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Florida Half Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Orlando, Florida
United States
Ironman USA
93F / 34C
Total Time = 5h 55m 3s
Overall Rank = 901/1898
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 73/147
Pre-race routine:

Dinner with the BT group on Saturday night...thanks again Jess for organizing!
Up at 4:30, banana, 2 pop tarts and one of those smoothie deals in a bottle...1 bottle of water & 2 Ibuprofen.
Woke my son & only fan, Leo, up at 5 & drove to the "Dopey" parking lot to take the shuttle.
Gave Leo $20 and a cell phone & planned our meeting location post-race.(I'm glad he didn't quickly figure out he could grab the shuttle to Typhoon Lagoon!)
Ran into BTers Jorge, Jess, Dodgersmom, Badgerironman and Karen Smyers (OK, so I'm kidding about Karen Smyers but she did walk about 5 feet in front of me on the way to the start...that counts for something doesn't it?)
Event warmup:

None...too many people and the swim was a controlled area kept clear until each wave entered. This was my first IM sponsored event & transition was a complete zoo w/athletes everywhere. I am finally getting to the point that laying out transition is routine so I got done & out of there pretty quick. Even had to find an air pump...we had to deflate tires the day before at check in because the air temp was so high & you risked a blown tire if you didn't deflate.
Got bodymarked by Oliveview (Sherrie)...she's an awesome volunteer & many thanks to her for giving time to volunteer!!! As they say rock!
  • 35m 16s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

First Tri swim I really enjoyed. I just let the group go & walked in. Started out just swimming my pace & eventually began catching & passing the group. I never felt fatigued or uncomfortable although I ran into previous age group waves. It was crowded but I guess I got lucky and found a good bit of clear water to swim. Never really could find anyone suitable to draft.
What would you do differently?:

I liked the strategy of letting the group go. I can sprint out in front but then I spend the rest of the swim trying to recover.
A side some threads on ST about ankle grabs in the water...something to be aware of...
Transition 1
  • 03m 40s

Long run up from the water into T1. Only thing different here from shorter distance tris was that I put on socks.

  • 2h 50m 54s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.66 mile/hr

Not quite the bike time I had set as a goal, the April/May Europe trip really cut into my bike preparation & could feel the effect but wouldn't have missed that trip for anything!
Started out the 1st 10 miles at about comfortable 21 mph pace & felt comfortable. Then hit, I think it was 535, & some headwinds and fog. Passed several folks in that 1st 10 miles but then started getting caught by the faster cyclists in waves starting after me.
The course had some rollers & smaller hills, I really thought it would be flatter & some of the climbing sent the back into spasms that I had to periodically stand up & work out. (Something to focus on b4 riding 6 Gap this Sept)
I used both chain rings depending on the the terrain & the bike responded well to the constant gear changes.
Stopped somewhere around mile 30 or so at an aid station to use the port-a-potty. Actually felt a little refreshed climbing back on the bike.
Executed the nutrition plan I had worked on in training...Gel @ mile 5, 1 Cliff Bar eaten in pieces over roughly the 10,20, 30 mile marks, bottle of Perpetuem, water w/endurolytes, EFuel and 1 plain water on the bottle exchange. Banana at mile 40ish and finally a gel at mile 45.
Only real issue or near miss was one point when the pros were coming back against us I was of course watching them enthralled with their speed but, noticed one of them looked up to his right & I also looked up in that thing I know I'm headed off the road, didn't panic just eased back onto the roadway & got a "nice job" comment from a guy passing me...who was now allowing himself plenty of space to get by! Note to self...concentrate for the entire race!
Saw plenty of drafting & was able to stay out of any of those "packs." One girl had just passed me & shortly after we heard a motorcyle engine behind us...startled by the chance it could be a ref, it was not, she quickly pulled up from her next pass approach...we shared a collective nervous laugh over that one.
Started running out of gas at mile 45, just wanted to get off the bike. Kept looking at the odometer in those last 10 miles which is a mistake cause it just makes it seem longer.
What would you do differently?:

I was on target in my "build" phase but due to the trip to Sweden (What a great experience!) did my last long ride 4 weeks prior. I knew this would be a factor in the bike so revised some of my earlier race goals. Still a decent bike segment & I am pleased with my overall training plan...2 more weeks of riding would have resulted in a better bike segment.
Transition 2
  • 03m 37s

Saw my son Leo on near transition, he was hanging out with this Lady I didn't recognize & I assumed she we probably knew her from Jax.
Racked the bike, changed shirts, used the port-a-potty & told Sherrie(Oliveview),directing traffic in T2 I would see her in a couple of hours.
  • 2h 21m 38s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 49s  min/mile

