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Mountains to Mainstreet - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Seneca, South Carolina
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 6h 09m 29s
Overall Rank = 74/217
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 9/32
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 5:00am. Ate a banana and yogurt. Grabbed my swimming gear and bike bottles and drove 10 minutes away to catch a shuttle bus to T1. Clipped bike shoes on my bike. Waited in porta line before the race. Dipped in the water to wet my wetsuit.
  • 40m 47s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

Swim was pretty straight forward. Had a pretty good draft for a short portion of the race.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Go a little harder on the swim. Maybe.
Transition 1
  • 01m 55s

The transition went well. Just have to make sure to stuff everything in the transition bag before leaving.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
  • 3h 20m 59s
  • 58 miles
  • 17.31 mile/hr

Windy and hilly was the name of the game. Downhill was challenging with some 25mph gust cross-winds. I had to get off the aero position on a section of the downhill to ride straight. I'm not sure if it was even possible to stay balanced in aero position at some points on the course

Saw race marshall's motorcycle going around the course at least 4 times. Only time I get stuck behind someone, (I know I had close to 3 bike lengths behind) I saw the marshall stick around and give me time penalty. It sucks since I wasn't even drafting or trying to at that time.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure
Transition 2
  • 01m 55s

Went pretty smoothly. Did everything I wanted to do.
What would you do differently?:

Look into speed laces, but I doubt I would like that with anything like half marathon.
  • 1h 59m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 09s  min/mile

Hot. Thank goodness for the cold towels they were giving out on the course! I took extra time to make sure I was hydrated at the aid station. It might be smart to carry a small water bottle to supplement the aid station.

Carried 2 Cliff gels for the run. Used one 30 minutes in and another at 1:15 in.
What would you do differently?:

Leave some energy for the run course. Or not.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and got 2 slices of pizza and after plenty of water and some stretching, got a nice craft beer. Watched the finishers come in as I cooled down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Might have went too hard on bike.

Event comments:

If you want challenging half iron distance race, this is it. This event will only grow bigger from here on. Great swim, tough bike course, and a pretty trail to run down to downtown. You really can't get any better than this!

Last updated: 2016-05-23 12:00 AM
00:40:47 | 1931 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 14/32
Overall: 101/217
Performance: Good
Suit: Vortex T:3
Course: Triangle course with orange buoy for the sharp end of the point. Couple of landmark to help with sighting on the swim back to T1.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:55
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
03:20:59 | 58 miles | 17.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/32
Overall: 97/217
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: About 3200ft elevation gain. Lots of rolling hills and ups and downs. Point to point course is scenic and fun. Enough aid station to supplement water on the ride. Most of the road are not coned off, so you'll have cars passing you just like in training rides.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:59:55 | 13.1 miles | 09m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/32
Overall: 67/217
Performance: Below average
Course: Pretty nice hill within 1st mile of the course. Rest of the course is pretty much downhill on Swamp Rabbit Trail. Aid station is about 1.5 miles apart.
Keeping cool Average 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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