Tuesday, May 09, 2006

White Lake Half Split Times


White Lake Half Ironman Finishing Time

6:02:03

When I was crossing the finish line and heard the announcer call out this time, I was happy. I thought it would have taken me 7 hours to finish the race.

Now that I have had time to replay the entire race in my mind, I wish I had worn a watch. I was only 2:03 from breaking the 6 hour mark. I could have done it if I realized I was that close. (and I would still be smiling)

Swim Split- 38:28
Pretty satisfied with this time. I did swim off course in the beginning so I know I can work on sighting. I wasn't sure how hard to push on the swim because I knew I had a long day ahead. The swim was probably my favorite part of this race. I still can't believe I was in the water for that long because it flew by and felt easy.

T1: 2:34- Not horrible. Since I was in the back of the pack I had a long run with my bike out of transition. I'm still like "March of the Penguins" when I have to run in my clips.

Bike: 3:08:40
I'm not happy with this time. I know I could have pushed harder but I was scared. I didn't want to blow myself up on my bike so I listened to Chuck and kept my pace at 17.7 mph. I wonder- if I did go harder on my bike would my run suffer? Would I have stopped smiling? This race was full of unknowns and my goal was just to finish. Looking back it's easy to see mistakes I made.

T2: 3:04- I had to pee!

Run: 2:09:19
Pretty happy about this time. I didn't hurt during the run. The first three miles were harder than the last 10. I really tried to take everything in and enjoy the run, which I did. I saw many encouraging faces during the run- Jessica, Meg, TriDaddy and Jamie. I crossed the finish line smiling and started the swim smiling. I'm alive and healthy so I can't complain too much.



Things I learned: I'm not as modest as I thought. If I am under pressure, I will squat and pee in public. I may just piss on the bike next time. Urine is like filtered water, it's pretty sterile. Let the flood gates open! :)


The human body is amazing. My body has been through a lot, some from illness and some from self abuse. It can recover and heal quickly.

A structured training plan got me through this race.
Charlie Storm has helped me so much on this journey. He's one of the best bike fitters in the USA. Thanks for all your time and help, Chuck!

Everything is easier if you have a good attitude and smile.

I will try a lot harder on the bike next year! Bring it on!

24 Comments:

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Way to go!!

One of these days I will sign up for a half. Reading all these posts about half's and full's really has me pumped to try one.

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger Brett said...

Congratulations on a great race! Sorry I didn't get the chance to meet you. Maybe we will have to have a Triangle blogger get together at one of the future races. Again, Congrats!

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger Fe-lady said...

Here's a suggestion...pee on your bike. It's not as bad as it sounds. Just try to avoid your H20 bottle.
And congrats on your stellar time for a half! That's a great time I think! ( I have never broken 6 hrs..and that was a long time ago!)
You look so FIT ! You should be so proud...are you still floating on cloud 9?

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger Fe-lady said...

About the gel...try the plain GU. It's really easy to get down during a hot race when you don't feel like eating anything. I also have used Amino Vital drink. Full of amino acids and protien also!

 
At 7:33 AM, Blogger DaisyDuc said...

Sounds like one great experience! I agree with fe-lady in that you really do look fit!

Your good experience has me itching to plan a half...but that will probably have to wait until 2007. I figure I should get a year of sprint & olympic distance races in first!

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger tri-mama said...

Great job on the race! I like the smile part the best. That's what it's all about.

 
At 9:40 PM, Blogger Jessica A. Freas "Freeze" said...

Great job Milk! I knew you would do well! We all did! We all learned from this experience. Let's try to beat our time next year. Not at the Duke Half b/c that race doesn't even compare!

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger bagpiper said...

HHMMMMM.....Let me cleeaar my throught!! .......dem'times ah aight! GREAT JOB ! I was gonna raz ya' But sometimes it's not warrented. milk rocks!!

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger Papa Louie said...

Great report! I like to read all the race reports I find on the web to learn from others. I am hoping to do a half ironman next summer.

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Bridget said...

Awesome, awesome race. I love that your smiled through the whole thing and still managed such kick-ass times. great job! I would totally pee on the bike but, like Fe-Lady warned, I am a little paranoid about peeing on my bottles. Sure it would be sterile, but I would still KNOW...

 
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