Ironman Coeur d'Alene - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
50F / 10C
Total Time = 13h 55m 29s
Overall Rank = 1356/
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 98/
Pre-race routine:

Slept, ok not great used room service breakfast at 4am, should not have had any fruit,except banana
Event warmup:

Got my tires pumped , everything set up , packed my morning bag all like the plan I had.

Watched the pro start, honey stinger at 6:40, and some water.
  • 1h 32m
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

First lap went well, I would just swim and try and give everyone around me space,That didn't work well I got hit a bunch but was ready ....My goal was to stay calm.
First loop 41 minutes just under my goal, I was pumped to swim harder the second loop. That didn't work well because someone turned on the whirlpool, and I fought chop and body parts sloshing around in 51 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Not much I used my mediocre swimming ability well I thought.
Transition 1
  • 09m 15s

I was a little dazed coming out of the swim,almost fell 2x I tried to trot and focus on what the volunteers were telling me.
Things cleared a bit as I got my wetsuit stripped and started freezing.
What would you do differently?:

wanted a 8 minutes took 9.... Try and improve.
  • 7h 05m
  • 112 miles
  • 15.81 mile/hr

I was exposed as a poor climber from the small hills of North Carolina.
I was not feeling great stomach was iffy the whole time but that's an excuse, course was harder then I trained on and it showed.
What would you do differently?:

Head to the mountains 2 out of 3 weekends for my long rides.
Transition 2
  • 07m 52s

Just had to use the the bathroom again to relieve my tummy.
What would you do differently?:

tweak nutrition
  • 4h 59m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 25s  min/mile

Ran a couple miles easy and got discouraged felt like I didn't have much left.
I then started walking aid stations feeling sorry for myself. I slogged thru the first half of the marathon.
Something funny happened next, I started feeling better, and I started grinding, I saw my wife about a mile later and she would have none of that feeling sorry stuff...."She said you got this now run like you want it."
The last ten miles I only walked 1 time to refuel. Not fast by any means but I started thinking keep running man you can salvage sub 14, my bronze medal goal.I passed a lot of people and that energized me, I saw a friend from the board with 5 miles to go and felt another boost. Nobody has passed me in a while and I tried to pass as many folks as possible.
Coming into town I was racing hard and the crowd was helping me run, I felt like they were all cheering for me, When I turned down Sherman I was never more beat in my life, but at the same time I was as alive as any man can be.
I got some space and as I think of that incredible finish, and how far I have come from a dark place...I cry again as I write these words.
What would you do differently?:

screw it just run till you collapse, no holding back cause it hurts.
Post race
Warm down:

After The Medal experiences, and hugs from my wife, I went to the closest beach, stood waist deep in the chilly water. By myself then with the sun almost down it was a spiritual moment in my life.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough climbing with the bike tummy was a little rough at times.

Event comments:

I have never felt so welcome from a community so far from home. Thank you volunteers and everyone in a wonderful place called Coeur D Alene

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Last updated: 2011-07-24 12:00 AM
01:32:00 | 4224 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 132/
Overall: 1724/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Zoot Fusion
Course: 2 loops, started right about 3/4 back of the maniacs.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 57F / 14C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Bad Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 09:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
07:05:00 | 112 miles | 15.81 mile/hr
Age Group: 138/
Overall: 1600/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: 2 loops. out harder back more technical
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 07:52
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
04:59:00 | 26.2 miles | 11m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 98/
Overall: 1356/
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loops some decent hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5