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Ironman 70.3 Boise - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Boise, Idaho
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
58F / 14C
Total Time = 3h 22m 53s
Overall Rank = 553/
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 87/
Pre-race routine:

I drove 2000 miles from Michigan to Boise. During that trip I slipped in a pool and bruised or broke my heel. It hurt to run and walk, but not enough to make me not do the event. So prerace routine was ice, eat and stay warm. We watched the weather close in our hotel till it was time to get the shuttle up to LP. It looked like it was breaking up, but I was still pretty well prepared for anything. The only thing I didn't have was gloves.
Event warmup:

After freezing for 2 hours in the rain with my wetsuit on I got a quick swim in and assumed my position floating at the start line. I ran in place in the water to try and warm up.
  • 41m 34s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

I won't lie right before we got to go they were pulling people out and I was telling my self this is the time to HTFU. In the first 100 yards I panicked and freaked out twice when a wave hit my mouth during breathing. I was thinking about quitting, but I told my self one bouy at a time you can do this. That is just what I did and when I made it to the first turn I felt like I was in a good rythm and was swimming well. Sighting on the otherhand was not so great. I sight every 5th stroke and I just kept being to far outside. I would turn do my 5 strokes, but I just couldn't get on the line. I did pass quite a few people from the previous waves, but I was passed by just as many from waves behind me. I hit my watch on the boat ramp and it said 39 minutes. I did then take time to undo my wetsuit top and fiddle with my goggles and swimcap. It didn't feel like 2 minutes, but life is crazy when it's 40 degrees and raining/sleeting. I have never had a wetsuit stripped, but they did a great job when I got to the top of the hill and sat down for them to do it.
What would you do differently?:

I wouldn't do much different except sight better and get myself together more quickly when I have a panic attack. My goal for the swim was 45 minutes so 41 is fine with me especially considering the conditions.
Transition 1
  • 05m 4s

Wow is all I can say. After they changed the bike to 15 miles I decided I would dump some gear like blocks, gels, and extra fluid. I got to my gear bag and I was actually warm from the swim so my first thought was I don't need a coat. Thankfully my friend Jeff was in T2 right by me and he helped me realize a windproof running coat was something he wished he had. I put my coat on and fumbled with my shoes, helmet, and belt.
What would you do differently?:

Have gloves.
This was all a product of the weather. I usually do a 2-3 minute T1 with wetsuit so this isn't bad all things considered.
  • 38m 55s
  • 15 miles
  • 23.13 mile/hr

I was pissed when I heard they cut the bike. I drove 2000 miles one way to do this race and get the full amount of pain. I changed my mind after coming off of LP. Holy shit was that crazy. I was essentially holding my breaks and doing 30 MPH. That wasn't a huge deal except everyone was driving like they were drunk. Nobody seemed to be holding any kind of line. It was chaos and I was more than a little scared. After we came off the hill I started to pound it. I was hoping to find some space, but just as I was hitting a good caence and felling good we hit the section where they rediected us. This was a one lane 3 feet wide section with 2 90 degree turns. It was a huge bottle neck complicated by the people who were trying to get vegas spots. I understood their motivation it was just nuts for them to try and get around us. After we came out of that is loosened up for a little while. The entire 15 miles is on a light downhill so you can really cruz if people are not in the way. I think the bike course was not equiped to deal with that many people packed together. I saw nemerous pace groups blasting by like it was a draft legal race. Overall I think the bike was crazy. I was happy to survive it without crashing or killing anyone. I did see one agegrouper on a bike with a wetsuit and I thought that was funny, but he was flying so I couldn't make any fun of him. If we had done the full 56 I had planned on at least wearing my neoprene cap for the ride to keep my head warm. My goal was to maintain 20 MPH on the 56 mile course so I can't complain about the bike time.
What would you do differently?:

Wear gloves and shoe covers. Drink more. IT was so chaotic I didn't feel safe taking a drink. I figured I'd be ok with the minimal fluids I took in on the bike. This would come back to haunt me on the run.
Transition 2
  • 03m 25s

