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White Lake Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Elizabethtown, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
78F / 26C
Total Time = 7h 04m 11s
Overall Rank = 383/473
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 48/57
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 2:00 am. Doubbe-checked all of my gear and finished packing car. Went to pick up a friend at 2:30 am who was driving for me. At 4:00 am had a couple of bagels with peanut butter and a banana.
Event warmup:

  • 39m 15s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

The swim was just barely wetsuit legal. I was in wave 2 and there was a lot of jostling in the first 600 m. Had guys crossing left and right in front on me. Once past the first turn buoy, I was able to get into some open water an into a rythm.
What would you do differently?:

Attempt to draft more.
Transition 1
  • 02m 54s

After climbing ladder out of the lake, took wetsuit off to my waist. It was about a 300 yd run to T1. Had to watch for stumps, pine cones and tree roots on the run. Once at my rack, got the wetsuit off with no problem. Got into my helmet, sunglass, socks, shoes and gloves and on my way.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, happy with T1.
  • 3h 17m 46s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.99 mile/hr

Had to watch for grooves and some holes on the road in the first few miles. Also had to avoid water bottles that others had lost from the bumps. I do not have a tri-bike, just a basic road bike with aerobars. You can tell by my age group and overall ranking on the bike. The first 25 miles of the bike I felt great, averaging 19-20 mph. I was still getting passed like I was standing still, but that was ok. Then when we made the turn onto Hwy 53, we had a headwind for the remaining 30 miles. That totally took all of my energy.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to work in the aero position to maximize my speed since I do not have a tri-bike.
Transition 2
  • 03m 11s

I was feeling it coming into T2 with that headwind for so many miles. Once I jumped off my bike, just made sure I had my legs under me before jogging to my rack. Took a little longer in T2 just to get comfortable before starting the run.
What would you do differently?:

Simply speed up.
  • 3h 01m 7s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 50s  min/mile

I knew going into the run it was not going to be pretty. I could not get my legs going and then add in the 90 degree heat with no clouds. I did the best I could and ended up with more of a walk/job for the entire distance. Glad there were colde towels at the aid stations as it was tough to try and stay cool.
What would you do differently?:

Drink even more fluids.
Post race
Warm down:

After finishing, worked my way to the spray tent which felt great. Grabbed a pepsi, mountain dew and hot dog. Then, I went into the lake which felt great to help cool off.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The headwind on the bike and the heat limited me in a better performance.

Event comments:

This was my first HIM. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I learned a ton on preparation and made sure that no matter what, I stayed positive.

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Last updated: 2011-12-08 12:00 AM
00:39:15 | 2112 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 25/57
Overall: 216/473
Performance: Good
Suit: Nineteen Sleeveless
Course: Triangular open water
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:54
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
03:17:46 | 56 miles | 16.99 mile/hr
Age Group: 53/57
Overall: 416/473
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Good, flat route with long stretches before any turns.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:11
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
03:01:07 | 13.1 miles | 13m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 50/57
Overall: 393/473
Performance: Bad
Course: Flat out and back with turnaround at halfway point on Hwy 53.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %2.5
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2012-05-08 7:03 AM

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Subject: White Lake Half

2012-05-08 10:29 AM
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Subject: RE: White Lake Half
Congrats on your first half iron distance finish!
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