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Cambridge, Maryland
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
90F / 32C
Total Time = 6h 50m 22s
Overall Rank = 1317/
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 169/
Pre-race routine:

The day before at packet pick up and bike drop off, I was getting nauseous from the heat and sun just standing in the parking lot and racking my bike. This was a sign of things to come.
  • 47m 9s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

It was a non-westuit swim but the Choptank river is salty and I felt buoyant. Overall I experienced some contact but overall I swam well and, given my swimming fitness, was satisfied with this swim.
What would you do differently?:

I'd heard stories of the year prior, which was also non-wetsuit, that the Race Directors made men cover their chests forcing racers without speed suits to wear t-shirts and tops. Luckily that wasn't the case this year.
Transition 1
  • 03m 1s

Moved with a purpose but took my time also to lower the HR.
  • 2h 46m
  • 56 miles
  • 20.24 mile/hr

Great bike leg. There was little wind, lots of the course had brand new, fresh asphalt that was butter smooth. The non-wetstuit swim really spread the field out.

I raced with HR for the first time ever (took me 12 70.3 races to do this, go figure). My HR was pegged right at 138 the entire race. Twice I went to 144 for a short stretch, but nothing crazy.
What would you do differently?:

I raced right in the heart of my aerobic zone. My legs/quads were never in distress and I always felt like I was just spinning. I held Aero 90%. Considering the bike fitness I brought into this race, I had the perfect Bike Leg.
Transition 2
  • 02m 9s

Good transition. Was feeling great and ready for a solid run effort.
  • 3h 12m 10s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 40s  min/mile

From the get-go my HR kept spiking. I couldn't run comfortably. Legs were great but my head and chest were screaming. For some bursts I was able to run but for the better part of the race I walked, including the last 4 miles, running/ hobbling the last mile.

Kudos to Eagleman org as their was an overabundance of ice (including some aid stations with ice machines!) coke, red bull, gatorade, oranges, gels, etc. Unbelievable aid station support. Best I've ever seen actually.

In a nutshell: heat is my achilles heal. I raced a Sprint a week ago in freezing water and the race was
What would you do differently?:

2 years ago I came into Eagleman with a lot less fitness (especially less Run fitness) and finished 30 minutes faster. But it was cooler. The heat is my achilles.

In training I was running and Brick running at 135 HR and maintaining 8:30 to 8:45 pace. This was my goal but with the heat and sun, it wasn't happening

To put in perspective how bad this run was, my avg FULL marathon time is 3:3X with a 3:15 PR. I was 3 minutes off my FULL marathon time!! LOL!
Post race
Warm down:

I spent 30 minutes with my head hung between my legs. I threw up all the coke in my belly into a garbage can. Definitely had some heat stroke.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Eagleman is a fast flat course, but when the heat and high temps show up, it's a challenge. The aid stations helped me finish this race. I've completed this race three times and each time has been harder and slower. But I'll be back.

Last updated: 2015-03-21 12:00 AM
00:47:09 | 2112 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: No Wetsuit
Course: Loop
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:01
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:46:00 | 56 miles | 20.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:09
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
03:12:10 | 13.1 miles | 14m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Below average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2015-06-20 12:51 PM

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Subject: Ironman 70.3 Eagleman

2015-06-22 4:55 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Eagleman

Nice race!  Great bike.  Too bad about the run but now you will have to go back with something to prove.  Something to look forward to

2015-06-23 1:01 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Eagleman

Ah man! The heat - sorry to hear it took such a bite out of you. But it doesn't seem to have taken a bite out of your enthusiasm which is the main thing! 

Great job getting through it! Way to persevere! 

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