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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
coolF / 0C
Sunny
Total Time = 16h 20m 1s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 46-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

4am wakeup, coffee,oatmeal,raisins,bannana. stretch, roll leave for T1 @ 5am
Event warmup:

light stretching and 5 minute swim @ 7:15
Swim
  • 1h 28m 58s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 07s / 100 yards
Comments:

The swim was my biggest concern and ended up being the best part of my day. Once in the water made my way to the deeper water and stayed there for the long straight. It was easy to tell by the drastic change in temp and color of the water(deeper water stronger current) Had plenty of landmarks along the right side and was able to stay straight by sighting off them on my breath stroke. had to do minimal pop up stighting ahead. With only one buoy 1 1/2 mi down course it would have helped anyway. I'm a slow swimmer and was expecting 1:30-1:45 So was happy to get out under 1:30
What would you do differently?:

Where tinted goggles, sun was really bad on right side breathing.
Transition 1
  • 13m 50s
Comments:

Took time in T1 to get everything right and get cool weather gear on. Just wanted to be under 15minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not as much cool weather gear
Bike
  • 7h 20m 23s
  • 112 miles
  • 15.26 mile/hr
Comments:

All my training and race strategy was based off heart rate and building endurance. My endurance exceeded my durability. I pushed too hard early on the bike and was @ 1/2 SN just under 3hrs and that's when I started to experience IT problems in right leg. Kept pushing and pain kept building and started to drop heel to compensate for the pain. By mile 70 Achilles and knee were pretty painful, kept going and had my "moment" at mi 90. had to get off the bike and could barely walk. Got my head straight and back on the bike and just pedaled with left leg the last 22mi. That took 2hrs
What would you do differently?:

Ease up on output and stop at all aid stations for a few minutes get off the bike stretch and walk around. It would have paid off for me in the end.
Transition 2
  • 05m 17s
Comments:

In a lot of pain and time was going to be an issue on run so didn't waste any in T2
What would you do differently?:

at this point nothing
Run
  • 7h 11m 51s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 16m 29s  min/mile
Comments:

Problems on bike kept me from being able to run. Right IT band was in full lock up, Achilles was very painful, was worried about cutoff times so I limped a 3hr 13.1 first lap to make first cutoff this bought me about 40 extra minutes on the final cutoff. Walked with right leg straight and about 4 paper cups smashed flat and in my shoe as a heel wedge to take stress off achilles
What would you do differently?:

Better strategy on the bike so I would have been able to run. If running I would have needed a headlamp in a lot of areas
Post race
Warm down:

Treated blisters on left foot, collected gear went to hotel and started thinking about 2014

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Flawed race strategy

Event comments:

I'll be Back...




Last updated: 2013-10-31 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:28:58 | 4224 yards | 02m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: full with booties
Course: easy with minimal sighting req.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 13:50
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
07:20:23 | 112 miles | 15.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
HR under 130 bpm avg
Wind: Headwind
Course: Really flat slight elevation gain leaving coast , but a loop course so it evened out returning. Stronger than expected headwind going out. Should have had more tailwind coming back in but temps were warming up and ocean breeze canceled out tailwind and actually created headwinds approaching coast.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 05:17
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
07:11:51 | 26.2 miles | 16m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
NA
Course: a few little hills, but not very well lit after dark,
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2013-10-31 9:04 AM
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Wow, I don't even want to imagine pushing through these distances with the kind of pain you must have been dealing with!

Kudos on sticking through it and getting to the finish on what had to have been an immensely tough day!

2013-10-31 5:10 PM
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Congrats, Ironman!!

Way to muscle through. Making that turn for the second loop of the run when you're hurting like that takes total commitment - Way to get it done!
2013-11-01 6:10 AM
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Unbelievable resolve and heart! Very proud of you a true Ironman! I wish more people outside of this sport could see efforts like this. Congrats.
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