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Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
75F / 24C
Total Time = 13h 55m 43s
Overall Rank = 325/415
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 55/66
Pre-race routine:

This is my 2nd time racing the B2B Full. Arrived in Wilmington about 1pm. Checked in and went to the 2p athlete briefing. Then went to check bike in at T1. Turned out to long drive due to traffic but got back to the Hilton and checked in at about 4:30. Then went to the athlete dinner which was better than expected. Chicken, spaghetti, bread rolls. Stayed for part of the 5pm athlete briefing... they used the same jokes, so I left to go back to the room. Family arrived about 8:30pm so I helped them unpack and tried to relax. Didn't feel well that evening likely due to nerves and also didn't sleep much as a result.
Event warmup:

Got up before the alarm about 4:15 and still didn't feel well. I managed to get down 2 poptarts, some of a powerbar and some of a PB&J but couldn't stomach anything else... which made me more nervous. Took the bus from the hotel to T1, finished set-up and still didn't feel well. Took the 2nd bus down to the swim start and waited for about an hour. Didn't get in the water before hand which I didn't feel bad about. I just wanted to get started. Once the gun went off and I was swimming I felt 100x's better.
  • 52m 18s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 14s / 100 yards

Only a bit of contact at the beginning. They make everyone start through a relatively narrow gate on the beach so there weren't too many people starting in the water at the same time. Swam mostly with my head above water the first 200 then found a groove. Drafted some but not for more than a minute or two at a time. Made a few navigation mistakes looking back at it but swimming is my relative strength and I wanted to just finish and not burn any matches. The tide was a huge bonus. I've had a recent swimming break though but went 1:10 in 2010 with slack tide.
What would you do differently?:

navigate better
Transition 1
  • 10m 31s

Took my time here and used the restroom. Full change and loaded up nutrition. Took some more time to say hi to the family who had a heck of a time getting to T1 due to traffic. Saw that my little boys had made a couple "go Daddy" signs and seeing those was probably better than seeing the finish line in retrospect. So it set a good mood for the start of the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Easy to gain time here but I wasn't counting minutes for this race.
  • 6h 57m 13s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.11 mile/hr

Started the bike trying to ride at granny pace but HR wasn't coming down. Thought I could have been coming down with something or just excited to be in the race. I'm typically a FOP swimmer and and MOP cyclist so I get passed a lot which may have caused me to try to go harder and 'keep-up'. After about an hour, the HR finally came down some and I was right on track and finished the first infinit bottle at the 21 mile aid station. Stopped to fill up with water and mix another bottle. Also had half a power bar knowing I was pretty lean with breakfast. Actually probably felt the best on the course around mile 40. I thought special needs was a mile 50, but it was actually 55 so I thought I might have missed it... but finally arrived and filled bottles then took another restroom trip. Also had an uncrustable PB&J. The stop was about 7 minutes but I remember looking at the avg mph right before I stopped and then right after I started and lost almost 1 mph avg. That was disappointing but pressed on feeling fresh.

Started to get a bit rough around mile 60 so took a stinger waffle. Then around mile 70 or 80 was probably the low point. I wasn't making up any time from the stops and likely fighting the winds. Had to pee again about mile 80 but held it until the mile 87 rest stop. Filled bottles again and set-off. The light at the end of the tunnel was getting brighter to make it to 112 which kept me going. Didn't need to stop again until the convention center. I came off the bike about 25 minutes behind my goal pace and what I road in 2010. Good news is I was able to follow my nutrition plan and had ~6 bottles of infinit, 1 power bar, 1 stinger waffle, and 1 uncrustable PB&J.
What would you do differently?:

Manage HR better
Transition 2
  • 09m 49s

Took my time here again. Felt woozy coming off the bike and didn't have any hustle. It was interesting being "inside" a building for a transition. Took a restroom break in a 'normal' bathroom inside and remember thinking "am I in a race?". Actually washed my hands in the sink. After changing, I still didn't feel well but remembered someone told me "T2 is where many Ironman dreams die". So I told myself hurry up and just get out there on the 26.2 journey. Saw the family right outside T2 and stop to chat for a few... I tried to look like I felt better than I did, and then set off.
What would you do differently?:

