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South Carolina Half - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Greenwood, South Carolina
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 7h 30m
Overall Rank = 401/423
Age Group = Clydesdales
Age Group Rank = 12/15
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:00. Ate 2 uncrustables. Drove to race site and set up transition. Walked around trying to stay calm.
Event warmup:

Walked over to the swim start.
  • 51m 12s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 25s / 100 yards

I have a problem with my right shoulder so I knew that I needed to take it easy so I wouldn't set it off. Unfortunately I got excited and started out going hard. My shoulder went off at about the fifth stroke. I spent the rest of the time trying to keep it under control. Right before the start I realized that my goggles were really scratched up and I found that I could hardly see out of them. I kept getting off course and ended up sighting every 8 strokes. When I got out I was actually surprised that my time was less than an hour.
What would you do differently?:

Follow my game plan. Make sure that my equipment was in good shape BEFORE the race.
Transition 1
  • 03m 7s

I really need to work on my transitions. I think I also need to get used to riding without socks. I always have a hard time getting my socks onto my wet feet. Wearing a tri-top instead of putting a shirt on a wet body would help too. I walked my bike to the mount line.
What would you do differently?:

Buy a tri-top that fits. The club tri-top looks cool but is too short to contain my jelly roll. Go sockless on the bike.
  • 3h 33m 47s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.72 mile/hr

Going into the race I figured that the bike would be my best event. I had been doing 50 mile rides in the mountains and figured that this would be substantially easier. I was wrong. I felt slow right from the beginning and got increasingly frustrated as the ride went on. I could have done without the headwind that started at about mile 40. After the race I realized that my front brake was rubbing a bit. I don't know how much of effect it had but it couldn't have been good.

I also didn't hydrate well and didn't take in enough calories. This is becoming a tradition for me. I really need to work on the mental aspect of races.
What would you do differently?:

Check my bike out before the race. On my last ride before the race I noticed the the brake was rubbing. I was planning to get together with Curtis and get fitted for aerobars and have him do a quick tune-up. Work got so nuts that I wasn't able to see him and obviously forgot about the brake.
Transition 2
  • 03m 21s

Not a very good transition but not terrible.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions more.
  • 2h 51m 30s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 05s  min/mile

I was wiped when I got off of the bike. I was concerned about my knee (IT band) and my heel because I had substantial issues with each leading up to the race. My heel behaved itself but my knee really bothered me on the second lap. My lack of nutrition really hurt me here. My muscles did not feel all that bad and my heart rate was pretty low, but I just had no energy. At about mile 4 I ate a piece of banana and got a noticeable surge of energy. I started eating a little something at every stop and that really helped. I think I actually ran more on the second lap than on the first. I probably should have eaten even more but I was worried about having stomach problems. Next time I won't be as conservative (and WILL do better eating on the bike).

Even though I was feeling bad the run was my favorite part of the race. It was a two-lap out and back so I passed my club members a number of times. Every time I saw someone it really gave me a boost. Coming into the turnaround it was great to have Elena, Ken, and Mila screaming my name. They yelled even louder as I was headed back out and gave me more cowbell! The best part of the race was when I went by the club tent at mile 12. The whole gang was there screaming for me. They were so loud that about 20 yards down the course I heard someone say "Who is that buy? Is he famous?". I felt like a rock star. I had to work real hard not to get all emotional.

I ran/walked with Milena from the Tri Peachtree City club for the last two miles. It was nice to have someone there to share the pain.
What would you do differently?:

Eat more on the bike and on the run. Cheer for everyone.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked over to the club tent and tried not to fall down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training. Lack of good planning. Lack of sticking to the plan I had. Lack of discipline. Failure to check my equipment. And a bunch of other things. But you know what? It doesn't matter because


Event comments:

I had some personal difficulties and this is first HIM I have done but I thought the race was great.

I just feel very lucky that I got hooked up with the North Atlanta Multi Sport Club. Their support has been crucial in turning a 300 pound tub of goo into a Half-Ironman.

Last updated: 2007-09-09 12:00 AM
00:51:12 | 2112 yards | 02m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/15
Overall: 385/423
Performance: Below average
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:07
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:33:47 | 56 miles | 15.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/15
Overall: 394/423
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:21
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:51:30 | 13.1 miles | 13m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/15
Overall: 395/423
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
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

2007-10-01 12:47 PM

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2007-10-01 1:14 PM
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Marietta, GA
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"It doesn't matter because


That's right - you freakin finished a HALF IRONMAN!! You did an awesome job yesterday and you did more than just finish - you did awesome!! You had a smile on your face every time I saw you and you were still running at the end - that's incredible!! Next HIM, you won't have you tire rubbing handicap and you're going to blow the doors off!

2007-10-01 1:18 PM
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Awesome job and overcoming obstacles!

Nice way of putting a good race together and running faster on the second loop rocks!

How about getting a timer to beep every 20' to remind yourself to eat? I use an old IM watch attached to my aerobars...helps me keep nutrition on target!

You did something amazing and very cool your club was out there to support you!

Yep you are turned your life around...more impressive than time or splits~

My first HIM is Sunday and I seperated my shoulder in June...sub 60' is the goal...and to swim w/o pain...sounds similar. 

2007-10-01 1:34 PM
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Alpharetta, GA
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Way to finish the HIM, Felix!!  That's awesome.  From the RR, it sounds like you've had better races, but it also sounds like you took away a tremendous amount of knowledge about how to do it better next time - very cool!!

Great job!!

2007-10-01 1:39 PM
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Congratulations Felix!  After a crazy month of working in September and an injury that won't go away, you should be completely ecstactic about yesterday's results!!!

It was great reading about your experience up in SC - you'll only learn more and more from each race!  Great job again!

2007-10-01 2:35 PM
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Exactly! You finished! great job.

2007-10-01 3:31 PM
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You did awesome yesterday! This just goes to show that you can put your mind to it and overcome anything.

2007-10-01 4:23 PM
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Atlanta, GA
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Congrats, half ironman! Excellent report, and well done on the race. I know you may feel like you made some mistakes, but every race has some for every racer, and you recovered really well.

I'm totally jealous that you had a cheering section.


2007-10-01 5:06 PM
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Hey Great race Felix!!

70.6 miles!! Way to gut it out!!
2007-10-01 5:21 PM
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Roswell, GA
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You did awesome and we loved cheering for you! Congrats!
2007-10-01 5:55 PM
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Yep you ARE a 70.3 Finisher! You did awesome and the end result was becoming a half iron finisher! You set the benchmark for a lot of great things to come. Congrats on a great race!

2007-10-02 8:41 AM
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Acworth, Georgia
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Awesome job, Felix, just awesome!
2007-10-02 9:16 AM
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Tiger's Den
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You need to post pics- I think I remember you out on the run course. Way to plug away at it. I was also disappointed by my bike, but in the end, we are half ironmen!

I wish we had as great a club as you guys have. I would love to be able to race with more people that I know!

2007-10-02 11:17 AM
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Nashville, TN
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Congrats you Half-Ironman.  You have come a long way in the past 12 months and it has been fun to watch the journey.  Great job at SC!!!
2007-10-02 11:46 AM
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Great job.  As usual, amazingly positive attitude.  Awesome.
2007-10-02 12:19 PM
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KathyG - 2007-10-01 2:18 PM

Yep you are turned your life around...more impressive than time or splits~

She is 100% right Felix.  Plus, you really are a rockstar.  If I had heard that comment I would have come and asked for your autograph .

You have an amazing attitude and such great determination.  Congratulations on finishing your first half ironman... I am so happy I was there to cheer for you!

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