Ironman Louisville - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Louisville, Kentucky
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 13h 07m 54s
Overall Rank = 1134/2439
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 178/311
Pre-race routine:

This was my first Ironman. I've been racing for 5 or so years, and only now felt ready to try one.

I have a lot more to this race report that I've documented at

This will be a brief run through of the highlights.

Woke up at 4:00. Ate yogurt, banana, bagel, coffee. Drank water. Took a gel as line started moving.
Event warmup:

None. Stood in line and met people around me.
  • 1h 16m 50s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

The swim went fine. I kept my strokes slow and steady. There was minimal contact. I think I swam further than I needed to by drifting a bit south. No worries though. I felt good getting out of the water.
What would you do differently?:

Stay a bit more on course.
Transition 1
  • 08m 47s

Took my time. Realized I forgot my Garmin. OK - going to race this thing blind. Fair enough. Missed a spot with the sunscreen, so my nose was burned. First ever Ironman transition, so cool.
  • 6h 17m 57s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.78 mile/hr

This was an OK right. Without knowing my HR, I didn't want to push it too much. I think I could have gone harder, but today was about finishing the distance. The hills were challenging at times, but weren't unmanagable. I really liked biking through La Grange.

There were a few wrecks out there, which was scary. Overall, most riders were cautious, but there were a few idiots out there. The aid stations were awesome. I also appreciated the devil, the grim reaper, the dude in the green suit, and all the funny signs out there. It made for a fun ride.

My knee started to ache around mile 70 and my toe went numb a few times.
Transition 2
  • 08m 36s

Walked though the transition. Was not in a rush. Got to see my wife on the way out. Felt special handing my bike off to someone.
  • 5h 14m 58s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 01s  min/mile

I knew I'd feel ok for the first few miles. And sure enough, I did. I made it to about mile 10 with a 9:30 pace including walks at the aid stations. Then I started walking a bunch. I first started walking because of stomach issues. But those went away with a little coke. Then my knee started to hurt, but that just became an excuse. Honestly, I could have pushed through, but I didn't. I knew I'd finish so I didn't have the motivation to keep it going. Oh well. Maybe next time.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Evaded medical attention, saw my wife, grabbed some pizza and drank some beer. Then made the trek to get my bike. I rode back with all my gear from transition to the hotel.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mental fortitude and motivation.

Event comments:

First ever Ironman. Was a blast. So impressed with WTC's logistics. Yes, M-Dots are expensive, but they sure put on a great show. Volunteers were super.

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Last updated: 2010-10-31 12:00 AM
01:16:50 | 4224 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/311
Overall: 0/2439
Performance: Good
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 08:47
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
06:17:57 | 112 miles | 17.78 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/311
Overall: 0/2439
Performance: Average
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 08:36
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:14:58 | 26.2 miles | 12m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/311
Overall: 0/2439
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5