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Patriot's Half 2007 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Williamsburg, VA, Virginia
United States
Set Up Events
90F / 32C
Total Time = 7h 16m 12s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

The pre race routine began with getting up before the alarm goes off because of nerves. I got up had a cup of coffee a bagel and a banana. I then got myself together and headed out to the race course.
Event warmup:

Warm-up was setting up my transtion area. I got there early and got a spot at the end of the bike rack which I like. Then a little walking around and a trip or two to the port a johns.
Swim
  • 35m 18s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards
Comments:

The swim was great, this is by far my strongest event, I really enjoy it and have fun with the swim. The swim was out in the James river with three legs (swim out turn right swim turn right and head in. The current was with you on the 2nd leg but coming back in, it was pushing you to the left. I had trouble finding the bouy on the last leg and made the mistake of following the pack for a while till I could site it. The problem was where not swimming a staight line, I got this corrected and headed on in. I placed 8/37 in AG for the swim and 84/259(men) overall. I was pleased at this point.
What would you do differently?:

Not follow the crownd and sight for myself.
Transition 1
  • 06m 51s
Comments:

This was a long transtion, but we all knew that it would be, it was about a 1/2 from the water to the bikes. Oh well what can you do. Other than that I got my shoes and helment on and headed out
Bike
  • 3h 18m 29s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.93 mile/hr
Comments:

Well after a great swim, here I was headed out to bike. I know I am not the strongest biker, but the pharse of the day was "on your left" and no I was not saying it, I heard it over and over again as I was passed by all of those who I passed or beat in the swim. I had planned on making sure I ate early and did so, and also drank often. I felt good on the bike and kept telling my self not to push it because I still had a half marathon to run. The bike leg was a little longer than 56, I got 58.2 as well as a friend of mine had 58.1 miles.
What would you do differently?:

Train more.
Transition 2
  • 03m
Comments:

No comment
What would you do differently?:

Take a nap???
Run
  • 3h 12m 44s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 43s  min/mile
Comments:

Run, well there was not much runnig for me. I first off have not trained properly leading up to this event. I had signed up back in Feb. Ran a good marathon in March and was out of comission for April and never got my training back on schedule. I knew coming in to this that it would be a loooonnnng run. But wow. First off if you read back in the bike section, I drank often, well I drank way to much. I had that sloshing liquid filled belly going on and it felt bad. My legs where tired, but I would be dammed if I was going to stop or stop having fun. So I plugged along walking more than running but cheering on everyone I could, those who where headed home and those who passed me. I was talking with a guy a meet and he asked me if I knew half of the people out here, I told him no, just having fun. Having fun and finishing where my goals for this race. It may have taken me a while but I did it.
What would you do differently?:

TRAIN and learn from my training.
Post race
Warm down:

Went thru the finish line got a bottle of water a medal and then I went straight to the BBQ.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training, drank to much, lack of training, heat on the run, and lack of training.

Event comments:

Great race this was the first time it was run and it was well done




Last updated: 2007-03-28 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:35:18 | 2112 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 06:51
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
03:18:29 | 56 miles | 16.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Wind:
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 03:00
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
03:12:44 | 13.1 miles | 14m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2007-09-09 6:52 PM

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2007-09-09 7:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Patriot's Half 2007

Nice Job HIM.  That's right, you are now a him.  I am not sure what you were before.

You should be very proud.  It is a great accomplishment, one that I hope to join you in next week.

2007-09-09 8:01 PM
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Subject: RE: Patriot's Half 2007
Nice race!  Congrats on your first HIM!!  I think the Tigers inspired you with their thrashing of Va Tech this weekend.
2007-09-09 9:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Patriot's Half 2007
Great job! Never do a HIM that I'm doing; the weather is always brutal.
2007-09-10 7:08 AM
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Awesome job! Congrats on becoming a HIM!!!
2007-09-10 7:40 AM
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Subject: RE: Patriot's Half 2007

Great job finishing! Seriously, finishing in that heat, with what you've described as undertraining is an impressive feat.

 Were you hanging out in the Williamsburg CATS tent post race?  If so, I'm the ice and cracker lady...



2007-09-10 8:05 AM
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Subject: RE: Patriot's Half 2007
All I can say is FANTASTIC finish. You did look like you had fun and I enjoyed seeing you cross with your friends. You and all the finishers inspired me!!! Not to sure it's enough for next year but I wil do it! I'm proud of how you stuck it out considering your meningitis in April and not being able to get the training bug back! Very strong swimming!
2007-09-10 9:25 AM
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Great job!!! 

That was a tough race on a tough day and you came through smiling. 

2007-09-10 1:36 PM
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Awesome Job Steven! You had a strong swim! Man!  And you did what you thought you should do on the bike a and kept up a nice pace.  You made the best you could out of the run, and you finished smiling. What more could you ask for? Now you know what to expec for next time!  You're still a stud in my book!!
2007-09-10 2:49 PM
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Great r/r, felt like I was right there with you.  Congrats on meeting your goals of having fun and finishing!  I'm proud of you, your swim was awesome, you did what you wanted to on the bike and you came in happy  Very inspiring!
2007-09-10 4:23 PM
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Subject: RE: Patriot's Half 2007

QUOTE]LSU2003 - 2007-09-09 8:42 PM; Great race and hey you only missed the 6 our goal by 6 minutes, who knows with a shorter distance between the water and the bikes, and maybe a degree or 2 cooler you probably would have done it. I missed the 7 hour goal by 16 minutes if that helps.

Thanks for the nice comments - I still had a BLAST out there on the course.  You had a smokin' swim time!!!! That is awesome - you are the first person I've heard from that didn't have an issue with the turn from the second yellow buoy.

The run was totally brutal eh!  But hey, ya did an HIM, and that is no small feat.  After doing two this year, I'm beginning to question my desire to bag an Ironman.  I just realized it would've been cool to meet al the BTers.



2007-09-11 8:51 AM
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Subject: RE: Patriot's Half 2007

Great race, especially considering all you went through this Spring. I am going to take Sue's advice and stay away from HIMs that she is running.  That heat sounded brutal.

Enjoy your rest! 

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