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Race Result

Racer: Stephen Levickas
Race: Eagleman Ironman 70.3
Date: Sunday, June 12, 2011
Location: Cambridge, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Half Ironman
Age Group: Male 45 - 49
Time: 4:30:41
Overall Place: 52 / 2515
Age Group Place: 4 / 284
Comment: Ran myself to another PR!



Race Report:


Swim: 31:14 (5/284 AG, 73/2515 overall)
T1: 1:21
Bike: 2:22:32 (23.6 mph) (_/284 AG, _/2515 overall)
T2: 1:37
Run: 1:33:57 (7:10 mpm) (_/284 AG, _/2515 overall)
Finish: 4:30:41 (4/284 AG, 52/2515 overall)

I first want to thank my wife and family for travelling down to support me in this race. And of course my coach Mike Matney for training me to achieve this level of competition. Also, the MMTC tent was spectacular as usual. Thanks to all who volunteered and set it up. I look forward to spending time with other members talking about their race experiences, and enjoying all the food and drink. Unfortunately I wasn’t ready for one of the beers in the secret cooler – needed to hydrate first.

Swim: 31:14 (5/284 AG, 73/2515 overall)

I stayed in Cambridge with friends this year, as opposed to camping. Got to the transition area around 5:00am. Set up my bike, talked to some friends I had not seen in a while, and then sat around for 2 hours waiting for my wave – 11 of 14 starting at 8:06am. I put my race number belt under my speed suit. It was getting warm by the start, the water was nice, felt a little cool at first, but did not last. I lined up on the front line with some of my competition. It didn’t feel like much of a current, but the sun was in my eyes the whole way out, so I tended to move left of the buoys. The back half seemed real long, and my time showed. I was one of a few with a speed suit. I beat Geoff Irwin by 2 minutes, who beat me by 9 seconds at Columbia, and he had no speed suit. I figure the course was about 3-4 minutes long. Maybe there was a slight current, but it didn’t like it. Most folks were walking the final stretch of the swim from a long way out. I swam all the way up till my hands hit the bottom. I know it is a lot harder to walk than swim. Had my speed suit down to my waste by the time I exited the water due to the walking. The swim felt pretty fast and did not feel very taxing at all.

T1: 1:21

I ran fast through transition. Put on helmet, socks, then ran off to the exit. Slipped feet in shoes on bike, and grabbed sunglasses taped to the handle bars.

Bike: 2:22:32 (23.6 mph) (_/284 AG, _/2515 overall)

I started out pretty slow just spinning out to get the muscles moving and breathing down. Averaged about 21 mph through like 4-5 miles. Then slowly increased the average till I peaked at 23.6mph. There was a slight head wind on the way out, and a tail wind coming back. Egypt road had a cross wind (usually a strong headwind) and I was able to maintain my average all the way back. Got passed by 3 guys in my age group around mile 40. I decided not to stay with them so as not to cook myself for the run. Drank 2 bottles of Endurox and 2 waters from the course, 3 gels, salt, ant-fatigue, ATP. Kept legs fresh by gearing up whenever feeling leg burn or slower cadence noticed. Pretty uneventful in general. It started getting hot by the end of the bike, as it approached 11:00am. This was a PR for a half iron distance bike.

T2: 1:37

Slipped feet out of shoes as I approached the transition, hung leg over top bar, and jump off bike running as I rolled into transition. Ran through transition a little slower than T1 just to test the legs. Removed helmet, put on running shoes, hat, and grabbed water belt. Clipped water belt while running, flipped race number around to the front, and put on Garmin that was tied to the water belt.

The Run: 1:33:57 (7:10 mpm) (_/284 AG, _/2515 overall)

As I started the run I figured I was top 5 since I saw only a couple bikes and people in transition. I went out the first 3 miles in 7:01, 7:02, 7:08. Then slowed to 7:10-7:20 till the turn around. The sun was intense and it felt hot. I tend to do well in the heat because I know how to handle the nutritional aspects. I looked for people at the turn around and didn’t see any of the folks I knew. I figured I was ahead of them and just missed them. Miles 8-11 were 7:20, 7:25, 7:25, and 7:30. This was the area that my ailing calf was really hurting. It was very distracting and I ended up forgetting to take any gel or salt. I hardly drank my drink mix because it was hot – stuck with cold water. Probably will not carry the extra 2 pound weight my next race. All I thought about was keeping my cadence fast trying to not think about the calf. Getting lots of ice along the way for my hat and down my tri suit. Picked it up the last 1.5 miles or so to finish strong in 4th place. Split the run equally out and back. This was a PR for the run portion in a half ironman. Very pleased with my overall time and performance – PR by 12 minutes. There were some areas that can be improved, which I will focus on for the next race. Then I found out the guy who finished in 3rd place was just 4 seconds in front of me. I never saw him. Another 100 yards and I would have been able to catch him. Also found out he was an x-pro. So the lesson here is to be the best you can be and don’t waste any time because it could come down to 4 seconds – use technology to its fullest as well.

This was my best race so far in my triathlon career. My training has been elevated another level this year as I finally figured out the run. The training techniques I have learned from Mike Matney over the past year are really taking shape, including my focus on running utilizing Evolution Running. It has taken a while to get used to and I am finally seeing the fruits of the hard work.

Going into this race I was prepared to turn down any World Championship slots as the longer term goal was to go to Hawaii in 2012. I did pass up both the Ironman World Championship slot (Kona) and the 70.3 World Championship slot (Vegas) to compete in Ironman Wisconsin in September 2011 to hopefully get a Kona slot for 2012.

Nutrition: Took in a total of about 900 calories in gels and Endurox, salt, anti-fatigue, ATP, and lots of water.