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Race Result

Racer: Brett DeWitt
Race: California Half Ironman
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2006
Location: Oceanside, CA
Race Type: Triathlon - Half Ironman
Age Group: Male 40 - 44
Time: 6:37:38
Overall Place: 1476 / 2032
Age Group Place: 185 / 245

Race Report:

41:32 3:23:43 2:16:55 6:37:38 1476
TOTAL SWIM 1.2 mi. (41:32) 2:11/100m 1325
TOTAL BIKE 56 mi. (3:23:43) 16.49 mph 1472
TOTAL RUN 13.1 mi. (2:16:55) 10:27/mile 1476

SWIM - TO - BIKE (T1) 9:27
BIKE - TO - RUN (T2) 6:01

To begin with, we middle age guys get no respect! The men's 40-44 age group was slotted to be wave 18 and 19 in the swim (19 waves total, and I was in wave 19), and even though the water temperature was around 57 degrees at race time, I found myself envying the people in the water. Air temp was around 49 degrees, it was wet from earlier rain showers, still kinda dark, and it was down right cold waiting to get in the water!

The Swim: 1.2 miles of the COLDEST water I have ever been in! As seals frolicked in the harbor, 2000 nuts took the plunge. Actually, it was not so bad after a few minutes, but the first 60 seconds were shocking to say the least. It took a while to get my rhythm in this frigid scenario, and I think I did the last half of the swim twice as fast as the first half. It was an out and back course, all within the harbor.

The Bike: A 56 miles ride thru Camp Pendleton is absolutely beautiful. After the frigid start, the temperature warmed up, and the ride was quite pleasant. Some claimed it was cold, but after doing all my training on the W&OD trail in temps that rarely went above 50 degrees, this ride was quite pleasant. A few hills, but nothing gigantic. There was one hill about 30 miles into the ride that was a bitch, but it only took a few minutes, and it was over. Now that I have seen this place, I'm convinced that all the government needs to do is cut up Camp Pendleton into quarter acre lots, put them on the market, and we can totally solve the national deficit. But I hope we never do!

The Run: This was a 2 loop run along the beach in Oceanside. There were thousands of spectators, and it was really fun. It seemed as soon as you got a little tired, you would run past this little house right on the beach that had 6 or 8 guys, drunker than skunks, blasting “eye of the tiger” over and over and over again cheering you on. You could not help but get a little lift from this.

In summary, this was probably the best half-ironman I have ever done, except of course for the Mountaineer half-ironman. However, I’m very biased in this regard since I went to WVU. Next stop, Arizona!

Brett DeWitt
Sterling, Virginia