SOMA Half Ironman Relay (run)

It was a warm day, but not hot by Phoenix standards. Amy, Eric and I did the half-iron-distance relay in Tempe, AZ (SOMA). I was up early with pre-race nerves (as usual) and was at the starting line at around 6:30AM. Amy was already in the water by the time I got there. Eric was there too, about to get ready for the bike leg in the transition area. For those of you who are not familiar with half-iron distance, it is 1.2 miles swimming (Amy), 56 miles biking (Eric) and 13.1 miles running (me). Our team was “Dust Devils” (name chosen by Amy).

A bunch of my friends who belong to OneMultisport (aka the cult) were there. I met Brooke who has opened a new triathlon store called “Destination Kona” and reminisced about my past week in Hawaii (she was there too as a spectator). Yes, I miss the Big Island. Pictured here (left to right) are Brett, me, Brooke, Shelly, Amy and Kristi.

Back to the race; Amy (unfortunately) got tied up in the swimming chaos and didn’t have the best of swims. Happens to the best of us. Eric was spot-on with his prediction of a 3-hour bike ride (he actually did it in 2:58).

By the time it was my turn to run, it was around 10:30 AM and the temperature was hovering just above 80 degrees. Yes, it was pretty hot. I felt good and wanted to maintain an 8-minute pace and a heart-rate between 152 and 158 to finish around 1:44 for the half-marathon. My tactic was to drink about half-a-cup of water at each aid station and pour a cup on my head. At around mile 9, I had the GU that I was carrying and immediately found a burst of energy. I finished strong clocking around 7:15 for the final mile coming in at 1:41:33. That picture is the 3 of us with our finisher medals (notice the finish line in the background). Our team finished 35th out of 73 teams. Not great, but not bad. Here is my Garmin data.

The rest of the day was spent in compression socks doing a bit if yard work and a quick dinner with Rahul-Janki and their kids.

I have a tough week coming up. Long swims, long runs and medium bike rides. My next race is the Phoenix 10k on November 4.

Binita took Simi and Missy to the PetSmart groomer this morning. They smell like roses and look nice and clean. I will post before-after pics in the next day or so!

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