Hi JoeX. Thanks for the roll call. Please keep me in.
April was kind of a crazy month for me with trying to get everything done around my kids’ many, many baseballs games, but I got most of my workouts in.
After no races since August 2019, I completed my first 70.3 last Saturday in St. George. It was a tough, but great experience.
I was not adequately prepared for the hills and heat, so I’m very grateful that clouds held most of the early afternoon and it didn’t get quite as hot as forecasted.
The swim location (Sand Hollow State Park) was gorgeous. The had us enter the water 4 at a time every 3 seconds. I’d be appreciative if they’d keep that format even when Covid is finally over. I stayed on the outside edge of the course for the entire loop and think I covered a little extra distance resulting in my swim time of 0:39:14 which is a couple minutes slower than I was hoping for.
I have a terrible sense of direction and we entered T1 from the opposite direction that I had gone in earlier and got turned around a little bit. By the time I found my bike, got my westuit off and put on some sunscreen (including on my very badly chafed neck) I had spent over 8 minutes in transition.
The first 30 miles or so of the bike course felt great even with the hills. My stomach started disagreeing with anything other than water about that point and I don’t know if the hills got steeper or longer or if I was just getting tired or both, but the rest of the bike was pretty challenging. The endless ascent up Snowfall Canyon was a big part of that. I was wishing I had another gear to shift down to and ended up standing a few times to keep from having to get off my bike. Coming down the backside was great though. Lots of people were just coasting but I tried to make good time on the way back towards town. I had hoped to come in under 3:00 but finished the bike at 3:21.
My T2 was even worse than T1. In spite of everything being number, I was going up and down the rows looking for my spot to rack my bike. By the time I put my bike gear away, put on my run gear and more sunscreen and hit a port-a-potty it was an almost 10 minute transition.
I hadn’t realized how different the run was going to be from my training runs. After the first uphill portion shortly after the start I was suffering and realized that I was getting dehydrated. My salt capsules had fallen out of my pocket so I tried drinking a couple cups of gatorade at the first aid station. My stomach didn’t approve of the gatorade, but I kept everything down and switched to water at each aid station with a Maurten gel (which sat in my stomach mostly okay). I ended up doing a fair amount of walking (which I hadn’t expected) and finished the run in 2:25.
My total time was 6:45:00. I hope to improve on that at Ironman 70.3 Washington in September.