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Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Cambridge, Maryland
United States
Columbia Triathlon Association
93F / 34C
Total Time = 5h 38m 13s
Overall Rank = 681/1849
Age Group = W55-59
Age Group Rank = 3/29
Pre-race routine:

We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Easton, MD. We love that place. We got up at 3:20. We planned on leaving the hotel at 4:10 but it was more like 4:15 when we pulled out. We arrived at the race site and found parking along Belvedere. It was still dark out and we waited in the car maybe 15 minutes while I finished my oatmeal. Linda R. decided that we should head to transition so she could check her tires. Good thing she did--she had a flat.

I was excited to hear the announcer call my name and wish me a good race. He did that for quite a few age groupers, but mine was the first.

I was happy to have to get my wetsuit out. I almost left it home because I was sure we weren't going to be able to use them. With all of the talk of sea nettles, I kind of wanted to wear it. I also put on SeaSafe.
Event warmup:

I set everything up and talked to various people (Wendy, Liz, Sharon, Stephanie). There were many trips to the porta pottie. Actually, I was in the porta pottie line when they were announcing that the pros were starting. I had to beg my way to the front of the line because I was late for my wave's entry into the water. I ran to the swim start and the only ones not in the water were the tentative people. I quickly swam to the farthest buoy, my favorite starting position. It probably was a good warm up but a little stressful.
  • 33m 8s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 43s / 100 meters

They never have enough buoys! I did my best to see where I was going. I feel like I swam fairly straight. I was so fearful of the sea nettles but I never encountered any, thank goodness.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe find the perfect swimmer to draft off of--someone that is just a little faster than me and swims straight.
Transition 1
  • 02m 34s

Had a little trouble getting the wetsuit off. What else is new?
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 56m 45s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.01 mile/hr

I was surprised at the amount of road kill I saw on this course: a fox, a huge snake, a raccoon and 2 other animals I couldn't identify.

I keep so busy during this race between trying to hydrate, calculating when the next bottle exchange was, taking my 3 Endurolytes every hour, and trying to eat. Eating was a bit difficult this race. For some reason, I wasn't hungry but I knew I had a certain amount of calories I had to consume or I'd be paying for it later.

I consumed a pack of Clif Bloks, one Power Bar, and then a half of a yellow Gatorade from the course. I also had the 2 watered down blue Gatorades that I brought with me. I always save one of them for the end section because I know I'll be thirsty and I like that flavor even if it is warm. I grabbed a bottle of water at each bottle exchange and drank lots.

At least four women in my age group passed me on the bike and a lot from the 50-54 age group. I noticed that they seemed to be spinning faster than me so I lowered my gearing and tried to spin more. Who knows if it helped. I came close to my fastest bike ride ever in this race.

A woman passed me that looked familiar and quite strong. I asked her her name and she said Patty. I said Patty What? She said Patty Rosen. I realized that she beat me in IM Louisville and that's why she looked familiar. Actually, she was 1st overall in my AG in Louisville. More to come about her later.
What would you do differently?:

I think my bike training is lacking. Seriously, how often do I bike 56 miles in the aero position? Basically, once a year when I'm at Eagleman. But I'm happy enough with my pace. Faster would be nicer, though.

Transition 2
  • 03m 38s

After dismounting, I started to run with my bike but it was so hard with those cleats and I had a long way to go. I decided to take my shoes off right there and then run through the dirt and grass, all the while thinking 'how dirty am I getting my socks right now?'
What would you do differently?:

Aquaphor my feet to prevent blisters like I do for the full ironman distance races. This would've saved a lot of time on the run and a lot of pain and suffering over the next several days.
  • 2h 02m 10s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 20s  min/mile

I passed one woman in my age group in the transition area. I thought--one down. Then it was off to the run course. I had that little voice in my head pretty quickly saying 'you want to walk, you are soooo tired.' I tried to ignore it, but after about a mile, I walked a few steps. Then a 64-year-old woman passed me and that was the end of the walking. I must've passed her at least 4 times. I know I took at least 3 short walking breaks and she'd pass me every time. Finally, I asked her what pace she was going. She said 9:30, which counted walking through the aid station. I thought that I could deal with that and decided to run with her. But that didn't last very long. I felt she was going too slow. By about mile 2, I felt a cut or something on my toe. I stopped and borrowed someone's chair and took off my sock. Thank goodness that I carry Aquaphor with me. My sock already had blood on it. I coated my one toe and then continued on. Of course, I had to pass the 62 year old again. By mile 3, another toe was getting a hot spot. Why didn't I coat all of the toes while I had my sock off? So I stopped again. I promised myself that once I fixed that toe, I wouldn't have to do any more walking. I kept my promise and didn't walk again. The little voice left for good.

I started to pass people in my age group. By mile 10, I saw Patricia Rosen. I couldn't believe it. I thought I would sneak up behind her and then stay there for awhile. But as luck would have it, she stopped at the aid station and was busy putting ice in her hat and didn't seem to be paying attention. So I snuck around her. I'd like to say I never looked back, but I did. I kept looking for that pink hat. By that point, I thought I might have moved into the Kona position. I thought I was in second place (Chrissy Fuentes already had her slot and was ahead of me). Frankly, that is the only thing that got me through the last 3 miles. I was chanting "Kona" in my head over and over and trying to ignore the cramps that kept trying to debilitate me. They got so bad that I just had to try to keep jogging. I knew if I walked at that point, I might just seize up. I had visions of collapsing running down the home stretch. I tried to push those thoughts out of my mind. I kept saying to myself that this could be it; I could be going to Kona.

I finally made it across the line and the cramps got pretty bad when I stopped. But all I wanted to do was find my results. I saw George and he helped me walk, if you can call it walking. I insisted we go look for the results. When I found them on the side of that truck, I was dismayed to see I was third. I needed to be second. Was I secretly glad that I don't have to spend a small fortune and train like a maniac for the rest of the summer and fall? I tried my best. I'm not disappointed.

I took 2 GUs during the run.
What would you do differently?:

I haven't a clue how to manage this run without cramping. I have cramped every year for four years.

Update: That 64-year-old woman finished about 30 seconds behind me and won the age group. I saw her later on and asked if she was taking the Kona slot. She hadn't even considered it. Crazy, huh!
Post race
Warm down:

We hung around for the awards. They were a bit slow moving things along. When I got to the podium for my 3rd place award, I asked Joni Haffner if she was taking the Kona slot. She nodded her head. Then came the hard part--shaking her hand and congratulating her when I really felt like saying "damn it."

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Cramps, cramps and more cramps.

Event comments:

I think they do a great job at Eagleman.

Last updated: 2012-05-30 12:00 AM
00:33:08 | 1931 meters | 01m 43s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/29
Overall: 464/1849
Performance: Good
Suit: Long sleeve wetsuit
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:34
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:56:45 | 56 miles | 19.01 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/29
Overall: 1137/1849
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:38
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:02:10 | 13.1 miles | 09m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/29
Overall: 569/1849
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 5

2012-06-14 11:38 AM

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Subject: Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon

2012-06-14 5:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon
great race!
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