70.3 Austin Race Report

I will start by saying it was a very good day at the office overall, but with any race you have to take the time to analyze and understand where you can get better so that you keep improving.

My second statement is a huge Thank You to all of you that sent text messages (I can’t believe I gave my number to so many of you…..ha!), Facebook and Twitter mentions.  It was overwhelming and it helped me get through this race, in the good times and the bad.

Let’s jump right into this and I will try to keep it as short as possible.

PRE-RACE:

Friday and Saturday

Karen and I left around 2pm on Friday to head to Austin so that we could just sit and relax.  On the way down there Karen made the decision that we should head right to the Expo to get checked in and not have to worry about it on Saturday.  Great idea.  I walked right in and got all my stuff, then we shopped (spending around $150…..not bad!)  On the way back to the hotel Karen searched for pizza near our hotel and found Little Deli and Pizza (click the link to find out what I thought of it.)

Head to the hotel and setup my bike for my trainer ride at 5am so that Karen could get to Town Lake Center and run 13 miles.  Typical 3am wake-up call and I get on the trainer and it is LOUD.  I did not want to wake Karen or the people below me so I got off and sat on the couch and before I know it I passed out.  After Karen woke we headed down to Town Lake and we ran together for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes I peeled off and Karen kept going.  I went to Joe’s Coffee and sat on South Congress drinking my coffee enjoying the scenery and relaxation.  Went back down to pick up Karen and up to Magnolia Cafe for breakfast.

After eating oatmeal and 2 banana-bluebrerry-pecan pancakes we headed back to the hotel.  We needed to shower and head to the expo to check in El Diablo.  In the middle of my shower the water turns off.  What the F?  I have shampoo in my hair and have not even put the bar of soap to my body.  Karen calls the front desk and we find out that there is a leak in the pipe and no water service for who knows how long.  Out of the shower and get dressed…..not happy!

Get to the expo again to check in the bike and find out what all these bags are for.  What do you put in them and where do they go?  Sat through the athletes meeting and find out that I can bring bags in the morning.  Relief just came over me.

Check bike in and time to head back for more pizza and rest.  The next day is game time.

Sunday

3am wake-up call and into the shower I go…..yeah we have water.  I eat my typical breakfast of a bowl of granola with almond milk and a smoothie.  All bags are packed and I re-check them to make sure.  I also pack up my small coolers with ice and load up my nutrition/hydration.  It is 4:45am and it is time to head to the race.

Once at the race I bring my run gear bag in and put it on the floor.  Almost everybody else hung their bag, and I could not understand why.  You will have to untie the bag and pull it down then change and get going.  Wasted time in my opinion so I just left the bag on the floor.

Get on the bus to Swim Start and T1.  Bring bag into T1 and load up bike.  This is a clean transition area so nothing can be on floor.  I hang my shoes from the horns, helmet with race belt and sunglasses inside of the helmet.  Speedfil A2 loaded with EFS Liquid Shot and down tube Speedfil with Herbalife Prolong.  Put HoneyStinger waffle pieces on paper towel on saddle and head out to hang out with Karen and Juan.

Before I know it is 7:15a and we head down to the swim start.  It was awesome to have Karen with me right up until 7:55a since she usually has to abandon the swim area long before the start of the race.

SWIM:

Our wave gets in the water and I position myself to the right of the group and in the third row.  I feel this is the best spot for me as I can avoid the fray and swim across to the buoys.  This should take me about 5 extra seconds but that is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

At 8am the air horn goes off, I hit start on my watch and it is time to plow forward.  I had a goal of 36-37 minutes for this swim and there was no time like the present to get going.  I hit that first swim stroke and it feels great.  My heart rate did not spike, I was not hyperventilating and just swimming.  I hit a few guys and a few guys hit me but I did not let it bother me.

I would sight every 5 right arm strokes.  I would count to 5 and look up and I was swimming STRAIGHT.  What is going on?  I would adjust and am at a ridiculous angle to get to the buoys and when I would look again I would be headed to the right.  I spent so much energy trying to get to the buoys that I just decided to swim straight where I was and eventually would work my way to the right.

Before I knew it the red turn buoy was there and I can tell you that I passed a few red caps and a couple of yellow caps from the waves before me.  At the turn there was a bottle neck and a little more contact swimming but I was going to be aggressive on this day and I did not care.  I swam right over one guy because he kept crossing my face.

