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Ironman 70.3 Vineman - Triathlon

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Guerneville, California
United States
Vineman, Inc.
85F / 29C
Total Time = 6h 07m 22s
Overall Rank = 1174/2400
Age Group = F50-54
Age Group Rank = 20/72
Pre-race routine:

Two transition race, swim and T1 18 miles out of town on a windy road. Awesome friends dropped us off, saving us hours on parking and shuttle busses. Still, out of the hotel at 5:15 am. Pepsi, power bar, lots of water, multiple imodiums, good to go.
Event warmup:

Issue with bike racking in T1, thanks to Johanne for keeping me calm, and the marshall for backing me up. That pretty much got my heart rate as high as it needed to be. For the record, I NEVER moved her bike, and woud NEVER touch another persons bike or gear. EVER.
  • 38m 42s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

Validated my decision to not spend much time training for the swim! HA! Only added 1 minute to my 2011 time, when I trained HARD. May have been the new wetsuit.
What would you do differently?:

Avoid the guy in the silver cap.
Transition 1
  • 05m 41s

HA! Muddy mess in T1, had tucked my gear in tightly because of worries about my rack-mates, couldn't find my friend who was supposed to take my bag... not sure what happened to other 2 minutes!
What would you do differently?:

Move faster? Still think it was a good idea to pack my glasses/stuff away, but it cost me time. Other people's stuff was knocked around.
  • 2h 59m 29s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.67 mile/hr

Got stopped by a marshall who wanted to warn me that my tire was low. I knew it was a bit low - intentionally for the horrid road conditions - but it was REALLY low. Didn't have a pump, didn't want to risk blowing it up with the CO2. No help, there. Pulled over one other time - brake was rubbing, AGAIN. Otherwise my pace was good, REALLY wished my Garmin was functioning, that messed with my head, big time. Passed 13 people with flats, 2 crashes (with emergency vehicles) and so much debris (bottles, cages, tubes) on the road that I could open a bike shop. With the money Vineman brings in, it would be wonderful to see the roads improved. That said, it's a BEAUTIFUL course, and the volunteers are amazing.
What would you do differently?:

Garmin function.
Transition 2
  • 04m 56s

This is the longest run off the bike, ever. Handled the run, racking, okay - but forot to take my gloves off! Ran 13.1 with them.......
What would you do differently?:

Take off the gloves, have water there for a quick swig with my endurolytes. Oh, and turn pro to save myself .2 miles of running!!!
  • 2h 18m 34s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 34s  min/mile

Crushed me. I may have pushed it too hard on the bike, and my recent bike fit still really needs to be dialed in - but the bottom line is that this just hurt. Carrying my bike gloves probably didn't cost me anytime, but I felt like an idiot. First few miles weren't bad, but it went downhill in the winery - again. Used the inhaler, twice. Feet were on fire, and by mile 7 it felt like I had broken bones in my left foot. Turns out I had two ripped toe nails, one blackening one, and SEVEN blisters. Swelling there, but I don't think anything's broken. First half was at 9:10 pace, second half at 12:00. YIKES.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure, but I better figure it out before Tahoe!!!
Post race
Warm down:

head between the legs at a table in the shade. Several strawberries. Some melon. Lots of water. Limped to T2, struggle to the car.......

Event comments:

Perfect race, amazing volunteers - but fix the roads, or I probably won't be back. They are THAT bad.

Last updated: 2012-11-01 12:00 AM
00:38:42 | 2112 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 20/72
Overall: 1020/2400
Performance: Good
Garmin died. Probably user error.
Suit: TYR Hurricane Cat5
Course: Swim in the Russian River - warm, no current, shallow. Hit bottom a few times, walked a few steps, mutiple dolphin dives. Lots of contact, good kick in the face by a guy (silver cap)2 heats ahead of me. Yikes.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:41
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
02:59:29 | 56 miles | 18.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/72
Overall: 982/2400
Performance: Good
No Garmin. REALLY messed with my head. Offical splits were 18.6 for first half, 18.8 for second.
Wind: Little
Course: Worst road conditions, ever. Route - beautiful.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:56
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:18:34 | 13.1 miles | 10m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 29/72
Overall: 1395/2400
Performance: Bad
Still no Garmin - and the mileage wasn't marked too well.
Course: Not a lot of shade, LOTS of rollers, and a few big climbs. GREAT volunteers.
Keeping cool 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-07-15 4:51 PM

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Almaden Valley, San Jose, California
Subject: Ironman 70.3 Vineman

2013-07-15 6:20 PM
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Sendai, Japan
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Vineman
Wow. Congrats!!!    Sounds like you had a tough day.  What the heck did you do to your foot to tear 2 toenails?  Something in the swim?   Anyway, awesome job toughing out that run.  
2013-07-15 7:04 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Vineman
Way to go!  It was a great day for a race, wasn't it?  I liked your comment about enough gear laying on the course to open a bike shop - I saw a really nice visor from an aero helmet, multiple CO2 cartridges, a pump and about 500 water bottles.  The run was tougher than I expected too, for the same reasons you point out, but you may not have experienced the big front/back split difference the official results show.  Mine showed 7:55 (in my dreams) front and 10:26 back, whereas my Garmin showed 8:44/9:44 which was more realistic to my skill level.  Take care of those toes!
2013-07-16 8:02 AM
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Great job all things considered
2013-07-16 11:12 AM
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Hollister, CA
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Vineman
Your poor feet!!! Why all the blisters & torn nails? Even with all that you had an awesome final time! Good work!! and how about the SUPERB weather?!! props to Mother Nature!! Tahoe next huh! And the training continues!
2013-07-16 11:12 AM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Vineman
Linda you gave it all you had!!!   Rest up, heal up and forge on to Tahoe!

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