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Soma Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
The Red Rock Company
Total Time = 5h 49m 33s
Overall Rank = 211/466
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 49/109
Pre-race routine:

Stayed in a hotel up on University so everyone could sleep in. Got up and ate 2 Clif bars, an orange, and a banana. Started on a bottle of Ultra about 5:00am. Race wave started at 6:40am.
Event warmup:

Not much,was a deep water start.
  • 41m 46s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

Was really shooting for 40min here, but didn't happen. Was still 2:29 faster than last year. Felt I did great at navigation, drafting and getting around the log jams at the buoys.
What would you do differently?:

Couldn't really 2nd guess anything here. Felt I had a good swim.
Transition 1
  • 01m 39s

We didn't get our transition times, so I figured out my total time and split them. My total transition time was 3:18!!!!! For me, this is smokin'!! Considering last year, my transitions were 3:11 and 3:03, so that's cutting them in half, practically. I practiced them in the motel Sat. nite! So I'm calling this transition 1:32 faster than last year...
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 54m 48s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.22 mile/hr

Felt like a good ride. Really no issues. Maybe, could've drank a tad bit more. Things I learned in nutrition seemed to make a big difference in how I felt. Started cramping a bit around the 43 mile mark. Lost a bottle of Ultra hitting a bump right at Mill and Rio, so I had to grab a bottle of Ironman Perform at one of the aid stations. Wasn't too big of a deal...4:44 faster than last year.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, was somewhat pleased with my bike. Hills didn't seem near as a challenge as they were last year. All the rez rides seemed to have payed dividends, physically and mentally.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s

Smoked it! Was in and out! Was 1:14 faster than last year...
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 09m 41s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 54s  min/mile

Man, this was a tough run, on the 2nd loop..Felt I did good mentally. Was fighting some cramps on and off the whole 2nd loop.It was affecting my pace. My 1st loop was right at an hour and my 2nd loop was 1:09. Either way, I was pushing through and NEVER felt like I was getting punched in the mouth hard enough to walk. Never had to talk myself out of stopping or anything. I did tell myself when I got to mile 10, this is where the wheels came off at Marquee and that just ain't happenin' today!!!!! My run was 3:52 faster than last year. Was really wanting my run closer to 2hrs but it just wasn't to be. 3:52 faster than last year.
What would you do differently?:

I can't 2nd guess anything, probably because I always refuse to do that!! A race is what it is, making the best decisions at the time you can make according to how you feel.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate about 400 hundred oranges, a couple of waters, and a couple of Ironman Performs while I was mentally coming back down at the finish line. Congratulating as many finishers as I could, while I was wobbling around.1st time I ever felt that way after a race. I really felt like I hit it as hard as I could...

Event comments:

Really had a great time at this race. I guess the only thing I would do differently, after I pondered it the last couple of days, is, doing those 2 sprints last month kinda derailed my momentum I had built up in my training. I was still getting faster coming into this race and enjoyed both races last month, but just never felt I "got my groove" completely back in my training, mentally and emotionally, and that had never happened to me before. Race day, I was completely bouncing off the walls and was ready to bite nails in half. Was very happy to FINALLY get to the sub-6 mark!!!(This is my 4th 1/2) Especially after Marquee in April! This was a PR by 10:28!!! And.....14:03 faster than last year!

Last updated: 2012-01-08 12:00 AM
00:41:46 | 2112 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 76/109
Overall: 257/466
Performance: Good
Kept hr between 135/145
Suit: Synergy Endorphin Full wetsuit
Course: Rectangular course in TTL
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:39
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
02:54:48 | 56 miles | 19.22 mile/hr
Age Group: 67/109
Overall: 236/466
Performance: Good
kept it 145/150 1st loop,150/155 2nd, and 160 on the last loop.
Wind: Some
Course: 3 loop course around Tempe
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:09:41 | 13.1 miles | 09m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 71/109
Overall: 227/466
Performance: Good
160/162 1st loop/162/167 2nd loop
Course: 2 loop course around TTL
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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

2012-10-23 6:50 PM

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Subject: Soma Triathlon

2012-10-24 12:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Soma Triathlon

Congrats on breaking the 6 hour mark! You're not the only person who mentioned losing a water bottle on the bike in this race...

400 oranges, funny!

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