Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas - TriathlonFull Ironman

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The Woodlands, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
92F / 33C
Total Time = 9h 53m 15s
Overall Rank = 45/
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 5/
Pre-race routine:

Normal big breakfast plus some extra (oatmeal, fruit, lara bar, etc)
Drinks- water and EFS
Event warmup:

  • 1h 10m 14s
  • 3862 meters
  • 01m 49s / 100 meters

Lined up on far left and had clean water entire way. Gaps opened up often though where I lost any draft. Body position felt terrible.
Transition 1
  • 05m 7s

Wouldn't let us leave shoes on the bike and I don't have a clue how not to do this. Left speedsuit on and had to take shoes back off at one point. Couldn't figure out how to mount my bike when it came to it. Peed in transition and took forever to get the full suit down.
What would you do differently?:

Pee on the first part of the bike. Mentally practice a non-flying mount transition.
  • 4h 58m 46s
  • 112 miles
  • 22.48 mile/hr

Backed off power about 20w and heart rate and effort was still high, but it felt right. Going back into the wind, upped the power to target and no problem keeping it despite how I felt.

Kept drinking the entire time, so I peed about 4 times in the first 60 miles, but this was essential to stay hydrated in the heat.
What would you do differently?:

Not put tea in my water bottle I used to splash myself with water. Add another bottle cage (1 plus aerodrink worked, but could have kept a little cooler with another one)
Transition 2
  • 03m 42s

Was surprisingly very uncoordinated coming off the bike. Burned my feet a little in transition on the hot pavement, but not nearly as bad as others. Coated feet and arm pits in Vaseline.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster. Missed Kona by 3.5 minutes!
  • 3h 35m 26s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile

First mile was shaky, but easy. The next 25 it was all I could do to make it to the next aid station. Pacing was easy, I was simply running as fast as I possibly could shuffle my legs the entire time and almost falling down dead at each aid station. Still stunned that I was able to make it and keep going the entire way. Wasn't sure I would finish until a half mile away. Easily the biggest accomplishment of my life!
What would you do differently?:

Taper better. Carried too much fatigue into the race which made the run extra tough for much longer. Wear shoes that drain better for hot weather. The Hoka S2's were great and amazing for saving my quads and joints for my first run over 2 hours, but they were squishing and squeaking the entire time and way too heavy. The weight actually caused very painful seizing on the upper calves and lower hamstrings (used to pick up the shoes) for the last 6 miles.
Post race
Warm down:

Med Tent. IV. Massage just to be able to walk back to vehicle. Anti-inflammatory later when the shakes/chills started.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Freshness/poor form. Heavy, wet shoes. Forgetting a hat/visor to hold water and ice to keep cooler on run. Recent, unexplained swim woes. Poor transition preparation (usually this is a strength).

Event comments:

Needed either carpet on the concrete in T2 or to warn athletes to wear socks on the bike.

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Last updated: 2013-05-26 12:00 AM
01:10:14 | 3862 meters | 01m 49s / 100meters
Age Group: 29/
Overall: 317/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Tyr Torque Pro
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:07
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
04:58:46 | 112 miles | 22.48 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
161 avg HR (half-Ironman HR).
Wind: Strong
Course: 15ish mph winds. Not quite strong, but definitely a factor. Tailwind out, headwind back. Going back into the wind I had passed everyone and was all alone which was very tough mentally. I really did not feel good for about 40 miles until I hit the century mark in my fastest time ever and got a nice resurgence!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 84
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:42
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
03:35:26 | 26.2 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
HR was rock steady at 170 for the first 23ish miles. Higher than I expected to run at, but was pleased to see it didn't move.
Course: Hot (heat index over 100 I think), but aid stations were well stocked with ice to keep cool
Keeping cool Drinking
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] 4