Ironman Mont-Tremblant - Triathlon

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Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
World Triathlon Corporation
75F / 24C
Total Time = 12h 51m 41s
Overall Rank = 1111/2306
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 174/272
Pre-race routine:

Spent an amazing few days in Mont Tremblant with the family at the luge, climbing wall, eurobungy, pool and lake, generally eating too much. Race morning got up at 3:15 applesauced it up with a powerbar and went back to sleep. Got up again a bit late at 5 and had another powerbar and failed again trying to use the bathroom (TMI). Took the lift down to transition, pumped up the tires, got the fluid on the bike, hung around a bit, and got in queue for a very long time for one last shot at clearing the GI. I got to spend some time with the Iron Friar who had said Mass the day before, as he was running his 18th IM. Good sign there, right? After success getting the GI ready to go, I was running pretty late. Ran the way up to the swim start and got the wetsuit on. I made my way to the wave corral with 3 minutes to spare.
Event warmup:

pretty much just the panicked crap/flip flop run/wetsuit put on scramble as i almost missed the start to my first IM
  • 1h 19m 5s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

This was a great swim for me. My prior attempts at 1.2 were 46 minutes and 41 minutes and when I had come to train on the course a few weeks back it was more like 1:40. I was hoping for a 1:30 time. I got a groove and just held it the whole way. There really wasn't too too much contact during my swim, mostly on the back stretch. The chop was up at stages, but overall when I came out of the water with a 1:18 or so on my watch I was thrilled.
What would you do differently?:

This is proof positive I'm starting to get this triathlon thing. WIth better form this will improve.
Transition 1
  • 14m 1s

okay, i take back everything I said about getting this triathlon thing. I have no idea why the hell this took so long. I ran from the lake, did take one pit stop at a porta potty. the transition tent was packed and I had trouble finding a seat, but got down and put on my bib shorts, top and creamed up like crazy.
What would you do differently?:

Clearly I left at least 8 minutes here. But I really don't know how my time was 14 minutes.
  • 6h 10m 12s
  • 112 miles
  • 18.15 mile/hr

Pretty solid bike. Goal was to keep power in the 140s. I did a 2:55 first loop and felt really solid, I knew I was keeping a good bike pace, and had some good stretches out on 117 in the 27-28 mph range tucked. Had my first glorious on bike pee, ended up peeing three times on the bike. Second loop was a LOT windier. I knew this was coming having trained on course a few weeks ago. It's a lot easier dealing with the wind without auto traffic next to you. I felt like I was working a lot harder, but could tell my power was down. Second loop was 3:15 ish.. Overall I stuck with my plan of spinning up the hills. Nutrition was on plan, although I misplanned my gels and ended up taking some bananas out on course. about 5900 ft of elevation
What would you do differently?:

Come to find out, biking is my strongest discipline. That said, I've got a lot of room for improvement, and look forward to doing so on the trainer this winter. joy joy, sweating in the basement to sufferfest!
Transition 2
  • 06m 49s

Pretty good t2, especially compared to t1. I did take the time to change my top and shorts.
What would you do differently?:

scrap the bottle belt, just go with the race belt and deal with fluid on course
  • 5h 01m 37s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 29s  min/mile

This. Run. Sucked. I was told what I was getting into going into it, but wow. I'd run a couple of stand alone 26.2's but didn't really appreciate the difference here. The plan was to go out at 10:30s and then bring it down. First mile was 9:49, then I spent most of the first loop in the high 10's. I stopped in run special needs to get some more salt, a sock change (which I had forgotten in T2), and my notes from the wife and kids. Actually I left special needs and had to go back for the notes. A solid hamstring cramp popped up at mile 15, worked it out and took some more salt. Struggled in the low 12's mile 14-20. The chicken broth showed up at the exact right time when I needed salt. Evidently in Canada they can't serve capsules of any kind without being sealed, so if you're reading this for future reference BRING EXTRA SALT TABS!! With the 10k left I looked at my all up time for the first time and my very slowly working brain figured out I could break 13 hours if I stopped dicking around through the aid stations. I started taking just water and perform and focused my mantra (which my wife and I spent a long time determining) in my best Star Wars Gold Five voice "Stay on Target!!" I found my other gear and got back to sub 11's. I saw the fam on the last k, ran up the hill knowing I had it, smiled my ass off, high fived the world, ran down the chute, and finished my Ironman. Reilly wasn't around when I finished, and the announcer missed me entirely until I was done, but that's not what it was about.
What would you do differently?:

Now that I've done it, I know I left a ton of time out there on the run. Didn't need the long special needs stop, and I've got a lot of room to improve the run. That said, I never walked except for nutrition and my cramp. That was a goal.
Post race
Warm down:

Saw the family, took some pictures. Sat down for a few minutes, then realized I wasn't doing so hot. I told my wife I was okay, but to take the kids back to the hotel while I went to medical. Sat there for an hour or so with an IV for some nausea and OJ.

Event comments:

Wow. First IMMT is just an amazing amazing experience. While it is my only 140.6 to date, it was an extraordinary venue and event. When I picked my first full last year I had read the early rave reports and decided on this over IMLP. I can't exaggerate how much local support the community puts behind this race. The town is all in, as evidenced by 3 WTC events here in 2014. If you've got a family, it's not even a question. People have said it's a hard course, but if you train anywhere near hills like we do in the northeast it's REALLY not that bad (i ran a 34/28).
From my perspective, I met my goal of sub 13. I can identify an easy 15-20 minutes I left out there at my current fitness level, but at this point, really, that's not important. I think if I really went after it I could have pulled a 12:20 or so. Before Sunday I was pretty adamant that I wouldn't be doing another one of these until the kids were in college. Now I'm not so sure. I'll focus on sprints and 70.3's in 2014, but will probably be back to the full distance before I expected.

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Last updated: 2013-01-22 12:00 AM
01:19:05 | 4224 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 189/272
Overall: 1230/2306
Performance: Good
Suit: full Zoot
Course: One lap long way out and back with a short back stretch
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 14:01
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
06:10:12 | 112 miles | 18.15 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/272
Overall: 0/2306
Performance: Good
150 avg heart rate 133 avg power 159 normalized power
Wind: Headwind
Course: 2 loop hilly course much windier on second loop
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 68
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 06:49
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:01:37 | 26.2 miles | 11m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/272
Overall: 0/2306
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 loop course, probably 1500 ft of elevation
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %+2 lb
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5