|The sitting area in our room at the Home2 Suites|
|Our room at the Home2 Suites|
Stephanie and Greg arrived well before us. They had both already checked in at their respective hotels and picked up their race packets.
We caught up with Greg and his wife Theresa at the Athletes briefing.
|Ready to put my bike into the transition area|
|Greg flanked by his wife Theresa at the transition area|
|Susan and I get officially photo-bombed|
|The transition area|
|The wait outside Carrabba's Italian Grill at 5:10PM on Saturday|
|A sleep deprived Susan making our breakfast|
|Greg, me, and Stephanie|
|The swim start|
|The view of the swim start from the bridge|
|Swimmers in the water|
|2012 Savannah River flow chart at Augusta|
|2013 Savannah River flow chart at Augusta|
The day's weather was perfect as forecast. The river was clean and clear with the water temperature somewhere around 70-degrees. It was perfect for a wetsuit swim. After the Pros, Wounded Warriors, and M55+ age-groupers (Greg's group) it was time for my wave to get started. Unlike previous starts everyone remained either standing or seated on the platform until the horn blew. I was seated. The horn blew and it was game on. With the wave type start there was very little touching, always a plus, but twice I got wedged between other two swimmers. The first time I changed my course and let them go. The second time I held tough and both swimmers veered away. As I neared the swim exit I could see Susan and Theresa walking toward the swim exit ramp. Susan was wearing a neon yellow jacket. As I ran up the ramp Susan got this awesome shot.
|I'm on the left|
I felt good as I ran up the swim exit chute to the last wetsuit stripper who pulled my suit off in one easy tug. I had planned on a flying mount start to the bike segment but at the last minute decided to put my bike shoes on at the rack. Even though the Augusta 70.3 in a big race it's not my "A" race for the year. I didn't want to put my feet in any sort of jeopardy. Running through the transition area in my socks might have put my feet at risk.
|A quick wave to Susan as I start the bike course|
|56 miles to go|
I hit the run course feeling a little pain in my right glute muscle but I ran through it. Then my feet started to bother me. I'd later find a nice blister on my right foot. I ran through that too. Susan and Theresa were on the run course cheering me on along with the thousands of spectators that has made the Augusta 70.3 a must do race for all first timers. I calculated for a 1:50 half-marathon and that's exactly what I did. I might have hoped for more but I guess I left much of my fitness on the bike course. I finished the run segment in 1:50:08. In 2010 I completed the run segment in 1:42:30 (7:49/mile pace), and 2:01:35 (9:16/mile pace) in 2012.
|In the chute to the finish|
My finished time was 4 hours 58 minutes and 54 seconds. That's a personal record (PR) for the six 70.3 races that I've done. I was 10th in my age-group and 296th overall. In 2010 I completed the race in 5:01:54, and 5:11:31 in 2012.
|My 2010 Augusta 70.3 Race Results|
|My 2012 Augusta 70.3 Race Results|
|My 2013 Augusta 70.3 Race Results|
|Greg and me|
- Reduce my bike bottle configuration from 3 to 2 water bottles. One on the aerobars and one behind the seat. There's no need for me to haul around an extra bottle when I can just pick one up along the way.
- Rent some Zipp 808 Firecrest wheels. That's what they call buying speed. They might be harder to handle in the infamous Ironman Florida crosswinds than my 60mm Flashpoint carbon wheels but they should be noticeably lighter and more aerodynamic.
- Buy some new running shoes that won't cause blisters.
- Run and stretch more. I've got to bring back my running game.
- Eat less Chicken Parmesan and more pasta.
Greg and Stephanie both had a good race in Augusta. Stephanie was worried about the swim but she finished it in good time. She had a great bike considering she was on a road bike. Her run was steady and at a good pace considering the fact that her late wave start put her on the streets of downtown Augusta during the heat of the day. Greg's race was even across the board as well. He had a very good swim, a good bike, and an impressive run.
So, overall the 2013 Augusta Ironman 70.3 was a great race. The weather was perfect. The volunteers and event coordination were awesome. There was plenty of food, water, cold water sponges, and pizza for after the race. Of course, I started early with the old folks so I'd expect there to be plenty of supplies. To top it all off I got my picture in the Augusta Chronicle photo album (# 14) from the race.
See all of the pictures we took here.
Here are links to my 2010 and 2012 Augusta 70.3 race reports.
Thanks for reading.