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Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Geneva, New York
United States
Musselman Triathlon
84F / 29C
Total Time = 7h 11m 8s
Overall Rank = 746/829
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 35/41
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:15 and ate (more like choked down...had 0 appetite) a bagel with peanut butter and gaterade and some coffee. Then got ready and drove the 30 minutes to the race start.
Event warmup:

Just walked around and stressed out about not wearing my wetsuit. Tried to eat a gel before the swim but was too nervous to stomach it.
  • 48m 1s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 29s / 100 meters

I was mentally prepared for a wetsuit swim so I started freaking out that it wasn't wetsuit legal. We had the option to wear one but I didn't want to overheat and if I'm going to do this, I wanted to do it right, so no wetsuit for me. I started in the 2nd to last wave and the water was rough by the time I got in. I've never swam with such big waves, it took a long time to learn how to read them and not swallow a big mouth of water every time I breathed! It was tough to site too with them, I would look up and just see a big wave instead of the bouy. I definitely got off course as I'm not very good at navigating to begin with!
What would you do differently?:

More open water practice, try harder to draft, and not get so off course.
Transition 1
  • 02m 1s

Didn't mess around, just got the bike, helmet, on, and went. Put on socks because I'm used to wearing them on long rides but regretted it later when it was a torrential downpour for 20 miles and my feet and socks were soaked
What would you do differently?:

  • 3h 38m 40s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.37 mile/hr

Wow do I suck at riding. I was getting passed a lot and felt like I was barely moving. Stopped at one point to make sure my brake wasn't rubbing since I was moving so slow! It wasn't...I'm just slow! Drizzled for the first hour and then DOWNPOUR for 20 miles. It was awful, I couldn't see anything and wished I had my goggles on! I had to hold back a little on the downhills because I didn't want to slip on the wet roads. I dropped my chain at one point which was bizarre...going from big to little ring. That got me really frustrated. I saw some people walking one of the hills though and I didn't need to do that at least.

Hit a deep dark place miles 30-40, I was just SO sick of the rain and sick of riding the bike. My back and neck were hurting. I drank 4 bottles of Infinit as my nutrition and just couldn't stomach anything but water by the end so I had that. Probably could have used another gel since I was on the bike so long but had no appetite for it. Just wanted off the bike!

Glad I didn't flat at all at least...saw lots and lots of flats and mechanical issues along the way.
What would you do differently?:

Spend more time on the bike and get faster and more comfortable being aero for so long. Pittsburgh is so hilly that really the only time I have to be aero for an extended period is on the trainer.
Transition 2
  • 02m 51s

Took a minute to sit down and put on my shoes. I was tired mentally and physically and just needed a second. Was getting a side cramp the last half hour on the bike and didn't know why. Was nervous to start the run.
What would you do differently?:

Keep my shoes in a plastic bag so they wouldn't be soaking wet from the rain. Putting soaking wet shoes on before a half marathon is pretty demoralizing
  • 2h 35m 35s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 53s  min/mile

Best and favorite part of the race! My calves and stomach were cramping really bad at the beginning. For the first 3 miles I ran to the mile mark and then walked for 0.1 miles and also walked through the aid stations which were like 0.25-0.5 into each mile. I took enduralytes at the first aid station which helped the cramping. Starting at the 2nd station I took a cold sponge, coke, and water. This made me feel like a million bucks! Coke really is a miracle worker. I started feeling really good around mile 4 and from 4-7 I only walked the aid stations. Then I started getting really tired. The coke wasn't enough calories but my stomach wasn't wanting anything else. I took a few gu chomps at mile 10 finally which made me feel better. From mile 7-10 I walked up a few of the hills but made an effort to run as much as I could. The last 2 miles were a struggle...I wanted to finish strong but EVERYTHING hurt. My legs were just so tired, my feet hurt and I was getting bad blisters from my wet shoes and socks. I was shuffling along at about 11:30 pace for my running portions but I got the job done! I was SO happy to cross the finish line and couldn't believe I just did a half ironman! I got emotional and choked up and smiled and cried at the same time while going through to all the cheers.
What would you do differently?:

Taken in more calories...I just didn't have enough. Overall though I'm really happy with the run and had a great time!
Post race
Warm down:

Drank water, stretched, sat in the ice bath. Put my 70.3 sticked on the car :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to lose about 10 more lbs and then I'll get some more speed. Other than that, I don't think there was much on this day I could have done differently.

Event comments:

GREAT RACE! I can't say enough about the organization of the race and all the volunteers. Everyone was so great. Would have been able to enjoy the bike course more if it wasn't pouring rain and I could actually see but really, I had a great time. I can't wait to come back next year!

Last updated: 2012-06-25 12:00 AM
00:48:01 | 1931 meters | 02m 29s / 100meters
Age Group: 38/41
Overall: 747/829
Performance: Average
Suit: none
Course: Modified rectangle and then 750m in the channel. Kept bouys to the left.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:01
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:38:40 | 56 miles | 15.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 38/41
Overall: 778/829
Performance: Average
Ave HR 156 Max HR 180
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: 56 mile loop along the lakes. Rolling hills with 1 or 2 steeper climbs
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:51
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:35:35 | 13.1 miles | 11m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 36/41
Overall: 722/829
Performance: Good
Ave HR 155 Max HR 166
Course: Lollipop course. Flat the first and last 2 miles. Mostly uphill until mile 8 and then mostly downhill. Some crazy hills though---up a flight of stairs around mile 3 and up a steep gravel road at mile 7.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2012-07-17 2:22 PM

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2012-07-17 8:42 PM
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Congrats!  I was out there with you in the rain and it was tough conditions, so don't be too hard on yourself.  Congratulations are certainly are in order!  Now you have a target to beat for next year.
2012-07-17 10:18 PM
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Congrates!!  Great job hanging in there on the bike.  It was really a tough swim on the lake and bike.  I was with you on the T2 rest only I took it an extreme. 

Keep up the good work and we can rock it again next year. 

2012-07-26 11:20 AM
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Subject: RE: Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon
Congrats Sarah!!!! that sounded like a tough day.  I'm glad you stuck it out.  That finish line is worth it everytime!
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