Ironman Coeur d'Alene - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
United States
WTC - North Amer. Ironman
92F / 33C
Total Time = 13h 19m 29s
Overall Rank = 928/2227
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 207/394
Pre-race routine:

Drove in from Wallace, parked, and filled up bottles. Sat around, relaxed for a while, and then got into wetsuit.
Event warmup:

  • 1h 16m 54s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

Wow!! I've never seen that many people in the water at once. The swim was a complete washing machine. I was feeling nice and relaxed until my mask got knocked off after rounding the second bouy and starting back. After that, I couldn't get the mask resealed and had to deal with water in the mask. I got a little panicky for a bit but pulled it back together after 30 seconds or so. I tightened up strap when I got to the shore but it never did seal right. Therefore, I ended up doing the last 1.7 miles of the swim without being able to see well. I couldn't see out of the left eye at all (filled with water) and the right eye had a little water in it also. Thank god I was in the MOP so I could just focus on the swimmer in front of me or it would have been even more interesting.
What would you do differently?:

Go with goggles instead of a mask for a mass start.
Transition 1
  • 09m 6s

I was dealing with bleary eyes for this entire transition. I decided to take my time through the transition to allow my eyes time to clear up from the swim mask fiasco.
  • 6h 15m
  • 112 miles
  • 17.92 mile/hr

The first loop was fun. I was comfortable and enjoying the ride. Unfortunately, I took in too many calories in the first 90 minutes of the bike and then started to have problems. The main problem being I just didn't want to drink. Thus I got dehydrated as the ride went on and just fell apart on the second lap.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more and spread out calories more.
Transition 2
  • 06m 32s

At this point, I knew my race was over so I just took my time. I decided to change out of the tri-suit and put on a singlet and shorts to be more comfortable.
  • 5h 31m 20s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 39s  min/mile

Hot and dehydrated. I went into the run dehydrated so the the run was just a long slow walk/run slog.
What would you do differently?:

Not drink chicken broth. I took the chicken broth at one of the aid stations because it looked so good. Needless to say, that was a mistake.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training and dehydration

Event comments:

This was a totally different race for me. The M-dot races are very slick and very well produced. That said, I definitely think they are pushing the envelope on how many people they have in an event. FWIW - I think they ought to cut back the number of people at each event (2500 spots -> 200 spots) and add another event.

Last updated: 2006-04-25 12:00 AM
01:16:54 | 4224 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 263/394
Overall: 1210/2227
Performance: Average
Suit: QR
Course: Two loop rectange
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Average
Time: 09:06
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
06:15:00 | 112 miles | 17.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 206/394
Overall: 846/2227
Performance: Below average
First lap in 2:54, second lap in 3:21.
Wind: Some
Course: Two loops. Each loop consisted of an out and back to Higgins point (fun) and then a rolling hill section above the spokane River before turning around in Post Falls. The course back to CDA from Post Falls was along the centenial bike path before crossing back onto city streets.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 06:32
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:31:20 | 26.2 miles | 12m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 217/394
Overall: 1091/2227
Performance: Bad
Course: Two loop course. Run a small out and back section along the lake bike path before turning around and running up through town. We ran through some residential sections before we made our way over to CDA drive. Out CDA Drive towards Higgins point until the turn around point on the hill and then we ran back to the start/finish area.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
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] 4