California Half Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oceanside, California
United States
Ironman North America
Total Time = 6h 32m 8s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 280/367
Pre-race routine:

Euphoric/forgetful barely choked down a harvest power bar and a starbucks coffee.
Event warmup:

too cold, shivered a warm up and stretched
  • 36m 56s
  • 2000 yards
  • 01m 51s / 100 yards

Good swim, my strong discipline. It was over fast. I loved the last 300 to 400 yards with a current pulling us into transition. I was surprised at how congested the entire swim was. Either I can't swim straight or a lot of other people can't. The coldest water I have ever swam in. Great Experience.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster, push harder.
Transition 1
  • 06m 46s

I was freezing. I had some advice from a coach that was a quote from John Wooden. Be quick but don't hurry. I was not to concerned with my speed through this transition. Next race I will speed it up.
What would you do differently?:

calm down more, stay relaxed
  • 3h 23m 46s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.49 mile/hr

My first half-ironman and only the second time i had ridden 56 miles. I was satisfied with my time. The wind came up towards the end making the last 8-10 miles almost unbearable. I need to find a bigger bladder. I stopped to urinate twice!!!
What would you do differently?:

Bring warmer gear that can be shedded. Pay closer attention to drafting policy. Got caught drafting before I realized that I was. 4 minute penalty. I hope I did not slow that guy down for too long.
Transition 2
  • 08m 48s

4 minute time-out, had to pee, but they said I had to wait to do it on my own time. My bad
What would you do differently?:

Get my legs better prepared for the running muscles while on bike (spin more)
  • 2h 15m 53s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 22s  min/mile

First 2 miles felt like 10, finally settled into a slow pace. 1st loop was harder than 2nd. On the strand portion of the run many of the spectators turn this day into a party day. I really wanted to stop running and have a beer and sit in a lwan chair. For some reason or other the song "Eye of the tiger" is still playing in my head.
What would you do differently?:

I walked too much through the aid stations, and drank too much water.
Post race
Warm down:

Hobbled to the pizza and cookies. a little stretching and a long walk to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of experience in Iron distance. My goal time was 6:30 so I did really well for my first race. I now know that I can push a little harder.

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Last updated: 2006-02-24 12:00 AM
00:36:56 | 2000 yards | 01m 51s / 100yards
Age Group: 885/367
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeve less/ Stupid!!!
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 58F / 14C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:46
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
03:23:46 | 56 miles | 16.49 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/367
Overall: 0/
Wind: Some
Course: Course was nice the first 20-30 miles felt comfortable, the hills arrived and that changed everything. I kept my heart rate very low for the bike. I stayed in the high 140's If I krept up I would slow down. The run was going to be a big surprise and I wanted to finish the bike with plenty of energy. The marines were great, very encouraging
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 08:48
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:15:53 | 13.1 miles | 10m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/367
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Sand, concrete, asphalt, sand. Pretty tough but flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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