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Race Result

Racer: Jeff Smith
Race: Eagleman Ironman 70.3
Date: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Location: Cambridge, MD
Race Type: Triathlon - Half Ironman
Age Group: Male 40 - 44
Time: 5:06:45
Overall Place: 389 / 2100
Age Group Place: 36 / 220
Comment: 1st Eagleman and 2nd Ironman 70.3. 70.3 is no joke.

Race Report:

Swim: 39:45
Bike: 2:32:56, 22 miles/hr
Run: 1:48:50, 8:18 min/mile
T1/T2: 2:09 / 3:18

The heat at Eagleman is legendary but the "Gods smiled on us", as they say in Game of Thrones. The oppressive heat did not show up this year, but we got mud instead due to heavy rain the day before.

Swim went well for me. This was the first race where I felt no anxiety. Since starting back in Triathlon last year, I had races with anxiety during the swim that caused me to switch strokes until I regained composure. I also had races, including the 2013 Columbia race where I did not have the anxiety, but it was just beneath the surface. I felt confident in Eagleman and enjoyed the swim. It is funny that the actual swim distance may have been 1.4 instead of 1.2.

Bike went well but I could have done without the pain in my butt (piroformis) that I experienced for the last 2 hours of the bike. I had to keep coming out of the Aero position and stand up to alleviate the pain periodically. I could not wait to get off the bike.

T2 is worth mentioning because I had to take a towel and scrub the mud off my feet that had seeped into my bike shoes. The path from the bike course to the transition area was something out of a mud race. I carried my bike over my shoulder to spare it from the mud but I could not prevent the mud from seeping through the holes in my bike shoes. Hilarious.

Run was good for the most part. I felt hot and a little off after getting off the bike so I decided to take a salt tab and stop to drink Gatorade and water at every stop for the first 10 miles. Then, I made what I believe is a mistake at the stop before mile 10. I asked for Gatorade but they gave me soda and I drank it. Normally, I would not think much of it. However, I started to get a side stitch shortly after. It stayed with me until the finish. The last 3 miles were slow and painful. I was happy to cross the finish line.

I really liked the race. It is a good distance, size and has good competition. Plus, it was great to see the pros. I watched them start and finish the swim since my wave started over an hour later. Even though the heat may return next year, I plan on doing it again.