Ironman Florida - Triathlon

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Panama City Beach, Florida
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
82F / 28C
Total Time = 11h 50m 1s
Overall Rank = 946/3000
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 116/
Event warmup:

What an amazing event. The open water swim was not what I was prepared for. Nice size waves and tons of punches and kicks to the face! That part was expected and part of the experience. The whole day went much better than I had even imagined. My goal was to finish under 13 hours. I finished with a time of 11 hours and 50 minutes!!!! I was so excited to hear my name called when I crossed the finish line. It went so well I signed up the next morning for 2014!!!
  • 1h 19m 40s
  • 4156 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

the swim was so intimidating. Huge chop and cold. Was glad it happened. Added to the overall IRONMAN experience
What would you do differently?:

I would find some way to get some open water training in before the race. All my swims were done in the Lifetime Fitness pool
Transition 1
  • 08m 40s

outside of catching my breathe for a quick second it went much smoother than expected.
What would you do differently?:

I would put some more body glide on under my trisuite before heading out.
  • 5h 36m 6s
  • 112 miles
  • 19.99 mile/hr

I really enjoyed the bike. This was my first 112 mile ride and it went perfect. I had no technical issues along the way and drank just enough. I was very happy with the ride.
What would you do differently?:

I would push a little harder on the bike knowing my legs would be there in the run. I held back a little due to my fear of my first marathon.
Transition 2
  • 05m 46s

I flew through this transition! Everything went smoothly. Wearing the trisuit and not having to change clothes made this very easy.
What would you do differently?:

I would not change anything about this transition.
  • 4h 39m 49s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 41s  min/mile

First 14 miles were great. I hit the wall just after the 14 mile marker. I did not handle my nutrition correctly on the run and my mind starting taking over on how hard this was. Next year I will be more prepared.
What would you do differently?:

better nutrition and hydration in the first 13 miles.
Post race
Warm down:

hugged my wife and son then sat for about 5 minutes then made my way to the Pizza tent. No warm down

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

What an amazing RACE! I would recommend this to anyone thinking of doing there first Ironman. I will be back for 2014 and might just make it an annual event!

Last updated: 2012-12-09 12:00 AM
01:19:40 | 4156 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 150/
Overall: 1302/3000
Performance: Average
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: High
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 08:40
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
05:36:06 | 112 miles | 19.99 mile/hr
Age Group: 114/
Overall: 9057/3000
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: the course was mostly smooth and flat outside of about 8 miles around the 54 mile mark. This section was HORRIBLE. I saw a ton of bikes on the side getting flats repaired. I lost my two good water bottles due to the poor road that had my nutrition in them.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
04:39:49 | 26.2 miles | 10m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 116/
Overall: 946/3000
Performance: Average
Course: The run was nice and flat. Tons of great spectators along the way. Some of them very entertaining.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %.03%
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