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Muncie, Indiana
United States
81F / 27C
Total Time = 6h 54m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:15am. Double checked the gear bag one last time. Kissed the wife goodbye and headed to the event site. Excited to attack my first 1/2 Ironman.
Event warmup:

Set up gear in transition and put on the wet suit. The water was a balmy 75F which meant wet suit legal. Had a good 15-20 min relaxed swim prior to the start of the pro waves.
  • 42m
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards
What would you do differently?:

take 10-15 sec at the 3 turn to identify the buoys instead of following the crowd (who also couldn't see squat).
Transition 1
  • 03m

T1 went off without a hitch. Wetsuit/swim cap/goggles off. Helmet on head, sunglasses on. Shoes on. Quick swig of water and it was out to the bike leg.
What would you do differently?:

Not a thing.
  • 3h 06m
  • 56 miles
  • 18.06 mile/hr

By mile 53 my legs were screaming. Keep in mind that I'm a big boy riding a clearance road bike I picked up on the cheap at my LBS. All I was thinking the last 3 miles was, "get me off this %$@^ bike".
What would you do differently?:

I would have gone a little easier on the bike leg.
Transition 2
  • 05m

T2 was nothing to write home about. My legs were so shot from the ride that just making it to my rack took a massive effort. I took an extra 2-3min just sitting on the ground drinking gatorade and it felt so right. With socks/shoes, glasses, hat, and race belt on it was onto the run leg.
  • 2h 58m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 35s  min/mile

My tired legs were not up for a run that day. Having transitioned into triathlon from marathon running, I was expecting to dominate the 1/2 course. With my tired legs, heat, and about 2.5 miles into the run - the return of a nagging patella; there was a lot of run/walking strategy on display. Emphasis on the "walking".
What would you do differently?:

Lengthen the distance of my ride/run during brick workouts. A 56/13.1 session feels a lot different than 30/6.
Post race
Warm down:

Once I crossed the finish line all i could stand to do was keep from collapsing. I had the onset of an intense headache followed by a dizziness I had never experienced. I found a spot to sit down and drank a bottle of water. My wife acted as a back rest. Once I got my bearings straight it was off to the athletes tent for some well-earned calories. Chocolate ice cream never tasted so good.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

A fantastic race for anyone interested in distance racing. There is a reason the Ironman brand is the gold-standard for Tri events. They simply know how to put on a race. If your thinking about racing Muncie, do it. The course will challenge you, but the staff/volunteers are there to support you every step of the way.

Last updated: 2013-07-14 12:00 AM
00:42:00 | 2112 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Zoot Sleevless
Course: Muncie offers an in-water start. Once the gun went off it was a feeding frenzy for the inside position. Once out it open water the pack began to spread out. The first 900 meters was well marked with yellow buoys. The next 300 at the turn was well marked as well. Coming back to shore was total sun blindness! The fact the buoys were orange didn't help matters either. After introducing the back of my elbow to the jaw of some overzealous age grouper and few corrections back on course It was off to the races for T1.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:06:00 | 56 miles | 18.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Relativity flat with slight rolling hills. Some stretches of road were a bit rough and more than one rider was seen on the side of the road dealing with a flat. The volunteers were AMAZING and very prompt to get you just what you needed as you called out for nutrition, water, etc. It was nice to see the locals sitting at the edge of their driveways supporting the athletes.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:58:00 | 13.1 miles | 13m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Rolling hills. The race director described it as "challenging" in the pre-race meeting. Again - a HUGE shout out to the volunteers. They are one of the main reasons the day was such a success.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-07-14 7:41 PM

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Subject: Ironman Muncie 70.3

Edited by MUohio 2013-07-14 7:44 PM

2013-07-15 5:57 PM
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Great work and SUPER FAST transitions! Great report!
2013-07-16 4:32 AM
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Congrats and good race report.
2013-07-17 2:42 PM
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I never felt inclined to do a half-iron before, but you've done it, I'm inspired!
2013-07-18 1:48 PM
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Nice job on your first half IM! It's tough to have a good run when your legs are smoked but sounds like you pulled it off! If you didn't do it this time, try to get in a decent amount of 50+ mile rides before your next HIM and you should feel better starting the run.
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