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Panama City Beach, Florida
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 13h 24m 34s
Overall Rank = 1483/
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 243/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:45, ate some breakfast, about 700 calories. I woke up at 2am to use the restroom and ate about 400 calories. At 5am, walked to get body marked and put my 1 bottle of Perform on my bike and check my tires. Then walked back to the condo to relax.
Event warmup:

Met the rest of Team Kick Kaas at 6:30am and walked to the start. There were 8 of us, tension was high.
  • 1h 33m 26s
  • 4156 yards
  • 02m 15s / 100 yards

My only goal was to stay safe and swim under control. I might have taken that too far. I never swam hard, just easy. I found myself stopping frequently to let others go by, but rarely drafted behind anyone. I started with my sister, we finished the first lap together, and finished within 30 seconds of eachother. I hit my goal time, but really feel like I could have been 5-7 minutes faster. I started near the back of the pack, could have picked up a couple of minutes simply by starting sooner. I saw 1 jelly fish and to sting rays.
What would you do differently?:

I wouldn't be so concerned with the Mass Start. Being so far back after the swim, I really felt like I was "behind" the race.
Transition 1
  • 09m 3s

I skipped the wet suit strippers, I didn't want to lay down in the sand. My bag was in the first row, I took my suit off next to my bag and ran to the changing room. I only needed to put on my socks, shoes, jersey, sunglasses, and helmet. I decided to skip the gloves. There were no volunteers ready to help, but plenty of seating. I forgot my salt tabs, but had backups on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Look for a volunteer to help. The jersey didn't want to go on and I probably wouldn't have forgotten my nutrition. I wanted to eat a little, but I left everything in T1.
  • 6h 04m 58s
  • 112 miles
  • 18.41 mile/hr

I passed over 500 people, that told me how bad my swim was. Being in the back had it's benefit, I got a little help from others as I passed them.

I stopped 4 times to use the restroom. I lost 9 minutes. I was worried that because of the heat, I'd dehydrate. I lost my remaining salt tabs at special needs, so I started using gels instead of bonkbars. I don't know if that was a good idea.
What would you do differently?:

I guess I would drink less, keep more salt tabs on me, maybe put some in my special needs bag.
Transition 2
  • 04m 30s

I feel like I had a good T2. I learned from my T1 mistakes. I found a volunteer. Had him lay out my shoes and socks, while I had a drink and lubed my toes. I just changed my socks, shoes, then grabbed my hat and ran out the door. I took a small water bottle to drink the first mile of the run.
  • 5h 32m 37s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 42s  min/mile

With about 20 miles left in the ride, I started to have trouble breathing. I don't know if it was the humidity, but it wasn't fun. My HR was good, my legs felt great, I just couldn't take a deep breath.

I wanted to run the marathon in under 5 hours and I really felt like my legs were going to let me do it, but I just got harder and harder to breath.

Going into the run, I was in 4th place in the Team Kick Kaas Race. My closest brother was 37 minutes in front of me. I knew I would be in 4th place, but I was hoping to be much closer.

I was able to run/jog 22 of the 26 miles. I had 2 long walking sections, all other walking was just through the aid stations.

I ended up catching my brother at my 25 and we decided to finish together. He was walking at that point, I had averaged about a 10:30pace since mile 20, but figured that it would be better to finish together than me pass him and finish just a couple of minutes ahead.
What would you do differently?:

I need to figure out what was going on with my lungs. I don't know if it was nutrition/hydration or the humidity. I'm from the desert in Southern California, we don't have humidity. I was/am very frustrated with my run, I've registered for a marathon, just to prove to myself that I can run a marathon.
Post race
Warm down:

None, I crossed the line, went to get some food, but couldn't eat. I was still having a hard time breathing. Walked back to Alvin's to watch the rest of the family/Team Kick Kaas finish the race. I laid down on the side of road and tried to catch my breath.

Event comments:

This was my first Ironman branded race, it was nice, but it didn't meet my expectations. Maybe I was just too disappointed with my race performance.

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Last updated: 2012-01-26 12:00 AM
01:33:26 | 4156 yards | 02m 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 308/
Overall: 2090/
Performance: Below average
44:55 First Lap 48:31 Second Lap
Suit: De Soto Black Pearl
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 09:03
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
06:04:58 | 112 miles | 18.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 253/
Overall: 1577/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: I loved the course. Flat and fast. I like the small rolling hills towards the middle of race. The 5 mile out and back at mile 50 was horrible. Special needs on this crazy out and back was not a good idea. Riders were looking for smooth road, headed straight at eachother, all while trying to pick up special needs. My plan was to drink a bottle of perform between each aid station, drink water as much as possible and take in a bonkbar every other aid station. I followed this plan until special needs, then skipped the bonkbar and had a get instead. I normally used the water to cool my body. My HR was doing great, but I was getting hot.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 04:30
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:32:37 | 26.2 miles | 12m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
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] 4