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Ironman 70.3 Taupo - Triathlon

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New Zealand
World Triathlon Corporation
16C / 61F
Total Time = 5h 40m 45s
Overall Rank = 504/1012
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 7/29
Pre-race routine:

Brekky - banana, yoghurt and boiled egg
Shower, tatoos (fail) sunscreen, timing chip and tri suit
Event warmup:

a few arm stretches and swim out to start line
  • 33m 56s
  • 1900 meters
  • 26m 47s / 1500 meters

no one was ready for the starting hooter so all a bit behind the line, got a good start though and felt like I was up front (it was 45+ group). Not too much trafiic until we caught up with wave in front. I was neck and neck with lady in pink goggles.
What would you do differently?:

get to start line promptly
Transition 1
  • 06m 14s

The transition time includes a 400m run from the swim exit to the transition area. Kept goggles on while running so I could see better. wetsuit, hat and goggles off, glasses on and socks, shoes, helmet, gloves.
What would you do differently?:

practice getting wetsuit off more quickly
  • 3h 04m 47s
  • 90 kms
  • 29.22 km/hr

First time racing with new bike. After getting going and taking a gel realised I had pressed the lap button of my watch too many times and found it was on pause. Just put watch on timer so I could eat and drink regularly (every 20 mins). Many people passed me on this leg (as usual) but most of them were guys from the later waves. Aero position was pretty good, just got a bit uncomfortable in the 65 to 80k section. Nutrition - 1 moonbar and 1.5 SIS energy bars & 2 bottles of iso.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure cycle legs are more rested and get more time on new bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 54s

Nearly took helmet off by mistake on the way into the transition area, spectators warned me, thank goodness! Left my gloves with the transition aid station and forgot to pick them up afterwards.
What would you do differently?:

Keep gloves and give them to Kelvin.
  • 1h 53m 54s
  • 21 kms
  • 05m 25s  min/km

Had to stop for toilet at the first aid station. Took 2 leppins and a clif gel (too thick) with some iso and a lot of water. First half was 3 mins faster that second half. Felt good as I was passing quite a few runners. This was my PB run for a 70.3.
What would you do differently?:

Take extra leppins and try and do negative split.
Post race
Warm down:

Pack up and a few stretches. Coffee, apple, protein nut bar, salted peanuts and almonds.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Time on the new bike and lack of tapering. This race was included as part of my ironman training program for NZ ironman in March.

Event comments:

Great course with lake swim, fairly flat cycle and scenic run course. Great preparation for the full ironman which is on the same course with slight modification to the cycle leg. I'll be back in March 2016.

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Last updated: 2015-09-01 12:00 AM
00:33:56 | 1900 meters | 26m 47s / 1500meters
Age Group: 2/29
Overall: 62/1012
Performance: Good
Suit: y
Course: lake swim clockwise out parallel with shore, turn and back to yacht club run up ramp
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 16C / 61F Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:14
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:04:47 | 90 kms | 29.22 km/hr
Age Group: 11/29
Overall: 591/1012
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: slightly wet on the course. Uphill at the start quite hard then rolling out to turnaround and back to the last 25km, this is the hard part of the course for me anyway after 65k mark up to 80k pretty slow then all downhill to the transition.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:53:54 | 21 kms | 05m 25s  min/km
Age Group: 7/29
Overall: 504/1012
Performance: Good
Course: Two laps of 10.5 out past 2 mile bay and back along the lakefont. It started raining heaviliy while I was running.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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] 5

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