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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
60F / 16C
Total Time = 14h 12m
Overall Rank = 357/499
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 58/83
Pre-race routine:

got up at 3:45 and made the bottles. ate a pop tart and a cup of coffee with the anti fatigue pills. Terah drove William and I out to T1 and we dropped off the T1 bag, got the wet suits on and got on the first shuttle to swim start.
At swim start we huddled around unlit heaters with a 100 or so of our closest friends. Eventually (around 6:30) one of the heaters was lit. About 7:15 we walked down on the beach to the start
Event warmup:

  • 1h 07m 53s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 37s / 100 yards

a good swim. swam into a northerly wind that generated some chop, but the worst. swallowed some water, but otherwise fine. was able to swim cleanly for a great majority of the swim. Would come into crowds occasionally, and occasionally I would be overtaken. William said he had a dog swim beside him for a bit, but I never saw it.
What would you do differently?:

get my kick stronger.
Transition 1
  • 13m 41s

strippers were great. Had about 500 yards from swim mat to actual transition area including a warm shower. changing tent was crowded when I got there. found a spot and dumped my bag. got some sunscreen on and got the arm warmers on the arms. Socks weren't a big problem. loaded my pockets with my stuff and headed out to the port a potty. after a wonderful stop there, I got to the bike.
What would you do differently?:

not much
  • 6h 47m 22s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.50 mile/hr

about what I expected. really a decent ride for me, putrid ride for real bike riders. I was actually very comfortable through this ride once I warmed up. Granted that took about 2 hours. Those 2 hours were some of the most painful I have been in a while. The amazing part was the greatest pain was in the neck and jaw muscles. I have must have tensed up tremendously from the cold. That said, I would wear the same clothes again. once I warmed up I was good to go and didn't have to worry about what to do with gloves/ jackets etc.
What would you do differently?:

on the race course, not much. on training, figure out how to get stronger and stay stronger. William and I were stronger early in the training plan and it went down hill from there. I think next year, regardless of the what the plan says, long rides will be no less than 4 hours and I will include some sort of intervals in the middle of those long rides
Transition 2
  • 14m 50s

took my time here. when you dismount they took the bike from you. I grabbed two of the bottles off the bike then ran around the large room (football field length) to get the bag and head to changing. made my two bottles, switched socks, went to the bathroom and headed out
What would you do differently?:

  • 5h 49m 16s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 13m 20s  min/mile

plan was to keep the 18:2 run walk ratio. I had my 4 hour bottle of perpetuem and a bottle with 2 fizz tabs in it. blue sky goal was 4 hours. first 5 miles I was around 8:55 pace which included walking a bit of mile 1 to get the left leg shaken out and then walking up the one hill on the course. by mile 6 through 9 I was around a 9:05 pace. At about mile 9.5 I caught William. He was having some leg issues, so we walked and ran and shuffled the rest of that lap. First lap was over 13 miles and we were just over 2:10 I think. So far so good. On the second lap, William couldn't manage more than about 4 minutes of running at a stretch. That quickly reduced to not much at all. So we walked the bulk of lap 2. We sang songs, we quoted Monte Python, we chatted with volunteers and spectators. Most importantly, we kept walking. Never stopped moving forward the whole time.
What would you do differently?:

The real question is what "could" I have done differently. I could have passed William and let him fend for himself. There is some truth in the fact that I probably should have because that is part of the process for him. However, I didn't. We trained together, I was going to make sure he got across the line, even if I had to drag or roll him. At one point he said, "This is the most I have ever hurt". Then in the next breath, "I have a lot to talk about in my college applications and interviews". This statement came with a smile.
Post race
Warm down:

couple of pieces of pizza, put the flannel finisher pajamas on and walked back to the hotel. stretched and rolled in the hotel room while I drank an ensure. took a shower and drank a chocolate stout

What limited your ability to perform faster:

training and decision making. will fix the first, wouldn't change the second

Event comments:

don't do this race. you'll hate it (where is that sarcasm font?) I loved this race. i'm worried that it will start to fill up faster and faster and I will get left out.
On Sunday afternoon, William looked at me and said "I have spent the last 30 minutes trying to figure out how to go faster next year". That is probably what I am most proud of him for. I was sure that after the run, he was going to say he was done with this distance. Instead, he is like his dad, just a little slower. I was having that same thought process about an hour after we finished Saturday night. :)

Last updated: 2013-10-29 12:00 AM
01:07:53 | 4224 yards | 01m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 21/83
Overall: 141/499
Performance: Good
avg 120 was at the ladder at about 1:06
Suit: full
Course: beach start then out about 50-75 yards and a hard right. then followed the island down to just past the Blockade Runner then a hard left followed by an "S" shaped swim
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 13:41
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
06:47:22 | 112 miles | 16.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 57/83
Overall: 344/499
Performance: Average
avg 133
Wind: Some
Course: one big loop heading out of Wilmington on 421 toward Clinton, then over to the west toward the bottom of the White Lake Half course (use 210 from that course) then back toward Wilmington through Moores Bridge battlefield and in to the transition area on 421. three bridges to cross, the first and the last having those god awful grates.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 14:50
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:49:16 | 26.2 miles | 13m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 64/83
Overall: 392/499
Performance: Below average
avg 120
Course: 2 out and back type course. mostly roads, some paved bike trail
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

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