Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas - TriathlonFull Ironman

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The Woodlands, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
90F / 32C
Total Time = 12h 30m 33s
Overall Rank = 700/
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 143/
Pre-race routine:

Good sleep, up at 4:30, ate. Drove to the transition area, got everything set up, and then walked to the swim start area. Once there, I went to the bathroom 200 times and waited for the start.
Event warmup:

The swim is the warmup, right?
  • 1h 24m 38s
  • 3800 meters
  • 02m 14s / 100 meters

Took it very easy in the swim. About as much contact as was to be expected in the first 500 meters. The non-wetsuit wave was pretty polite overall. The only real dick move was by a guy wearing a wetsuit who caught up to us in the canal and proceeded to swim straight over three people in a row.
What would you do differently?:

Made the mistake of following the buoy line all the way down the back leg. I could've easily cut several hundred yards of the swim by sighting on the canal entrance instead.
Transition 1
  • 10m 15s

I don't know what I was doing in there for that long. Did a full change, so that had some effect, and I couldn't find a chair in the tent. I also went to the bathroom. But, still, this T1 time is pretty ridiculous.
What would you do differently?:

Hurry up.
  • 6h 19m 39s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.70 mile/hr

I took it very easy on the bike. I honestly wasn't sure how hard to go while still leaving something for the run.
Transition 2
  • 07m 17s

Again, I did a full change and stopped to use the bathroom. And, again, this T2 is pretty ridiculous.
What would you do differently?:

Hurry up!
  • 4h 28m 44s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 16s  min/mile

I felt great on the first lap. Then, on the second lap I started to have some problems with my right knee. I think the pounding on the all-concrete paths started to take a toll. I also got a bit nauseated from the heat on lap 2. So, I walked quite a bit on the second lap and switched to nothing but Perform and Coke. I started to get it together again on the third lap, mostly running and walking the aid stations. I wanted to break four hours, but the second lap just killed me.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I could probably have HTFU'd the second lap, but I wanted to make sure that I pulled it back together. So, I was pretty conservative.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Fear of the unknown. I was extremely wary of going too hard at any point in the race.

Event comments:

The only complaint I had about the race was the complete lack of information about how to get from the transition area to the swim start. There were no signs at all, and none of the volunteers (or race officials) seemed to have any idea of the shortest route.

Last updated: 2011-09-15 12:00 AM
01:24:38 | 3800 meters | 02m 14s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Aquasphere Skin Suit
Course: Out and back, then through canal.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 10:15
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
06:19:39 | 112 miles | 17.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: Big out and back loop.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 07:17
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
04:28:44 | 26.2 miles | 10m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: 3 loops, mostly on concrete paths and through a couple of neighborhoods.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
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] 5