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Odyssey HIT Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Spotsylvania, Virginia
United States
Odyssey Adventure Racing
Total Time = 6h 56m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Woke up early. Stayed in the crappiest motel in Thornburg, VA. And that is saying something.
Swim
  • 45m
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 20s / 100 meters
Comments:

This HAD to be long. When Mike told me my time in T1 (45 minutes), my only response was "there is no way that is correct. There is NO way i didn't beat your swim time on this course." I came out of the water in the top 1/2, had caught the mens wave before me (I love doing that) (only two waves: guys, then girls), and was swimming strong. Felt a little nautious in the water (swallowed a bit in the beginning), but felt fine by the end. Definetly felt like I was swimming longer than I should have been for a 1.2 mile course. My friend Tony came in 6th OA (4th last year) and said his swim time was a full 10 minutes slower this year; 1st OA winner echoed his statement, as did most people who did last year vs this year. But whatever: everyone had to do the same course, so in the end I guess it doesn't matter, but an extra ten minutes of swimming is a really really long time to be swimming!
What would you do differently?:

Tinted goggles. Sun was right in my eyes on the home stretch.
Transition 1
  • 00m
Bike
  • 3h 25m
  • 56 miles
  • 16.39 mile/hr
Comments:

Awesome. Felt great. I was taking a gel every 35-40 minutes, drinking as much water as was humanly possible -- finished the race with no nutrition or water left on my bike, which was exactly how I wanted it (started with a camel back, a water bottle in my 1 cage, and an aero bottle full -- refilled aero bottle at the water stops (which was a nice surprise -- the year I spectated this there were NO water bottle handoffs, so i wasn't expecting any this year).

Wasn't looking at speed, just wanted to keep my cadence up and my HR down. Let people pass me -- long day and didn't want to start my race at mile 15 of the bike. Just kept my momentum up and kept moving. Had to stop a few time -- gel paclk that wou;dn't open, chain that wouldn't shift, and my complete and utter inability to pee on myself (seems that a lifetime of NOT peeing worked against me here).

Total
bike time and my bike computer time were only about 5 minutes off, which made me happy -- i thought it would be more.

Transition 2
  • 00m
Run
  • 00m
  • 13.1 miles
  •  min/mile
Comments:

Oh my god, the run. Ouch. It was clocking 97 degrees when I started and I was feeling it. The run starts up a huge hill and I seriously did not appreciate it. Took about a mile to get my legs under me -- and that was a painful first mile. I think my legs were tired in ways I've never felt before. But, by mile 2-3, they were feeling fine and I felt like I was running strong. And then. the heat. Oh my god. It was SO hot. I was taking four waters at every stop -- two to drink and two to wear, doing anything and everything to keep my body cool. I was sweating out a TON of salt, so I was taking a gel about every 30 minutes, but around mile 4 I hit a point where I was getting black spots and headachy -- precursors to passing out for me. Good times. I immediately starting walking, kept drinking and eating, and running when in the shade. My legs and muscles felt fine when I was running -- I had been worried about IT bands, knee pain, whatever, but none of that was a problem -- I just couldn't keep my HR and body temp down. It was really brutal, and totally frustrating. I ended up running with some dude (first triathlon. His quote from mile 6 "man, I don't ever think I'll do a full one" me: "I don't think NOW is the time to make that decision") and I was actually out WALKING him -- I was walking strong, but just couldn't manage the heat. We found a trail that ran alongside of the road that was dirt packed and shaded -- that went for about 4 miles parallel... I'm sure we would have been penalized for going 'off course' but I swear I did not care at that point. I wanted shade and no pavement, and that's what it was. Anyway, so it went. My last mile took us 8 minutes and 15 seconds. Ha. A nice change after walking so much, but I won't say it didn't hurt. Anyway, finished strong, and was totally happy to be done!


What would you do differently?:

Pick a cooler time of year to race!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked immediately into the lake and spent a good 5 minutes floating, enjoying being weightless, not moving, and cooling off. Swam about 100 meters out and back to stretch myself out a bit.


Event comments:

The carnage report:
Shins. Never had shin pain before, this is new :). A litte ice and advil and we seem ok today. Resting HR is still pretty high, and I'm still tired, but other wise I feel great!

I'm signed up for Eagleman in '08 -- shouldn't be as hot, and I've got plenty of time to get my running up to (ha) speed!




Last updated: 2007-09-07 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:45:00 | 1931 meters | 02m 20s / 100meters
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: 00:00
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
03:25:00 | 56 miles | 16.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Wind:
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 00:00
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:00:00 | 13.1 miles |  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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2007-09-10 12:51 PM

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2007-09-10 1:06 PM
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Great job on the race! Being that hot on the run is a killer!

Yea, my first HIM is coming up and I can only hope to make it in under 8 hours... so your time is smoking fast!

2007-09-10 4:14 PM
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Congrats!!!

Nice way to adjust when needed and finish strong...8:15 m/m last mile wow!!

Practicing peeing on the bike and it gets easier. Be happy the swim was long as a good swimmer you made up time on those who are slow.

Excellant race...sounds nasty hot out there.....which makes it more challenging!

2007-09-10 5:31 PM
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Excellent race! I raced this weekend too and it ws super hot. Great job hanging in on the run and finishing.
2007-09-10 8:47 PM
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Yay, Chippy!  You ROCK!  Excellent job.

Yes, cooler temps are generally preferred.  

2007-09-11 8:20 AM
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2007-09-11 8:38 AM
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Elite
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Way to go Chippy!
2007-09-11 8:39 AM
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Expert
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Congrats Chippy! Oh man, that sounds like a brutal run. Great job!
2007-09-11 12:00 PM
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You are the biggest badass in the history of the Universe. Just so ya know.
2007-09-11 3:18 PM
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Champion
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Woohooo...go Chippy!
2007-09-11 3:29 PM
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2007-09-11 8:57 PM
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Great stuff there Chipster! Way to make the HIM your biotch!
2007-09-12 8:10 AM
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Elite
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Totally awesome. You rock!
2007-09-12 9:18 AM
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Coach
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Nice job Chippy! now you hvae one under the belt and you can focus on going a bit faster

now REST!

2007-09-12 10:14 AM
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EEEAWWWEsome job!!!  That 97 degrees would have had my azz draggin fo sho.  Were ya flying the donkey?

2007-09-12 10:18 AM
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Master
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Great job Chippy! We're proud of you.


2007-09-12 11:29 AM
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Hey Chippy,

Congrats on the half!  Way to go in that heat, that sounded tough.

Ernie

2007-09-12 11:34 AM
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Great Job! Your time is approximately what mine was on my first 1/2.  It gets better (provided you don't race in 97 degree weather)

come on down to NC and do white lake (flat) or Duke 1/2 (hilly) with us next year

2007-09-13 4:01 PM
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AWESOME JOB Chipster! Wow.  I go away for a year, I come back here and you're doing Half's ... geez!  That is great!
2007-09-13 7:36 PM
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CONGRATS!!

2007-09-14 12:50 PM
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Woohooooo!  Nice work!  I've been there in the "I don't care at this point" situation...it's oddly relaxing!    Glad you got thru it and learned some lessons...now it's time to kick some A$$ at MCM!!  Congrats Chippy!! Yay you!!!


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