After getting past him I spotted the yellow buoys and swam straight for them and started to lengthen my stroke and my sighting to every 10 strokes.  This was working great as I was right on the buoys and moving through the water like a boat.  I now saw green caps and more red and yellow caps.  I felt like I was on cruise control at this point as the 2nd red buoy showed up.

Make the turn and know that I’m heading home.  I look up and I see all these yellow buoys.  What is going on?  Then I realized that those were swim caps and the final stretch buoys are orange.  I had to get that through my head because there were a lot of yellow caps out there.  I decided now was the time to lay it all on the line and I kicked it in as fast as I could.  Before I know it thought one guy hits my legs 3 times.  In order to not slow down I kicked as hard as I could and I was not touched again by that guy.

Get to the swim out and I start pulling my wetsuit off of me and get to the strippers and my worst nightmare hit.  First off the transition is a long run and also uphill in the grass.  Not good times.  I get to the strippers and I cannot get my sleeve over my watch.  Finally I pull it off and flop on the ground.  He yells that I need it below my waste so I just slip it down and he yanks it off the rest of the way.

Wetsuit in hand and run to T1.  I know my row is where the electric pole is and of course I ran right past it.

T1:

I get my sunglasses on, race belt on, shoes on, helmet on and go to grab the HoneyStingers and they are not there.  I look down and they are on the floor.  I could care less as this is a part of my hydration/nutrition plan.  I see two pieces on the ground and pick them up and start chewing as I de-rack El Diablo.  I start running out of T1 and I see Karen.  What a sight and a memory for me for the next three hours.

BIKE:

Having ridden this course twice this summer I knew it very well and my plan was to go fast from the outset and deal with the wind on Route 969 when it happened.  My goal was to race this course at 20mph and in order for me to do that was to go out in the 21-22mph range and then hit that wind wall and probably ride at 17-18mph.  How well did I execute my plan?

We get out on the road and I have my watch set to beep every 15 minutes to remind me to take in hydration/nutrition.  If somebody knows how to work a Timex Ironman GPS watch please contact me because for the 2nd race in a row I hit the multi-sport button one too many times.  I am now having to figure out my nutrition/hydration on my own.  Quick calculation tells me that if I hold 20mph that every 5 mile marker I should drink.

I hit the 5 mile marker and take in the Prolong.  I know that in another 15 minutes I’ll be taking in EFS Liquid Shot.  I am riding hard and fast and we hit the first climb but its short and I cruise up this hill and am feeling great.  The legs are turning over and no issues at all.  We are all cruising and I can see the officials out there monitoring the riders.  With the horrible cracks in the road you had to essentially ride to the left the entire ride but try to avoid getting a penalty.

At one point I pass, quite easily, the asshat triathlete.  You know, from Jeff Irvin’s post, what this guy looks like.  Disc wheel, high-flying bike, aero helmet WITH a visor.  This guy has spent so much money on his gear, but forgot that he needs to train for the event and that you cannot buy speed.  About 5 minutes later we go up a climb and over a bridge and head back downhill.  At this point there are two riders that are going slower than I and I am passing them when another asshat triathlete passes me and decides to educate me on the rules.  He yells that I need to only be on the left to pass.  So I yell back at him….oh you mean like the two people that we just went by?  Seriously dude focus on your ride and not me passing somebody.

At this point the race is non-descript but every 15 minutes my watch goes off and I can see how fast/slow I’m going.  Every time I look I am at 20-21mph and I know I am hitting my plan dead on.  That is until we come up on the one stretch that you are flying and have to make a 90* right turn.  The day before Juan and I spoke of this turn and how we could see riders just going straight through into the pasture on the other side of the road.

Since I know the course I know I have to break well before hand.  I start feathering my rear brakes but I am not slowing down one bit.  I start to feather the front brakes as well.  Uh-Oh! I am not stopping or slowing down AT ALL.  What is going to happen?  I pull the brakes this time and the wheels starts screeching.  OK Jason get your body loose in case you tumble.  A stiff body is going to cause more damage (TWSS) and so I got loose and began to get the bike to slow down but I cannot turn without having my wheels slide out from under me or crashing into other riders coming down.

I go right through the turn and into a ditch on the other side of the road, but I kept pedaling and turn the bike toward the course again.  I get back to the road and unclip so that I can gain composure of my heart and make sure that I’m ok.  I see racers coming flying and I am trying to get back on the course and after about 1 minute I get back out there.  Lots of comments come flying like:  Hey Lance, you ok?  Hey this is not an Xterra event?  I laughed at them and it helped me gain my composure.

