It’s Real – 2016 IM 70.3 Augusta

IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta

Some of you may have noticed the new countdown over in my sidebar.  That’s right.  I’ve registered for my first 70.3 distance race.

(For you non-triathletes out there, a 70.3, sometimes called a half iron distance race, is a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run.)

I can’t decide if I’m terrified or excited.  Mostly excited.  A little terrified, but not of the race, just of the training I’m going to have to do to get there.  I’m confident I can cover the distance. The 8.5 hour time limit?  Well, it’s doable.  But I want to be comfortable with that time limit.  I want to be able to say “Yeah, I can totally do this within the time allotted, no worries.”

I played with a time calculator for a while.  Based on my results at Giant Acorn, if I can keep up those paces at double the speed, I’ll have an hour for transitions in order to stay within the time limits.  Of course, that was a stupidly fast run for me, and I’m not sure I can keep that up for a half marathon.

Then I put in my worst times for each segment (Colonial Beach swim, Fort Ritchie Bike, Williamsburg run).  That put me at 8:37 before transition.  Of course, that’s a terrible way to guess a pace because the Colonial Beach swim happened during a rainstorm, the Fort Ritchie bike got changed last minute and I had to walk a hill, plus the second half of the course is all uphill, and at Williamsburg, it was eleventy billion degrees so I walked so I didn’t pass out.

So then I just looked at my Williamsburg paces.  After all, Augusta could be hot.  So what happens if I have to walk a good chunk of the run?  Victory!  40 minutes for transition.

Of course, these calculations are really meaningless, but what they tell me is that if I stick to my training, this is totally doable.  I know I can cover the distance, it’s just that time limit that scares me.  Which is my typical feeling about races.

I’m spending the winter really focusing on my bike skills, plus I have my shiny new bike which has yet to participate in a race.  So my plan is to build up enough speed that whatever happens on the run, I will cross that finish line with time to spare.

And most importantly, I have a number of friends who are also racing and a few who have commented that they will come to cheer and/or sherpa, so either way, it’s going to be a great time.

4 thoughts on “It’s Real – 2016 IM 70.3 Augusta


    you will be fabulous and it will be great weekend to celebrate this awesome accomplishment! Plus you’ve got my husband as a professional Sherpa at your disposal too 😉

  2. So excited to follow your progress towards your first 70.3! Augusta looks like a good one. What made you pick it?

  3. Laura, it was sort of a group decision. We were looking for a 70.3 later in the season. There were a few voices who preferred lake/river to ocean. I didn’t want a super flat bike. And Augusta is known for being beginner friendly, so it was an easy choice!

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