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Ironman 70.3 Timberman - Triathlon

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Gilford, New Hampshire
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 4h 37m 17s
Overall Rank = 68/1862
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 13/235
Pre-race routine:

Got up to NH midafternoon on Friday and got checked in and then made our way to our condo and unloaded all of our gear after loading up on food at the grocery store. Cooked up some dinner and then wandered down to Weirs Beach to see the sunset and lounge around the boardwalk. Up early as Jane was doing the sprint on Saturday so I spectated that. Went for a short ride mid day Saturday and then had lunch and checked in the bike. Rest of the day was watching a movie and cooking a nice dinner.
Event warmup:

Up at 3:50. Had breakfast but wasn't really hungry. Just ate it and got going to Ellacoya. Lounged in the car for a while before setting up transition which took about 3 minutes. Then back to the car for a long while. Went down to the water a little after 7 and watched the swim waves going off and the pros come in. Swam a few hundred yards over towards the swim start, lined up with my wave, said goodbye to Jane and off I went.
  • 27m 30s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 18s / 100 yards

Solid swim. I swam easy out to the start line and was the first one there. Guy behind me said, I know whose feet I want to follow. Anyway, gun went off and I got a good start. Had clean water. One guy to my right was hanging along. Next thing I know he is off to my left, then back to my right. Got on his feet for a minute but was sighting the buoys as I didn't trust him. Sure enough, he veered way way left and that was the last I saw of him. Caught up to the end of the previous wave about halfway to the first turn buoy. And then from there on I just had to try to pick my way through. I found that right along or right inside the buoy line was pretty ideal. Swam right into shore, popped up, saw 27:xx on the watch and knew I had pretty well nailed the swim. Thought I was first in the wave out of the water.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 55s

Had my wetsuit down to my waist on the run along the seawall. Bypassed the strippers. Saw Jane and gave her a shoutout as I was turning down my row, well, the wrong row, but I realized it as I was doing it and made the correction. Suit was off in a snap, sunglasses and helmet on and was out of there with the bike.

11/235 in AG.
93 OA.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing to change here that I can think of.
  • 2h 33m 27s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.88 mile/hr

The first few miles of this ride were pretty weird. I came upon a really nasty looking crash that sort of rattled me. Then my quads felt very tired/unawake. Anyway moved on past that stuff and tried to settle in and get my legs working. I think Marsh hill was just what I needed because from then on I felt great. Out onto 106 and I just put my head down and went. I kept keying off the riders ahead and was steadily progressing through the field. I grabbed my only water bottle at the far end of the course. Otherwise I had 2 bottles of infinit and 2 gels which worked well at about 700 calories. On the way back down 106 I linked up with a guy in my age group and we were able to legally pace off each other for 15 miles or so of good hammering. I would pass on the hills and he would bomb the descents. Cruised on into t2 knowing that I was in range to have the race that I wanted and that I just had to lay down the kind of run that I knew I was capable of and had trained for.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I rode a few sections conservatively but that was mostly because of sketchy riders and after seeing a few crash victims I figured I would do my best to avoid that.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s

Smooth as butter. In and out.

14/235 in age group.

What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 32m 47s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 04s  min/mile

This was a workman like effort. Got out of transition and settled in pretty quickly. Got the legs turning over quickly and tried to focus on standing tall. Found 2 guys that were moving at the pace I wanted and stuck with them for most of the first loop before eventually moving on by myself. I was taking some perform or water at most aid stations. On the way back from the first loop I saw Jane and was happy to get some encouraging words from her. Back out for the second loop things got quite a bit more crowded. About halfway out my hammies started to twinge a bit. Altered my stride some to try to get it to loosen up. It stayed a bit tight the rest of the way but never locked up thankfully. Got to the turnaround and knew aside from a couple of hills that I could gut out the last 3 miles on my terms. I was running with a guy in a younger age group and we were motoring along a-ok. Up the last big hill and I knew it was generally flat to down the rest of the way. That's when I decided to empty the tank and go. Finished and was totally spent.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit and got my act together. Got changed at the car. Had some food. Hopped into the lake. And had a couple beers. Then I was fortunate enough to snag a slot to 70.3 worlds next year in Mont Tremblant.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing today. PR for the distance and I exorcised some demons from 2 flat tires the last time I raced this course in 2008 at my first half ironman.

Event comments:

I like timberman quite a bit. Will be back again at some point!

Last updated: 2013-01-16 12:00 AM
00:27:30 | 2112 yards | 01m 18s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/235
Overall: 34/1862
Performance: Good
Suit: QR Hydrofull
Course: 3 sides of a rectangle in Lake Winni.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:55
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:33:27 | 56 miles | 21.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 38/235
Overall: 168/1862
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: More or less and out and back. First and last 10-12 miles are hilly and rolling. The middle section is fairly flat.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:32:47 | 13.1 miles | 07m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/235
Overall: 67/1862
Performance: Good
Course: 2 out and backs along the lake. Rolling terrain. Fairly shaded.
Keeping cool Good 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] 4

2013-08-20 2:01 PM

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2013-08-22 11:15 AM
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Queen BTich
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Solid DBx3 effort! Great job. You've worked hard and earned that spot!

2013-08-22 12:15 PM
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Austin, Texas
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Wow - great race!  Sounds like you raced your plan perfectly and it all worked out - Congrats!

And a smokin' fast time to pot a WC slot?  Bonus! 

Very nicely done.


2013-08-23 10:42 PM
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