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Ironman 70.3 Boise - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Boise, Idaho
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
47F / 8C
Total Time = 3h 29m 39s
Overall Rank = 645/1700
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 61/112
Pre-race routine:

I chose this race because my mom lives in Boise and she has wanted to see me race. I think she's been more excited in the weeks leading up to this event than I have. I'd gotten her a shuttle ticket for the morning, but given the weather, I didn't want her to stand in the rain and cold that long. It was really difficult to convince her to stay home that morning and just let my boyfriend take her to T2 to watch me come in on the bike.

I think I had a light breakfast early in the morning and a honey stinger as soon as set up my bike gear but it's hard to recall anything except how cold it was.
Event warmup:


Seriously, like everyone else I stood around shivering in my wetsuit until Wave 10 finally got into the water. At the time, I wasn't terribly disappointed when the announcement came about the bike being reduced to 15 miles.

On the boat ramp, we watched 3 athletes being brought in on boats. Kept reminding myself to relax because OWS in any condition is largely mental.
  • 39m 54s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

The water felt warmer than the air temp so once I was in, it was a huge relief. I went out easy, trying to find my pace. I'd been shivering so much before getting in the water, my muscles felt stiff and fatigued just from that. By the time I was past the first buoy, I felt more normal and was able to focus on extending my reach. Was never able to find anyone to draft off. There was some chop way out there and I could smell petrol funes. Wasn't sure if the chop was from the boat activity or just the weather. Had to do more of an exagerated roll to get air.
What would you do differently?:

When I rounded the last buoy I went too wide. I couldn't find the line of buoys into shore for sighting so tried to sight off of a building. Unfortunately, I picked a building too far to the left. I think this added 90-120 seconds onto my time, trying to get headed back to the dock.
Transition 1
  • 04m 36s

First race with wetsuit strippers - they are awesome! By the time I was out of the water, there was patchy blue sky and the air was a little warmer. I figured I could tolerate anything for 15 miles, so I didn't bother with arm warmers or socks.
What would you do differently?:

  • 41m 42s
  • 13.69 miles
  • 19.70 mile/hr

Just rode down in my tri tank and shorts like I'd originally planned. My hands and feet weren't cold. I'd warmed up in the water. The road was wet but didn't feel dangerous like some people in earlier waves seemed to experience. I think I was surrounded by good riders. Everyone looked like safe bike handlers. We all just wanted to get to town as quickly as possible.
What would you do differently?:

I had a big problem with my Speedfil tube. The tube is partially covered with material to prevent scraping on the bike frame. But once it sat out in the rain, that wet material weighed down the tube and it kept falling out of reach. Once it fell out and almost got stuck in my front spokes. Give the short distance, I just grabbed the tube and held on until T2. In a longer event, I would have had to stop and fix it. Haven't liked the Speedfil anyway so it's time to do something new.
Transition 2
  • 03m 21s

Took it slow here. Just wanted to think through everything. Put socks on with the running shoes.

Was really glad to see my mom on the way in to T2. She and my boyfriend had gotten the word that the bike had been shortened so they made it there in time to see me come in.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 00m 6s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 10s  min/mile

Sadly, this is a good run for me. The run is my worst event. I simply cannot relax into the stride. I can only imagine how bad this would have been if I'd done the full bike. No particular problems.
What would you do differently?:

I was generally undertrained for this race. More dedication to my workouts would have helped, particularly on the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Just wanted to get into dry clothes and out of the wind.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

I would do this race again. Too bad about the weather, but the race directors have to make the decision based on their ability to deal with a diverse group of athletes under the conditions.

Didn't understand what the difficulty was with collecting our gear bags. I've done Vineman twice, which is also a point to point race, and never had such confusion in getting my T1 gear bag at the end of the race.

Great volunteers in Boise and generally a great atomosphere and experience.

Last updated: 2012-01-23 12:00 AM
00:39:54 | 2112 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 48/112
Overall: 515/1700
Performance: Average
Suit: Full Orca Alpha
Course: Triangle to the right from the boat dock at the top of the dam
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:36
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:41:42 | 13.69 miles | 19.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 50/112
Overall: 483/1700
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Lucky Peak Dam down into town via Federal
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:21
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:00:06 | 13.1 miles | 09m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 61/112
Overall: 645/1700
Performance: Good
Course: Flat. Two loops on the greenbelt. Saw mom on both passes which was cool for me and for her.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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

2012-06-12 9:55 PM

San Mateo, California
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Subject: Ironman 70.3 Boise

2012-06-12 10:17 PM
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San Mateo, CA
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Boise

I enjoyed reading your report.  Given the conditions, it sounds like you had a good race.  :-)  Can't imagine what it must have been like standing up at Lucky Peak in the cold. 

Yeah, not sure what to say about their bag collection process.  when i retrieved your before-race clothes, they gave me someone else's bag with a wetsuit in it, but the  bag had your number on it.  I failed to realize it was not your bag until I got outside.  So, I returned it, and ended up rummaging through a bunch of bags at the Convention Ctr just to find your bag.  Oh, and I don't even know what they were thinking about with their process for handing out the transition bags brought down from T1.  Yikes!  Someone must rethink that process before next year because it was a cluster%$&#*.   Next time, bring a Sharpie and write your number all over the bags just in case the stickers fall off!

Edited by betyoursilver 2012-06-12 10:20 PM
2012-06-13 1:46 PM
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Great job, and way to brave the conditions.  I hope my hometown is more hospitable to you next time (weather-wise, that is.)
2012-06-13 2:53 PM
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San Mateo, CA
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Boise

rbhancock1 - 2012-06-13 11:46 AM Great job, and way to brave the conditions.  I hope my hometown is more hospitable to you next time (weather-wise, that is.)


If only the race had been held on Sunday.  It was beautiful on Friday, Sunday & Monday!

2012-06-13 4:01 PM
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San Mateo, California
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Boise
Boise is a great town.  We were out for the week visiting family so it was hard to be disappointed by one foul weather day.  Having lived in Colorado, I'm use to wide variations in the weather.  Assuming this race is around in future years, I'm sure I'll give it another go.
2012-06-15 8:25 PM
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Chelsea, MI
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Boise
Way to stick it out.  That was one for the record books no matter how you did. 

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