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Ironman 70.3 Boise - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Boise, Idaho
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 3h 51m 23s
Overall Rank = 900/1700
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 16/25
Pre-race routine:

Day before the race went and rode the Mt. Pleasant road out to the 10 mile creek turn around, so that I could see the biggest hill on the course. IT was windy & rainy so thought I would be prepared. Ran 2 miles of the run course. No issues.
Event warmup:

Warmup would be the key here, wish i could have. Took the 9:45 bus out to the lake (it wasn't raining in Boise at that time) When I got to Lucky peak it was 43 degrees & raining sideways with a 15+ mile an hour wind. Felt like hail for a few minutes too. Set up the bike as best I could, immediately put on the wetsuit to attempt to stay warm but only had flip-flops for feet wear. Froze constant shivering, mouth wouldn't stay calm. Tried to do squats, other devices to stay warm & it didn't work. Huddled with everyone on the side of the Morning clothes truck to attempt to stay out of the wind. Around 11 am they announced that WTC was shortening the bike to 15 miles for safety due to hypothermia concerns and that the race would start later (20 minutes or so)
  • 43m 28s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

After being in the rain & wind so long the water was actually an improvement in temperature. How weird is that? Waded out with the AG and swam to the start line. Felt weird, horn went off started swimming, I felt like nothing was working. Really disoriented didn't know where I was swam in the wrong direction for a minute and was drinking a lot of water from the waves. Finally stopped for a minute and treaded water, looked at where I needed to go, and then breast stoked for about 4 buoy's. Started to feel better like I knew what I was doing & why I was here. Switched back to crawl at the 1st turn, felt like I wasn't going anywhere but kept at it. Had a lot of trouble with the waves & timing my breathing but by the 3rd turn things where finally starting to click. I'm amazed at how good the time was when I came out.
What would you do differently?:

DNS -> There is no reason why I should have gotten in the water!
Transition 1
  • 08m 35s

Came out of the water & headed to the wet suit strippers. Laid down on my back they pulled the wetsuit off and my left calf cramped big time. As I straightened out my leg, they started massaging it so that it would stop and my right calf cramped even worse (you could see it bulging). They where wonderful and where massaging both of my legs, but recommended that maybe my day was over. About that time my abdomen cramped, but not as bad. I just laid there for about a minute and said, no,no I can make it! The cramps stopped after a minute or so. Got to the bike, talk about disoriented, all I remember for sure is that my feet & hands where frozen, and I was scared to go down the hill from the dam like this. Some how I was able to get on my winter JFT jersey shoes, helmet...
What would you do differently?:

See above should have been a DNS!
  • 40m 6s
  • 12 miles
  • 17.96 mile/hr

It was raining when I came down the Dam hill, and I was holding on to my brakes most of the way. Worried that the cramps would visit again, thankfully they didn't. On the bike path I hit a groove that almost flipped my bike, I screamed and freaked out a bunch of riders around me, but was able to keep the bike upright. (I heard that someone went down later in the day there) Rest of the bike was cold, wet, until the downtown area where the sun was trying to come out. Felt like February but I was wearing shorts!!!
What would you do differently?:

Hope for better weather? Figure out a way to call my wife and tell here that the course changed as she was waiting out at the 2nd nutrition stop until they saw that Lindsey Corbin had started the run via her twitter account and she hadn't seen anyone ride by!!!
Transition 2
  • 06m 37s

OK, so my feet where frozen stumps. I was trying to run with the bike, it wasn't pretty. Got to my spot and luckily had put a pair of compression socks in a zip lock bag and they where dry compared to the socks that I was currently wearing which where soaked from the ride (I was completely soaked too). However, trying to change socks with feet that are frozen stumps just doesn't work, really struggled here, and also my abductor cramped but stretching out my leg would keep it from cramping further.
What would you do differently?:

Actually except for the cramps & frozen feet it was going better!
  • 2h 12m 37s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 07s  min/mile

Didn't feel my feet until mile 7. However at mile 2 I had a deer run across the running path and that really brought up my attitude! I am apparently allergic to something on that trail, as my snot was coming out in record amounts and by mile 10 my face was a mess. I couldn't blow snot rockets fast enough. Couldn't breathe well after mile 11 so walked some until I could get under control again. was able to slog (slower than a jog but not walking) through the last mile!
What would you do differently?:

See above DNS!
Post race
Warm down:

I couldn't stop shaking/shivering at the end of the race. The medical folks wanted to take me into the tent, and I declined. Sandi was right there and got me to the car and put blankets on me, while she rounded up the stuff. Then we headed for the hotel, and I got in the hot tub, where I found a small group of IM folks getting warm as well.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

The bad rating is for the weather. I understand that it was snowing on part of the race course (Micron area) when we were at the dam. Course itself is a nice course, and Boise is a great place to race (well supported). Suspect I'll go back and try it again.

Last updated: 2012-02-03 12:00 AM
00:43:28 | 2112 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 17/25
Overall: 764/1700
Performance: Below average
1.2 mi 43:28 43:28 2:15/100m 17 764 558
Suit: Full
Course: triangle out turn right, turn right back to the dock. Yellow to orange to red buoys
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 57F / 14C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Below average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 08:35
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:40:06 | 12 miles | 17.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/25
Overall: 686/1700
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Down from the dam, straight shot to downtown via Warm Springs road, & Federal way.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 06:37
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:12:37 | 13.1 miles | 10m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/25
Overall: 900/1700
Performance: Below average
Course: Beautiful course around the Boise river area! Love this course!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2012-06-10 11:39 PM

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Subject: Ironman 70.3 Boise

2012-06-11 8:56 AM
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San Mateo, CA
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Boise
Way to tough it out! Since it was comfortable temp-wise in Boise, we could not imagine how cold it got at Lucky Peak. However, it became evident standing there by the entrance to T2 taking photographs. I saw a lot of people wearing their wetsuit on the bike. At first i thought i was imagining things. No, it was true; people rode the bike leg in a wet suit. Also, some people were wearing North Face parkas on the bike and I saw one guy zipped up to his neck in a Carhart jacket enter into T2 -- certainly not your typical triathlon bike-leg attire. also, when we arrived in downtown Boise there were already a lot entrants hanging out behind T2 who decided to scrap the race entirely, and they simply coasted down the hill and back to town before the start.
2012-06-11 10:30 AM
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Logan, Utah
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Boise

Way to stick it out - I was spectating out at Lucky Peak. I drove up and waited in a warm truck and had several layers of clothing on and by the time I made the walk to the start line to see my brother off, I was frozen.... I can't imagine what you guys must have endured through; 2-3 hours waiting for the start, then to be herded off into the frigid waters. And if that weren't a punch in the gut, to have the first mile of your bike a cold fast, (very fast) wet dowhill...... wow, Cap off to you.

2012-06-11 1:40 PM
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Ellensburg, WA
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Boise
Congratulations getting through it, that will be quite the story to tell someday.
2012-06-11 1:51 PM
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Nice job!!!

I joked in the month leading up to this race that I was doing weather conditioning when riding speed workouts in the pouring rain and long rides in cold wind and sleet/hail (just how my schedule worked).  Now I beginning to think I may have cursed the entire event :/  SORRY!!!!

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