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FIRMMAN - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Narragansett, Rhode Island
United States
Fiske Independent Race Management
Sunny
Total Time = 4h 56m 14s
Overall Rank = 76/516
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 8/34
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:20, dressed and left my parent's house at 4:50. Stopped at a convienince store for peanut butter and Tim Horton's for coffee and a bagel. Made a pit-stop at another Tim Horton's when we were almost at the race site.
Event warmup:

Walked down to the starting area and swam for a little bit.
Swim
  • 32m 2s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards
Comments:

Good swim for me. I was not sure where I was going towards the middle to end and aimed at the finishing bouys instead of the last one. The waves made it hard to see anything farther than 50 yards and the bouys were too small and far apart.
What would you do differently?:

I should pick out a better landmark to site on.
Transition 1
  • 02m 15s
Comments:

Drank some gatorade to wash the taste of ocean out of my mouth, put on my clothes and went.
Bike
  • 2h 40m 41s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.91 mile/hr
Comments:

I think I pushed too hard for the first 30 miles and I was feeling tired figting the headwind during the return up route 1. My neck and upper back were really tight and sore, it may be a bike fit issue or weak muscles.
What would you do differently?:

When someone passes me, try to ignore them and keep on riding my own pace. I should get by HRM battery replaced and wear that.
Transition 2
  • 01m 8s
Comments:

Took one sock off by mistake, which might have cost me 10 seconds.
Run
  • 1h 40m 4s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 38s  min/mile
Comments:

I started way too fast and couldn't keep it up. Both of the out and back parts were discouraging since I could see all the people in front of me and didn't know where the turn around points were. By the half way point, my feet were killing me and I was starting to fade. I walked some around the nine mile mark and walked for ten or twenty seconds several more times before the end. Of course the finish on the sand was brutal, but I knew it was coming.
What would you do differently?:

Pace myself. Don't wear shoes that are at the end of their life during a race.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat in the shade and stretched some. I wasn't hungry, so I didn't have the barbeque until my Dad finished and even then wasn't in the mood to eat.

Event comments:

The bike course is OK, the run would have been a great course if I wasn't in so much pain. The 200 yard run on the sand is cruel, but that is the race's trademark.
My complaints:
Packet pickup is crazy when the weather is nice and the beach is packed.
There should have been more bouys in the water.
Bike course is a little boring. I liked the back roads with hills and corners. Route 1 is too flat and straight.
No showers open after the race.




Last updated: 2006-05-24 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:32:02 | 2112 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/34
Overall: 155/516
Performance: Good
Suit: Performance
Course: Out 200 yards, left turn and swam along beach to a bouy, turned and swam in 200 yards.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:15
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
02:40:41 | 56 miles | 20.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/34
Overall: 78/516
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Down route 1 and through some local Charlestown roads. The course goes by the neighborhood where I grew up and I got to look at some of the houses and streets where I used to play.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:08
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:40:04 | 13.1 miles | 07m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/34
Overall: 76/516
Performance: Below average
6:24 7:05 6:51 6:34 8:21 (with a pee stop) 7:08 7:19 7:45 7:49 8:15 8:20 7:52 10:17
Course: A series of out and backs on flat roads through residential areas.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2006-09-12 11:22 AM

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2006-09-12 12:31 PM
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Holy fast, Batman. Nice job!
2006-09-12 12:46 PM
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excellent race, steve!! sub 5 hr 1/2 IM, way to go!!

I agree with your race evaluation. FIRM did improve the race over last year.  

2006-09-12 9:51 PM
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awesome job steve! you are wicked fast!!

your assessment of the course is accurate

i did just the run portion with a relay team and thought the run course was quite niceā€”the sand was downright cruel as you said, but I had the benefit of only having done the run : )
2006-09-13 8:37 AM
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You rock! But I still think I'm going to be a faster swimmer than you. Just give me like, three years. Looking forward to racing a 70.3 with (well, behind) you next year.
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