Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas - TriathlonFull Ironman

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The Woodlands, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
77F / 25C
Total Time = 11h 39m 51s
Overall Rank = 299/2814
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 9/98
  • 1h 06m 46s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

I followed a tip from Badig's course preview and headed to the west shore to stand while waiting for the start. A few minutes before the start, I swam my way more to the middle to wait. This set me up for a perfect starting position. Initially it was a little rough but didn't take too long to spread out. I took the swim nice and easy and really enjoyed it. I spotted my family when we got to the canal and gave a little wave. They were able to follow me the rest of the way cheering with their cowbells! It was awesome!
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 03m 26s

Volunteers were a great help getting me ready. One put my shoes on while the other did sunscreen and another gave me my helmet.
What would you do differently?:

  • 5h 27m 10s
  • 112 miles
  • 20.52 mile/hr

I did exactly what I planned to do on the bike. Paced myself perfectly; ate and drank perfectly. The bike is always my least favorite and I can't wait to get off, but I did a good job keeping in check mentally. I don't think I've ever ranked higher in the bike than swimming or running before!
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 05m 1s

T1... the demise of my race. I hand off my bike and shoes no problem and start running down the grass. I round the turn and hit the concrete and burned my feet so bad!!! I make it into the transition tent where I'm told I'm in 8th place overall female (not sure if this is accurate or not) so I get very excited, the volunteers get me dressed, and I'm ready to run... except my poor burned feet weren't.
What would you do differently?:

KEEP MY BIKE SHOES ON!!!! (or wear socks while biking)
  • 4h 57m 28s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 22s  min/mile

Well I had planned for a 9-9:30 min/mile average but was very far from that. My feet hurt so bad. Every step was excruciatingly painful. My plan was to run the 1st and 3rd loops and run/walk the 2nd loop if needed. I ended up walking way more than planned but ran more in loop 3 than the other loops. I tried to make the most of it and had a good time on the run. The course had great spectator support!
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

I drank too much water too quickly after finishing and threw it all up. Once I got some calories in I felt better. I did a little stretching and went to watch others finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Burning my feet in T2. I wanted to go closer to 11 hours and burning my feet was really the only reason I was unable to do that. I had a fantastic swim and bike and set myself up for a decent run, so it is disappointing to be limited by that. The next day I wasn't even sore, except for my feet. 4 days later and I still can't put full weight on the balls of my feet. I know lots of others experienced this same thing. I am curious how/if it limited them as well.

Event comments:

My family came to this race thinking it was just another boring triathlon, but they had a blast!!! WTC does a good job of making this race fun for the athletes and spectators a like. I had a great time and look forward to doing another. I AM AN IRONMAN!!!

Last updated: 2012-07-16 12:00 AM
01:06:46 | 4224 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/98
Overall: 225/2814
Performance: Good
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:26
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
05:27:10 | 112 miles | 20.52 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/98
Overall: 226/2814
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 05:01
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
04:57:28 | 26.2 miles | 11m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/98
Overall: 299/2814
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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] 5