Thursday, January 12, 2012

Half Ironman: Check!

No, you didn't miss anything. I'm not actually a Half Ironman, but I did complete KDUB's 70.3 Birthday Challenge yesterday. If you would like to wish her a belated happy birthday (her birthday was yesterday) head on over to her blog to do so!



This challenge was a great way to get Mike and I to start cross-training and training for our upcoming duathlon and triathlons in the spring/summer. Mike actually didn't complete the challenge, but it's not his fault! He ended up getting a flat tire one of the nights we were supposed to go the gym to bike and he couldn't make up the 13 miles. He did put a good effort in though and I know he would have completed it if he could!

Here are my results:


Not too shabby


I'm glad I got faster

10 minutes faster than my current PR

In case you can't see it because of the colors, the swim time was 44 minutes, the bike time was 3:32 and the run time was 2:08. Not bad!


Overall time

My overall time was 6:24! Can I do that when all 70.3 miles are done in a row without any breaks? I'm not so sure about that just now, but maybe! Next year Mike and I are hoping to do the Musselman Half-Iron, if all goes according to plan. I'm slightly disappointed with my swimming time, but that's because I used to be able to swim 1,000 yards in 11 minutes or so and the 1,650 in 19 minutes (at race pace).

I really hope we can get into swimming shape soon! I know we will never, most likely, be as fast as we used to be but I want to get a little faster. Also, I definitely wouldn't go as fast as I could in the swim leg of a triathlon, I would still have the bike and run legs to get through! Plus, open water swimming is completely different than swimming in a pool (post coming about that topic soon).

Have you ever done a real Half-Iron triathlon? What was it like? Which leg of a triathlon do you prefer?

21 comments:

  1. great job! a half ironman is on my bucket list...but I guess I need to finish my first tri, and before that, learn to swim :)

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    1. Swimming will get easier, it just takes practice like everything else :)

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  2. Awesome swimming distance! Is that non stop the entire time? Cause I can't manage to swim 200 m without stopping!

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  3. I've never done one, but maybe trying it broken up like this first would be better! I don't hate swimming as much as many people, but I probably prefer biking a smidge over it. I'm slowly learning to hate running less.

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    1. I liked breaking it up, it was a great first step! I'm glad you are starting to not hate running :)

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  4. WOW!!!! way to go, but this doesn't really surprise me b/c you're so amazing in your training :)

    I have never done a half iron man, nor do I desire to....but you never know what the future holds!

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    1. You never know! Doing an Ironman wasn't something that I wanted to do even a year ago, so maybe a half-iron is in your future!

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  5. At least you can swim. I get tired after 25 yards on free style. I think I just must be moving too much and am really inefficient.

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    1. You might be zigzagging in the lane, that would definitely make you tired quickly! Just try to swim in a straight line as much as possible. If you have a lane to yourself, try to swim over the center line in the lane to help keep yourself oriented.

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  6. Thanks everyone!

    Ed - We didn't swim the distance at the same time, although we could have. We actually haven't swam in over a year, so we broke it up (a little differently each day we swam). I think the longest we swam at one time was 400 yards, maybe 500. As we get into our training we will start swimming longer distances at one time.

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    1. Good to know..i am trying to bring my game up!

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    2. I didn't realize blogger had added a reply feature now, awesome!

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  7. That's awesome Jamie. Great times. I'm training for my first Tri, but I think the running will be my favorite part just because that's what I'm most comfortable with. Keep it up girl. You rock

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    1. Thanks Christie! You are going to do awesome at your first tri, you are getting really strong!

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  8. Nice job! I did it too... I'll try to post on it later tonight or tomorrow morning. I've never done a tri, but this little trial run was fun! I know I would prefer the running, though. I'm not a very strong swimmer or biker, but I also haven't put much time into either. :)

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    1. I agree - this was really fun! I think biking is going to be my weak point in triathlons, only because I haven't ridden a bike since my freshman year of high school.

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  9. Some of my dear friends are Ironman competitors-it's actually a pretty big sport out here. We have a few local professionals (who place in the top 10 at the World's) who live and train here-I think being at high altitude offers a huge advantage as well as an abundance of land to do rides and runs and lots of open water!
    Good luck to you!

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    1. Thanks Ali! I had to look at your profile to see where you live, Montana, wow! It would be amazing to live around that many amazing athletes.

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  10. I'm really impressed! Swimming is one of my weaknesses so any distance is amazing to me!

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