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Race Result

Racer: Bruce Chambliss
Race: Eagleman Ironman 70.3
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2012
Location: Cambridge, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Half Ironman
Age Group: Male 30 - 34
Time: 6:07:25
Overall Place: 1029 / 1849
Age Group Place: 111 / 166
Comment: Injured feet going into the race...

Race Report:

Swim 29:30 1:29/100m
AG 25/166 OV 174/1849

Swim was great, I started out near the front of my wave, all the way left to avoid the battles and didn't lose much position through the race. I sighted very well and was never off course. I caught a bunch of the prior waves and tried to not swim over them. Getting out I was happily surprised to see my time, a PR for the Eagleman swim. Ended up with faster average than Columbia!

T1 1:39
Uneventful, wetsuit off, helmet on, number on, and shoes are always clipped in and rubberbanded to make for fast transition.

Bike 2:46:54 20.1 mph
AG 74/166 OV 572/1849

Can't say much, it is the lovely Eagleman bike. Took a salt tab and a gel every 30 minutes (salt stick dispensers work great). The heat made it hard for me to eat my honey stinger waffles, but I had brought enough gels to compensate. I drank 1 bottle of heed with 2 packets in it and had 5 bottles of water throughout the course. Never felt cramped or too thirsty. Bike/Run fitness were hampered by the three weddings (all 3-day weekend affairs) I had been to in the past 6 weeks.

T2 2:20
Grabbed my gels, salt tabs (both packed in a small baggie), hat and off I go. Could feel the heat as soon as I came off the bike.

Run 2:47:04 12:46/mi
AG 105/166 OV 1035/1849

I had no expectations on this run, going into the race I was injured and would not be able to run much or at a pace I wanted. On a brighter note, coming off the bike around 3:18 total time is not too bad for me, always room for improvement. I started the run slow, had to walk at times during the first 4 miles due to my feet being injured (mortons neuroma, two in left foot, one in right foot), water and Gatorade at every stop along the way. I ran/shuffled for the most part the rest of the 13.1, only walking when the pain was unbearable.

I finished my 2nd Eagleman knowing that injuries and weddings (my excuse for not enough training) prevented me from the race I wanted, so I'll see you again Eagleman but maybe not next year, maybe a cooler climate race? Who knows.