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Race Result

Racer: Brian Hochheimer
Race: Eagleman Ironman 70.3
Date: Sunday, June 14, 2009
Location: Cambridge, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Half Ironman
Age Group: Male 45 - 49
Time: 6:42:16
Overall Place: 1307 / 1544
Age Group Place: 72 / 85
Comment: I can only imagine how hard this was in last year's heat!



Race Report:

Splits:

Swim 42:32 T-1 5:21 Bike 3:08:30 T-2 7:22 Run 2:38:32

Woke up to an overcast morning. The volunteer team at the MMTC tent brightened things up though. You guys were great! All the volunteers were great on the course and the race was really well done.

Swim. The swim was choppy. I got into some bumping early on and unknowingly my watch went to pause. Started hitting jellyfish and took a few stings to the arms, neck and feet. Thankfully, none to the face. I was still having some cramping problems with my feet, but flexed them out and then kicked through it to the end. When I saw 2:42 on my watch I thought, wow, that was fast!

T-1 Took about what I expected on T-1 with the wet suit and all. I would be glad that I opted to wear my regular bike shorts!

Bike I had more electronic issues here. My bike computer would randomly stop picking up the signal and as a result, the miles were not correct. A bit of a pain since I did not know the course and was thinking I had much further to go (not a good thought). First 35 miles went great, but then the wind hit me and there was a tough stretch of about 12 miles where the wind punished me.

T-2 This was longer that I should have taken. I should have jogged my bike in and did not and then fussed over my stuff for too long before getting back at it. With all the timing issues I was having I did not really know just how long I was taking in transition.

Run The first 5 miles went pretty well, but then the heat started beating on me and my legs began to cramp. I lost my appetite after the bike and should have done a few more gels and endurolytes. Another lesson learned. From mile 5 to the finish my splits increased steadily. I was hoping for a better run time but it just showed that I have more work to do and a few more pounds to lose.

A successful outing!