The good thing about this is that I now have goals to catch the group I had been riding with and I start pedaling hard.  This is Route 969 and is a wall of wind and you can feel it the entire stretch but I am passing riders left and right.  I am feeling great and my legs are feeling good.  Twice my watch showed a 15 minute stretch of 17mph but otherwise it was 19mph and I knew I was having a great ride.

As I pass mile 50 I calculate that if I am in T2 by 3:30 I have two hours to run a half-marathon and break 5:30 for the race.  I am feeling really good as I turn into the final stretch.  I dismount cleanly and head to my rack.

T2:

Bike racked and helmet off.  Sneakers on, visor on and grab the HoneyStinger waffles and my two flasks that were in the tiny cooler.  One is EFS Liquid Shot and the other is water.  I eat two pieces of HoneyStinger and hit the run.

RUN:

The run is a 3 loop course so I know I am going to see Karen at least 5 times before I get into the final chute and that makes me happy.

I hit the run course and I see Karen, Coach and her posse and they are all yelling and I start yelling back and I feel great.  I hit the Mile 2 marker and the watch goes off for 15 minutes….Nice I’m running a 7:30/mi pace.  I take in the liquid shot and some water.  I grab sponges at every aid station and this proved to be the best idea I had all day.

After Mile 2 it seems that the run goes down hill fast.  I realized that this run is nothing but ups and downs and I need to do it 3 times.  I can also feel the heat start to turn up.

I get to Mile 4 and my pace is now 8:30/mi and I am struggling until you get near the turn around where all the fans are.  They are going nuts and after I do the loop I see Karen again along with some other friends.  I pass one tent and they are jamming and that gets me going again and I feel like dancing (I did!) and keep going.

At Mile 6 the idea of drinking liquid shot just about makes me puke.  I just cannot stomach it anymore so I ditch it and change the game plan.  I am going to drink coke at every other aid station, take sponges and water at every aid station.  It was at this point that I decide to walk the aid stations.  As I walk through the first one I look at my watch and start calculating.

Mile 8 gives me 5 more miles and at 9:00/mi I will cross at 5:27.  I now have a focus to run at a 9:00/mi pace no matter what.  I come up on a turn and our friend Jeff is there.  Jeff is a bada** triathlete having competed at Kona and just recently ran the Boston Marathon in ~3:30 in a monkey suit.  He high fives me and almost knocks me over because I’m spent.

I keep pushing and now know that I only have one more lap to go.  I stick to my plan of coke and water and walking aid stations.  I get to mile 11 and calculate that I am at  a 5:28 pace if I stick to a 9:00/mi pace.  About 0.5 miles past that sign I decide I can run as hard as I can for the next 1.5 miles and that is what I did.  I ran as hard as I could and when I got to the final chute and saw 5:57 I knew I had it.  I knew I was going to cross under 5:30.

After crossing the finish line I just about collapsed.  I had my hands on my knees and the enormity of what I had just accomplished hit me.

Moments Post-Race:

As I was just over the line with my hands on my knees I could feel the tears well up in my eyes.  I went from 5:42 in April at California to 5:28 in October.  A 14 minute PR, but more than that I knew that all those hours of training paid off.  All the email exchanges with Jeff, Jon, BDD, Patrick, Kevin, Matt and Greg paid off.  I knew that I just created a donation of $70 to Shape Up America for a 14 minute PR.

The volunteer was incredible as she asked repeatedly if I need the medic tent.  I told her no that I was just exhausted.  She asked if I PR’d and I told her yes by 14 minutes.  She then asked again if I wanted to the medic.  I told her as best I could that I just needed to slump.  I didn’t need a medic, or water, or coke, or a sandwich but just needed to slump.

I finally gathered myself and walked to Karen.  I hugged and kissed her then slumped again and again the tears began to well up.  This was a race that I put everything into and hit my goal time overall.

Performance:

Swim: 40:08. Goal was 36-37 minutes with a PR of 40:37

Bike: 2:49:15. Goal was 2:50-2:55 with a PR of 3:06

Run: 1:53:32.  Goal was 1:44-1:47 with a PR of 1:48

Overall: 5:28:06.  Goal was 5:20-5:30 with a PR of 5:42.

