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Augusta, Georgia
United States
Premier Event Management
79F / 26C
Precipitation
Total Time = 5h 11m 54s
Overall Rank = 671/2579
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 109/278
Pre-race routine:

Up @ 4:10 normal routine of breakfast, sportscenter, SSS, bathroom another 10 times, transisiton bag check and early arrival to Transition
Event warmup:

None permitted, so just loose stretching and movement in Transition and corrals.
Swim
  • 25m 56s
  • 2143 yards
  • 01m 13s / 100 yards
Comments:

Swim start was great. We were corraled and marched to the start in typical wave fashion. I watched the pros start and the waves before mine and wondered why they couldnt stay behind the start buoys before the horn to go-until I got in and realized the burrent pushed you past the start buoy, fast.No complaints.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Transition 1
  • 01m 14s
Comments:

Loooooooong run to T1 spot. Out of the water, up the boat ramp, "down the street" into chute, past the strippers, under the arch, past 3 isles, up 9 racks to bike. Suit off waist legs fast, shoes on, helmet on, glasses in hand-run with bike 3 rows and out. COULD NOT get fleft oot clipped in 2 times-boo.
What would you do differently?:

clip in with right foot maybe. Maybe go back to shoes already clipped in, but the transition was already getting covered in mud so not so sure.
Bike
  • 2h 45m 10s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.34 mile/hr
Comments:

Never really came out of the saddle, except after some of the hairpin turns to get back up to speed.
Rain sucked-only because of the rider spray, and the one time it came down hard-and hurt at 30+ downhill. VERY disappointed that aid stations were about 20-25 miles apart not what the packet said.Was able to pee on the bike-first timer!-has to be downhill though, cant do it pedaling. great support of volunteer except the one sleeping on the road, and police.
great course for 56.
What would you do differently?:

Not drink so much in anticipation of 1st aid station. Practice aid station bottle grabs-one got one on 1st station, really could of used 2.
Transition 2
  • 03m 46s
Comments:

Transition for HIM I decided to treat ALOT slower and more careful.I stopped at the dismount line, unclipped and ran into T2, almost lost the bike while running one handed, racked bike fine, shoes off and on fine-did wear socks for run. Had shoes bagged so were dry for start of run. Then on way to run stopped at porta johns-thanks to the volunteer who let me cut.
What would you do differently?:

One more time on the bike to save T2 time.
Run
  • 1h 52m 53s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 37s  min/mile
Comments:

So I finished the swim feeling GREAT, finished the bike feeling GREAT, went for the run and was trying to set EASY pace for the first lap. Apparently i missed the mile 1 and 2 markers so i have no idea my pace, mile 3 said 7:35-TOO FAST. so I backed off. I was walking every aid station and getting gatorade/water and sponges. Mile 4 7:45 better but still too fast, mile 5 8:00 ok now were good. Mile 6 let the twitching begin in the quads-nothing new really. checked pace with nearby runner with garmin-7:40-that explains the twitching. Mile 7-let the over the cliff feeling begin. Hamstring twitching-NEW. mile 7.5 my hamstring spoke to me and it said "stop or Ill drop you" so for the next 5 minutes me and the nearest tree became friends. I stretched and peed here. Many runners asked if I was ok and a friend who i was with passed me and asked if i was ok too-thank you all. So I got it back together after 5 mins and proceeded to GINGERLY run-at a 9:30 pace for about 4 miles, then it spoke to me again-"you can walk or stretch me" I refused to walk this race (unless there was an aid station) so I stopped and stretched. The last mile .1 were kindof a blur-I caught my fiend who was going to finish with me, I had plenty of people (trey)encouraging me to finish and the cramping was unbearably in and out. one last cramp threw me into a 5 step hobble when my friend had to go on or he would of cramped up and I crossed the finish line running 7 seconds behind him. It wasn't about time, or competiting against the friend - it was about me and what I could do.
What would you do differently?:

Tough call here. I tried bananas during the twitching, I tried oranges during the cramping, I tried ice, more gatorade, more water, pace change-alot. My hydration and fuel during the bike were good. over 600 cals of gel/gu. Ideas-I do 4 endurolytes for OLY and Sprints-maybe more than 4 is what my body needs. Maybe too much water on the bike and not enough gatorade/salt. not really sure here. Im choosing below average for the run based on the difference b/w my 1st and 2nd lap and feelings.
Post race
Warm down:

S T R E T C H
bathroom
walk
sit
walk
food

What limited your ability to perform faster:

C R A M P I N G.

