell apart the last 4-5 miles, more mentally than physically. I felt like the run was never going to end.
What would you do differently?:

Don't lose mental strength.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretching, food, beer, nap.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The boring run and my terrible transitions. This was my first HIM. Very pleased with my performance!

Last updated: 2012-01-12 12:00 AM
00:31:42 | 2112 yards | 01m 30s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 5/83
Performance: Good
Suit: Xtrerra Vortex full suit
Course: Two laps around small lake
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 25C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:02
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:40:54 | 56 miles | 20.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 17/83
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Very pretty. Mostly shaded. Smooth. Flat. Fast. Great course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:11
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:47:15 | 13.1 miles | 08m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 11/83
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back, out and back. BORING!!!!!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-04-22 8:08 AM

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Subject: TryCharleston Half

2012-04-22 1:19 PM
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Subject: RE: TryCharleston Half

Congratulations on your first HIM!

Yeah, two times down that path must have been mind-numbing. Sorry about that! There are so many pretty places to run around here, let's hope they figure out a better route for next year.

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