Muncie Race Report
Now for the report about the half we did in Muncie. Because of the severe heat the race was shortened to a 1mile swim / 30mile bike / 6.2mile run. At first there were a couple of us cursing the race director for completely destroying our plans for the race, after all this would be my first 70.3 of the season (the half in Taylorsville was shortened as well). Another disappointed member of our crew was Vickie, this was going to be her first 70.3, but she took it all in stride and ended up having a great race! Once the news was made official (they posted it on facebook) we evaluated our game plan for the race and I removed some bottle cages from the bike and got rid of the nutrition box. I decided to go with 1 bottle of E-fuel and the bladder in the Shiv filled with water. For other calories I went with a couple packs of GU and ended up traveling rather light.
The swim start was extremely crowded and we took advantage of an area near the start roped off that allowed the racers to get a swim warm-up before the gun. Once my age group was called into the starting it felt like just a couple of seconds before we were in the middle of the lake headed back to T1. The beginning of the swim was uneventful and I settled into a comfortable pace quickly. I was fortunate enough to get through the course without any major detours and exited the water in 12th place in my division. At the time I had no idea where I was in relation to the other races however I saw another racer just ahead of me coming out of transition with my age group on his leg. T1 was quick and I was on my way for the 30 mile ride. The ride was much more flat than I had anticipated and I immediately started to hammer the ride. The course ended up being a 2loop course, 30miles long with about 1500 athletes, this means that the 2 lane road was extremely crowded. Luckily I didn’t hit too much traffic, so I was able to focus putting as much time into the guys in front of me as possible, ended up coming off the bike in 3rd place. I tried to take in as much water as possible without getting bloated so I never felt too dehydrated despite the heat.
Once out on the run my motto was to maintain a decent pace and not loose the time I made up on the bike. About 2 miles into the run I finally started to feel the heat, the oppressive 95+ heat… With only about 4 miles left my spirits were high as I ran through the aid stations only picking up water to throw on my head, it worked to cool me off but I should have been taking in calories. This proved to be my demise as I slowly came to a walk with only 2 miles left. I had to dig deep to run the last few miles and ended up with a disappointing 7th in the age group and 93rd overall. I say disappointing because of the work I put in on the bike just to let that time slip through my fingers on the run because I didn’t fuel properly.
Some of the other members of our crew fared a bit better. Jay McCurdy ended up having a great race and winning the overall amateur division! Vicky and Kathryn also had a great race finishing strong. By the end of the day those of us who were upset about the change in distance were very thankful for the adjustment, we were exhausted and pretty dehydrated by the end of it all.
Good luck with everyone and their racing endeavors and keep training hard!