Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Galveston, Texas
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 5h 26m 39s
Overall Rank = 297/1326
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 55/217
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at about 4:30am, ate a bagel with peanut butter and honey and left for Galveston. Didn't stay at Moody Gardens with my wife because I got called into work (IT issue). Had a great night sleep at home so I can't complain.
Event warmup:

No real warm, just tried to calm the nerves. Spoke to Ken, Keri, John, Nikki, and Tiff prior to the start which helped a lot.
  • 45m 2s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 08s / 100 yards

Swim was slower than I thought but also easier than expected. I guess I could have pushed a bit harder, but over all I was pleased. The water was choppier than I thought, but I had no problem getting into my slow groove.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push a little bit harder
Transition 1
  • 00m

I was in row e, but row e had two sides...... duh. Had to run around the rack and these racks were long.
What would you do differently?:

Go down the correct row.
  • 2h 42m 26s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.69 mile/hr

Consider the wind this ride went perfect. Coming out of the swim I was 6 minutes slower than expected, but rather push the bike I accepted the time and went along with the plan. I wanted to average 21 mph, but on the way out I just rode by perceived effort (no heart rate monitor) and averaged just a shade over 20. I was able to negative split the bike for a final average of 20.7, but was able to conserve some energy for the run.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 51s

Decided not to ride on the top of my shoes and take the extra time in T2. Just didn't want to make any mistakes in a race that would take close to 6 hours. What's a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Be more efficient.
  • 1h 54m 18s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 44s  min/mile

My goal was to run between 8:45 and 9 minutes pace but once again I was running blind, or should I say using perceived effort. My first lap was 8:10 pace, second lap was 8:30. Needless to say I went out too hard. 3rd lap was 9:09 pace and the 4th lap was 9:03 pace. I think I was lucky to hold together and was very thankful to the kids who squirted me with their "super soaker". The run was hotter than I expected, but I was able to run the entire run. I would slow down to make sure I was able to get a full cup of fluids at the aid stations.
What would you do differently?:

Pace better on the first few miles.
Post race
Warm down:

Was greeted by my wife, brother, mother, step father, keri and ken. Drank lots of fluids, ate twenty wings, fried jalapenos, french fries, and some beer and sleep!!!!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The unknown. This was my first HIM so I was conservative on the swim and bike, but I think I may have been able to push harder on the bike and swim.

Event comments:

Volunteers were great, and the atmosphere was very exciting.

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Last updated: 2010-04-26 12:00 AM
00:45:02 | 2112 yards | 02m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 122/217
Overall: 653/1326
Performance: Average
Suit: Yes
Course: Trapazoid
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:42:26 | 56 miles | 20.69 mile/hr
Age Group: 43/217
Overall: 218/1326
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: Course was an out and back with a few turns back to Moody Gardens
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:51
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:54:18 | 13.1 miles | 08m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 66/217
Overall: 382/1326
Performance: Average
Course: 4 Loops around Moody Gardens
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5