 

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I have a long way to go to be the triathlete I want to be but I will not stop until I get there.  You should know that my training when it starts for Puerto Rico will be harder and more intense.  I have bigger goals and I have places that I need to improve upon.  I know this and later today my coach will know it as well.

Until then I will bask in the glory of hitting my goals for this race.  I will smile knowing that there was nothing else  I could have done on this day to get better.  I know that with what the day gave me I have it all I had and came out on top of the course.

Thank you all for your support.  It was a great race and I am thrilled with my accomplishments and I have all of you to thank.  At some point on the course I chanted FAGRESSIVE (Jen), I took in all liquid nutrition/Hydration (Jeff), I left it on the course (Greg, Matt), I pushed my limits (Jon, BDD, Kevin) and so many other times out there that I cannot express it all.  You all rock and thank you

 

 

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Comments

  1. Michael says:

    Congrats Jason!! I loved reading every detail. Felt like I was right there with you. You’ve worked so hard and got out there and got it done. Congrats on a great race.!!!

  2. Karen says:

    awesome race, Jason – congratulations!

  3. marlene says:

    H*LL YES!!! Sooo happy for you and proud of you. Way to make it happen out there, bumps in the road and all! Sub-5:30, YEAH BABY!
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    • CTER says:

      I wish it was just a bump….HA! I was very nervous that my day was going to end right there. I was going at 37mph at that point and turning was not in the cards. Thankfully I made it through.

  4. BDD says:

    Congrats on the race and the HUGE PR!!!

    Sucks about the bike mishap, if I was the RD, I would have an army of volunteers down there screaming for everyone to slow down.
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    • CTER says:

      They had plenty of volunteers but what they didn’t have was a mph reader. They had one at California and told you that you could only go so fast otherwise you would get a penalty. If they had that I bet I would not have gone flying into the grass. I will happily give up 1 minute to have all my skin still attached and able to finish the race in one piece.

  5. Bob says:

    Great job!
    I did a half IM bike in your honor yesterday
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    • CTER says:

      Thanks Bob. I always remember your comments about how Arnie should swim right to left or left to right to avoid the fray and apply that each time I race. It is a huge help but I just need to learn to swim straight. I covered 1.4 miles yesterday on the swim. Guess I’m training for IMTX already!

  6. Jim says:

    AWESOME!!!! FREAKING PR!!!! As you know, the swim and bike portion looked like blah, blah, blah to me. I literally have no idea if those times are good or not … I’m assuming they’re GREAT! But it looks like you ran the run really well after the bike and swim. It’s great to see all of your hard work pay off for the PR. You work harder than anyone I know at this and you deserve all the success you have achieved. Great job my friend! VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!
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  7. you truly amaze me everyday. I will cry at the beginning and end for you – because you are my hero- nothing is impossible for you
    your Ironmate. ;)

  8. Jon says:

    Awesome job Jason and HUGE congrats on the PR! From the dedication you put in this season a good day was only inevitable. Rest up! You deserve some days off :)

    What was up with the brakes on the bike?
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    • CTER says:

      Yeah off day today, tomorrow a 45 minute recovery spin, Wed ez swim, Thurs ez run, friday off. All good stuff for this week.

      I was going way too fast downhill to make a 90* turn. My watch had me at 37mph at that point and there was just no way to make that turn and stay upright at the same time. I needed to really slow down big time about 500 feet from where I started to slow down.

  9. Jill says:

    Ok, had to postpone my run this morning so I could read your RR :). Nice job, Jason! I am in awe of your hefty PR and how your tenacity to never give in always prevails!

    I think every race I’ve ever done (well over 400) always teaches me a lesson about myself – especially the marathon – and isn’t that a good day when you can learn something more about yourself and your training? Each time you now enter a race, you will be a little more prepared from the things you learned this time. I couldn’t be more proud – and happy – for you!! Congratulations!!!!
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  10. Jeff Irvin says:

    Great race Jason and congrats on the PR!

    Whew .. that little mishap on the bike could have been a day-ender, way to recover and keep your composure.

    Oh, and I am very glad my inappropriate use of of the term “asshat” has enriched your racing experience!

    Thanks for the shout outs in the post but you learned all this stuff the hard way and I am happy the nutrition plan is working so well for you.

    Keep up the hard work Jason, it has been very inspiring to what you progress into this badass triathlete!