Start out of transition feeling pretty good. Decide to run to each aid station. About mile 4 I'm feeling the legs are feeling tired along with the rest of the old body but then at one of hte aid stations I down a gu shot, a banana, orange slice & water. A few minutes later I begin to feel much better, HS! this never happens to me on the run.
Last Oct at the Fl Challenge HIM I began walking in mile 6 & never really recovered so I thought this time just get to mile 9 b4 I start walking. I kept grabbing water, gatorade, sponges, oranges gu shots and...this time I slammed coke at several stops. While my run time is relatively slow, I actually felt stronger as the run went on...
The first 4 miles I got passed regularly albeit these were stronger athletes on their 2nd & 3rd laps but by mile 6 I was doing the passing.
This is the first run where I've done a course with multiple redundant loops & I always thought that would be really difficult but it's actually easier from a mental perspective since it breaks the run into manageable shorter segments...if that makes any sense.
Anyway, I spent the offseason working on my run & it yielded some results...I thought if there was any chance of a sub 6 hr it would be due to my bike but it turned out I got there from the run!
So, I see my son on each loop who has befriended a lady whose husband is also racing. Turns out he & this lady had lunch together & just hung out watching the race!
I get to the finishing chute & my hammy cramps severly...Uh Oh...I stop & curse loudly, the fans lining the chute keep cheering & coaxing me, I run a little further and boom, cramps again & now I am freaking out that I'm going down! IT SEEMED LIKE SEVERAL MINUTES BEFOER I GOT THROUGH THE FINFISHING CHUTE. I got across & headed to the medical tent.
What would you do differently?:

I am real pleased with the run.
Some thoughts on the conditions; Many were not happy with the course & it was brutally hot, but what would one expect in central Florida in May? Bottom line, if you race in Florida, most likely you will have to contend with heat, this is just the fact.

Dealing with the jeep trail was about attitude, you could easily let it get to you or just power through it & get through each lap.

Post race
Warm down:

Medical tent, can't sit down or my legs will cramp all over the place. Got some medical attetnion, Biofreeze, water & Gatorade.
Headed over for a massage & finally went & found my son.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Took 47 minutes off my HIM time from the FL Challenge although not the best comaprison since that race course was much more difficult. The training is progressing & the 4 week bike layoff probably was the biggest factor in not getting a better time. With that said, my goal was to beat 6 hours & after the Europe trip I didn't think it possible so, I am real pleased with the results.

Event comments:

My first IMNA event, as a marketing guy, I am impressed with this brand & its success. The popularity was evident from the throngs of athletes and the IM merchandise flying off the shelves at the expo store.
Certainly a different feel from local tris or SommerSports in Clermont but I wouldn't say better, just different.
Overall, it was all good & of course, meeting the BTers for dinner & seeing them on race day was a highlight for me!

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Last updated: 2005-12-29 12:00 AM
00:35:16 | 2112 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 25/147
Overall: 494/1898
Performance: Good
Course: 3 legs, all left Kendallf would say "kind of like NASCAR!"
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:40
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
02:50:54 | 56 miles | 19.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 91/147
Overall: 927/1898
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Winding course that ran north of Disney property, some rollers & smaller climbs (climbs are so relative depending on your state of origin, for a flatlander like me, a speed bump qualifies as a climb)
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:37
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
02:21:38 | 13.1 miles | 10m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 79/147
Overall: 1034/1898
Performance: Good
Course: 3 loops, no shade 75% of each loop on the jeep trail. Aid stations approximately every .6 of a mile.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-05-24 4:51 PM

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Jacksonville, FL
Subject: Florida Half Ironman

Let me explain the pictures, all taken by my son Leo

1. Leo getting his picture with Tim Deboom...he went & got Tim's pic while I was out laboring on the course...Tim was very gracious.

2. Sherrie aka Oliveview bodymarking an athlete

3. Karen Smyers exiting the swim

4. Pic of the swim start

5. Some pathetic age grouper named Peter

Edited by pkingfl 2006-05-24 4:56 PM

2006-05-24 5:27 PM
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Evergreen, Colorado
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FABULOUS job!  Must've been HOT HOT HOT!

SUB 6???? That must have been SO awesome a feeling!


2006-05-24 5:28 PM
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Evergreen, Colorado
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FABULOUS job!  Must've been HOT HOT HOT!

SUB 6???? That must have been SO awesome a feeling!


2006-05-24 8:49 PM
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You have set the goal high! Great race, and I know that must've been an awesome feeling coming in before that 6 hour mark!

Glad you had Leo as your one man cheering squad; he's a good kid to come out to all of the races. Tell him that's a cool pic w/Deboom.
2006-05-24 8:59 PM
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Keller, Texas
Subject: RE: Florida Half Ironman

Awesome race Peter.  It was so great to meet you and Leo.  Still have no desire to do the full IM...yet!!  Hope to see you at the HIM next year!


2006-05-25 7:31 AM
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Peter is was great to meet you and Leo!  Leo is a great kid...I know you must be really proud of him!!  Can't wait to see you again, this time it will be a race in Jax.  Congrats on your race and going sub 6 hrs!!


2006-05-25 8:17 AM
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Great job Peter! Hey, I thought that was you in the Tri-Dubai singlet
2006-05-25 8:46 AM
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Jacksonville, FL
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Great job! I can't believe I didn't see you or Leo during the race.

Camp Blanding will feel like the Arctic Circle compared to that run!
2006-05-28 8:45 PM
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Fairport, NY
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Great job on your race Peter! It was great to meet you and thanks for the reassuring words before you left the restaraunt, that really helped to focus and enjoy my race.


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