July 24, 2017

Door County Half Ironman: Run Recap


Transition 2: 1:42

Nothing exciting happened in T2 besides a much needed bathroom stop before I quickly changed into my running shoes and was off!

The 13.1 mile run course took participants north to the Egg Harbor Dock, up Harbor Heights Road, through the village of Egg Harbor, up the infamous Bluff Pass Road (200 foot climb in 1/2 mile), and through the stacked stone fences of Horseshoe Bay Golf Course before a downhill descent to the finish line.

I wanted to run a negative split (don’t we all) on this run, but also knew I would be starting off faster than I normally would to meet a goal time of mine. The first six miles FLEW by, and before I knew it I was approaching the first decently sized hill.

Mile 1: 7:40

Mile 2: 7:45

Mile 3: 7:39

Mile 4: 7:48

Mile 5: 7:37

Mile 6: 7:49

After catching my breath, I kicked up the pace a little bit more until I hit the bluff at mile 10, in which 99.9% of the people walked up, including myself.

Mile 7: 7:34

Mile 8: 7:33

Mile 9: 7:13

Mile 10: 8:23 <—- Bluff 

After the bluff, I knew I only had three miles to go and used every ounce of energy I had left in the tank to reach the finish line.

Mile 11: 6:59

Mile 12: 7:02

Mile 13: 6:44

I stuck to my plan of using BASE Salt every mile, drinking a sip of water or Gatorade at every aid station, and taking a gel 30 and 60 minutes in on the run. Overall, I felt really great and am happy with my run time and overall time in Door County. Besides the swim being out of anyone’s control, it was a well run race and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Run Time: 1:37:53 ~ 7:31/mile

Overall Time: 4:45:48

Division Place: 2/41

Sex Place: 7/280


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July 19, 2017

Door County Half Ironman: Swim Recap

Race day morning started like any race day morning. Scott and I both slept really well and felt energized when our alarm went off at 5am (the race didn’t start until 8am instead of the usual 7am). I ate breakfast #1 of oatmeal topped with berries and 1/2 a banana while sipping on coffee and doing some physical therapy exercises for my back and Achilles. Breakfast #2 came shortly after which consisted of  toast, pb and 1/2 a banana.

The start of the race was about 20 minutes south in the town of Egg Harbor, so we hit the road at 6am to make sure we were in the transition area by 6:30am. On our way down, we noticed how windy it was outside and how rough the water looked…

Once we parked near the bay and got out of our car, the wind was even stronger. Right away we heard the race director announce that the swim would be delayed a half hour and shortened to just .25 miles instead of the 1.2 miles we were planning on. Womp womp. Initially I was bummed because I wanted to complete the entire race to compare my time to previous races, but got over it pretty quickly once I realized I’d probably die out there if I swam the full distance.

I could not get over how big the waves were and was actually really surprised they didn’t cancel the swim entirely. The only thing going or us swimmers was the water temp hovering around a nice 72 degrees.

With an extra half hour to spare, I took my time in transition making sure everything was set up properly and wouldn’t blow away from the wind. I set down my towel, placed my running shoes on one end with my race bib and directly in front of that I placed my bike shoes with a sock inside of each one. I made sure my bike tires were filled, placed my helmet on top of my handle bars with sunglasses inside and said goodbye for now!

We had about 15 teammates racing in the event, so we all met back up at our tent to kill an hour before the start. The air temp was around 60 but felt cooler on the lake, so I tried to stay warm as much as I could.

It felt like we were waiting forever, but eventually the swim waves began. The progression of waves in this year was as follows:

  • elite wave
  • relay team wave*
  • age 50+ female age brackets (oldest to youngest) 
  • age 50+ male brackets (oldest to youngest)
  • under-50 female waves (youngest to oldest) <—- I was wave number 8, hitting the water around 8:50
  • under-50 male waves (youngest to oldest)

It was slightly terrifying watching the waves of people (and literal waves) before I actually jumped in the water, but I kept telling myself that it was a very short distance and plenty of assistance out on the water if I needed it. Here goes nothin’!

HA. That photo sums up how the swim went. I’ve never ever ever swam in conditions like that and I hope to never again. The waves were so strong that they hit my goggles right off of my face leaving me treading water trying to find them. The swim took a total of 9 minutes but felt like 60 minutes of chaos.

I can honestly say .25 miles in that water was just as challenging as a normal 1.2 mile swim would have been and apparently they had to pull a total of 35 people! I will say that the DC Triathlon crew did an amazing job keeping everyone safe and adjusting to the conditions out there.

I made it out alive, and that’s all that matters. Bike recap next!

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