Whirlpool Steelhead 70.3 Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Benton Harbor, Michigan
United States
CAPRI Events
76F / 24C
Total Time = 4h 51m 40s
Overall Rank = 605/1889
Age Group = m 30-35
Age Group Rank = 98/229
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:15 AM, had some coffee and an eggo. Went in the J22 van with jamie to the race site and set up transition
Event warmup:

I mile walk up the beach to swim start with wetsuit on. Got there, found out swim was cancelled, so walked 1 mile back to transition and changed into running shoes, then walked about a mile to the run start and waited for my wave to start (wave 12)
  • 15m 52s
  • 3696 yards
  • 26s / 100 yards

Good run. I felt strong in this run and had plenty left in the tank. I was dissapointed that the swim was cancelled, but they ultimatley did the right thing for safety
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 19s

this is the first ever rune to bike transition, so I was happy with it.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 30m 40s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.30 mile/hr

My best ride ever. I actually averaged around 21.5 as the course was about a mile short. I actually rode smart and paced myself just right, being on the conservative side so I can survive the run portion. I still managed to pull out a great bike split. Nutrition was spot on too.
What would you do differently?:

nothing. Just keep riding and get some wheels and an aero helmet
Transition 2
  • 01m 35s

I was a little slow here just because I decided to take a few extra seconds to sip some accelerade and finish my gel flask. Everything else was on target- no fumbling around.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Just more exprience will make me more efficient
  • 2h 02m 16s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 20s  min/mile

Started out running low 8:00's and decided to dial it back a little to have a push towards the end. Slipped back to Just under 9's and stayed there for the first 7 miles. I walked through the aid stations to ensure good hydration. Around mile 8 my achilles started hurting and was progressively getting worse very quickly. I ended up trotting the last 4 miles at a 10 plus pace. My goal was just to finish this run without walking as I had some bad memories of Gulf Coast. the last .3 miles were brutal because of about 100 yards of soft sand to run in- which really sucked because of the achilles and very wet shoes.
I was pretty pleased with this run. I don't feel I hit close to where my potential is on a HIM run, but a major improvement despite the achilles pain.
I did finish feeling pretty good and knew I had a great overall finishing time.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. I think the extra walking in the sand and running probably did not help, but I hit my goal.
Post race
Warm down:

Root beer, shower tent, water, then cold delicious beer! Cheered in the rest of the racers and had some pizza

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Soreness in the achilles was my only limiter today. Still overacheived what I planned

Event comments:

Good race. I hated that they turned it into a DU, but safety should always come first so they made the right call. I thought the volunteers were great and the course was fun and fast. My only major complaint was the cramped space for thew amount of athletes. I truly think they outgrew this venue. A little dissapointed in the perceived quality of this race being an IM branded race I though it was a little lacking in several areas. That said I really had a great time racing with lots of fun people on a fun course and that's what is most important.

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Last updated: 2008-06-18 12:00 AM
00:15:52 | 3696 yards | 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/229
Overall: 0/1889
Performance: Good
Course: Yeah- this was a run, not a swim. 2.1 miles. This was a good run, meant to go easy and still managed 7:30's without pushing it too hard
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 01:19
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
02:30:40 | 56 miles | 22.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/229
Overall: 0/1889
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Big loop through some rural roads along lots of corn and fruit farms. Mostly easy rollers with just a few hills of any real effort
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:02:16 | 13.1 miles | 09m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/229
Overall: 0/1889
Performance: Good
Course: Double loop around the whirlpool campus and nearby neighborhoods with one sucky hill
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3