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Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Lubbock, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
99F / 37C
Total Time = 6h 50m 3s
Overall Rank = 684/832
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 87/104
Pre-race routine:

up at 4am... plain bagel, peanut butter, water and an 8oz sugar free red bull. Drove to the race site with Rachel, Ken, and Trey. A solid start to the morning!
Event warmup:

donned the wet suit, and swam about 15o meters out and back. First time I had donned the wet suit since Kemah Olympic, April 2011.
  • 38m 10s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 59s / 100 meters

Not a PR swim, but seeing that I have only swam 4-5 times in 2012... I will take it. My goal was simply to keep a steady pace, and not go out too fast and feel fatigued. My sighting was very good. I really felt good for the entirity of the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Ha. Swim 2-3 times a week maybe... it's called training!
Transition 1
  • 03m 39s

slow and steady T1. Make sure I put on sunscreen, chamois cream, and then headed out on a tough bike course.
What would you do differently?:

for this race...nothing. I was in completer mode and not competer mode.
  • 3h 20m 4s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.79 mile/hr

the first 30ish miles felt really good. Then my lower left back started having spasms and kept getting tight. Had to get out of the saddle and stretch my bike over and over again. Then came the last 16 miles into a head wind, except the last 3 heading back to T2. It was the hottest and windiest course I have ridden in three times here!
What would you do differently?:

not race BSLT under trained! Ha.
Transition 2
  • 04m 57s

another slow and steady transition... dried feet and put on socks, tied shoes (no speedlaces for this race this year) and then stopped at the porta-potty before heading out onto the run course.
  • 2h 43m 13s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 28s  min/mile

started out at about an 8:30 pace and tried to slowly dial it back... settled into a 9-9:30 pace until mile 3. Threw in the towel, and started walking. I was very hot, stomach was unhappy with the cold water and my upper back, below my right shoulder blade, started cramping. That pain and suffering continued for the remaining 10 miles... I got to run with Rachel for just over a mile, when she caught me at mile 7. She was holding a solid 10:30ish pace and I could not hang. I jog/walked my ass to the finish and headed straight to the med tent for an IV.
Post race
Warm down:

an IV in the med tent and a protein drink, some water and a dreaded walk to the truck, pushing our bikes up the big ass hill out of transition.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

serious lack of training + the heat and wind. But mostly my lack of training. Ha!

Event comments:

I am done with this race! 3 times is plenty. I have had good ('10), bad ('09) and ugly ('12) races here... I am good! Ha.

It's a challenging race that is for the above average athlete. It's simply time for me to enjoy other races besides this one.

Last updated: 2012-02-14 12:00 AM
00:38:10 | 1931 meters | 01m 59s / 100meters
Age Group: 77/104
Overall: 619/832
Performance: Good
Suit: zoot zenith full sleeve
Course: counter clockwise loop in Buffalo Springs Lake.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:39
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:20:04 | 56 miles | 16.79 mile/hr
Age Group: 87/104
Overall: 681/832
Performance: Below average
185 avg watts 157 avg HR / 183 max HR
Wind: Headwind
Course: a tough course with a few out and backs and 7 solid climbs.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 76
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:57
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:43:13 | 13.1 miles | 12m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 87/104
Overall: 684/832
Performance: Bad
140 avg HR / 171 max HR
Course: out and back with three solid, no shade... tough course!
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %6
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-06-26 10:19 PM

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Triathlete Nation ~ Texas!
Subject: Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake

2012-06-26 10:39 PM
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Extreme Veteran
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake
AMEN Brother!  Been there and got the ugly T-Shirt.  It was a pleasure hanging with ya for the weekend, thanks for dragging me up there!  IMFL here we come!
2012-06-27 5:28 AM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake
Way to tough it out!  I would love swim only 4-5 times in a single year and have that result!
2012-06-27 9:55 AM
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Evergreen, Colorado
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake

Well, compared to me you crushed it! :D

Awesome job! :D

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