Event comments:

I'm rating this race worst because its a 70.3 IRONMAN by ESI and soooo many other sponsors, yet garbage for alot of reasons. Ive seen local sprint tris put on a better race (local 5K's for that matter as well). The local town of AUGUSTA is "SHADY", dirty, and not appealing. The registration process was 2 people @ a relay table and 2 people at athlete table. Loooong line the whole day-over an hour standing in line. Once in you got a waiver and medical card to fill out on buffet tables with 3 pens, then funneled to packet pickup where you got your packet. Then for the next hour+ you got to explore the (crowd FILLED) expo, where due to the long line were maybe able to find something to commemorate the next days achievement.(since they ran out of medals this year!) Many things were already sold out by the time I got in @ 2-it opened at 11!!, and went until 8. Swag was a gatorade bottle, ironman sling bag, and local fliers and coupons-weak. IF inside the "expo"you found something you then stood in line for 30 minutes because there were only 2 lines of registers. Then you turn the corner to exit and theres another? expo. tables of sponsors? and more ironman gear. Timex was a sponsor-I saw about 10 watches in the expo, Fuel cereal was a sponsor, never saw them, gatorade provided couse hydration only apparently-i didnt see any anywhere else, powerbar had a tiny display-guess they provided on course as well. As for the other sponsors I never saw them.This was all spaced into maybe 2 ballrooms (TINY CRAMMED). The athlete breifings were standing room only.The walk to OUR hotel was a mile. The walk to transition was over a mile the walk back the same. Driving was a nightmare had we tried that. Transition was forever long, numbering was done by 3 yr old as far as im concerned. As for hydration and nutrition on the course-SPOT ON-with plenty of volunteers. GREAT support crowds down broad street! Post race-papajohns pizza/cookies/fruit from the course/water/coke/sprite/michelob ultra/massages/ironman store. Also 2 sponsor tents/medical tent/VIP tent. Bike removal was a joke-no traffic allowed within a mile, i could have taken ANY bike out i wanted, traffic after racking bike was a nightmare, even the cop directing traffic was saying how dumb it was what we were forced to do. Call me negative or superficial but after all the hype and expectation of a 70.3 I just expected some things to be more prestigious. Swag for such a large event should be large, organization for a large event should be taken care of, sponsors should be there-WTF is ESI anyway-numbering is a big deal-its YOUR IDENTIFICATION-its probably the most photographed moment by friends and family, its your way to photos by the professionals, its your "mark" for days after the event, running out of medals-UNACCEPTABLE!I saw the LAST finisher on the course with 7 miles to go, in the pouring rain, next to the bike cop, with the cone removal crew behind him, and my heart sank when i found out they ran out of medals. Post race food was pretty limited. I heard this race was better last year. Shame I won't find out if its better next year.
Congrats to everyone who finished, I'm happy to have met so many people, thanks to those cheered, and those that volunteered-and best of luck to everyone!




Last updated: 2010-09-27 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:25:56 | 2143 yards | 01m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/278
Overall: 0/2579
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca S3 Full
Course: In water start. Start buoy 30ft from dock. Point to point downstream along the shore. 90+ degree turn exit up boat ramp.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 01:14
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
02:45:10 | 56 miles | 20.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/278
Overall: 0/2579
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Nice course. first 12-16 very light, enough going on to keep you focused. Then some rollers, couple climbs. 2 aid stations. Finish into T2 is on a blind turn so heads up going from speed to dismount line. great 56 course.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
T2
Time: 03:46
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:52:53 | 13.1 miles | 08m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/278
Overall: 0/2579
Performance: Below average
2 lap course-1st lap faster than 2nd BY FAR.
Course: 2 lap course of broad street basically.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 1

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2010-09-27 10:47 AM

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2010-09-27 12:31 PM
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Great report on the Ironman lack of organization and poor swag. I was lucky to register Friday.

Congrats on your first time pee on the bike. Wish I could do it.
2010-09-27 12:32 PM
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Congrats!

I tried to pee on the bike myself and just couldn't do it.  I ended up stopping at the second aid station to pee.

2010-09-27 2:26 PM
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Good job. Way to stick it out through your tough run.  I also saw the guy sleeping on the bike course.  Glad I'm not the only one who thought the swag was limited. This was my first IM brand race and I didn't know what to expect, but it was more than that. 
2010-09-28 8:10 AM
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thanks so much guys!!!!
congrats to you as well!!!
any races in the future I'd love to meet some BT'ers
Lake Lanier GA sprint to finish the season for me this sunday sunday sunday!
2010-09-28 10:24 AM
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Frank - Great job out there. Way to hang tough during the run when it seems like everything was falling apart. Well done!


2010-09-30 8:24 AM
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Thanks Brian

Yeah so I looked at my watch finally from the race-swim accurate, bike accurate, T1T2 accurate, Run...
So I knew I was having trouble spotting the mile markers from mile1 and was using the lap feature as much as I could during the run. I TRIED to make sure i was running SLOW. I know i missed the first 2 markers but guessed and hit the lap key around the aid stations, I KNOW i was right on for mile 3, so looking at the watch i get 9..., 9... and 3... so i KNOW for mile 4 my split will be accurrate. BUT I FELT GOOD! at the time i didnt do the math and notice that my first 3 miles of augusta were in 21 and change (HUGE PROBLEM) so when at 4 i see 715 I know I GOTTA SLOW down! Now the sad part is I was WALKING every aid station to ensure proper hydration so I must have been BUSTING it after that! UGH. So then I pull a 754, then a 724-Im all over the place! Then my body starts the twitchy thing as seen in my report and Im forced to slow down 8:20-finally the pace Ive been trying for (give or take 20) the whole run-
1/2 mile into 7-I implode.
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