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Sandusky, Ohio
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 4h 46m 3s
Overall Rank = 21/706
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 3/104
Event warmup:

Ran about a mile to get heart rate up. No chance to do swim warmup.
  • 35m 51s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 42s / 100 yards

Due to high winds and rip tide warnings, the swim was moved to the other side of the parking lots in the bay instead of in the lake. You could not see the entire race course due to the majority of it being behind the break wall. Even though the race director announced many times how to navigate the course, I did not realize that there was a turn at the first buoy. This caused me to take a very wide path to that first buoy until I realized I needed to turn. I probably swam an extra 100-150 yards due to this mistake.
I also had to stop about 100 yards into the swim because my timing chip came loose. I took it off and stuffed it in the top of my wetsuit.
The rest of the swim felt great. I was able to draft for most of it and I was also passing a lot of people for once.
What would you do differently?:

Take the correct line to the first buoy. My time last year (although a different swim course) was 36:50. So I shaved a minute off of that time even with the mistake and chip issue.
Transition 1
  • 06m 56s

Due to the change in the swim, there was a half-mile run to transition. Because of this, we were allowed to keep shoes next to the swim exit to run in. I wasted at least a minute getting my timing chip back on my ankle and then getting my shoes on wet feet.
What would you do differently?:

Find better way to secure timing chip.
  • 2h 27m 12s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.83 mile/hr

There was 15-20 mph north winds the entire race as well as rain about half way through for about 20 minutes. These conditions were brutal. I started out at my target power for the first half of the ride. Then when the course turned north into the wind, it also had a gradual uphill section. I kept going over my target power thinking that I would be able to back off once I made it through that section. This was a mistake as nearly the rest of the ride was into the wind. It didn't feel like I was working a lot harder, but I didn't realize how much it was taking out of me.
Stuck to the nutrition plan I used in training with success: sports drink every 10 minutes, gel every 30.
What would you do differently?:

Stick to power goals. My time this year was 2 minutes faster than last year when conditions were perfect. I should have been much more conservative.
Transition 2
  • 01m 10s

The transition area was much smaller than last year. Made for quick transition times.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 34m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 15s  min/mile

Started out at my target pace and felt great. I also started with my nutrition plan from training of a gel every 3 miles along with sports drink. Right at mile 6, my mistakes on the bike caught up with me as my right quad felt like someone stuck a knife in it. Then at mile 7, my left quad felt the same. I had to slow my pace by nearly a minute per mile. I started taking sports drink at every aid station and walked while drinking to make sure I got it in my mouth.
At mile 9, I tried drinking coke. It seemed to help as the pain became less than it was before. The rest of the aid stations, I drank coke and sports drink.
What would you do differently?:

Not push so hard on the bike. My time this year was 3 minutes, 25 seconds slower than last year.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched and drank lots of water/sports drink. Checked results and waited for others to finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not adapting to the weather conditions. My overall time this year was 6 minutes slower than last year. While 5 of those minutes were due to the swim/T1 changes, my improvements in the swim and bike were wiped out by the worse run time.

It was a much faster field this year too. Last year I finished 1st in AG, 6th overall. This year was 3rd AG, 21 OA. Even if I had the same time as last year, the 2 AG guys in front of me would have beat me by 6 & 7 minutes and I would have been 17th OA. Last year was definitely a lucky year!

Event comments:

Once again, Rev3 did a great job. I stayed until midnight with other CTC members to experience the "140.6 finishers party". I wish that the race was bigger though as there was not a very big crowd for this.

Last updated: 2013-07-26 12:00 AM
00:35:51 | 2112 yards | 01m 42s / 100yards
Age Group: 17/104
Overall: 100/706
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Through marina, out into the bay around the break wall, back into marina
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 06:56
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:27:12 | 56 miles | 22.83 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/104
Overall: 33/706
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: Down the access road to Cedar Point, out into the rural roads, then back up the access road.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:10
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:34:55 | 13.1 miles | 07m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/104
Overall: 21/706
Performance: Bad
Course: Over the bridge out of Cedar Point, up and down some streets in downtown Sandusky, then back over the bridge.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
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] 4

2013-09-09 2:36 PM

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Olmsted Twp, OH
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2013-09-09 2:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Rev3 Cedar Point - Half Rev
Awesome job! Wish I had your speeds! I talked to a lot of people out on my death march the 2nd half of the marathon and everyone said the bike really wore them out this year and they suffered for it. This was my first Ironman so I have nothing to compare it to but I wouldn't mind an easier race next time
2013-09-09 4:49 PM
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Congrats on the great race and the podium spot, Dan.  It was great seeing you again!


That bike was no joke, but you still crushed it... and hell, you have got one serious run.  Great work out there!

My goal for the winter will be to close the gap with you a little bit

2013-09-09 5:49 PM
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Thanks Chris. With all of the training you have coming up, I bet you will! Good luck at B to B - I will watch for your race report.
2013-09-14 5:02 PM
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Cleveland area, OH
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Okay, first off, you are CRAZY fast - WOW!

Second, I can't believe you had gels on the bike too - I think I would have thrown up if I had them on both the bike and the run.

Nice race, especially considering the crazy conditions!
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