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2012 Racine Ironman 70.3

Well I filled out my registration today.
Price increase on Jan 10.

The great thing about this year, I get to run in the 40-44 age group!
Which means an earlier start!


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Well I filled out my registration today.
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The great thing about this year, I get to run in the 40-44 age group!
Which means an earlier start!


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Id be in if it weren't for the swimming and riding a bike part
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Nice! This is going to be a fun race. Ill be signed up before jan 10!!

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I just signed up for the Palos half marathon yesterday. I may do Xterra ft Custer. What other tune up races are you guys doing for this?

I gotta say I'm looking more forward to this than last year. I already have the distance and can now concentrate on training the speed.

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Saw the swim times from the Pros in Panama today, under the :20 mark.

I am so not ready for Racine!

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Saw the swim times from the Pros in Panama today, under the :20 mark.

I am so not ready for Racine!

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Last year my swim ruined my whole race! I had a leak in my goggles. Normally, that's just one of those things where I'd just keep going in a race. But, since I just put on sunscreen it was swishing around stinging my eye. Racines swim is tough enough to sight the way it's set up. So I stopped for a second to fix it. When I stopped I took in a huge gulp of air and water when a wave hit me in the face. I kept going on the swim and finished in a pathetic 40 minutes!! When I got on the bike I realized all that air and water left me bloated. I had to deal with that the rest of the race. My bike was less than a 20 mph avg, also pathetic for me. The run was the worst. I just couldn't keep running being that bloated. I mostly walked!

This year I want revenge. I got back into masters swim this weekend and hooked up with some of my tri buddies to set up times this during the week to swim as well. I don't think I'll be anywhere close to a 20 handle like the pros. I'm going to be happy with anything with a 30 handle for Racine.

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This year I want revenge...
We all are in it for revenge!
I did the race in 2010 with the bottoms of both my feet burnt and blistered.

The swim is by far my weakest point. I dream of a sub :40, so the :20 is insane to me.
In my last swim, I could only do 25m in :22 seconds flat out for one length.
Their pace is 7 seconds faster every 25m... For the entire race!

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I averaged 28 seconds per 25 in 2011. Hope I can just keep that time this year. The run is where I need to improve.
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While Racine is a long way out, my hopes are dimming.
Some how, I thought I would have more time between rounds of racing.
Yet, we added TC to our schedule and I am struggling to fit in my work outs.

Now I am off to our 3rd round racing this year, with another 3 rounds before Memorial day weekend.

Meh, I know this doesn't not sound like a good excuse...
But I did want to be ready for a good race at Racine.

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While Racine is a long way out, my hopes are dimming.
Some how, I thought I would have more time between rounds of racing.
Yet, we added TC to our schedule and I am struggling to fit in my work outs.

Now I am off to our 3rd round racing this year, with another 3 rounds before Memorial day weekend.

Meh, I know this doesn't not sound like a good excuse...
But I did want to be ready for a good race at Racine.

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Dude, I just got in the pool for the first time this year and couldn't swim over 400 yards without redlining. Start now and don't waste all that fitness you got from last year. if you slack until next year it will be like starting over. Race if for nothing other than just keeping some fitness.

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Training for this stuff is so time consuming. That is why I just train for shorter races or do whatever I want, and then whatever happens in races happens. At least I have fun while training. Somewhat.
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I do enjoy training as well, when it doesn't seem forced into the schedule.
Or when I feel guilty for missing 5 days due to motorcycles.

To be honest, it really helps out on the racing as well.
I just think sprint races would be more fun with less training pressure.

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Yep I agree. That is why I just do what I want and not worry about it. Maybe that's why my running and swimming sucks though. Lately I've missed mountain biking, so I'm gonna do that a bit more. I think I'm really setting up for a decent CX season this year instead of tri.
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For me, same swim as last year, actually a few seconds faster. I don't think I get slower or faster swimming no matter what I do, so screw it, no practice for me and I'll just line up as always ready to race and throw down what I brought.

For the bike and the run, I had a plan in place due to my as of yet unidentified infection/sickness to just keep HR and effort down, and try to be steady. Once my HR goes high I have a hard time breathing and wheezing, so I had to come up with a different plan than just hammering everything.

I decided to keep my HR around 160 on the bike, which is a pretty easy pace for me seeing as my last set of crit races were 175 to 180. I figured that would at least set me up a decent run as long as I didn't screw up nutrition/hydration too badly, and I wouldn't lose too much time. I averaged 163 HR and 23 mph on the bike, so pretty close to what I wanted. Though it was hard for my ego to handle, I did let a few guys pass me on the bike. It hurt.

I filled my Speedfil 40 oz bottle with water and NUUN electrolytes, and had another bottle with Hammer Perpetuem in it, and another bottle of just water. 3 gels taped to the frame too, so I was ready. I drank all the Speedfil/NUUN, most of the Perpetuem, some of the extra water, and had only 1 gel on the bike. I figured that would be enough calories and water to set me up for a solid run.

Off the bike, I felt good for the first mile or two. My plan was to keep my HR down whatever it took, and once it got over 170 to walk until it dropped below 160, then start the process all over again. I figured I could make it to each water stop running, and then walk while I drank through the stop, and then run again. That worked for the first 6 miles or so, and on the second lap my HR was climbing too fast to run from stop to stop, so I had to walk in between the stops for a few seconds until my HR dropped, then run again.

