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.


Ken Matthews said...

Congrats on finishing. I know that it was tough. Great job on not hanging your head after the swim.

Batlou said...

Thanks, one of my goals this year is to get more comfortable swimming in open water. It's one thing to jump off a boat and float around drinking beer. As I found out swimming a half mile across a lake and back is kind of terrifying.