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Penticton, British Columbia
Ironman North America
80F / 27C
Total Time = 14h 05m 56s
Overall Rank = 170`/2655
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 70/162
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:30, had a good breakfast, bagels, cereal, Cobb's teatime. Headed for the body marking & bag delivery. Ran into teammate Ken Schow and his wife in the body marking line. Filled the aero water bottle and put all my nutrition in the bike, checked tires. Waited forever for the washroom.
Event warmup:

None, sat in the water right before the start after finding Sandi
  • 1h 20m 5s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards

Started on the left side with about 2000 of my competitors. Waited until the main group waded in, and followed behind them. had open water until the buoys. Had a little contact at the 1st buoys, got kicked in the stomach hard at the 2nd buoy. started running into the pack about 1/2 way back, and by the time I got to the last 6 buoys (TYR ones), there was no where to go, , no open water, just folks every were. Lots of contact/groping until getting out of the water. Missed a PR by 90 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe start closer to the front of the pack.
Transition 1
  • 07m 48s

3 minutes faster than last time at this location. I was much more organized on the set up of my gear bag which really helped. The tent was a zoo with all the folks who came in. Went to the bathroom and then got sun screened. Ran out with the bike.
What would you do differently?:

try to move faster
  • 6h 21m 16s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.63 mile/hr

Bike was really solid until Yellow lake. Don't know what happened. Richter and the 7 hills where easy, didn't even notice them. The out & back seemed to take forever. When I went up Yellow lake my race fell apart. I could barely make the last 400 yards, and when I got to the aid station I wasn't thinking clearly, and stopped, but couldn't get out of my pedals. I could feel sweat coming out of every pore. Aid station worker came running & helped me. he said I didn't look good, and started dump water & ice all over me, and the ice down my jersey. waited about 5 minutes to feel better, drank water then on my way. Saw Sandi just after that. At Twin lakes ran into teammate Ken, who had to repair a tire, and then flew by. Rest of the bike was uneventful, but didn't feel good.
What would you do differently?:

not sure, trying to figure out what happened at Twin lakes
Transition 2
  • 07m 28s

Love the volunteers, the do so much! Change went well wasn't feeling too good but mad the best of it. Wanted to sit a little longer but my friend in the tent told me to get going.
What would you do differently?:

nothing, was fastest T2 at this site.
  • 6h 08m 59s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 14m 05s  min/mile

Run totally blew up. Not even sure what happened. Started running at about a 10:30 pace out of T2, but by the end of Mile 1 I was feeling light headed, and could hear my heartbeats in my ears, along with my voice when I talked. Slowed down to a walk. At the 1st aid station tried cola, but made my stomach (which already hurt) hurt even worse. Tried to run lamp post to lamp post but got really light headed almost couldn't go straight when I ran. When I felt like I could I ran. About Mile 10-11 ran a friend came up from behind to pass me, and she was having a similar issue and so we worked together to get to the turn around. Picked up the special needs back and gave it to my wife I wasn't using it this time. Was able to run some on the mile 17-21 area. I started leg cramps about mile 21 which reduced my running as well.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out what went wrong, shouldn't have had this kind of a run.
Post race
Warm down:

Got caught by my teammate Rachel, how cool is that to have someone you know catch you!!! She took care of me in the recovery area, then my wife & I got the bikes & went for a burger & beer!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The mess of the run

Event comments:

Looking forward to coming back to the Challenge Penticton in a few years.

Last updated: 2011-08-30 12:00 AM
01:20:05 | 4224 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 55/162
Overall: 1397/2655
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: Out to 2 buoys and back Sort of a open rectangle.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 07:48
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
06:21:16 | 112 miles | 17.63 mile/hr
Age Group: 58/162
Overall: 1242/2655
Performance: Average
Wind: Little with gusts
Course: Down to Mclearn rd, then to Ricter Pass then the 7 rolling hills, out & back, Yellow lake, then return home
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 07:28
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
06:08:59 | 26.2 miles | 14m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 70/162
Overall: 1701/2655
Performance: Bad
Course: Out along lake shore drive, then up main street, then out & Back along Skaha lake. Return.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3