October 29, 2018 - Overview of my first 70.3, Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz.
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz, formally the Big Kahuna Triathlon, is a beautiful race in Santa Cruz California in September. It also happened to be my first ever 70.3 distance triathlon.
My swim was much faster than I thought it would be (not burning too many matches), and I was holding my own on the bike until mile 53. At mile 53 of the bike course, I got a flat in my rear wheel. I had brought a patch kit, but the first patch didn't take, and I spent about 30 minutes on the side of the road -- causing my bike split to be 3:23:23. The run was even more difficult, because I did not plan my nutrition correctly -- lack of electrolytes caused my muscles to cramp. Luckily, one of my fellow racers gave me a salt tablet and that helped greatly. Ultimately my half marathon split was 02:30:48, much slower than I was anticipating.
Although my race did not pan out the way I had planned, I learned some valuable information.
For the bike:
Spares are a must and do not lose your sunglasses!
For the run:
Hydrate properly on the bike so your run does not suffer!
All in all, it was a wonderful experience and has lit a fire in me to do even better!