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Branson 70.3 - Finisher report!

Posted Sep 23 2012 8:56pm
We DID IT!!!
Branson 70.3 finishers!  
First off, thank you for your support, enthusiasm and excitement for our first race experience together. Secondly, I apologize for any typos or spelling body and brain are very tired (thanks for understanding).   I am so excited to write my race report but for now, I am going to enjoy doing nothing. My season is official complete and it's time to reflect and think about next year.  A day after his 36th birthday, I'm so happy that Karel enjoyed his first half ironman....and this course was no joke. Harder than we could have imagined while reviewing info about the course but once we arrived to Branson, we knew race day would be a challenge.  The day started at 4:15am when we woke up (central time) and after riding the shuttle bus to Moonshine Lake, we were greeted with 74 degrees in the lake. This was very welcoming considering the shivers with 43 degree air temps.  The swim was beautiful. The water was clear enough to see your hand entry and the course was wide enough that there was room to navigate around the wave starts. I started at 7:15am and Karel started at 7:23am.   After the 1.2 mile swim, it was a quick run up a steep ramp (from the beach) to T1. This was the only time we would be at this transition since T2 was near the Landing (finish line/run course). It was a little chilly but I was comfortable post swim. In my race report I will go into details as to my gear/nutrition for this race.   The bike started w/ 6 miles of very rolling hills out to the 2 loop hwy bike course. I took Karel's advice and didn't not power the hills to start the bike and it paid off. Once we entered the closed course on the hwy, the long 1-2 mile climbs quickly woke up my legs. The descends were very welcoming but were not long enough. That's ok, what goes up has to go down. Between each out section was a turn off with steeper climbs than the highway and our turn around was in the parking lot of a high school.  The wind was not in our favor heading to the high school but we could feel a little give in the wind on the way back. Still, the same climbing and descending but as the course went on, it seemed like everything got steeper and steeper, longer and longer.   A few pics from the Internet of the bike course... 

     Karel's splits:
Swim: 35
Bike: 2:45
Run: 1:33
Total time: 4:57
5th age group, 18th  amateur male
Race Name/DistanceHALF Ironman
Overall Place52
Division NameW30-34
Division Place1st (age group)
Gender Place1st (overall amateur female)

Swim Time30:30 (2nd age group)
Swim Pace1:35
Transition 12:59
Bike3:07:47 (3rd age group)
Bike Rate17.9
Transition 21:13
Run1:36:33 (fastest female AG run)
Run Pace7:23
Final Time: 5:19.02



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