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Ironman 70.3 Hawaii - Triathlon

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Kohala Coast, Hawaii
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
90F / 32C
Total Time = 5h 28m 41s
Overall Rank = 209/1550
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 13/125
Pre-race routine:

buses got delayed so we got to transition late, and had about 15 mins to load our bikes and get ready to start.
Event warmup:

no warm up.
  • 39m 46s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Not a fan of the new swim. It didn't make sense to have some buoys on the left and some on the right. For this many people, allowing them to fan out on one side is best. Anyway, this caused a bottleneck at the start mainly, and mass confusion on the last segment. No one knew where they were due to heavy chop, head current, and sun in the face. Also lack of directional buoys on the last segment. Thumbs down to the swim race design.

luckily the water was fairly reasonable for most of the swim. but head current and chop worked us on the last segment to the finish. Nice and clear temp was great.
Transition 1
  • 03m 42s

The usual chaos up the walkway into T1 and the mass of athletes and bikes clogging up the path. No problems mounting the bike though.
  • 2h 46m 27s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.15 mile/hr

Bike started off ok, then the wind started acting up in Kawaihae, and then again heavy coming into Hawi before the turnaround. Very difficult the last few mile or so into the aid station. Then nice descent out of Hawi, but winds attacked again in Kawaihae, and sapped what I had left on the hills there. Pushed past Hapuna to T2 but was difficult.
Transition 2
  • 02m 10s
What would you do differently?:

T2 was ok, just pooped from the bike.
  • 1h 56m 36s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 56s  min/mile

Run started hot, with little to no wind. The temp got higher and higher as the race progressed. Absolutely crazy hot on the golf course, and "Road to No where"
What would you do differently?:

Not anything in particular, did the best I could.
Post race
Warm down:

Usual, drank draft Longboard YAY ! and ate the burger..YUM !

What limited your ability to perform faster:

left heel bothering me, had a careful strategy planned for the run so not to destroy it further.

Event comments:

Did not like the new swim, but it worked.
The rest of the race was well done, as usual.

Last updated: 2013-06-03 12:00 AM
00:39:46 | 2112 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 34/125
Overall: 491/1550
Performance: Average
Suit: 2 piece tri
Course: counter-clockwise rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:42
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:46:27 | 56 miles | 20.15 mile/hr
Age Group: 17/125
Overall: 216/1550
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: out and back
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 97
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:10
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:56:36 | 13.1 miles | 08m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/125
Overall: 209/1550
Performance: Average
Course: winding course over golf course grass and cement cart path, asphalt roads.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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

2013-06-03 12:17 PM

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Kailua, Hawaii
Subject: Ironman 70.3 Hawaii

2013-06-03 2:24 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Hawaii
Great job Noel. After finishing the race, I told myself I would never do that race again. 48 hours out and I think I'll be back. Not 100% sure about 2014, but definately again.
2013-06-03 2:32 PM
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Kailua, Hawaii
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Hawaii
mahalo Jason.

Yep I know I'll sign up again ;-)
2013-06-03 3:40 PM
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Bellingham, WA
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Hawaii
Nice race, especially considering the conditions, current, winds, heat. A little something for each leg. But solid performance overall.

Didn't realize they changed the swim. Why did they do that? I thought the old course was great.

I may have to put this on the calendar for next year.

Edited by popsracer 2013-06-03 3:40 PM
2013-06-03 5:13 PM
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Kailua, Hawaii
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Hawaii
Thanks !!

I'm not sure all the reasoning behind the swim course change, but something was said to appease "right hand breathers" Certainly the wave start was implemented to be line with improving the safety. I don't mind wave starts, and have done many, but this was not enough room allotted for all the AG Males, which resulted in a blob standing still for a few minutes as the swimmers fanned out.

I agree, the old course was fine, I don't mind they switched to counter clock-wise, but if they were attempting to avoid the sun, they failed on that!!!
DIRECT sun for the long leg back to the beach. It was blinding! I just put head down and plodded forward.

The crazy part to me was they had these red "turn" buoys to keep on the left, and a string of orange buoys to keep on your right, as in the race brief.
It wasn't clear how to use the orange buoys, as swimmers were on both sides.

The fact the website had conflicting info up to race day was also disconcerting.

As usual, I had to rely on following the fast people...thankfully for this, I'm not the leader LOL

Edited by metafizx 2013-06-03 5:16 PM
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