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Litchfield Triathlou Half Iron - Triathlon

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Litchfield, Illinois
United States
Total Time = 5h 48m 39s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34 F
Age Group Rank = 1/3
Pre-race routine:

Litchfield is only an 80 minute drive from my house, but I couldn't see getting up that early day of the race so we headed up the night before (picking up some dinner on the way there). We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, which was more than adequate. After checking in to the hotel, I went down to the beach to pick up my packet. There was the option to get in and swim, but I just wasn't feeling it. I figured 20 minutes in the lake wasn't really going to make or break my race the next day. I also discovered showers. This is a huge bonus when you have to check out of the hotel before the race and then drive 80 minutes back home.
Event warmup:

There wasn't a designated time for transition to open, so I figured I just get there an hour and a half before hand. I got up at 5 am and ate the oatmeal and mini cinnamon role we'd brought with. Plus a cup of coffee. Stopped by Walmart to pick up a jacket for the kiddo and husband (didn't realize how cold it would be this early in the dark). Made it to transition with plenty of time to get a decent spot to rack the bike. Ate a protein bar and just meandered around until it was time to head down to the beach.
  • 46m 48s
  • 1900 meters
  • 02m 28s / 100 meters

The swim was wetsuit legal, but I opted not to wear one as the last open water swim practice I used my wetsuit in was miserable. The suit is probably too big and it throws off my form. I might look into a sleeveless one...or just avoid cold water races. Anyway, We all waded in and got started, but the water was pretty choppy and I kept accidentally feeling on people (sorry, I'm not usually that forward!) all the way out to the first buoy. I don't know where everyone went after we turned, but suddenly the water around me was clear of obstacles. Got into a pretty decent grove until we reconnected with the Olympic swimmers which caused a little congestion as we made our way back to shore. You don't have to get out of the water, but the "loop" marker is in water shallow enough that you can just stand up and walk around the buoy. On to the second lap and I'm doing good until I catch up to a guy and I can't seem to get around him. I settle for just trying not to make contact with him and we finish the second loop at the same time.
What would you do differently?:

I'm actually pretty happy with the swim. The only down side is that the run back to transition was quite a distance and included a set of stairs so my swim time is probably 90 to 120 seconds long. My watch showed it took me about 44 minutes.
Transition 1
  • 02m 7s

Pretty smooth transition.
What would you do differently?:

Do a better job cleaning off the feet.
  • 2h 55m 42s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.12 mile/hr

Ha, this course is FLAT. A little windy in spots, a little coarse surface wise in some places, but mostly just booking it the whole time. I did not particularly enjoy the super tight u-turns at each end of the out and back, but otherwise, no complaints. Minimal traffic. And the loops were 14 miles apiece which broke the course up nicely.
What would you do differently?:

Bring more Pop Tarts. I had a gu right at the start, but it got on my fingers and I kept having to lick it off because it was making my shifter sticky (gross and tmi). But, the Pop Tart was fantastic. I broke one up into small pieces and as soon as I ate it I felt my energy level rise. Plus that is like 220 calories for one "pastry". Oh, and at the end of the third loop I nearly wrecked trying to avoid a lady going the other direction. I missed her, but went off course and unclipped just in time to avoid a face full of weeds and gravel.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Apparently the timer wasn't working for this portion, but I'm estimating it took probably three-ish minutes and it was added on to my run Garmin - Race time.
  • 2h 04m 2s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 28s  min/mile

The run had more elevation than the bike, but it wasn't overly brutal. My first five miles were under 9, probably too fast, but I figured I'd roll with it until the wheels fell off. Which was really only on the second lap when I hit the hills. Of which there were two. I walked them both the second time.
What would you do differently?:

I brought Coke in my water belt. Which was a great idea (since local races never have soda, in my experience), except I should have let it go flat...the carbonation was making it spew out of the bottles. I probably wore a fair amount of it, but have the calories and caffeine plus the on course water, was just what I needed.
Post race
Warm down:

Pizza. SHOWER!!! Lots of water...wait around for awards.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nearly crashing.

Event comments:

I will probably do this race again in the makes me feel fast. I PR'd in every event and took first in my age group. Also, it's hard to beat being able to take a shower while waiting for awards. Pizza, chocolate chip cookies and Pringles is my idea of easy to manage food. As this was the first year for the 70.3 distance, I can't wait to see what year looks like.

Last updated: 2017-09-12 12:00 AM
00:46:48 | 1900 meters | 02m 28s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Two laps, clockwise triangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:07
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:55:42 | 56 miles | 19.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Four laps with super tight U-turns at each end.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:04:02 | 13.1 miles | 09m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Two out and back loops, one major hill in each direction.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 5

2017-09-12 11:12 AM


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