    Well done brother!
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    • CTER says:

      As soon as I passed the first dude the word asshat jumped into my mind and when the second guy passed me and gave me ‘advice’ I just thought…..what an asshat!!!! Hilarious!

  11. awesome race!
    Karen, fantastic comment!
    you two make a great team….
    ever figure out why you couldn’t slow down?

    • CTER says:

      Just going way to fast to slow down enough to make a 90* turn. My watch had me at 37mph at this point and I should have known better and started to pull the breaks and not feather about 500 feet before I started to. This would have slowed me down enough to make the turn properly and hammer away.

  12. Matt Oravec says:

    Awesome recap man!

    Felt the emotion at the end too. It was crazy about hitting the ditch, soooo happy no injuries and you were able to keep the rubber side down buddy!

    Good stuff, true figure on setting goals and accomplishing them. Love that you set goals and did not stop until you hit them.

    This is the year of the PRs ;)

    • CTER says:

      Thanks Matty. I kept the email exchange we had in my head the whole time I was out there. Leave it all out there and if you blow up on the run so be it. i didn’t actually blow up on the run but sure as heck came close. It was not the easiest run but I kept going until I finished. Thanks for all your support this year.

  13. Natasha says:

    Congrats on the awesome PR!!! They are pretty insistent on recommending the medical tent aren’t they? :-) I remember I couldn’t get them to let me go and I just wanted to do the same thing you wanted. Keep up the great work!
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    • CTER says:

      Karen just laughed at me when I told her that my only words to the volunteer was: I just need to slump. The volunteer couldn’t understand why but eventually I walked to Karen and slumped there.

  14. Incredible race bro! Really a well put together plan that you were able to go out and execute. We should all be so lucky to get a race like that. Scary stuff riding in a ditch though.
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  15. adema says:

    LOVE this! I am so proud of you Jason!!! 14 minute PR?! That is just crazy! Also just as thrilled that you founda pizza pie. Most impressed!

    • CTER says:

      It was a great weekend for sure. Finding the pizza joint was just the start but now I’m wishing they were closer. Maybe get a franchise up here.

  16. Congrats Jason! Sounds like you had one heck of an awesome race (and found a good pie too!).

    I see from the comments what happened on the bike and all I can say is I’ve been there too (couple deep bruises as a result). Downhill turns can be tricky when you’re riding in a zone. These sports are always teaching us.

  17. misszippy1 says:

    Such an awesome race for you! Especially when thing started to fall apart on the run and you just put your head down and rocked it. The sky’s the limit from here!!

    Asshat. Pretty damn funny.
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    • CTER says:

      You like asshat? It is a great word coined by Jeff and when those two were out on the course I just laughed at them as the newest ‘asshat’ member of the asshat hall of fame.

  18. katie says:

    can I just say, DUDE YOUR BIKE SPLIT I WANT TO KISS IT. WOW, my friend! congrats on an awesome day, you’ve busted for it and laid it out. way to go.
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    • CTER says:

      El Diablo just said thank you and he is happy to take any kisses you want to throw his way. It was a very very good day on the bike. Now to work on the run off the bike.

  19. Way to go. You killed it, especially on the bike. I am counting on my fingers and it seems April to October is only six months. To take off that much time in that short of a period of time does really speak to your smart training and mental strength. Here you come Puerto Rico, then the big ass FULL.
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    • CTER says:

      I am excited for the prospects of Puerto Rico and even more excited about Ironman Texas. The day out there is going to be such a great experience.

  20. Christie says:

    You are freaking awesome! I loved reading this race recap and all the minute details! This just goes to show what determination can do.
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  21. DR says:

    Congrats on hitting your goals and earning the PR!
    and great news your ready for Xterra racing

    • CTER says:

      haha! Yeah D, but if I get into Xterra I will be sure to have a mountain bike next time and not those tiny road tires. An adventure for sure.

  22. Kevin says:

    Great, great, great job! Seriously, you rocked it out there!

    A 14 minute PR in just 6 months is incredible!

    Taking some time off now to recovery before gearing back up?
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    • CTER says:

      I have this week off from hard workouts. All recovery sessions this week of no longer than 45 minutes. I do have a half-mary in a couple of weeks and not sure if I am racing that or having a long run day out of it.

