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The Canadian Half Ironman - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
Somersault
20C / 68F
Overcast
Total Time = 6h 51m 55s
Overall Rank = 168/183
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 4/4
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 6:30, got my gear ready, had a coffee and left. I biked to the tri site, which is only about 11kms away. I racked my bike and orgnized my gear for the race.
Event warmup:

I had a small black coffees and headed to the marking area. My brother JP, who was doing the sprint tri, marked me. We watched the women and there were lots of very attractive and athletic women there!!!! Now that warmed me up ... :)
Swim
  • 50m 47s
  • 2000 meters
  • 02m 32s / 100 meters
Comments:

I had a lot of eager swimmers grab my ankles or try to climb over. One overzealous fellow/or gal was halway up my back when I let fly a kick. I connected very hard, probably in the chest. I got hit here and there a few times but all in all was okay. The right eye of my goggle was leaking so that navigation was a bit more difficult.
What would you do differently?:

Get a new pair of goggles.
Transition 1
  • 04m 24s
Comments:

I took my time because I new that I had another 6 hours of cycling and running to go. Cleaned off my feet, put on my socks and shoes and walked out the t-zone.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I think that I did well.
Bike
  • 2h 54m 52s
  • 90 kms
  • 30.88 km/hr
Comments:

The course was out towards the north, the direction that the wind was coming from so that part was a bit more difficult. I stopped at the eats area to pick up cookies, Gatorade, water and gel each time I finished one of my 6 loops of this course. I am glad that I did because my energy levels were good and I was fully hydrated.
What would you do differently?:

I think that I will have an extra bottle cage installed on my bike. That or a rear seat bottle holder.
Transition 2
  • 06m 20s
Comments:

Again I took my time, walking in the transition area. Racked my bike, took off helmet and shoes, emptied my pockets and put on my running shoes. I had to go to the go-hut and then returned to put my odometer, which I had taken off the bike, in my helmet.
What would you do differently?:

Leave the odometer on the bike.
Run
  • 2h 55m 52s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 08m 20s  min/km
Comments:

I felt like everyone in the run was passing me but I kept slogging away. My pace was really off. Even though I fueled up at each aid staion, every 1.9kms, I just could not generate any amount of speed. My HR was steady between 141/145 so I knew that I could keep going, no problem.
What would you do differently?:

Look into getting an orthotic for my right foot. My two middle toes felt strained in the second half of this run.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around for a bit and had a hamburger.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The fact that I do not run all that fast.

Event comments:

This is a very well organized race. This event will definitely become my "A" race next season.


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Last updated: 2006-05-01 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:50:47 | 2000 meters | 02m 32s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 0/183
Performance:
Suit: Shorty Body Glove
Course:
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding:
T1
Time: 04:24
Performance:
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
02:54:52 | 90 kms | 30.88 km/hr
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 122/183
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: Two loops of an out and back course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 06:20
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:55:52 | 21.1 kms | 08m 20s  min/km
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 176/183
Performance: Good
Course: Two loops of an out and back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2006-09-03 9:26 AM

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2006-09-03 10:03 AM
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Wow!  My first Half Ironman done and I had a blast!  I did better on the swim and bike than I thought I would do but was rather slow on the run.  All in all though, I am quite content with my time.  The best part was running into the finish line and seeing my smiling wife waving at me along with my brother and sister-in-law.  I don't know about doing an Ironman soon but I will definitely do another Half!!!!
2006-09-03 3:51 PM
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Congrats. That's quite an achievement. You had a pretty nice day for it too, as the rain held off until much later. I'm afraid I didn't get down to the event as I had to spend the day re-roofing the cottage roof. Oh well, maybe next year I'll at least do the sprint at the event.

Glad you had a good race.

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2006-09-03 4:44 PM
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Great job, Michel! Congrats on your first HIM.
2006-09-03 8:00 PM
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"all in all pretty content with time"...well I guess so! very nice effort there Michel..you did great-!how are you feeling??? And had such a good time you are already going to do another one- YES!Loved your swim description ..nice bike..& don't think you should be beating yourself up over the run-not shabby AT ALL...YOU DID IT!YEAH!!! Congratulations!!!
2006-09-04 11:34 AM
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Congratulations Michel!! You raced smart and kicked butt too!! That's an awesome combo!!


2006-09-04 11:47 AM
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Great Job Michel and congrats on your first HIM!!!  Smoking Bike!!!!  glad you had fun.  I really like that distance too
2006-09-04 2:38 PM
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Great job!! And there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with slogging You finished a HIM for goodness sakes! Congrats!
2006-09-04 4:21 PM
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Wow!! Congrats on the half, mon ami FORTE
2006-09-04 7:03 PM
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Wow...congrats on your first HIM!

Smoking fast bike time!

Glad you had fun and want to do it again as your A race!

Congrats!

2006-09-05 9:06 AM
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Thank you everyone who replied.  I had a great time at this tri and will definitely do it again next year.  Now, all I have to do is decide whether I will be doing a half or a full Ironman! 


2006-09-05 10:06 AM
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Congratulations Michel! Forte indeed. Glad to see that it was a well done event, as it will more than likely me my A race next year also. Again, great job.

-Frank
2006-09-05 2:00 PM
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You did awesome! Congrats on a terrific accomplishment!
2006-09-08 7:22 AM
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Awesome race Michel!   When's the next one ?
2006-09-08 9:04 AM
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Thanks for the great report! Looks like you had a solid race.

I had a lot of eager swimmers grab my ankles or try to climb over. One overzealous fellow/or gal was halway up my back when I let fly a kick. I connected very hard, probably in the chest.


When I do OWSing, the MINUTE anyone TOUCHES my feet... I start kicking like mad! White water kicking! I tell you what.... no one had messed with me yet. They knew they were going to get hurt doing it.

2006-09-09 8:06 AM
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Bravo Michel!  Great race!  Glad you had a good time.  Nice ninja moves during the swim, I'll have to remember that. 


2006-09-09 10:16 AM
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Nice race.

As for that person crawling half way up your back on the swim.  Consider this technique;  Flip over wrap them up and pull them under. 

Getting bumped and thumped is one thing and it's expected.  Going over the top and driving the other person under is just wrong.

Haven't had someone come over the top yet...though am seriously considering the flip, wrap and under technique when it does happen.

2006-09-12 12:43 AM
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Great job! What a terrific event eh? Hopefully I'll see ya there next year in the half-iron or even (gasp) the iron (?!)

-Jon
2006-09-12 12:32 PM
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Well done Michel! May I recommend the Musselman half iron here in the Finger Lakes area of NY next July?
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