Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Iron Man Muncie 70.3 Race Report

Iron Man Muncie Race Report

Ironman 70.3 Muncie
Muncie, Indiana
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
89F / 32C
Triathlon - 1/2 Ironman
Total Time = 6h 55m 6s
Age Group = 40-44

Pre-race routine:

Nothing special. Up at 3:30, coffee, almond butter on arnolds select bread.

Event warmup:

Went to the beach for a swim and as soon as I got in that announced 3 minutes and the water was closed. Swam out 100M or so and back and hung out with the family.



I got lost on the course and somehow ended up on the far side of a sailboat that was there spectating. After a brief introduction with the skipper of said boat he helped me figure out where the other 1K people were that were also swimming. I was about 200M off course by then.

The good part was that I relaxed after I figured out where I was. Knowing the swim was completely blown allowed me to forget about times and just enjoy the swim. I ended up catching up on the tail end of the wave behind that started behind me.

What would you do differently?:

Swim the course as it's marked.



I stopped and had a brief laugh with my wife as I exited the water. No hurry in transition and took my time making sure I did not forget anything.

What would you do differently?:

Probably hurry up a bit more.


What would you do differently?:

Perhaps push a little harder, I probably could have held 22-23 on the way back but I knew the run was going to tough based on my limited running so tried hard to keep my pace down.



Again just took my time but did not realize I was thi slow out. Did not want to forget anything and triple checked just to be sure.

What would you do differently?:

Go a little faster.



My Calf has limited most of my running with my longest run at 8 miles about 4 weeks prior. I knew this was going to be tough but no way was I going to bail on it. Planned to do 4 minutes running with 1 minute walking.

Plan went great for the first 2 miles and felt prett good. Around mile 3 after a longer climb my calf started to twing and spasm and I knew cramping was coming. Just held off as long as I could. By mile 6 I was done and my 4/1 plan was more run to that pilon 100 feet ahead and then walk.

I was trying to catch up on hydration so started to drink 2 and 3 cups at each station. By the 3rd stop of doing this my stomach was not keeping up with what I was taking in and it started to slosh around a bit. Next 2 stops just dumped water on my head and kept going. Cramps went away and I started taking in fluids again at mile 9.

Post race

Warm down:

Hugged my family and checked line at Medical. All beds were full and IV's were in short supply. I opted for a dip in the lake instead and just stayed there for about 15 minutes floating and cooling down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of proper run training.

Event comments:

I really enjoyed the race and would like to do it again in the future. Perhaps I can actually train properly for it next time so that I can enjoy it a bit.