Ironman 70.3 New Orleans: Tami Ritchie's Race Report

Ironman 70.3 New Orleans Swim
by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie Ironman 70.3 New Orleans SwimOn April 13th I raced Ironman 70.3 New Orleans. The race was going really well for me until the moment it wasn’t. Then it was just ugly. There was no in between. I did learn a few very important things and got to eat beignets after the race, so I think it still all equaled out to a pretty good trip. The swim was in the marina of a lake and shaped like a modified ‘M’. At times it was quite difficult to sight with the rising sun, but otherwise we had ideal conditions. I came out of the water 3rd and felt like I had been out for a little Sunday stroll and used almost no energy.

Ironman 70.3 New Orleans BikeT1 went smoothly and I got onto the bike. The bike went well, but it also went well in the wrong way. I biked good watts and a good time for me considering I had biked outside about five times in 2014 prior to the race. However, I did so with an average cadence of 79. Whoops! I think I came off the bike in 9th or 10th.

T2 again went well and the run started well. But I had to pee so bad! So, I stopped to pee. Second whoops! Combine the two whoopses and you get brick legs. The last ten miles of the run were quite awful. I just could not get the legs going again, and the Ironman 70.3 New Orleans course was very lonely with no shade for the first nine or ten miles. This all equaled a nice sufferfest for me for those last miles.

Ironman 70.3 New Orleans RunThe take-aways: I know my bike has improved—and will continue to ☺—I just need to bike faster the right way and take care of business on the bike, if you know what I mean.

As always, thanks to Kyle’s Bikes, Discount Tri Supply, Krueger Chiropractic, and everyone else who supports and cheers for me. Extra thanks to Discount Tri Supply for getting the disc wheel ready for me before this race on short notice. It was my first time biking on a disc and I loved it! About the Ironman 70.3 New Orleans race and course for those interested: The logistics are quite challenging, but I really enjoyed the race itself and thought everything ran smoothly as a racer. Packet pick-up, transition and start, and the finish are in all different places. And then we stayed in yet another location. It was a lot of driving and a bit stressful. The race ran really well from my perspective as a racer, but the spectators had a heck of a time getting from transition to the finish. My parents left transition right after I came out of T2 and did not even see the women’s winner finish. The swim in the marina is great because it is pretty protected from weather. Bike course is flat with good roads. It was windy, and there were four 180s. Run course pretty lonely and exposed- the course was changed this year but is supposed to be back to normal next year. Maybe this is better. With the exceptions of having to get between all the different places, everything ran smoothly and the staff and volunteers were all wonderful. Full 2014 Ironman 70.3 New Orleans results are on the Ironman website.
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Kyer Robinson
8 years ago at 3:56 PM
Great to hear the disc worked so well for you. Sounds like we may want to keep using that in the future.
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