Once again, more free time to be gained here with a bit of hustle.
  • 5h 45m 54s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 13m 12s  min/mile

My original goal was 12:59 but I admittedly gave up that goal after feeling poorly on the bike. I changed my watch from using a 4:30/1 run walk to a 4:30/2 right at the beginning with focus on not blowing up and being able to run/walk the entire way. I had a bad experience on the run here in 2010 and didn't want to duplicate mistakes. Turns out the run/walk method worked great. After the first 2 miles, I started to feel better and wanted to just run and run faster, but I held back knowing there was a long way to go. Made the first 10k feeling pretty good but reserved. Was taking on infinit as the main nutrition source. Nothing remarkable on the 2nd 10k just kept moving on keeping with the run/walk strategy. Made it to the special needs turnaround and saw the family again. Stop to chat and say hi. Took more infinit on and my long sleeve top which I wrapped around my waist and never used.

Heading back out after seeing the finish line was tough, but I felt much better than I did in 2010 so it didn't bother me as much. I changed the run/walk to 4/2 and kept plugging along. The section along the river after the riverwalk and the houses is probably the toughest. No scenery other than industrial buildings. Started chicken broth about mile 15 and kept looking for the triangle which finally came and I saw a few ambulances which I didn't like. Kept plugging along and it seemed like a long stretch to the turn around but I knew if I could make it there, I was home free. It finally arrived and I started to think about just trying to run it out from there. I increased the pace some but was meet with feeling worse so I pulled back and kept the run/walk. Actually, a few times I felt worse when I started walking but stayed the course and tried to be consistent. It felt good to make it past the last triangle and "head home". Still tried to push some the last 4 miles but wasn't able to find the gear but was comfortable I was going to beat 14 hrs. I got to the last 800 meters and enjoyed every minute of it. I was running, felt good and had the feeling of exhilaration which I expected from an IM but did not have in 2010. Crossed the finish line with a big smile and embraced the moment.
What would you do differently?:

I left some out of the course but enjoyed the journey much more this time and had a PR by just over 1 hr... so nothing.
Post race
Warm down:

Met with the family and thanked them for supporting me on what was an equally long day for my wife and two little boys. The finish in downtown Wilmington was much better than at the battleship in my opinion. This could be because I finished a lot earlier but the music, more people cheering, and the concessions were great....I even stopped and bought a few extra souvenirs. Made it back to the hotel and took an ice bath. Also went to the athlete breakfast the following day at the battleship which had terrific food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mental obstacles.

Event comments:

This race has logistical challenges but Set-up does a great job of helping you manage them. There was plenty of support and fantastic volunteers. The pre and post events were terrific.

Last updated: 2012-04-21 12:00 AM
00:52:18 | 4224 yards | 01m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/66
Overall: 66/415
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: straight down the channel and turn left
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 10:31
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
06:57:13 | 112 miles | 16.11 mile/hr
Age Group: 59/66
Overall: 66/415
Performance: Below average
Avg HR: 135
Wind: Headwind
Road: Rough  Cadence: 66
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 09:49
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
05:45:54 | 26.2 miles | 13m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 51/66
Overall: 66/415
Performance: Below average
Avg HR: 141 Split 1 (Mile 7.7) 1:31:42 Split 2 (Turn Around) 2:54:34 Split 3 (Mile 20) 4:20:55 Run 5:45:54
Course: 2 loops with a few twists. I hated that triangle thing.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2012-10-24 1:08 PM

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Virginia Beach
Subject: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon

2012-10-25 5:18 PM
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N Carolina
Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
Congrats on your PR!!!!!!!!!
2012-10-25 9:17 PM
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Muskego, Wisconsin
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Subject: RE: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon
Great race Scott. 1hr PR is awesome. Didn't know you were part fish...crazy fast swim. Congrats on a great race.
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