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Deuces Wild - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Show Low, Arizona
United States
TriSports Racing
71F / 22C
Total Time = 7h 09m 37s
Overall Rank = 95/116
Age Group = 35-39M
Age Group Rank = 19/19
Pre-race routine:

setup transition, porta-potty, body mark, wetsuit.
Event warmup:

light stretching
  • 37m 1s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 55s / 100 meters

felt much better than my first OWS race in March. I was breathing only on my right side, which was ok since the shore was there so I could monitor my course. I was pretty good about lifting my head about every 2-3 strokes to re-sight on the buoys. I stopped once to rinse my goggles out because they were too foggy to see, but that was before the first turn and they were fine the rest of the way. I even used the turn technique an OWS friend showed me a few weeks ago at a practice swim to round the buoys.
What would you do differently?:

maybe push my arms a bit more. I took it pretty easy since I didn't want to burn out too soon, but putting a bit more work on my arms wouldn't have hurt my performance the rest of the race.
Transition 1
  • 06m 15s

I got winded running to T1 due to the altitude and a bit of a climb from the lake. This made it hard to try and eat anything like I had planned. Wetsuit strippers made easy work of the wetsuit.
What would you do differently?:

walk the hill to T1 so I could eat a bit more before the bike.
reapply sunscreen.
  • 3h 32m 31s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.81 mile/hr

I didn't find the aid station with food, but I didn't stop to ask either.
I drove the course before the race and was deceived by the hills near the end that looked easier from the car than they were on the bike. Had my avg speed up to 18 mph till I got to the later hills.
What would you do differently?:

take more food with me.
more hill/strength training.
Transition 2
  • 00m

New cleats on my bike shoes were slippery and I almost fell.
took my time, but I didn't get a T2 split and I don't know if this time is in my bike or run leg. I changed from bike jersey to running singlet.
What would you do differently?:

reapply sunscreen.
get a tri-shirt to wear for both bike and run.
  • 2h 53m 49s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 16s  min/mile

Altitude combined with mental exhaustion slowed me down by more than I had expected.
What would you do differently?:

mentally push harder
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

mental exhaustion. lack of nutrition on the bike.

Event comments:

The post-race lunch had run out of chips by the time I got done. I think that was one of the worst problems, so I would rate this a pretty good event. Definitely on my "try again" list.

Last updated: 2007-03-30 12:00 AM
00:37:01 | 1931 meters | 01m 55s / 100meters
Age Group: 10/19
Overall: 69/116
Performance: Good
Suit: Zoot wetsuit
Course: triangle counterclock wise
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:15
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:32:31 | 56 miles | 15.81 mile/hr
Age Group: 21/19
Overall: 113/116
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: rolling hills with some big and long climbs. no road closures
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 79
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:53:49 | 13.1 miles | 13m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/19
Overall: 101/116
Performance: Bad
Course: Nice sections of shaded asphalt trails and sections of a trail next to the lake. Other sections on streets with traffic. Other sections on gravel roads with traffic and dust.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
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] 4

2007-06-05 11:43 AM

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Subject: Deuces Wild
Well, I finished my first HIM. Total time was just over 7hr 9 min. 19th out of 19 in AG. Not DFL overall, but still would have been nice to not be last. Oh well, DFL>DNF>DNS

Here is the short version:
Good things:

- finished the swim in 10th place (AG) of 19 finishers
- finished the bike faster than I had feared worst case (by 30 min)

Bad things:
- Slowest HM I've ever run - almost 3 hours (ok, only HM in a triathlon, but still)
- sunburn (I used sunscreen, but should have reapplied in each transition)

Overall, I am happy, especially since I know I can do better.

The long version (with pictures) if you are interested

Edited by CactusTriathlete 2007-06-05 11:46 AM

2007-06-06 1:26 PM
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Good job - that was a tough course!


2007-06-06 6:30 PM
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Nice job! Especially on the swim! Keep grinding at it and you'll see dividends... see you at training in the future!
2007-06-07 1:46 AM
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Hey, that was a great swim and you did well overall.  One of these days I hope to be able to do a HIM. 

A HUGE acheivement, and you should be very proud of yourself!!!

Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow. 

2007-06-07 10:17 AM
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Great job!!! Super fast swim!!!  I think the elevation and intensity of the sun was killer, so the fact that you were able to hang out there for that long is amazing!!!  Awesome job!
2007-06-20 11:17 AM
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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
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Great job, Stephen! Way to rock the Half Iron! Sounds like you had a good time out there and definitely learned some lessons. I'm workin' on getting the nutrition piece dialed in for my HIM coming up in Sept.

As for your "slow" half mary, the time improvement you're looking for is hiding in your bike. If you want to run that faster half mary in a HIM, you need to RIDE LOTS! At least that's what all the experienced folks here are telling me.

Oh, and you weren't even close to DFL. Almost 20% of the competitors came in after you. Again, congratulations!



2007-07-06 12:11 PM
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Mesa, AZ
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WOW! AWESOME JOB! I cannot believe you did a half Iron Man after your first tri was just in March! WHOA! And that is a tough course to boot.
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