“I think the most intimidating thing about doing a half was that I would read so much and I would look at all the things I needed to know about the swim, the bike, and the run and think, ‘can I really do this? Am I putting in enough training?'”
Trish Roberts Post-Race Interview
The previous episode featured a pre-race interview with Trish Roberts six weeks before her first Half Ironman. In addition to training, Trish has a full-time job in addition to being a mother and wife.
On September 28, she finished Ironman 70.3 Augusta in 6:55. Her goal was 7:30.
On race day the temp was 70 degrees with high humidity. The swim was down a river and resulted in a fast time. She paced the bike on perceived effort with a goal of 15mpm. She was 7 minutes faster on the second half of the bike and the effort felt comfortable throughout.
Her biggest issue was discomfort with her seat, and she will be replacing that for future training. Her goal was 250 calories per hour, and if I recall her weight is 125 pounds. She had a mix of gel, a Honey Stinger Waffle (designed for athletic use), and Skratch drink. Her fueling, with one exception, was planned and tested in advance of the race. She made the last minute decision to use Skratch during the race, and didn’t sip water on the ride. This is something she will change in future races as it resulted in an intake that was too calorically dense and lacked water. On the run she craved water only and not sports drinks. However, she still felt good throughout the run.
She plans to do Augusta 70.3 again in 2015 and she took detailed notes of her experience to better prepare for next year. This note taking is great advice for every athlete and pays huge dividends.
Her results are below.