Ford Ironman 70.3 California - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Oceanside, California
United States
Ironman North America
60F / 16C
Total Time = 7h 12m 55s
Overall Rank = 1810/2113
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 277/313
Pre-race routine:

Met with Hans,Kevin and Jessica for a swim around the pier Thursday before the race, it helped because I was thinking the water would be colder. Friday Met with the BT group for Lunch. Friday night Had dinner with L.A. Triathlon Club. Both were allot of fun!
Event warmup:

Did light stretching, rode 1 mile on bike from parking to transition, 200 yard swim from boat ramp to swim start.
  • 39m 10s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 51s / 100 yards

The swim start went off bad, I could not hear the start because the horn broke so I just went with the flow. I started off easy and knew this would not be a fast swim for me, today was all about finishing! The first half went smooth and was very suprised that I did not get beat up at all. The second half is when all hell broke loose! I found it impossible to sight the bouys on the way back because the were small and close to the water, (I did not know it at the time but the red ones were going out and the yellow ones were for comming back). Once you hit the halfway point the sun was in your eyes and the water was rough and I completely lost my bearings, making things worse people started swimming in all directions. My plan going into the swim was to go out easy on the first half and crank it up on the second half, only problem was I had no idea I was way past the halfway mark! It seemed to me at this point all of the age groups were mixed up by now, nobody could see and swimmers were going all directions. I was glad to see finish!
What would you do differently?:

Swim at a 1:30 pace. It would have been nice to practice the swim course.
Transition 1
  • 07m 24s

Because of the cool morning I had planned to wear a jacket, decided to go with arm warmers, after struggling to get one on I ditched them and went with the jacket. I wasted too much time double checking everything!
What would you do differently?:

Relax and allow myself to go faster.
  • 3h 27m
  • 56 miles
  • 16.23 mile/hr

Started the Bike course with a very slight tailwind, but it seemed most of the course was with a headwind, it was depressing because after the hills I was counting on picking up speed. I think I had one good downhill where I got up to 41 mph, other than that it was very slow for me. There were a few hills, lots of wind and two no pass zones with one that was 25 mph max, not a great course for me! I held back too much on the bike because I knew the run was going to be a sufferfest, I had way too many injuries for a good run!I kept thinking praying the bike would go longer to postpone my run, I knew the pain was comming!The last aid station I stopped to go p, cost me 10 minutes waiting and going, whose idea was it to put the porta poties on a hill?
What would you do differently?:

Focus on just the bike, pay more attention to my pace and have a course strategy.
My training focused on hills,I neglected longer rides in the 50+ range.
Again, wish you could get on the course to practice!
Transition 2
  • 04m 57s

Here comes the pain!
What would you do differently?:

Stay in T2 and not go on the run!
  • 2h 53m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 13s  min/mile

The run went well until just after the sand, it went bad from that point on. My quads cramped up just beyond mile one, I started walking but they continued to cramp, so I just kept walking. I would walk and speed up into a jog and that seemed to be the ticket until I would run a hill or the sand, then it started all over again! Thirteen miles of this, I knew it was going to be bad because of my lack of run training, I did not expect it to hurt this much though.I was soo happy to finish, no more pain!
Thank you Yanti for cheering me on when I did not have it in me, and thanks Faeron for bringing me to end!
What would you do differently?:

Not get injured!
Post race
Warm down:

Collected stuff and mobbed the pizza!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Back injury
Lack of run training

Event comments:

Good course, I wish I could have enjoyed the run more, the cool ocean air on the run was soo refreshing and the crowd and Marines were awesome! The hills on the bike are not that bad, but the sand sucks!

Profile Album

Last updated: 2008-05-20 12:00 AM
00:39:10 | 2112 yards | 01m 51s / 100yards
Age Group: 203/313
Overall: 1256/2113
Performance: Average
Suit: Profile Bionix
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 59F / 15C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 07:24
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
03:27:00 | 56 miles | 16.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 273/313
Overall: 1668/2113
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:57
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:53:00 | 13.1 miles | 13m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 282/313
Overall: 1940/2113
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
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] 4