It was a good plan, and would have given me a killer time had I been able to run stop to stop, but after the 6 mile mark my lungs were burning and my legs were on fire. I took a gel around mile 8, and after about 15 minutes my legs came alive, and I was running faster than ever. That only lasted about a mile though, then it was back to usual alternating walking/running.

The last 2 miles were absolute murder. It was everything I had to just try to finish strong. I kept looking at my watch and was doing the math in my head about how my per minute mile pace would affect my overall time, but it didn't matter, I couldn't do any better. It was super hot in the sun, and even the fastest of the pros had tough days.

Finished in 5:26, which was a record for me surprisingly. One of these years it won't be as hot, and I will be able to run the whole course. Then I will get that killer time. Until then, more running will have to do to get ready for that day.

Everybody I know, even fast and super fast runners normally, had super shitty run times. It was like a running contest with one leg. Everybody had ridiculous run times around 10-11 minute miles. Looking forward to next year already. Only an idiot likes feeling this kind of intense pain.

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Memorable carnage:

Guy wadded up his bike after getting a wasp in his jersey and getting stung a bunch of times. All busted up and bleeding like crazy.

Wicked wicked wicked sight I have never seen. Guy got a calf cramp so bad, it literally looked like somebody took an ice cream scooper and scooped his calf out. The divot was the size of a small fist, and he was screaming in pain while his muscle contracted. It was cool to see that. Better him than me.

Medical tent looked like a makeshift wartime triage center, or maybe a morgue from the 25th century. Bodies lined up wrapped in foil to cool the body and lower the core temp. Tons of people in there.

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I'm going to go with calling this one "ok".


I decided to swim with the pack this time instead of line up to the side and try to find clear water. Boy did that pay off! I started off right in the middle of the thrashing. Got hit a few times, ignored it. Started finding some feet to swim on, got pushed off a couple times. Then I hit the first bouy. Dead on sighting, I went straight to it and rounded it brushing my side. From then I tried finding some more feet to swim on but they were too slow. Ended up getting out of may 3-4 slipstreams and making the pass. I kept swimming. About halfway through I started realize swim cap colors from the waves before us. (I was the very last wave) I was SHOCKED! Never thought I'd catch up to those people. After halfway I never found any more feet steady enough to draft so just went on my own and kept passing people. Then, around the last bouy some dickhead decided to do a sidekick dead fish flailing move and kicked me in the face. Along with the kick came an injection of water that made it right down into my longs. I was a couple hundred meters from the finish and had to stop. I coughed and puked up the water. While I was doing that the lifeguards were rushing toward me. They started to grab me but I couldn't talk yet, was still puking up water! I told them I was good and just got a kick in the mouth. They were going to pull me from the water. I said I was fine, and thanks and swam in. I caught the prick that kicked me on the way in and politely swam over top of him! Swim time was the best I've ever done in a tri. I can't imagine what it would have been had I not taken that kick, but that's triathlon. Swim PR 37:25!!!

In T1 I looked down at my garmin to check on my HR. It should have gone down from the swim by now, but it was sitting at 160. (Just below my LT and pretty high for anytime in a HIM) I just couldn't get it down. My HR was screaming through most of the bike. The Racine bike course SUCKS! Those are the worst roads in WI!! It was hard to get the HR down to a decent level with all the expansion cracks and pot holes. Ken mentioned the winds being some Bermuda Triangle crap too. I swear that course is into a headwind the entire time. I kept thinking we were going to turn around and get some help by the wind but it never seemed to happen. I got some hints in training the last few weeks that the swim was going to take a lot out of me. Not being able to swim with my shoulder injury hurt me here on the bike. It may have been fast for me but it took a lot out of me. I couldn't get my HR down and didn't have my usual legs. In training, I usually keep my HR at 145-150 and avg close to 22mph. Here, I was at 160 and avg about 20mph. On to the run!

The run was just as tough. I knew the struggles from the bike would continue. It did! I spent the first 2 miles nursing the cramp in my quad. I walked up the first couple hills and to the first aid station. I mixed up some EFS gel with electrolyte before the race and took it with my on the run. Took some water at the aid station and some perform. It seemed to be letting up. After that I started running. I would avg about 8min miles between aid stations and then stop to take in potoato chips, for the salt, and ice to cool my core. It was HOT!, and even Craig Alexander had trouble on the run in this heat. I overhydrated some, because I had to stop and hit the bathroom on mile 4. Never had to do that on a course before! I pretty much ran aid station to aid station from there. It wasn't pretty, but still better than last years disaster!


Finished in 5:43. Technically, a PR for me, but the bar was set pretty low last year! LOL. I'm ok with it, being I was injured in training this year. I don't feel like it was my best, but probably my best at the time. I'm not sure I'll do this race next year. I'm really just tired of the bike course. It's just not enjoyable. I don't think it helps that my AG and last name starting with V always ends up in the very last wave either. I think it's a real disadvantage to us to have to start the race just in time for the higher winds to pick up on the bike course and the heat to really start rising. I may try a different HIM next season.

Met up with Ken and Scott after the race. Had a few laughs, and got bitten up by a bunch of horse flies! It was still a good time! Lot's of nice people on the course and locals are great hosing us down on the run course.

Congrats Ken on your PR! I didn't see Rick, but congrats to him and Scott too. Looked like they had a rough day out there.

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