Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas - Triathlon

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The Woodlands, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 12h 37m 7s
Overall Rank = 614/2814
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 79/284
Pre-race routine:

Had a peanut butter sandwich, along with a bottle of gatorade, and a pack of Cytomax gummies.
Event warmup:

No real warmup. Got the tires pumped in transition, fluids on the bike, and in bags, and walked to swim start.
  • 1h 06m 23s
  • 4224 yards
  • 10s / 100 yards

Good swim for me. Glad I chose the wetsuit. Water temp was close enough to make it worthwhile. Also liked having it on when I caught up with the non-wetsuit swimmers.
Transition 1
  • 07m 46s

Took plenty of time changing into dry clothes. Didn't matter much as everything would have dried in the heat anyway.
What would you do differently?:

Gone faster
  • 5h 56m 14s
  • 112 miles
  • 18.86 mile/hr

Hot, hot, hot. Really started feeling the effects of the heat, and wind at about mile 90. Until that point, things had gone perfectly. Struggled the last 20 miles with some knee pain. Caused me to have to pedal with really only one leg.
Transition 2
  • 11m 8s

Again, took my time. Figured I would cool off a little in the tent. Didn't happen. The tent was like a stinky, sweaty locker room. I actually felt sorry for the volunteers who drew that short straw.
What would you do differently?:

Gotten out of the frying pan and into the fire faster.
  • 5h 15m 36s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 04m 59s  min/mile

Holy carp was it hot! I honestly didn't know I could feel that hot. Luckily for me, my inability to run prevented me from overheating even more. By the 3rd lap, runners were far outnumbered by zombie walkers, so I was in good company. The last mile never felt so good.
Post race
Warm down:

What warm down? Walking was about all I could do after that death march. Got water, a cold towel, and a finisher's pic.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat, and....the heat.

Event comments:

Amazing volunteers. They really made the race enjoyable, even with the extreme conditions.

Last updated: 2013-05-20 12:00 AM
01:06:23 | 4224 yards | 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/284
Overall: 217/2814
Performance: Good
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: Out/back with a turn up a canal at the end.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 25C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 07:46
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
05:56:14 | 112 miles | 18.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 76/284
Overall: 588/2814
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 11:08
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
05:15:36 | 26.2 miles | 04m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 79/284
Overall: 614/2814
Performance: Average
Course: 3 lap course
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4