  23. Mike Ransick says:

    Congrats Jason! I was following you on ironmanlive and your bike split never showed up for me. I saw you had a really good swim split then 3 hours later, nothing, 4 hours, nothing, I was thinking crap, something bad happened. I’m so happy to read that not only did you finish, but you had a huge PR!
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  24. Totally a straight up great race. LOVE how you pushed through the run, that’s way more inspiring to me that the dude who just breezes through like it’s no thing. Because it is a thing. A BIG thing.
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  25. Patrick says:

    Jason, wow! Karen’s (the wife) comments sum up my sentiments perfectly. Your passion is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my short endurance career. I can’t possibly think of a more deserving person than you. You out work everyone, your causes are admirable and you do every stinking bit of it with a huge smile on your face. Despite how awesome this race was for you, I know you’re walking away with so much to work on. We’ve not seen the fastest Jason Bahamundi yet!
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  26. Such a great performance Jason!! This summer was brutal and making it through alive was challenging in and of itself, but to put together this kind of performance sets the bar for the rest of us!! You have me dancing in my seat…anxious to get to Galveston!! And since it’s not till April, anxious to work my ass off until then!!
    And how about that wild save on the bike???!!! You, my friend, have some serious skills!! You were definitely #winning on Sunday!! it was your day, no doubt :) Enjoy the moment before the hard works starts again!!!

  27. Jaaon, we are so excited for you. You had a great race. Thanks for sharing your race with everyone. It gave us a sense of being there cheering you on. Hope to attend you need race with you and Karen. Take care.

  28. Jen says:

    Congrats!! That’s simply amazing and I’m in awe. I think about how hard I can run on any given day and you kill that – after swimming and biking as hard as you can! It’s so inspiring!

    Congrats again – I’m so proud to call you my friend!
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  29. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You dominated–I loved reading your thought process AND you managed to squeeze a TWSS in there!

    Your prep is unbelievable and you deserve this PR!!!
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  30. lindsay says:

    congrats on the PR! hilarious recap – all the unfortunate things that came your way, but you made the most of them :) did you beat the 2nd asshat? i’m glad you at least beat mr. fancy gear.
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  31. Woohoo! Congrats on your race and your awesome PR! You did great! I can’t believe you flew off into a ditch though…that would have totally freaked me out!
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  32. Hey Jason, great report! I was at Austin, too, so it was interesting to read your perspective. It was my first half Ironman so I was pleased with my 5:55 but the bike just about killed me. I’m used to smooth roads here in VA and the bumpiness really hurt! i was cruising at 19.8 for the first 25 miles and then the wind just got brutal and I could barely stay on the road when the gusts hit me! The run was hard, and I’m a runner. I think I pulled a stomach muscle in the swim and by the time I was running was cramping pretty bad. Still, I’m ready to do another!

    • CTER says:

      Alison -

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Congratulations on your first HIM. That is a great time on a difficult course.

      There is nothing but chip seal down here and it makes for a very bumpy teeth-chattering ride. I was fortunate to have ridden this course twice before and knew of the chip seal as well as the brutal wind on 969.

      That wind can be brutal. The first time I rode the course the wind was a wall. There was no getting through it.

      And the run. Well I consider myself a runner too but after that display I may have to change that theory. That was tough.

      Like you though I am pumped about it and can’t wait for the next one. Fortunately for me that happens on Mar 18 in Puerto Rico.

      What is next for you?

  33. KC says:

    Excellent race report. I am so proud of you …a 14 minute PR is awesome Jason! I totally get the Lance Armstrong and Xterra reference. Thank goodness you had the skills to keep the rubber side up! I am looking forward to seeing even more time slashing in Puerto Rico. Look at how far you have come in a relatively short time. It is impressive and inspirational for me to read these race reports. You rock!

  34. greg says:

    Awesome thanks for for the account of the race. I am trying to figure out if i should do the kerville half iron distance or the longhorn ironman this year for my first 70.3. Looks like longhorn is gonna make more sense based on work and training time but i have heard such horror stories about what a hard race it is. This makes me feel more excited to take on the challenge.

    cheers
    g

    • CTER says:

      Congrats to you on taking the plunge and racing a 70.3 event. They are a ton of fun and I think that you will enjoy it regardless of which you choose.

      One thing I believe is that for your first 70.3 or 140.6 that people should do a WTC (Ironman) event because they have see Kona on Tv, heard other athletes talk about their amazing experiences and doing a smaller local race as your first may leave you wanting more.

      It is just my opinion but either way you go you will have a blast and be ready to sign up for the next one before you know it.

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