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Honu Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Kona, Hawaii
United States
88F / 31C
Total Time = 5h 48m 43s
Overall Rank = 308/1087
Age Group = 35-39M
Age Group Rank = 76/126
Pre-race routine:

Hydrate, eat. Had to bike 6.5miles to swim start with tri-pack on my back. Wasn't too excited about it. Otherwise just chilled out. Suntan lotioned up. Swam for 5 minutes.
Event warmup:

1.2 mile swim.
  • 40m 19s
  • 2351 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

1000 people hitting the water at once was interesting. Don't practice that much. Me and about 500 other people overshot buoy 2 by about 100 yards! Oh well. Was very comfortable the whole way. Felt my best during the last 1/3rd. Passing was virtually impossible. Too many bodies around.
What would you do differently?:

learn to swim faster.
Transition 1
  • 04m 47s

no problems here. Had a chance to see Deb and give her a quick kiss.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 58m 8s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.86 mile/hr

Beutiful scenery. Tough ride with all the hills. Hit 48mph at one point! Miles 28-35 were FAST downhill and downwind. Avged around 30mph during this stretch with light pedaling. Going back up the descent I hit 48mph on was not fun. Slightly slower going back up. Around mile 48.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Had a good bike race. Averaged 18.9mph. 1.7mph faster than my half in March and on a tougher course.
Transition 2
  • 02m 12s

Easy. Race volunteers took bike as soon as we dismounted.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 03m 19s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 25s  min/mile

Need to work on my run. Have to log more miles. Legs were okay this time. The heat was getting to me here. Walked through every aid station to cool down.
What would you do differently?:

Train more run focused.
Post race
Warm down:

Fall down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

9 months into training. Not enough time yet. Need more swim and run volume. Working on it.

Event comments:

Spectacular venue. Racing in Kona baby! It's hard racing in this division. These guys are good! Give me a few years and I'll get into the upper 1/3rd.

Last updated: 2006-06-11 12:00 AM
00:40:19 | 2351 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 90/126
Overall: 451/1087
Performance: Average
Suit: none
Course: simple loop course in beutiful Hapuna beach. Crystal clear water. Very pretty.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Bad
Time: 04:47
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:58:08 | 56 miles | 18.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 67/126
Overall: 296/1087
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: 28 miles up to Hawi. 7 mile climb with no rest up to turnaround! Pretty hilly course. Hot! Biked the northern end of the World Championship course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:12
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:03:19 | 13.1 miles | 09m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 71/126
Overall: 329/1087
Performance: Average
Course: Around Muana Lani resort. Lots of golf course running. Short and steep hills on cart path of golf course. HOT!
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %4
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-06-11 5:17 PM

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