Ford Ironman 70.3 California - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oceanside, California
United States
Ironman North America
59F / 15C
Total Time = 6h 08m 29s
Overall Rank = 1206/2113
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 231/356
  • 45m 12s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 08s / 100 yards

The water felt good and I like the 50 yard swim to the start line. It really calmed down my nerves and I was able to swim relaxed. The only hairy parts was when I wold get run over by the two waves after me. I had heard about the sun on the way back so I just used the large building to sight.
Transition 1
  • 06m 45s

Decided to be conservative and put on arm warmers and my tri top in T1, so that added some time. But for my first half I wanted to err on the side of caution.
What would you do differently?:

If the weather seems mild I'll skip the arm warmers.
  • 3h 13m 56s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.32 mile/hr

I planned on riding easy and saving it all for the run. I kept my eye on my HR and kept it below 140. It was hard on the flat, fast first half to see a lot of people passing me. On the 3 hills, I was able to keep my HR around 150 and pass a lot of people back. After the hills it was fun to pass even more people on the flats into the wind.
What would you do differently?:

I planned to get most of my nutrition and hydration on the front half, but by the time I got to the back side, I had to pee bad. I kept looking for a place to go but there weren't many places to go on base. Luckily there was a porta pottie about 5 miles past the first hill and I felt much better. I kept drinking though, so I wouldn't cramp so I stopped at the third aid station to pee again. If I do this race again, I know I can spread out my nutrition and hydration more evenly.
Transition 2
  • 05m 31s

Again I didn't want to forget anything (like my Garmin) so I took it easy but I did have to pee again so I went to the porta pottie jsut before the run start.
  • 1h 57m 6s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 56s  min/mile

The sand messed with my head a little. I knew we had to run on it, but I thought only twice. Running on it 4 times sucked. My splits were sub 9 for the first half and the second half was low 9s, so I felt I paced myself well.
Post race
Event comments:

For my first half Ironman, I was satisfied with my result. I was hoping for a sub 6 but I'll take it and from what I learned, I have a better idea of what to expect for IMAZ.

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Last updated: 2008-08-14 12:00 AM
00:45:12 | 2112 yards | 02m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/356
Overall: 0/2113
Performance: Good
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 06:45
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:13:56 | 56 miles | 17.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/356
Overall: 0/2113
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 05:31
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:57:06 | 13.1 miles | 08m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/356
Overall: 0/2113
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]