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Rock Man Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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loves park, Illinois
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 6h 19m 34s
Overall Rank = 226/289
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 44/51
Pre-race routine:

ate yogurt and bagel. I could have had a better breakfast
Event warmup:

Swam for about 4 min to warm up.
  • 41m 41s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

Swim was a bit of a battle royal until the first bouy. But it was workable.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I tried to position my self well. It was difficult with the mass start.
Transition 1
  • 02m 53s

I need to work on taking off my suit more. I had only swam with it twice before.
What would you do differently?:

More practice with my suit. and get tri bike shoes to speed up the transition.
  • 3h 13m 37s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.35 mile/hr

My bike chain came off twice. It made me reluctant to shift gears too much to adjust for the hills. so I was not in the best gear all the time. My hip really started to hurt and gave me problems throughout the entire ride. I had a good pace for the conditions of myself and the bike but I could have made for better conditions through training.
What would you do differently?:

I would train more on my bike. And i would test the condition of the bike more before the race.
Transition 2
  • 02m 21s

Very good transition. It probalbly would have been a 45 sec transition but I sat down to stretch my hip so I would not have problems on the run.
What would you do differently?:

I would not have stretched my hip to get faster. but it was need this day.
  • 2h 19m 4s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 37s  min/mile

I really was running soundly for the first 6-8 miles. I really started to struggle on mile 9 and continued through out the race. I think I missed the salt intake window during the run and it cost me about 10 -15 min on the run.
What would you do differently?:

I would have worked electrolyte pills in my nutririon plan better. and trained will more hills.
Post race
Warm down:

I walkd and stretched out my legs and hips.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My nutrition plan hurt me on the run. and lack of training on my own bike. I could have worked more similar terrain. it would have helped a little.

Event comments:

This was an excellent race for the cost. I could not have expected better. I would have liked a t-shirt but Chip would have had to charge more for it.

Last updated: 2007-02-02 12:00 AM
00:41:41 | 2112 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 0/289
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Course: Course was two loops.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:53
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
03:13:37 | 56 miles | 17.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 0/289
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: Course had some good rolling hills and could of little steep ones. was not too bad for the most part.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:21
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:19:04 | 13.1 miles | 10m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 0/289
Performance: Average
My Hr was around 158 for the first 6 miles.
Course: Course had some hills in the first 3 miles and in the last 5 miles. the middle was flat.
Keeping cool Good 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-06-15 9:04 AM

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Subject: Rock Man Triathlon

2007-06-15 9:21 AM
in reply to: #845501

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Subject: RE: Rock Man Triathlon
Nice work Speedy.  I lot of people were pulled from the course for hydration/nutrition/cramping issues (according to Hangloose anyway) so finishing was a big accomplishment for the first Half IM.
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