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Lawrence, Kansas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
90F / 32C
Total Time = 6h 18m 21s
Overall Rank = 584/
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 74/
Pre-race routine:

Camped out at the racesite with Mark(maburghart)and met up with a bunch of BTers at Tony's(tuwood)campsite. I dont camp often, and by often I mean since college. So, I was not prepared. I still ended up sleeping for about 3-4 hours. Camping for this event is the way to go. The parking spot alone saves you a half mile walk.

Woke up at 3:30, used the facilities and took a rinse off in the shower. Came back to the campsite got dressed and ate a bagel and peanut butter.
Event warmup:

Since this was a 2 transition race my only warm up was walking the mile or so down to the swim start and back to the campsite twice. I forgot my garmin and I wasnt going to race without it.
  • 45m 22s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 09s / 100 yards

No wetsuits, and that is fine by me as I rarely practice in mine, and am more comfortable without one. I was the last wave to go off, which meant two things. The sun had come up to an angle just right to blind me and the winds had picked up to make it feel like I was in the middle of the ocean.

Pretty uneventful, besides the awful conditions that made you feel like you were swimming in place and getting pushed so far off course that I easily swam an extra 1/4 mile.

What would you do differently?:

Not much. I suppose I could practice in worse conditions. I marked my swim as below average based on time alone.
Transition 1
  • 05m 18s

I took my time here and it shows. I knew it would be hot, so I wanted to cover myself in lotion, get socks on and get my Zoot arm coolers on.
What would you do differently?:

I wasnt going to podium so I took my time. I did what I planned to do.
  • 3h 20m 58s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.72 mile/hr

This was a white knuckle 56 mile ride. I knew it would be windy, but I didnt expect it to be this bad. I ride in wind all the time, with and without my race wheels. HED3s were not built for the crosswinds we had out there.

I felt unsafe for the entire ride. I had to break on the downhills and was out of the aero position for at least half of the ride.

Then the hills came. There were several people walking their bikes up the hills. I even saw two people come to a dead stop and fall over sideways. Climbing hills like those is hard enough. Doing it into a 30 mph headwind was brutal.

I was ecstaic to get into the park and get off the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure if shallower wheels would have helped or not, but I am just happy that is over with.
Transition 2
  • 01m 49s

Found my rack, got my shoes off, helmet off, running shoes on and grabbed my hydration belt.
What would you do differently?:

nothing. Once again I took my time and made sure everything was in order.
  • 2h 04m 54s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 32s  min/mile

As hot as it was this is actually where the wind felt nice. Running through the campgrounds, was pretty cool. There is only on stretch down to the lake where you werent surrounded by people cheering for you. Lots of kids with squirt guns, lots of adults with hoses and sprinklers.

I didnt have a very good run, but I enjoyed the course. Saw a ton of people I knew along the way. My wife even made it out for the run and I was able top see her 5 or 6 times. What a boost that can give you.
What would you do differently?:

I was slow, but I had fun.
Post race
Warm down:

drank and ate. Hung out with Patrick(jayhox), Lisa(Lisac957), and Mark(maburghart). Found some shade, traded war storied, and ate.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The conditions were out of my control. I have practiced this bike course several times, but it kicked me in the a$$ on this day.

Event comments:

The pros called it a brutal day. I agree. I can handle heat, but when you couple that with the high winds it broke me down. I still managed to have a great time all weekend. It was great to see so many BTers and put a face with the names.

Last updated: 2011-08-03 12:00 AM
00:45:22 | 2112 yards | 02m 09s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Torque
Course: rectangle counter clockwise in clinton lake
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:18
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:20:58 | 56 miles | 16.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:49
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:04:54 | 13.1 miles | 09m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Two loops course around park.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 4

2012-06-11 9:08 AM

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Shawnee, KS
Subject: Ironman 70.3 Kansas

2012-06-11 11:26 AM
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Roswell, Georgia
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Kansas

Those HED3s, you and me both! White knuckle is right. What a day.
So good to meet you guys and hang out after! 

2012-06-11 1:03 PM
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Kansas City
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Kansas
You two make me glad I have stock wheels still. lol. Great job bud, glad to catch up with you a bit. You and Ryan's advice about running my race was right on for me. I appreciated it!
2012-06-11 1:16 PM
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Husker Nation
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Kansas
Great race! I held you off as long as I could on the run but you eventually got me. I still had fun jeering/cheering you while we were out there! I agree about the wind feeling nice on the run, as weird as that is to think about. Helped to keep the body cool in the harsh harsh sun. Great job and maybe next year we can both go out there and smoke this year's times.
2012-06-11 4:35 PM
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Prairie Village, Kansas
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Kansas
Great race, you outdoorsman!
2012-06-11 5:06 PM
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Congrats.. its was brutal

2012-06-11 5:56 PM
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Omaha, NE
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Kansas
Nice job, your slow run was still faster than mine.  
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