Event: Redman Triathon (70.3) - Halfmax Championship/USAT Long Course Championship
Location: Oklahoma City, OK (Lake Heffner)
Results: 10th age group - 57th overall - 4:49:22(PR)
Local Knowledge and Conditions: None - Knew it was flat - swam a little on Friday before the race.
Pre-Race Strategy & Warm Up: Torrential rains to delay race by over an hour. At one point I thought they were going to cancel the race. So there was no warm-up after the delay.
Psychology: Easy on swim - hold heart rate around 150 on bike - take it easy on first 10 miles of run and see what's left.
Lessons Learned (Or Re-Learned): Stick with it. I really thought any chance of a good time was out because of the weather. The bike started with rain and ended with rain - hard rain. Six miles into the race you actually had to dismount the bike and walk through ankle deep water - that was a new experience. The run was more rain and was actually flooded in parts. Just kept pushing through and everything worked out.
Future Goals: My season is over - it's time to take a break. Will get ready for Boston Marathon starting in December. Not sure what I'm going to do next year in terms of triathlon.
Fitness (endurance, nutrition, hydration): Poptarts and coffee for breakfast - 2 bottles of Infinit on bike with 1 gel - 2 gels on run - coke from mile 10 out.
Something funny that happened: The Oklahoma Thunder Cheerleaders handed out finishing medals and t-shirts. I thought that was a little odd but funny.
***REDMAN*** - best organized race I've ever done including WTC races, Escape from Alcatraz etc. The weather was horrible but they made the race happened. Bagpipe player for each wave start. Good finishing food - great aid stations - really impressive.