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New Albany, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
75F / 24C
Overcast
Total Time = 5h 24m 16s
Overall Rank = 113/270
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 8/15
Event warmup:

Not much, got T1 ready to go, put the wetsuit on and hung out with feet in the water until the start.
Swim
  • 43m 53s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 05s / 100 yards
Comments:

Yup ... nice and slow on the swim. I definitely should have been more training time in the pool on this one. This was actually faster than I thought I'd swim, so I'll take it. With about 200m to go, I got sick in my mouth slightly, which isn't something that usually happens. But that would turn out to be the theme of the day ...
What would you do differently?:

Actually do any kind of swim training, would probably be better than nothing.
Transition 1
  • 02m 14s
Comments:

T1 spot was really close to bike out, which is always good for me.
What would you do differently?:

Spent a lot of time fighting with my wetsuit, trying to fit it into the tiny bag
Bike
  • 2h 43m
  • 56 miles
  • 20.61 mile/hr
Comments:

Shortly into the ride, maybe a mile or so in, I got sick again in my mouth just like on the swim. I figured I was having some GI issues and backed off my pace a little hoping to steady myself early on. And then I got sick again, somewhere around mile 4, then again at 7, 9, 13, 14, ... and so all throughout the course -- there were more miles that I did get sick than did not. More than a few times, I couldn't hold it in and out came a bunch of liquid (sorry so graphic). My legs felt fine, especially since I had backed down from my planned pace and was mostly spinning along. I tried eating solids, liquids, gels ... nothing seemed to help. Since I kept getting sick, I knew dehydration would be a real concern so I kept taking in gatorade and water on schedule. At the aid stations I would grab gatorade and water, fill up my aero bottle with gatorade and keep the water in my cage. The system seemed to work as I was still continuing on at a good pace without suffering.

The highlight would have to be my climbing. The hills weren't huge by any stretch, but I loved crushing everybody both up and down hill. One guy even looked over while we were climbing and asked me what my secret was :)

The low light, besides getting sick the whole time, was the 5 mile-ish stretch back to New Albany right into the wind (miles 45-50, roughly). It felt much longer than it actually was, but my average speed through that section dropped from 22.3mph down to 20.1. It wasn't a pretty sight.
What would you do differently?:

Honestly, I probably should have bagged the event after the first few times getting sick. What ever GI issues I was battling caused me to not be able to eat much of anything -- I had 1 powergel, a few bits from a wafer thing, and 2 -16oz bottles of liquid.
Transition 2
  • 00m 50s
Comments:

Under a minute, good stuff.
What would you do differently?:

I paused to stuff a bunch of nutrition in my back. I knew I would need it after blanking on the bike.
Run
  • 1h 53m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 38s  min/mile
Comments:

This was a horrible run for me. My second slowest HM in a race, the first time I've ever stopped to walk (and there ended up being a lot of walking), and just an unpleasant experience given the circumstances. Right out of T2 I was in trouble, cramping everywhere from my hip flexors to my back, both sides, and even my hands. I saw my family as I left transition so I pushed on a little bit so they wouldn't think anything was wrong. Not quite a mile in, I got sick again, freaked out a group of spectators that I was passing at the time. I stopped to walk at the mile marker, took about a minute to try to settle myself down before picking back up. I decided to go nice and easy (usually means ~8min/mile) until I was settled and then go back to work. That never happened. I ended up getting sick 3 more times between miles 2 and 4, had cramps and stitches throughout and was walking more and more frequently.

I stopped at the aid station around mile 4, drank some gatorade and water, ate a shot bloks pack and my honey waffle (which did the trick last year for settling my stomach). No luck this year. About 200m into my latest attempt to jog and I was back to cramping in my hip flexors. I kept pushing where I could, walking when I needed to, getting sick 1 more time on the first loop just before the turn around.

Just past mile 7 I stopped and asked a spectator if they could help me open a pack of cliff shot bloks because my hands were cramping so badly that I couldn't grip the packing. Ate those on the move, got sick a few minutes later. Not good. Walked a bit more the second loop, got sick a few more times. Continued to take in fluids at every aid station to try to stay hydrated as best I could.

At mile marker 11 I mustered up some runner's ( or fool's) pride and told myself that there would be no more walking ... starting right after the walk break that I just started. A minute later, I was back on the move and refused to yield to anything but the finish line. I was able to get into a rhythm, pass a few people and round to the finish. Passing one more person as I round the final corner, and that's the race.
What would you do differently?:

Very disappointed in the run, but impressed that I was able to have a huge melt down and still post a top 50 time. More run training ahead...
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around with my family, found a spot in the grass to eat and stretch.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Getting sick repeatedly definitely made this race a nightmare. Thankfully that stopped soon after I finished and I have been able to eat/drink normally.

Event comments:

Fun race and venue. The bike course was iffy, and the post race activities seemed a little adhoc, but still good stuff.




Last updated: 2014-03-06 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:43:53 | 2112 yards | 02m 05s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/15
Overall: 160/270
Performance: Average
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: loop course at the beach front
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:14
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
02:43:00 | 56 miles | 20.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/15
Overall: 48/270
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course:
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 00:50
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:53:00 | 13.1 miles | 08m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/15
Overall: 43/270
Performance: Bad
Course: 2 loops around golf course and neighborhood.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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Subject: RE: Challenge New Albany Half Triathlon

Wow, that's a rough day!

 

I wonder if there wasn't something in the water there.  I did the OLY and I, too, threw up a little during the swim. 

 While I didn't throw up the rest of the day, I did feel pretty much "off" and was physically a wreck on the run.... it was pretty humid, though, so I'm sure that was part of it.

 

Solid work persevering through some really tough conditions on a very legit course... this wasn't the soft Giant Eagle course of last year, for sure.

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