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IM 70.3 Barcelona - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Barcelona, null
21C / 70F
Total Time = 6h 42m 36s
Overall Rank = 1445/3000
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 74/
Pre-race routine:

Spent the day before at the briefing, buying some "really needed" merchandising items from the IM shop, visiting a small town nearby. Went for dinner to a great place famous for their vegetables, a good friend sent us a bottle of champagne, so what would you do, refuse it? Of course not!
Got up at 5.30, had 2 PB toasts, 1 banana, 1 coffee and walked to the transition area, in front of our hotel
Event warmup:

After putting my drinks and nutrition in the bike, just walked a bit and talked to other athletes that came from all over the world. Water was cold so no warm up.
  • 42m 20s
  • 1900 meters
  • 02m 14s / 100 meters

Since I got in the water and did not feel comfortable, with a continuous feeling that I was about to throw up until got out. Stress? Too much food last night? Too quick breakfast?
What would you do differently?:

Work on my speed more - control nutrition the day before and the morning of the race.
Transition 1
  • 08m 30s

Took it easy after the bad feeling during the swim, talked to the guy next to me that came from Michigan. When got helmet, shoes and shades on felt much better, and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Be more focussed on what I need to do during the T1.
  • 3h 36m 32s
  • 90 kms
  • 24.94 km/hr

Excellent organized one loop course, the climbs were tougher than expected but felt good. My nutrition were Cliff bars and gels (and the bananas offered at the aid stations with Powerbar drink), 1/2 bar and 2 gels every hour at 20 min intervals, and felt really good!
What would you do differently?:

Train my speed on the bike, endurance is built!
Transition 2
  • 04m 11s

Quick transition, left the bike on the rack, run to the tent to get rid of helmet and shoes, get shocks and running shoes on, 2 gels on the pockets and go!
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 11m 3s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 06m 13s  min/km

Started feeling good -those bricks did work-, my Garmin on my wrist did help me to pace as I wanted - plenty of food and drinks at the aid stations, drunk only sports drinks, water to keep my head cool, only 2 gels during all the run, did not fell hungry. Music pushed me a bit specially at km 5 and 15.
What would you do differently?:

Work on my speed, endurance is there!
Post race
Warm down:

After crossing the finish line :) got my finisher medal and t-shirt, and enjoyed a quick lunch at the tent with other athletes (2 sandwiches, some nuts, and 2 pilsners that tasted like cold water in the middle of the dessert!) - after picking up the stuff, went with my wife for a proper lunch and a nice tempranillo wine (ribera), took a shower and drove back to Madrid. Actually she did while I had a looong siesta!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Need to work more on speed and strength rather than endurance.

Event comments:

Extremely well organized race compared to other I had done previously. This franchise is expensive but worth it, as the experience is fantastic!

Last updated: 2016-05-24 12:00 AM
00:42:20 | 1900 meters | 02m 14s / 100meters
Age Group: 72/
Overall: 1470/3000
Performance: Below average
Suit: Speedo
Course: One loop very only and very well organized - Thunderstruck by ACDC was on the air at 7am, perfect to get in the water that was a bit chillier than expected.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 15C / 59F Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 08:30
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:36:32 | 90 kms | 24.94 km/hr
Age Group: 78/
Overall: 1425/3000
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Tough course, with 2 small climbs and 1 large, difficult one but the scenery was really outstanding. The first 45km were uphill and the other 45 downhill apart from small hills. All roads were closed to traffic which made it extremely safe. The last 5km next to the mediterranean sea were really nice. Plenty of volunteers and aid stations.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:11
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:11:03 | 21.1 kms | 06m 13s  min/km
Age Group: 74/
Overall: 1445/3000
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loops to an absolutely flat circuit next to the beach - music every 5km, extremely well organized!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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

2016-05-26 10:35 AM

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2016-05-26 11:46 AM
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Subject: RE: IM 70.3 Barcelona

Awesome race and you did a really good job of adjusting to the stomach discomfort. 

The speed will come!

2016-05-26 5:21 PM
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Awesome job Juan!!

2016-05-27 10:13 AM
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Thanks Mike and Thor!! I really had a great time.
2016-06-02 12:26 PM
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Fantastic job Juan!!! Keeping up that kind of pace and saying "endurance is there I need more speed" is nothing short of inspirational!
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