Ironman Florida - Triathlon

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Panama City Beach, Florida
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
81F / 27C
Total Time = 15h 59m 30s
Overall Rank = 1986/2980
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 245/322
Pre-race routine:

Event warmup:

Jumped in the water with my wetsuit to cool down and get my goggles wet. Was a good idea.
  • 1h 39m 40s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 22s / 100 yards

Beach swim start. Swim was decent for not swimming in a month. Wore a wetsuit event though the event was "non-wetsuit" legal. There was a wave that was in the back for wetsuits and about 40% of people wore them. Still got results and legacy credit, was a smart idea to wear it but it was very warm while swimming. Waves/ Chop/ Current got bad on the second loop, Was very tough to run and fight the waves the second time hence 8 mins slower on the second loop. Overall not disappointed with it I knew this is about where I would be.
What would you do differently?:

Probably try to get closer to the front of the wave going out on the first loop. Maybe wear the sleeveless wetsuit.
Transition 1
  • 13m

Race number came off of bag, first time that happened. Maybe need to magic marker the bag next time or tape it. The nice volunteer at the table made sure it was taped but that took some time. Was a long walk from the beach through the shower up the chute to the changing tent so I think that I did a pretty decent job. Went to the bathroom too.
What would you do differently?:

Could be faster but I was trying to be deliberate and ensure I had everything. By no means was it a fast transition, or a fast race for me either for that matter, but I knew this going in.
  • 7h 10m 17s
  • 112 miles
  • 15.62 mile/hr

Hot and Humid - kept trying to pour water on my head to stay cool and keep a nice comfortable pace and take in a lot of my drink mix and calories.
What would you do differently?:

Train more, didn't have a fast ride or a ride above 70 mi between IMMT and IMFL.
Transition 2
  • 14m 9s

Walked through transition, changed to clean socks, took a poop and washed hands.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not wear the flappy hat? It wasn't that sunny and it could have been trapping my heat in.
  • 6h 42m 24s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 22s  min/mile

Tough to keep cool even though the sun was down. Got dizzy around 7 mile mark but realized I wasn't taking in enough calories so jammed some cookies in Could have pushed it more but I wanted to walk in with Bill the last 10 miles since it was his first one and I wanted to make sure that he crossed the finish line! Should have probably jogged a bit more near the end to keep from locking up. Last 2 miles were definitely hard.
What would you do differently?:

Wore floppy hat on the first loop, might not have done that.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk to massage and got a massage but was in wet clothes and got really chilled when I sat up and my hands went numb...started to go into shock. The massage therapists got my warm clothes and I changed and got on a warming table. Walked back to condo and Bill's friend got my bike. Took a warm shower but I think I had a fever. Head really hurt, was hot but rest of body was cold. I think the fever broke in the night because there was a lot of sweat in the bed.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training due to moving from Philly to Chicago.

Event comments:

Overall a good course and was happy with the volunteers this year and their helpfulness. Water conditions and weather conditions and be variable from year to year. Fast course if properly trained. Was in the middle of a move from Philly to Chicago so didn't have a lot of time to train for this one. Unfortunately, couldn't get my run special needs bag back so I lost a new pair of Hoka sneakers and my floppy Ironman hat!

Last updated: 2015-11-09 12:00 AM
01:39:40 | 4224 yards | 02m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 239/322
Overall: 0/2980
Performance: Average
45:57 lap one 53:43 lap two
Suit: Zoot Full Sleeve
Course: IM Florida 2x loop swim course
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 25C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 13:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
07:10:17 | 112 miles | 15.62 mile/hr
Age Group: 258/322
Overall: 0/2980
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: 1 loop IM Florida bike course. Generally very flat. Windy coming back in the last 12 miles which slowed me down. Heat and humidity was killer. Rained the last 20 miles in so road surface was a bit slick then.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 14:09
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
06:42:24 | 26.2 miles | 15m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 245/322
Overall: 0/2980
Performance: Below average
Course: 2x loop on IM Florida Run Course. Flat course through neighborhoods and out to a park and back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3