Ironman Lake Placid - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Lake Placid, New York
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
75F / 24C
Total Time = 12h 38m 21s
Overall Rank = 739/2554
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 45/136
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:00, packed up my morning stuff and grabbed breakfast. Bagel with peanut butter and a gatorade. Didn't get to my 2nd bagel, probably nerves. Took a few bites around 6:30.
Event warmup:

Does walking my special needs bags count? After getting in the water right before the pro cannon went off I swam over to where I wanted to start.
  • 1h 09m 3s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards

My goal was 1:10:00, so I'm very happy I beat that. I started close to the start line, about 20 yards from the beach. I kept that line as I had no intention of messing around on the buoy line right off the bat. This planned worked well as there was some contact, but not a ton, and I was able to sight well. The turn was very crowded, and on the way back I found myself on the line. Contact was worse, but.. the line! Took a couple hard hits, but nothing too bad. Hit the shore at 33:31.. fantastic! Now I was expecting the 2nd loop to thin out a bit.. I was wrong. I couldn't get away from the line if I wanted to, bodies kept pushing me back toward it. Contact was unavoidable, often quite rough. At no point was I even aware of my effort level as all my focus was on the rugby match I was apparently taking part in. Made it to shore a minute short of my goal and not bleeding.. I'll take it!
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 11m 17s

Wetsuit strippers = the best thing ever! On the jog back to T1 I saw Leigh when she screamed some words of encouragement at me, that was pretty awesome :). Wasted some time in the changing tent mostly due to confusion. I had no clue what to expect when I walked in there, and it was quite a scene! Found a seat and took my time dressing in no particular order. Volunteer had my bike when I was running out (love those people!) and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Not sit so long in the tent
  • 6h 47m 12s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.50 mile/hr

Digestive issues pretty much the whole time. I was able to eat as planned, but I think it hurt my fluid intake. I've heard if you don't urinate by mile 60 its a problem.. well I didn't go at all. At special needs the volunteers had a hard time finding my bag but I wasn't even upset. It was absolute chaos there and they were doing an amazing job, plus the extra few minutes of rest probably weren't the worst thing. Tried to eat my sandwich but digestive issues forced me to stop after only a few bites. Got back on the bike and hit the 2nd loop. My power levels were about what I've done in long training rides and my splits were very consistent so I think my effort level was spot on. Rode the descents aggressively and the climbs conseratively and I think that worked out. Not the time I was hoping for but given the digestive issues I'm not too upset.
What would you do differently?:

Force myself to drink more. Rather than being pleased I wasn't wasting time to stop to pee I should've recognized this as a problem.
Transition 2
  • 07m 57s

Wasted less time. My plan was to eat some food but my stomach was starting to get to the 'no more' point already. Only choked down a few pretzels.
  • 4h 22m 52s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 02s  min/mile

This was a battle. At first my goal was to keep my heart rate in a certain zone, but other issues made that irrelevant. I was walking aid stations trying to take in fluids and calories but I couldn't catch up. Dehydration hit me pretty hard by the second half as well as hyponatremia. Legs were getting crampy but I forced myself to at least jog between stations, then walk through and try to take in as much as possible. Didn't seem to matter, my stomach was rejecting food majorly. It took me a full minute to choke back a single pretzel and I couldn't handle anything but water. I just kept thinking about the finish line and how bad I wanted it. Coming back into town was a huge boost as the crowds were AMAZING. Heading back down Mirror Lake Drive I could hear the noise from the staduim and I knew it was going to happen for me. Before entering the oval a guy in my age group passed me and I stuck him, planning to pass on the bend. Another guy went around both of us just as we were entering the oval so I made my move, affraid that would set my guy off. I passed both of them easily and saw a 3rd guy giving high fives around the bend and I said "well, might as well pass him too and just sprint it in". Flew by him and hammered home despite severely cramping calf muscles. Put my arms up and smiled big before collapsing into volunteers. Awesome.
What would you do differently?:

Better hydration/nutrition starting on the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

The volunteers plopped me in a chair and I stayed there for a solid 20 minutes trying to drink/eat. I was in pretty bad shape and couldn't stomach much. I was asked several times if I was okay but I kept waving people off with a smile. Eventually I was able to eat more and got up to find Leigh. What a day!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor hydration/nutrition. Can't complain as it was my first IM and I'm very happy with my result!

Event comments:

What an awesome event. And I can't say enough about the volunteers!! They were amazing and absolutely make the event what it is.

Last updated: 2011-08-07 12:00 AM
01:09:03 | 4224 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 43/136
Overall: 618/2554
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Course: Two loop rectangle with a short beach run between loops
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 11:17
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
06:47:12 | 112 miles | 16.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 82/136
Overall: 1185/2554
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Two loops with two out and backs along the way. Quick downhill out of town then some small climbs before a long fast descent. Flat/rolling for awhile before climbing for an extended stretch back to town.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 07:57
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
04:22:52 | 26.2 miles | 10m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 45/136
Overall: 739/2554
Performance: Good
Course: Downhills out of town then some rollers before coming back up those hills and a shorter out and back along the lake. Two loops.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5