I watched one lady next to me at the dismount line almost go down because the pavement was still wet so I made sure I slowwed down before I tried to put a foot down. I could not feel my hands or my feet so I was happy with this T2 time.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing except have a huge blowing heater that could heat the enitre T2 area. I know it's not feasable, but what the hell.
  • 1h 54m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

I could not feel my feet for the first 3 miles or so. The first lap I felt pretty good I was getting in fluid and eating my blocks every 20 minutes. My average pace was about 8:00 which is what I thought it would be. At the 6 mile mark I started to feel bad and the pace reflected that as I was running about 8:30 pace. Near the end the wheels fell off and I finished the run at 9:30 pace. Overall I liked the run course. I even got to run with lindsay Corbin for a little bit and that was cool. My previous stand alone PR for the half was 2:04 so I guess I can't complain about 1:54. I had just hopped to hold pace better and finish a little stronger not struggling to keep puke down and keep running.
What would you do differently?:

Pace better and
Post race
Warm down:

I walked to a porta john and delt with the issues at hand. I then wandered slowly over to T2 to pick up my bike. While there I felt a little light headed so I layed down and propped my legs up. That always helps.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Cold and distance change. I planned on 70.3 not 29.3.

Event comments:

This race was my life for the last 6 months. I trained and trained. I planned and planned some more, but like most things in life the best laid plans often change due to uncontrollable circumstances. I had a great trip with a good friend. I also had a fun race. Not a 70.3, but who can say they did a race under these conditions for their first attmept at a 70.3? I did join team beef at the expo and I was happy to have an extra jersery to remember the event. Also if anyone plans on doing this event pack everything and stay at the Hampton inn. T2 was out one side and the finish line was on the other. I can't tell you how nice it was to take a warm shower minutes after the race finished. I'm off to the doctor for x-rays on my heel and if he says it isn't broken then it's time to register for Steelhead. To all you fellow Boise finishers I say congrats and what a day that was. I'm sorry I missed the post race party I went for a shower and a nap after the race. I ended up going to Hooters at 8pm and eating wings and fries till I almost puked.

Last updated: 2012-02-27 12:00 AM
00:41:34 | 2112 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 92/
Overall: 646/
Performance: Average
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: Triangle
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 58F / 14C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:04
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:38:55 | 15 miles | 23.13 mile/hr
Age Group: 74/
Overall: 466/
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Shortened to 15 miles because of cold and rain/sleet. They said we would be in danger of hypothermia.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:25
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:54:55 | 13.1 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: 2 loops on a bike/running path
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-06-14 9:39 AM

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Chelsea, MI
Subject: Ironman 70.3 Boise

2012-06-15 12:52 PM
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Morgan Hill, California
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Boise

Nice job out there.   I agree, the descent coming off the dam was crazy.  Part of the benefit for me of them cutting the bike leg was it made it that much easier in my mind to just go easy down that hill.  Some people were just flying down it, right up against the barrier.  Nuts!

Congrats on sticking out a really hard day.  Next one will be cake compared to this.  Hope heel is ok too.

2012-06-15 8:23 PM
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Chelsea, MI
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Boise

Thanks.  X-rays just came back negative so I will be signing up for steelhead this weekend. 

2012-06-15 11:00 PM
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San Mateo, California
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Boise
Great job, especially on the swim. The first part is always the roughest. It's amazing the difference in weather between the different waves on this race. I think my wave, later in the race, was the first one that had conditions a tad warmer and drier when we got out of the water. We all definitely earned the finisher medal for this one.
2012-06-18 4:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Boise

So your watch said about 39 coming out of the water? Mine was about 2 minutes off as well so I wonder where they had the pad at that we had to cross to mark our swim times or did they start the time early and start us late?  I've wondered about that as I have my time on my watch to be at least a minute faster than what the finish line clock says.

The bike portion was really crazy though. Hard to not draft in some sections as I was thinking about the illegal drafting and after a bit I said screw it, I am not going to coast along just to avoid the drafting call so I just started riding and would pass when I had the chance otherwise would stay right behind someone.

Anyways sorry that you drove all the way to ride a few miles on your bike.  

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