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Troika Half Iron Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Spokane, Washington
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 6h 17m 20s
Overall Rank = 188/257
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 24/27
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3am for some coffee, oatmeal and special bars I make. Drank some gatorade and waited for the coffee to do its trick! Had the "push" to decarb, but results were not up to par....this would rear its head later.
Picked up buddy at 4:30 and headed to Spokane to catch bus out to race venue. Race is point to point so you end far from where you start.
Event warmup:

Put wetsuit on swam a couple times out to bouy and back and prayed that bulging disc would not bother me. Waited in line for bathroom, needing to de-carb some more, but line was too long, not moving so I just pinched it off and got into wetsuit. Big mistake as my stomach started to hurt 10 minutes into swim.
  • 38m 2s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 48s / 100 yards

Start was good and first 200 was good. After that I could just not find the rythym. May have something to do with I have only swam about 6 times since IMCDA on 6/24. Swim was slow for me and seemed long. I saw several folks cut one bouy, but that is their problem not mine.
What would you do differently?:

Actually train.
Transition 1
  • 03m 19s

This was comical as I fell down 2x trying to get my wetsuit off my heels. Nothing was going to go right for me today and I could tell already!! Got the rest of the transition pretty good, cept had to stuff wetsuit and stuff into numbered garbage bag so they could bring it to finish.
What would you do differently?:

Not fall down.
  • 2h 55m
  • 56 miles
  • 19.20 mile/hr

Felt good going out of transition and soon started passing more folks than were passing me. Caught a buddy of mine who is peaking right now for IMC and I have not ridden more than 40 miles since IMCDA. At mile 29 I had my first flat ever while on my tri bike. It was a total blow out, not a slow leak! Got tire off and noticed the bead on the tire(front) was frayed, so tube probably poked out a bit and boom. My buddy soon passed me as I fixed the problem. Had to put a patch on the frayed part and hope it held. It held, but the tire had less than 100 miles on it so LBS replaced for me. I noticed when I distmouned for T2 that tire was bulging out again in same spot, so I was lucky. There were downhills where I was over 45MPH after the flat!!

In addition to that flat mishap, I dropped some food, managed to drop a couple of ecaps and squirted HEED over my head because I thought it was water!! Total dork!

I was 2:55 with probably 10-15 minutes of fixing the flat, so I was pretty happy with bike.
What would you do differently?:

Not get a flat!
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s

Very cool way to do transition. A volunteer takes your bike and you put helmet, shoes in bag they have and then they take your bike. Another volunteer hands you the T2 bag and off you go.

If you do not have a fast T2 in this race something is wrong with you.
  • 2h 39m 49s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 12s  min/mile

This is where the day really fell apart. I told my buddy on the drive over that the run was going to hurt since I had not run since IMCDA and my MRI results showed a bulging disc in my back. I did "run" six miles last week with my bro, but we were moving so slow I did really consider it running. At the first aid station (1 mile) I stopped for some water an ecaps, then could not get running again over the bridge. Found my stride on the other side of the bridge, but left calf started to kill so altered my gait a bit to help. Bad idea. Right knee started to hurt and I began thinking time to quit. I have never quit in my life, but nothing was going right!! It started to be more walking than running and no energy. Usually I can make myself run, but no today. At the turn around I saw one buddy and he asked if I was okay!!! That alone told me I was not good. New plan was to run 4 min, walk2 and so on. That fell apart too. Nothing tasted good, felt bloated, legs were hurting and left hammie was screaming.

Anyway, gutted it out, finished with the kiddos running in with me and went home.
What would you do differently?:

This was a humbling experience. I did not take it seriously and was fine (relatively speaking) until the run. I should have been 35 minutes faster, but body said no.

Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of run training since IMCDA.

Event comments:

This is a fun local race. Not a ton of support, but fun. Only 2 aid stations on the bike, but aid stations every mile of the run. The point to point race is fun, but next time I would cooridinate with buddies to have a vehicle to take us to the start instead of the bus.

Last updated: 2007-08-08 12:00 AM
00:38:02 | 2112 yards | 01m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/27
Overall: 105/257
Performance: Below average
Suit: QR full
Course: Clockwise triangle one loop.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:19
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:55:00 | 56 miles | 19.20 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/27
Overall: 129/257
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Scenic course in/out of Cheney then through some farm country, down to Riverside state park then up into downtown Spokane to Riverfront Park. Rolling hills and some corners but fun bike course. Road surface seemed rough to me.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:06
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:39:49 | 13.1 miles | 12m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/27
Overall: 241/257
Course: Out and back along Spokane River. Good run course.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-08-08 4:23 PM

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Coeur d'Alene, ID
Subject: Troika Half Iron Triathlon

2007-08-08 5:46 PM
in reply to: #918759

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Spokane, Washington
Subject: RE: Troika Half Iron Triathlon
Cripes, we had all kinds of local BT-ers out there...sorry I missed you.  And sorry you had That Race.  I hope you recover well, and can smash this race next year.   I could do without all those troubles, but I would love to have your time.    Hang in there.
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