Ironman Arizona - Triathlon

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
74F / 23C
Total Time = 13h 39m 13s
Overall Rank = 1307/1915
Age Group = m40-44
Age Group Rank = 308/442
Pre-race routine:

Got up about 3 and laid in bed for an 30min.....ate 3 Clif bars and drank an Ultra.
  • 1h 39m 32s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 22s / 100 yards

Could've done a better job of navigating @ times. Had worse swims. Went into this thinking 132/135hr but, everytime I checked my hr, it was 125/127 and thought I would be thanking myself later in the day for it...Was wanting it closer to 1hr 30min, but hay, this was my 1st. Didn't want to struggle the rest of the day just to meet a "time goal" in the water....Saw Selena, my mom and the kids then ran another 50yds and saw Jared and Mercedes ! Was great having family support for this long of an event...
What would you do differently?:

Navigate better......
Transition 1
  • 13m 48s

Eh, I didn't lollygag but I didn't think my T1 was THIS slow....
What would you do differently?:

Try harder to keep it closer to 3-5min.
  • 6h 30m 27s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.21 mile/hr

Had my nutrition dialed in to the nut. Was drinking 1 bottle of Ultra the 1st 2hrs. with 2 shot bloks every 20min and a salt tab every hr. Used my 2 concentrated bottles of Amino and used the waters on the course to get thru the last 4hrs. Also, took a digestive enzyme capsule @ 1st fuel up and @ the 1/2 way mark of the bike ride. Had sunscreen taped to my stem and hit that up @ the 1/2 way mark. Felt my bike was good. NOT doing the distance in training did mentally help me. When I got to the 100 mile mark I was still feeling strong and by the time I got back into town, I was getting more excited about starting the run. Starting the bike, saw my partner, Rick, from work, taking pix and soaking up the whole IM experience! I really wanted the "build as the day goes on" theme and really felt I was doing a good job of doing that.
Transition 2
  • 12m

Still slow, had another great volunteer helping me!
  • 5h 03m 26s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 35s  min/mile

Really hit some dark spots on the 1st loop. Was mentally struggling in patches. Told myself I would not do any breathe counts til the 2nd loop. Wasn't even considering it on the 1st loop. Just took a long time to adjust mentally. Then I realized the sun was coming down soon. I kept telling myself "Once the sun goes down, I've got it!!". I run ALL the time in the dark. I'm comfortable doing it and I was using it as a motivator! Ran into Jared and Mercedes early. Thru the whole run, Jared probably ran 3 or 4 miles with me! He was coaching me up and pumping me up. He was as excited as I was!!! He had talked to someone and new about where I would be and when and he was freaking me out on the 1st loop! His motivation was priceless!!!!! I stopped 4x to fill my bottle @ the tables and peed 1x during 1 of those stops. But, I ran the whole marathon...slow, but walking without injury just isn't an option with me....My 2nd loop, I felt strong and once I got to 20mile mark I was waiting to get the hammer dropped on me and it just wasn't happening! When I got to 23 mile mark and saw Jared I told him to meet me at the finsih line!!! I got this!!! The last 3 miles, the excitement was building and the energy was amazing!!!! I listened to everyone saying "enjoy the chute"!! Plenty of high 5's and fist pumps, I slowed down to let the guy ahead of me get his moment and so I could have mine! Then I heard Mike Reilly say"Todd Slaten, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!!! Oh yeah!!! Then he said "Todd lost 109lbs!!!" I was wobbly but so effin' excited!!! Everyone in my family was teary eyed and smiling and smiling at me because I was........teary eyed and smiling!!! Man, whatta feeling!!!
Post race
Warm down:

Just ate some fries and went back to the room, only slept about 4hrs. Got up, ate some toast @ the hotel.

Event comments:

Best race ever!!! The course support from spectators/volunteers was like no other race I've done! This race just lit my fire even more!!! I couldn't wait to get back @ it this week! Just made me wanna dig deeper,work harder to get more fit and faster! Learned a lot today and the last 30 weeks of training! Can't wait to do another!!!

Last updated: 2012-11-19 12:00 AM
01:39:32 | 4224 yards | 02m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 378/442
Overall: 0/1915
Performance: Average
Suit: Synergy Endorphin Full
Course: Rectangle 1 loop course in Tempe Town Lake
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 13:48
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
06:30:27 | 112 miles | 17.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 359/442
Overall: 0/1915
Performance: Good
1st loop, 142,2nd & 3rd loop was easier keeping it @ 140.
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: 3 loop out and back from TTL to Shea Blvd. on the Beeline.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 12:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:03:26 | 26.2 miles | 11m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 308/442
Overall: 0/1915
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loop course around TTL
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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