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Hutchinson Island Half Iron - Triathlon

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Jensen Beach, Florida
United States
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80F / 27C
Total Time = 7h 14m 12s
Overall Rank = 98/133
Age Group = 41-45
Age Group Rank = 58/84
Pre-race routine:

This was a training race for Ironman Florida which is Nov 7th.
Stayed at the Courtyard Marriott which was less than a half-mile north of the race site. Nice hotel by the way.
Dinner (& 2 beers) the night before. The kids and wife were with me so this was a "family" event. Woke up at 5AM and just rode my bike to the transition area - wide open, not a lot of participants. Clif Bar / Banana... and a pre-race visit to the bathroom.
Event warmup:

It was dark out and had the makings for a very warm day.
Just stretched some and set-up my bike / tranistion area.
There was plenty of room. Was not organized by Male/ Female or age-group.
We were all mixed in seemingly by when we registered for the event.
  • 43m 12s
  • 2000 yards
  • 02m 10s / 100 yards

Race organizers were not well organized for the swim. Had trouble setting up the course and we started 15 minutes late. The chop was quite tough to begin with quite a number of people getting tossed around by the decent sized waves. Some people apparently thought it was too much and decided then and there not to race.
There was good rescue support and I saw just a few people getting pulled from the water.
Once we were past the 2 swells the swim was pretty smooth
What would you do differently?:

Practice open water and ocean swimming more
The form, breathing and stroke all go out the window when you battle waves like these.
It just boils down to pure instinct at this point.
Transition 1
  • 03m 41s

Tough asphalt to run on. Took some throw-away shoes to protect my feet.
Small transition area was nice.
No water to rinse feet off.
Smaller race and it showed in the exit into T1 stage but it wasn't too bad.
What would you do differently?:

Bring my own bucket to rinse my feet off.
  • 2h 56m 43s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.01 mile/hr

Since it was group swim start, I did not see the mass waves of age-groups riding in packs on the bike. Smaller race so all of the participants were pretty much spread out.
Traffic was light and I'm sure the better athletes went pretty darn fast.
Pretty smooth course and minimal turns.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much. More chamois butter.
Transition 2
  • 04m 29s

Holy sore back and uncomfortable bum!!!!!
There was no one to help re-apply sunblock.
Be sure to take your own sunblock with a high SPF. You are on your own here. Hazard of a smaller race!
Also, carry your own nutrition. They only had warm water on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much. Carry an extra cold water bottle.

  • 3h 26m 7s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 15m 44s  min/mile

It was hotter than heck out there.
Was in decent shape but I was just toast out there.
Way too hot. Dumping water on me.
Couldn't have run faster if I tried.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat on a chair in the shade and tried to bring my core temp down.
It was very hot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat.

Event comments:

This is a smaller race that did a pretty good job.
I used it as a training race for Ironman Florida which I believe most other people did as well.
There was good support on the run and it is a nice location.

Last updated: 2015-09-28 12:00 AM
00:43:12 | 2000 yards | 02m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/84
Overall: 0/133
Performance: Good
Course: The race organizers were quite disorganized regarding the swim course and how it was to be set-up. I believe this was due to the chop and the pretty severe tides (harvest moon) Half Iron & International Distance on same course. Essentially swam left (north) to the last buoy made a hair-pin turn and swam south to the last buoy, turned around, came halfway back and exited right where we got in.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:41
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:56:43 | 56 miles | 19.01 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/84
Overall: 0/133
Performance: Good
Max Speed 34.2 Avg HR 155 Max HR 173 Avg Cadence 83 Total Ascent 456'
Wind: Some
Course: 2 laps - Course was North on Ocean Blvd (?) Whatever the name of the street that runs parallel to the ocean! North 11 miles then back south - street open to traffic but there were not too many cars. 2 areas with police support where it was needed Over a reasonably steep causeway, through a parking lot then back over the same causeway. Course is set-up to be fast. Flat - other than the causeway.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 83
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:29
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
03:26:07 | 13.1 miles | 15m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/84
Overall: 0/133
Avg HR: 159 Max HR: 172
Course: South along Ocean (AIA) Loop into Marriott Beach Resort & Marina Exit this and go over the causeway. Also - some parking lot running to get the appropriate distance in. Lots of sun - and it was hot!!!!!
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2015-09-28 9:57 AM


Subject: Hutchinson Island Half Iron

2015-09-29 6:36 AM
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Subject: RE: Hutchinson Island Half Iron
Great job finishing this very tough race! The swim was very rough! I thought about quitting due to the heat while running but finished. Wow! It was hot.

Good luck in Florida!

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