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HITS Triathlon Series: Hunter Mountain II - Half Iron Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Haines Falls, New York
United States
HITS Triathlon Series
50F / 10C
Total Time = 5h 58m 18s
Overall Rank = 15/40
Age Group = M 37
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I definitely didn't go into this one right. Been eating like crap for a week and a little fatigued. But this was a C race that came up kind of last minute and the fee was paid, so why not do it?
  • 42m 17s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m / 100 yards

It was damned cold out and I was in no mood to swim. Couldn't find the neoprene squid lid the night before. Luckily I had a thick silicone cap from Toughman in the car so wore 2 caps. Warmed up pretty fast and felt fine. This course goes around the far outside of the lake so it was shallow and there were a lot of weeds. Saw a lot of folks standing up to sight/rest. Sadly, I wasnt any faster than the folks standing up... If they do this race again in June, there shouldn't be so many weeds.
Transition 1
  • 04m 43s

I was cold getting out of the water on this one.
What would you do differently?:

Bring a towel to dry off if I'm going to put on layers (gloves and arm warmers today). I couldn't get the arm warmers on and had to keep fiddling with them on the bike.
  • 3h 23m 26s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.52 mile/hr

This was a pretty rough bike ride. Cold and a lot of wind. I spent the first 15 miles wishing I had put on the jacket, but by the hill at ~22 miles I was very glad I didn't. I guess the clothing choice worked out okay since I was always a little uncomfortable, but never in trouble.
The wind kicked my ass a little. On the steep downhills it was blowing me around a bit so I took it conservatively and on some of the flats and slight downhills I felt like I was actually going uphill. This course has more downhill for the start and uphill on the way back, so I pushed it pretty hard toward the end to avoid giving up too much speed/time.
Almost spilled twice. Once on a turn around mile 52 and at the dismount. The fog got to me a bit, as did the water on my visor.

Garmin facts:
Distance - 55.2
Elevation - 3,458
Speed - 16.3
Avg Power - 156
Norm Power - 172 (too high for an IM tune up)
HR - 136 bpm
What would you do differently?:

1) bring the wider cassette for a course like this. 11-23 wasn't doing it to keep the cadence high.
2) Dont wear the visor on the aero helmet if the forecast calls for rain. I couldn't see for shit in the rain.
Transition 2
  • 01m 42s
  • 1h 46m 11s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 07s  min/mile

Pretty tough run, but at least the weather stops being a factor. I ran this pretty hard. Since the course was so spread out with so few folks I only got to pass 5 runners over 13+ miles. I'm getting better at pushing the downhills. I just have to pay for the pounding after the race.

Garmin facts:
Dist - 13.37
elevation gain - 1,168
pace - 7:56
HR - 162bpm
What would you do differently?:

I don't know. Maybe push it a bit harder. Stop peeing so damned much.
Post race
Warm down:

Limped to the car and took off. Eileen had tix to see Springsteen in NJ, so I told her I'd be home as soon as possible. Ate crappy fast food at a thruway rest stop (bad idea).

EDIT - just read this report and it looks like it was raining throughout. It was not. The weather was 1) cold and windy, 2) then cold with some drizzle, then 3) cool and foggy. Not really much rain, but my visor stayed spotty throughout the bike.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Should have hydrated prior to the morning of the race. 4 pee stops, 2 on the bike and 2 on the run. I'm like an old woman with my bladder.

Event comments:

I like the HITS setup. Everyone is very helpful and the transition area is fantastic. Slots for each bike and a stool, rather than fighting for space with racers who bring the whole shebang out. Its a pretty lonely race but I think that will change with the new 2013 pricing. I'm also impressed that they seem to be able to measure a swim course. every race I do seems to be off by quite a bit. I'll probably do this race again, but I will NEVER do the full. All I could think for the last 15 miles of the bike was that I was glad I wasn't doing it again.

Last updated: 2012-09-14 12:00 AM
00:42:17 | 2112 yards | 02m / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 30/40
Performance: Average
Suit: Neosport Full
Course: Counterclockwise loop around North Lake. I think they got the distance about right on this one.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:43
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:23:26 | 56 miles | 16.52 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 21/40
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: One loop with a bunch of medium sized hills and a couple of kind of big ones.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 71
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:42
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:46:11 | 13.1 miles | 08m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 6/40
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back on part of the bike course. Went through the village of Tannersville.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-09-23 8:28 PM

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Subject: HITS Triathlon Series: Hunter Mountain II - Half Iron Course

2012-09-24 9:32 AM
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Romeoville, Il
Subject: RE: HITS Triathlon Series: Hunter Mountain II - Half Iron Course

Nice race Bill, congrats on another solid HIM finish!
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