Rev3 Cedar Point - Full Rev - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Sandusky, Ohio
United States
74F / 23C
Total Time = 13h 16m 1s
Overall Rank = 196/355
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 23/36
Pre-race routine:

slept well. woke up at 4:15 with alarm. oatmeal, 3 hard boiled eggs, coffee, granola bar and a gatroade through the AM before the race. Went to transition at 5:00 to drop off transition bags, set up bottles. Came back to hotel and met up with Alex and Seth and Suzy. Wished them good luck on the half. Went to the room, woke wife and kids up.Put on the wet suit. Not fun trying to change diaper while wearing a wet suit. Headed to the swim start.
Event warmup:

Hung out with wife and kids and parents and friends on the beach prior to the start. The wife was great at handeling family during the weekend. Watched pros start then swam for about 100 yards. Got out and it was ready to go!
  • 1h 21m 50s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

Mass swim start. Didn't have experience with that, so actually decided to start near the back. I have a lot of confidence in my swimming these days and don't get worked up at all at the swim starts anymore. i actually look forward to them. Not saying I;m fast at all, very MOP. I wanted to see how this would go. We started in the water at the bouy. Water is waste deep for about 100 yards, so thinned us out. I started moving in and around the pack trying to find space. Found it. Got a few hits to the head but no issues. 1500 yards in my left shoulder started to hurt as it has in training for the last 7 weeks. Forced me to do 50/50 breathing even though i like to breath right in races. No matter. beginning of 2nd loop for the first 400 yards, water kept getting in my goggles. More annoying than anyting. Fixed and moved along until it stopped. The last 500 yards, my right calf cramped hard. This has happend in training a bit lately as well. Was a sign of what was to come. 2nd loop was 3 minutes slower because of shoulder and goggle issues
What would you do differently?:

Started further up. Ended MOP. Should have started there, could have saved some time.
Transition 1
  • 09m 38s

Not sure what i was doing here. I felt fine, but my changing felt like it was in slow motion. Made sure i was dried of as it was chilly. Put on sunscreen then left. Dropped a lot of overall spots during T1
What would you do differently?:

move faster. but it was fine. not upset about this.
  • 5h 57m 55s
  • 112 miles
  • 18.77 mile/hr

Went out a bit strong, but that's ok. I felt good. Held good pace and started to slowly but consistantly pass people. I went from 182 overall after T1 to 111 after the bike. The right calf cramp i got in the swim was nagging me the entire ride. Drank a lot (partly to over compensate because i never seem to on the bike) and kept up with salt tabs. Downside was i had to pee a lot, which cost me some time.. My left inner thigh was strained during ride. Again, didnt affect my ride in my mind, but would come back on me during the run.
after mile 40, i couldn't tell where the wind was coming from. Some stretches it was in our face, some parts it was a cross wind. Never really felt behind us. Overall, i was fine with the ride. Wanted to be under 6 and i did. Nutrition was good.
What would you do differently?:

nothing on the ride would have changed. My legs were having issues the week leading up. Even got sports massages that week to help, but it is what it is.
Transition 2
  • 04m 23s

much better in T2. seemed much smoother
What would you do differently?:

  • 5h 42m 16s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 13m 04s  min/mile

where do i begin. tale of two races and this will weigh on me until i do another IM. The first 13.1 were what i thought, even if a little slow. I did what I thought I had to through the first loop to give myself a shot to finish good, somewhere in the 12:15 area. Sub 12 was the goal, but I knew that was a best case, and realistically 12:30 would be the time. I felt my training was good at preparing for running after these long bike efforts. Walked aid stations so i could stay as "fresh" as posible for as long as possible. But kept the run up on the first loop, even though it was not fast. Turn around hit me mentally and i was not happy to turn around near the finish. This derailed me for a bit, but i got it together and stayed with it. Drank some coke and gatorade out of T2, which upset my stomach and had to let it settle down. kept srategy to run and then walk aid stations to mile 16...and that;s when it happened.
I had ITB issues in my right leg. It used to manifest very acutely at the knee and it would be so bad I could not carry on with runs in training. I have worked hard to control them for the last two years and got to a really good point where it would not even bother me on long runs for the most part,l and if it did, the pain would disperse throughout the leg and i could handle it for as long as neccesary. THIS time it showed up as the former, right in my knee. at first i thought it was disperse, but it didn't. This changed my race strategy. For the next 5-6 mile, I would start running 4-7 times every mile and would last 30 seconds before my knee would almost give out and then i'd walk until it felt a little looser, then repeat. At mile 20, i said F this, this has to be mental and i started running and did not stop for 3 minutes trying to ignore the pain, but that was a mistake. This attempt made things worse. I could not keep running after that. I actually had to stop even walking for a few minutes. writing this now is bringing back the memories of the race as if i'm going through it again. I WANTED TO RUN this race at this point or go down trying, and i couldn't, at least in the vacuum of the world I was in at that point. i was there mentally. My legs were hurting in general, but at a level where I could block it mentally. I wanted this and I am frustrstrated. Nothing in my training of the last 5 months told me this was going to happen. things happen and i accept that, but that does not cover my frustration of not finishing the way i wanted to.

maybe if this had not happened and i was able to keep running and test the limits of my cardio fitness, something else might have happened to slow me down. who knows. My legs were hurting a lot aside from the knee issue. but i could deal with that.
What would you do differently?:

not sure how to answer this one. I should be able to accept anything that happened to me given this was my first IM and first marathon, but I just didn't see this coming...but again, I shouldn't be surprised by anything this late into this race.
Post race
Warm down:

hugged the family and friends that were there. So happy to see my kids. It was great to be at the culmination of all my training. Ate some food. Got really cold at one point so went to the med tent to warm up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

my knee in the run. that's it. I developed exercise induced Asthma during my training some how. Have been on an inhaler during long training for almomst 6 weeks. That didn't limit my abilities today in my mind. I managed it. I also got a sinus infection the week before and was on antibiotics up until race day. Didnt bother me, except having to shoot a lot of snot on the bike.

I loved doing an IM. I executed the plan i wanted through 136 miles of the race. BUT i will not do another 140.6 unless i know that issue will not pop up again. And if that never happens, that's ok because i'm not dealing with that again.

Event comments:

I loved doing the half last year so i came back to do my first IM here. Everything was good in general. Lots of volunteers, crowd into the finish was great. Something was missing though and i can't put my finger on it. It felt different than last year. My wife said as much as well. it was still great and recommend to anyone. Love the location and activities. Will be back to do half again next year most likely.

Last updated: 2011-11-16 12:00 AM
01:21:50 | 4224 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 23/36
Overall: 152/355
Performance: Average
Suit: full sleeve
Course: triangle X 2 with last leg angled off.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 09:38
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
05:57:55 | 112 miles | 18.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/36
Overall: 111/355
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: 10 mile then 2 big loops before returning back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 83
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 04:23
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
05:42:16 | 26.2 miles | 13m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 23/36
Overall: 196/355
Performance: Bad
Course: two loop with switch backs
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4