Ironman Louisville - Triathlon

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Louisville, Kentucky
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
93F / 34C
Total Time = 14h 45m
Overall Rank = 1291/2100
Age Group = 50-54 M
Age Group Rank = 90/205
Pre-race routine:

Arrived in Lousiville on Thusday and checked into Galt House. Great hotel with great sfaff. All of the Ironman meetings, store and sign up was in hotel. Family got settled in while I signed up and went to meetings.
Went to practice swim and felt like I was in washing machine swimming against current.
Woke up on race day at 3:00 AM because of other atheltes in the hallway making noise (like no one else was sleeping). Got up and ate and took shower to feel fresh for race.
Event warmup:

Walked to T! and then walked a mile to swim start. Line was long already but got longer by the time the race started. I was at pretty good spot overall.
  • 1h 21m
  • 3800 meters
  • 02m 08s / 100 meters

I was happy with my swim. It is the weakest of my three sports and was nervous after the practice swim. I was hoping for 1:30 and was nine minutes faster so very happy.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to improve on swim with Masters group.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Went into changing tent and volunteers were great. Dried off my feet and put my socks on. Ate a payday and drank water.Wore my Tri suit so no change of clothes. Took my time so there was no rush in T1.
What would you do differently?:

I forgot to take my swimskin off in tent and took it off at bike. Too dang excited.
  • 6h 13m
  • 112 miles
  • 18.02 mile/hr

I think I drink too much water and did not get enough salt. My stomach started getting knots and hurting. This would lead to problems on my run.
What would you do differently?:

Slow down on water and switch from Endurolytes to SCAPS.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Good T2, again volunteers were awesome. Best ever!
Stomach still hurting It was great to see my wife and daughter coming ou t of T1. My wife said she would see me at the Finish.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
  • 6h 44m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 25s  min/mile

This is where things went bad. My stomach was still hurting but I tried to run first 3 miles. I had to start walking after the 3 miles because I felt like I was going to puke. I cant recall having stomach pains like this before in my life. I knew I could do two things. Try to keep running and run the risk of bonking or walk a lot and finish. I choose to walk a lot. Tired to drink and eat at aid stations but nothing helped and I could not keep anything down. Had to puke a few times on run but my goal was to finish. Wish I had something that would settle stomach. The last time I puked at mile 21, my stomach felt better. I told the guys I was wakling with that I was going to run some. I was able to run on and off pretty good the last few miles. I made sure to run at finish and was great to hear "Elton Cooper, you are a Ironman".As soon as they put the metal on my neck I asked for trashcan and puked for the final time. Went to the medic area and was given two IVs. My blood pressure was 90/70. Felt bac and now I could feel the pain in my feet. Both big toe nails were black.
What would you do differently?:

Take Scaps and slow down on water. I hate I had to walk because the run is my strongest area. My goal was to finish my first IM and I did. I was down about my performance on run but happy to finish.
Post race
Warm down:

Two IVs and napping on cot. Had pizza after getting back to room. Took shower and went to bed.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Stomach pain. Wish I had known about S Caps before race. Pumped about finish but down about run performance.

Event comments:

Great race and awesome volunteers. The people of Louisville were great and supportive. Happy with race but not happy with my run performance so I signed up for B2B this year. I plan on not making the same mistakes.

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Last updated: 2014-03-18 12:00 AM
01:21:00 | 3800 meters | 02m 08s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/205
Overall: 0/2100
Performance: Good
Suit: swim skin
Course: Had to swim against current for first half of race. Towland island blocked most of the current for the most part but current was more of a force after the island. The race was congested with all the swimmers. It cleared out some after the turn. Swimming with the current was my friend on the way back. Shoulder started getting sore but pressed on. Great feeling to hit the bridge and see the finish. I got out and yelled "who wants to go on a bike ride?" I was pumped.
Start type: Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
06:13:00 | 112 miles | 18.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/205
Overall: 0/2100
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Hilling course. This was a great bike ride with a lot of hills but it was hard not to draft with the number of bikes on course. I tried to follow the rules but you could see some did not care. I dont think any body dropped after you passed as rules state. I kept to my plan to keep HR at 135 but this was hard on hill climbs. Overall my average was 135. I stopped at second aid station to fill up my enery drink. Stopped at special needs and changed socks. Felt hot spot on bottom of foot. Put band aid and felt much better. Jeff the volunteer was great help holding my bike. Ate my pB and J and took back off. Not bad bike times considering my two stops.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
06:44:00 | 26.2 miles | 15m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/205
Overall: 0/2100
Performance: Bad
Course: Flat run course with two loops.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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