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Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
79F / 26C
Sunny
Total Time = 5h 34m 28s
Overall Rank = 604/1256
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 70/113
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:30, ensure, bagel w/ pb. Drank a bottle of Perp on the way to Racine.
Event warmup:

Walk a mile down the beach to the swim start.
Swim
  • 36m 53s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards
Comments:

Felt a bit woozy about 2/3 way through. Did breast stroke for about a minute and even dry heaved a bit. Wasn't from taking on lake water. Need to figure this out before IMMOO.

Went to take my swim cap off when I got out of the water and found that it had fallen off at some point.

The run up the beach is looooooong at this event. Takes quite a bit of energy but it's fun as there are tons of spectators cheering you on.
What would you do differently?:

Nada.
Transition 1
  • 02m 21s
Comments:

Felt slow as the last two raced I've done I didn't mess with socks. Sitting down to put them on felt like it took forever. Could have pushed through here faster but was in the mindset of be quick but stay relaxed.
Bike
  • 2h 37m 29s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.34 mile/hr
Comments:

Holy traffic batman. A couple times I had a ref motorcycle riding next to me for a few minutes writing down numbers, I assume for drafting and center line violations. I bet there are lots of people pissed off that they were penalied as the bike course was so crowded that there were quite a few packs. I just backed off and waited for the packs to clear before picking up the pace again.
What would you do differently?:

I backed off on my effort here to save some legs for the run. Both my bike and run splits were faster than last year, but wonder if I should have backed off even more on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s
Comments:

First when I couldn't find my rack spot my mom yelled from outside transition that I was in the wrong row. Went to the next row and found I had been in the right row. I racked my bike and the rack fell apart. When volunteers got there to put it back up I was able to let go of the rack and get on with my transition...

Found out after the race that a helicopter had hovered over transition when pretty much everyone was out on the bike. It blew peoples gear all over the place. Luckily my shoes, hat, and number belt were still all in my transition spot.
What would you do differently?:

Not listen to my mom when in transition.
Run
  • 2h 15m 59s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 23s  min/mile
Comments:

Getting better here but still have a long way to improve my run. Stopped to pee at the portapotty just out of transition. First half I battled stomache cramps. They came on pretty soon after T2 but otherwise felt good. They would go away when I walked the aid stations (which I did for every one) and come back after about a minute of running. I backed off a bit on the last 3.5 miles when I could have pushed it. Today was a "long training day" for IMWI so I didn't want to take myself out of commission for this weeks workouts. I think I could have gone about 5 minutes faster but would have paid the price with a longer recovery time.
What would you do differently?:

If this was an A race I would have pushed harder and tried to endure the pain. As a tune up for IMWI I think I was about where I should be.
Post race
Warm down:

Endurox, water, walk.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Still have a ways to go improving my 1) focus in the water 2) run fitness.

Event comments:

Nutrition:
Pre race: 4:45 a.m. Ensure, wheat bagel w/pb
5-6:30: Bottle Perpetuem
Bike: two bottles Perp, 9 fig newtons, 8 Endurolytes, 1 Hammer Gel at mile 53
Run: Hammer gel at miles 3, 7, and 10, Endurolytes at mile 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
After: Recoverite.

All of my gripes for the swim start were more than fixed this year. Really well organized start with good PA took all the guessing and confusion out of it. Well stocked and staffed aid stations on both the bike and run. Post race food was weak with PBJ, fruit, and drinks. Would have loved a big plate of pasta like they had last year. Don't know if I waited too long to go to the food tent or if they just didn't have pasta this year.

Perfect weather for race day. High was 79 degrees so felt warm on the run but not hot. So satisfying to see the training pay off with a 23+ minute improvement from last year which put me just into the top 50% of finishers.




Last updated: 2006-12-14 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:36:53 | 2112 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/113
Overall: 315/1256
Performance: Average
Avg HR: 166 Max HR: 189 (this must have been the run to T2)
Suit: Orca Full
Course: .1 mile out, one mile parallel to beach, .1 mile in.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:21
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
02:37:29 | 56 miles | 21.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/113
Overall: 374/1256
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 162 Maz HR: 188 HR was around 180 coming out of T1 and I focused on bringing it down to 160 where I hovered for most of the bike.
Wind: Little
Course: Rural roads and highways. Mostly straight roads with a couple rollers.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
02:15:59 | 13.1 miles | 10m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/113
Overall: 885/1256
Performance: Below average
Lap 1: Avg HR: 175 Max HR: 186 time: 1:04:45 Lap 2 Avg HR: 173 Max HR: 190 time: 1:11:14 (maybe I backed off too much the second loop???)
Course: Out and back twice past/through the Racine zoo. A couple hills but not major.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
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] 3

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2007-07-23 11:00 AM

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2007-07-23 11:09 AM
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There was no pasta, fyi.

