So, last year I did this race as my first 70.3. This year I did it again as my only tri for the summer, and my goal, as stated in last years report was to get my time down to 5:00:00.
2009- Swim- 30:25 Bike- 2:52:00 Run- 1:49:13 Time- 5:14:49 w/transitions
2010- Swim- 28:27 Bike- 2:47:30 Run- 1:42:27 Time- 5:00:03 T2 was included in bike time and took a long time..explanation for extended time in RR.
So, official time had me 3 seconds over 5 hours, my watch had me at 4:59:14. Either way I'm happy.
Pre-Race- Spent the night before with my in-laws and had a light pasta dinner, bed by 10, up at 345. Get to race and set up by 5:30. Being my only tri this year I was taking it all in, getting my fix until next spring. Walk the mile down the beach to the swim start and get a quick warm up in.
Swim- I will be the first to admit that I haven't been in the pool as much as I should be but my times have been dropping consistently so I am happy with the results that came from the work that I did put in. Last year the tide was with us, this year it was not. Gun goes off and I sprint for the breakers and keep pushing until the first turn then settle in, or try to. The swell had picked up so I figured I would breathe to the inside, that too was hampered by the wind coming from shore and chopping the swell but I worked out a system and got through. The swim seemed to go quickly, checked my wedding ring to make sure it was there a few times, turned the last corner and came in through the surf in a mix of the two swim waves in front of me. I looked at my watch when I stepped out of the water and it was 27:40, start the run the beach to transition.
T1- Run up the beach, flat on back like a scared turtle for the wetsuit peeler, off to my bike and on my way.
Bike- Here is where I really felt the payoffs in training. I told myself that for the first 10 minutes I would hold back a little and let my body catch up to the speed that my mind was moving at for the bike, and the for the run I would do the same for about 5 minutes. The course is an out and back with a lollipop section of some decent hills thrown in for miles 12-23. I have been hitting the hills and climbing like crazy all summer and was glad that I did. The climbs felt like nothing compared to how they felt last year, and I stayed with or passed a lot of the guys that I was around last year. Another guy and I traded places for about 46 or 47 miles before he gapped me and I knew that if I struck that match it would be one that I would regret. I stayed in my zone and just kept moving. A couple minutes later I heard a whoosh whoosh whoosh louder than any disc wheel I've ever heard and was interested to see the bike that it was on when to my surprise I was overtaken by a mini peloton. C'mon guys, really? Oh well, keep spinning and I look down and realize, OH F!! My wedding ring is gone. I had checked it multiple times during the swim but not after the last 100 yds through the break water or T1, and here I am almsot done with the bike and its gone. So I'm thinking about that for a couple minutes and realize that I've dropped from 21mph to 16.5 and that there is nothing I can do about now, I just need to finish. Pick it up again, finish the bike and roll in to transition. According to computer, route was 56.8mi
T2- This transition time is rolled in with the bike for some reason, I wish it wasn't because I took a while but whatever. Looking for ring I turned wetsuit inside out, swim cap, towels, moved pack, checked ground around my spot and then put shoes on/nutriton in pocket to go. Looked to fence line and told her I lost my ring.
Run- I had my Garmin 305 on one arm, running time on the other and started to do the math (who knew Marine Infantryman can do math?) to get me in under 5 hours. My first few miles were right around 7:00/mi and I could feel my legs telling me that was a little too fast. Slowed it down and stayed between 7:35-7:50 until mile 10 and then I did two 8:00's and pushed the last one out down the beach thinking I had sub5 no problem. Apparently Marine math is a little off...well, in all fairness by my watch I made it.
Nutrition- 2 packs Bloks and a couple gels, 1 bottle water, 1 bottle Endurox R4 mix, 1/2 Bottle Redbull/Water mix at the end of bike. Water/Gatorade rotate during run. And a bite of banana because I had a gel that must have been expired or something, it was awfullllllll.
Note- Went today and ordered a replacement wedding band, and I'm not sleeping in the doghouse.