Ironman 70.3 Florida 2014

Man was I ever looking forward to this race.  After a long winter of indoor bike riding, I would be able to finally figure out my bike fitness.  Judging how the race went down, I clearly enjoyed the bike but found the swim and run to be  bumper boats.  I was 12 wave in a 1800 person race which made for some serious washing machine madness, with one total slam into a person stopping me dead.  I’m sorry whoever that was!   When I signed up for this one I was worried about the humidity and especially for run section.   I pretty much did the same as I did 2012 in Kona, with not much time training in the climate before the race.  As a result, I couldn’t find 4th and 5th gear that I needed to get me a top 3  age group spot.

Palm Coast beach--where I stayed most of my trip.  About 2 hrs from race site.

Palm Coast beach–where I stayed most of my trip. About 2 hrs from race site.

 

I few from Vancouver Thursday and got into FL at around midnight and  hung out at a very nice pad in the Palm Coast for all of Friday.  Took off for Haines City Saturday morning to get everything ready for Sunday.  Layout for the race was great and the weather was looking pretty warm for race day.  Got up at 4:30 to get to transition for 5:30  (1:30 BC time!) with transition apparently closing at 6:00.    I was not a fan of the 12th wave start with a start time wait over 2 hours.

Jumped into the water with my Blueseventy wet-suit which I did find a little too warm and probably should have gone with the skin at about 7:40.  Smashed out the swim with out too much mashing but had fun dodging people.  I loved the bike, and it was totally my type of biking.  Head down and smash it out! Obviously found the run to be though and a pain in the ass trying to get around people on the hills.  Apparently next year that will all get ironed out.  My goal was about a 4:18-20 finishing with a  run at 1:25.  I was well on my way, but the troubles on the run got me about 12 minutes off the pace, 4:31 finish .  I’m taking the bike and going home!

I had an Every Man Jack  (Ryan Linden) teammate racing as well, and he turned out a solid race hitting the top 3, top 20 OA spot which was great to see.   It was fun yelling at each other on the course.   Post race party was at Hooters and then back to the Palm Coast. One more day in the sun before heading back to the rain.  Had fun out there and looking forward to the next one.

Gotta say thanks Tri Geeks for the sessions and helping me out, and Every Man Jack keeping Ryan and I looking sharp and clean out there.

Twitter links ::  TRIGEEKS  /  EVERY MAN JACK / EVERY MAN JACK tri team 

 

 

Out on the bike-feeling awesome.

Out on the bike-feeling awesome.

Out on the run feeling like shit- I think this is the last loop of 3.  Did about 12 extra minutes of team exposure time!

Out on the run feeling like shit- I think this is the last loop of 3. Did about 12 extra minutes of team exposure time!

A really bad picture of the site entrance-where it all goes down.

A really bad picture of the site entrance-where it all goes down.

I loved the morning t-shirt weather!  This was race morning.  The wave start was a rough one with me not starting for almost 2hrs!

I loved the morning t-shirt weather! This was race morning. The wave start was a rough one with me not starting for almost 2hrs!

Of course trees...I'll be using this later.

Of course trees…I’ll be using this later.

Last night in Florida...its an amazing place.

Last night in Florida…its an amazing place.

Day after race, beer spot.

Day after race, beer spot.