Ironman Canada - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Whistler, British Columbia
World Triathlon Corporation
5C / 41F
Total Time = 12h 23m 26s
Overall Rank = 430/1948
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 70/250
Pre-race routine:

Got out to Whistler on Thurs evening - did a short 10k bike and relaxed on Friday.

Saturday was raining and windy so we did a short test bike ride to make sure clothing was enough and wouldn't need an actual jacket/shell. It was unpleasant but doable.
Event warmup:

Wore bike kit under wetsuit since I figured it was raining and I'd be soaked within minutes anyway.

  • 1h 21m 25s
  • 4000 meters
  • 02m 02s / 100 meters

My slowest segment, but felt good, not too cold.

Transition 1
  • 10m 10s

Since it was raining, I spent a bit more time getting a 2nd jersey and arm covers on, as well as my bike socks and gloves.
What would you do differently?:

Obviously was planning on being a lot faster but weather is weather.

  • 6h 26m 56s
  • 180 kms
  • 27.91 km/hr

Enough has been said about the bike. It was freezing coastal wind which caused many to drop out for hypothermia. I was shivering so bad I couldn't keep the bike from shaking. My wheel cover actually partially came lose and had water inside.

I spent 18 minutes of my bike split NOT MOVING. Either warming up at the ski jump building, or peeing because I was so cold there was no sweat yet I had to drink. Was not going to piss myself for a 6+ hr bike split so ducked off the road 2 times as well as an potty stop (again to warm up as well).

The last 2.5 hrs or so were actually really hot so the people who wore jackets paid somewhat.

If the rain/wind hadn't calmed down a bit by the time I got back to Whistler after the first 2 hrs I was going to drop out like Symonds. It really was that awful.

What would you do differently?:

Not freeze.
Transition 2
  • 12m 49s

All my clothes were completely soaked so I opted for a full change, and made sure my frozen feet were bone dry before putting on new socks and shoes. Also loaded up on the sunblock because the sun was out and beating down. AND of course 1 more bathroom break (!!)

What would you do differently?:

I was miffed about the bike so wasn't killing myself for time.

  • 4h 11m 56s
  • 42.2 kms
  • 05m 58s  min/km

Run is my strong suit and I figured since the bike was so lousy I'd have some extra power. Was shooting for a 3:40. So I ran the first 21.1 as a solid 1:50 half and felt fine. 2nd half, had some walk breaks and was pretty grumpy. Just flat. Plus since the original goals were all shot I didn't really have a time goal to shoot for. Walked with another dude for a bit then got my groove back and ran the last 8km in decent pace. Also started getting cold and raining again so there was that.

What would you do differently?:

Not sure. I should be able to do a 3:30 segment but have not had an "easy" bike yet.

Post race
Event comments:

It's an Ironman so it's going to be hard. The bike is monstrous even without obscenely hot or cold weather. The run is fine, assuming you're not slagged. The location and everything that goes along with the race is top notch. I will try again one day.

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Last updated: 2014-08-14 12:00 AM
01:21:25 | 4000 meters | 02m 02s / 100meters
Age Group: 136/250
Overall: 974/1948
Performance: Average
2 laps in a moderately cold lake. Some chop but it wasn't storming yet. Felt calm and relaxed but still slow.
Course: 2 laps in a moderately cold lake. Some chop but it wasn't storming yet. Felt calm and relaxed but still slow.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 50F / 10C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 10:10
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
06:26:56 | 180 kms | 27.91 km/hr
Age Group: 85/250
Overall: 542/1948
Performance: Bad
HR was constantly dropping - I guess the cold swim was enough to push the HR batteries over the edge. Avg power is skewed because there was a lot of stopped time. Avg Power: 135 W Max Power: 343 W Max Avg Power (20 min): 164 W Normalized Power (NP): 155 W Intensity Factor (IF): 0.643
Wind: Strong
Course: IM Whistler course
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 80
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 12:49
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
04:11:56 | 42.2 kms | 05m 58s  min/km
Age Group: 70/250
Overall: 430/1948
Performance: Below average
No HR and the watch was down to 25% before I even started.
Course: 2 laps, some gravel mostly pathway
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5