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Cambridge, Maryland
United States
Columbia Triathlon Association
98F / 37C
Total Time = 6h 52m 56s
Overall Rank = 1457/2600
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 49/75
  • 39m 6s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 51s / 100 yards

Quite crowded at start with all 55+ athletes starting just after the pros. Current pushing into shore posed navigation issues and a few collisions occurred. I remember hitting someone's jaw next to my hip as my hand left the water and two people swimming into me as was 20 yards from the second buoy. My stroke felt strong and probably could have pushed a bit harder.
Transition 1
  • 03m 20s

Big T area organized by age groups so my row was a bit crowded. Put on bike shorts on top of tri shorts for extra padding. Felt good and jumped on bike but my leg knocked out a water bottle behind seat which flew into the bushes at mount line. I later got a yellow card penalty for this, by WTC official for discarding objects on course!!!! WTF, are you kidding.
What would you do differently?:

Not put water behind seat.
  • 3h 00m 53s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.58 mile/hr

Started out conservatively and was staying between 19-20 most of the way. Had to stop at first penalty tent for about 2 minutes because of losing a water bottle at mount line. That cost about 100 spots. Took and drank 2 bottles of water at aid stations. Also had 1 bottle of Heed, 2 Hammer gels, and 4 S-Caps on ride. It was getting hot.
What would you do differently?:

More miles of training at higher wattage.
Transition 2
  • 04m 8s

Craig Alexander had just finished his race when I arrived so knowing that I still had the run was a bit discouraging. Really felt the heat when I stopped. I don't know why this took so long but it was a long distance from T area to run start for some reason.
  • 3h 05m 29s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 10s  min/mile

Really poor run. Only had enough for a 50/50 run walk ratio at best. Tried to manage heat with lots of water, ice, and gatorade at every stop but still was incredibly dehydrated. Saw 2 people lying down. Would run until my feet got too hot (K Swiss shoes too thin?) or felt a little dizziness in second half.
What would you do differently?:

Much more run training and more brick sessions. Train more in the heat.
Post race
Warm down:

Got drenched by a fire hose and drank 2 bottles of water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of hard training, 10 pounds overweight, and the hot weather.

Event comments:

I was not fully ready for the distance and conditions of this race.

Last updated: 2012-02-01 12:00 AM
00:39:06 | 2112 yards | 01m 51s / 100yards
Age Group: 39/75
Overall: 1191/2600
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Rectangle, brackish water.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:20
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
03:00:53 | 56 miles | 18.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 43/75
Overall: 1232/2600
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: Large loop on very flat course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:08
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
03:05:29 | 13.1 miles | 14m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 49/75
Overall: 1457/2600
Performance: Bad
Even 1:32 splits for each half.
Course: Out and back on flat roads. Little shade.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2012-06-11 9:21 AM

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Subject: Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon

2012-06-11 9:58 AM
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Crab Cake City
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon
Great job finishing in those tough conditions! its was a brutal day out there
2012-06-12 5:00 AM
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Canandaigua NY
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon
Tough to run in that heat!  Nice race and great swim!  I got rid of my behind the seat bottle carrier because I kept kicking it when mounting too.  I fortunately never was penalized for it, wow.  I am sure it is within the rules, but sure seems harsh.

Edited by kenj 2012-06-12 5:00 AM
2012-06-12 7:11 AM
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Falls Church
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon

It was tough out there.  Congrats on finishing.  I was in your wave.  There was really alot of bumping as everyone came together at the first buoy!

I really felt the heat too.  

But you are an Eagleman now!

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