Devilman 1/2 IM
(1.2m swim, 56m bike, 13.1m run)
May 15, 2005
After only 24 run miles in April due to a pulled hamstring, this race went from an A to a low C training day. I didnít want to re-injure it 2 months out from IMLP. I had only one long run of 9 miles 2 weeks ago since the marathon March 20. This run went fine and participating in Devilman was a go. Special thanks to Jan Wanklyn for the massage/body work getting me up and running after a few weeks.
Next factor was the weather. Virginia to Maine was expecting thunderstorms all weekend. The forecast was changing by the hour so it was a wait and see kind of thing. The water temp on Saturday was low to mid 70s. But, it was a very shallow pond and cooled off considerable for the early morning start.
Out the door at 6:00 and it was already 66 and muggy. Set up my stuff and the sun came out and it was turning into a sauna already at 7 AM. Still better then thunderstorms. Everyone was hoping to be done the bike before a major storm cell rolled through. The boy scouts did a great job of clearing the field of roots and stumps. Hay was laid out in the transition area soften the ground and keep the mud at bay.
The water cooled off to 67 overnight. It was an in water start so we had about 1 minute to get used to it. I was in the second wave on the 2 lap course. The bike and run were 2 lap courses as well. Uneventful swim, just the way we like it. Out of the water in 35 minutes. Changed and out onto the bike. Wind and flats were the stories on the bike. I saw about 10 flats in the first 5 miles and about 30 flats during the bike leg. I can imagine there were many I didnít see. Iím sure this contributed to the 10% DNF rate.
The winds were relentless. 20-30 mph the whole time. The last 13-15 miles of the loop were straight into a constant headwind. Everyone dropped about 5 mph off their speed. I just found a gear I could spin and stayed on the aerobars. Also with the wind, you couldnít tell how much you were sweating so I made sure I was getting enough fluids. More of the same the second loop. Finishing the bike leg grinding into a headwind for 45 minutes took as much mental as physical effort. I guess those hours on the trainer help here.
Still no rain when I hit the run under the 4 hour mark. The run was an out and back twice on a packed dirt trail through the park. Minimal shade as the sun was right over head at midday. Now when you wish you had a breeze, you didnít. I was passing people regularly. It was getting hot and I had to make sure I was getting enough fluids in and on me at the aid stations. Hamstring was doing great. It tightened up a little once. I just kept the fluids up and didnít push the pace.
Finally at mile 7, clouds cover came in and the winds kicked up a nice breeze. The Devil on my left said, ďYou can make up a few minutes and break 6 hours.Ē The Angel on my right said, ďThis is not a race for time, donít hurt yourself.Ē OK, just keep going there are still 5 miles left. 3 miles left. Could I, should I? No, no, no. Youíll never forgive yourself if you get injured. At mile 12, I was at 5:51. I wont make a sub 6 without killing myself; but, I was relieved the temptation was gone and I still was having a great race. Continued to pass people up until the very end with the last person in my age group. Crossed the line in 6:02. A 13 minute PR. Four 1/2 IM PRs in a row.