Great race, donkey.  Had fun hanging with you guys after the race, thanks for letting me.  Can't wait to see you cross the finish line at MOO!



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2007-07-23 11:19 AM
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Great Job Peter!! Sorry I didn't get to meet up with any of you BT'ers the night before, but I was a little under the weather!! But, I was able to get out there and cheer for you guys, I was the one at the bottom of the hill between mile 15 and 16 where you turned right onto highway 20, so hopefully, I cheered for you!!

Next time...and I'll be at IM Madison cheering on my friend, so I'll be cheering you on there too!!

Way to go!!
2007-07-23 11:20 AM
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Great race!  Way to go!
2007-07-23 11:21 AM
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Nice way to pace it through a “long training day.”  Dry heaves on the swim…DOH!!

 

“So how was your weekend?”  “Had fun.  Did a Half Ironman as a long training day.”

2007-07-23 11:46 AM
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23-minute improvement over last year? Yeah, I'd call that a successful race. Not bad for a long training day! Regarding your run fitness, just remember your run is largely determined by your bike. Just read my report.

Looks like you're in great shape gearing up for IMOO. Congrats and sorry I missed you at the race!


2007-07-23 12:20 PM
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Usually listening to mom is a smart idea, apparently not true in transition. Great race and cool to see such a HUGE improvement over last year!! I think you are going to have to change your avatar pretty soon, HR seems to really be in check.
2007-07-23 12:29 PM
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Great job on the PR! All your hard training is really paying off. You will be ready to go for IMWI.
2007-07-23 12:31 PM
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Great Pre Moo warm up. From the looks of things, you are on track to have a great IM. 5:34 is an awesome time.
2007-07-23 5:36 PM
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Excellent race execution and very solid splits.  I'd say this should boost your confidence for your full IM!!  Keep up the solid training.
2007-07-23 5:44 PM
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Great race. I wish I could even come close to a 5:34 for a training race.


2007-07-23 6:18 PM
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Dang- I pass you on the run and you still beat me.... havent you heard you are suppose to let us girls win

Seriously- I think you will do great at IM.

2007-07-23 8:35 PM
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Nice smokin' times there !! Great race and enjoyed reading your race report with some of those Batmanisms
2007-07-23 9:45 PM
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Nice job on your race.  Nope on the pasta...pretty disappointing - PB & J just didn't do it for me.  Great job on the Mooo warmup.  Stay healthy
2007-07-24 4:26 AM
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Dude. Your mum grew up in Kentish Town. You should definitely always listen to her!

Great race! (Training Day

2007-07-24 10:08 AM
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Dude, you raced pretty good on a warm day for a guy from Alaska. 

Seriously, good race, and huge year over year improvement.  Sounds like things are rolling along great to setup for IMWI.

 



2007-07-24 1:56 PM
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eeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwesome

nice job and with less than 7 to IMWI - the party is just beginning


2007-07-24 2:08 PM
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Peter - great to meet you and it was nice conversing with you for a bit on the bike ride.  I didn't want to hang around too long b/c we had the same shorts and people might have thought we were trying to draft and all.  Plus, I tried to pass you a couple of times, but you were moving good.  And you were definitely aerobic, as our conversation was just like when we met in transtion.  Easy and controlled.

Great race, and great improvement.  Now I have to figure out how to gain 23 minutes for next year (Yeah, right!).

2007-07-24 2:42 PM
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Sweet job Sneaky Pete.  One thing on the swim- if you were dizzy at all could be the water temp.  You can prevent either by covering ears with swimcap or earplugs.  Seven weeks to go biznatch!!
2007-07-24 3:57 PM
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Very nice race, donkai!  You're gonna rock IM MOO!
2007-07-24 10:12 PM
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OMG! Don't blame me for IMWI! EEEEEEEEEK! Tongue out

You keep popping up in the most inopportune moments in my athletic career. First when I'm dry heaving on the side of the road uphill in Wisconsin, then... on Sunday, as I slogged ever so slowly toward the finish line...  Heh.

You're a great athlete! Nice work. And 5:34 for a "long training day"... AWWWWWWWEEEEEEESOMMMMMMMME

 

(That was supposed to be in Donkey-speak... but I'm not sure it came across as such...)

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Impressive.  



2007-07-27 1:00 PM
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I agree with all the above posts: Very impressive for a "long training day." You rocked it!
I can't wait to read your race report from IMOO. You're going to be great!!!

Nice to meet you too!
2007-07-30 8:59 AM
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phat actieeeonnnee playah!!!  Man, you be rockin' da 2-step wit da 21+ avg. dog.  Great job and great day out there!!!

2007-07-30 11:59 AM
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Wow nice race!!! I'm so jealous that your long training days would likely kill me. Oh and your mom got so much right over the years -- surely you can let this one slide!!!

Nice job!
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