Ironman Boulder - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Boulder, Colorado
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
80F / 27C
Total Time = 15h 19m 34s
Overall Rank = 1082/1900
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 61/75
Pre-race routine:

Up in the dark before the alarm. Coffee and as much oatmeal as I could choke down. Gatorade to go.
Event warmup:

  • 1h 27m
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

Other than the fact that I could not stay on a straight line to save my life for the first say 500 yards this was a good swim. Things to know before you go are that there is no warm up and so you need to be ready for that. Also there are weeds in the reservoir which feel a little like reaching into a wad of hair (yes ick) so it's good to be mentally ready for that too. Other than that I love swimming by the mountains.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I intentionally took this swim nice and easy because of the altitude.
Transition 1
  • 08m 29s

I am never sure why Ironman transitions take so flipping long. But they do. It was a long run in and out of the tent. But I felt like I was on task otherwise.
What would you do differently?:

I would have had the sunscreen person put sunscreen on my legs. Wicked sunburn.
  • 6h 53m 50s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.24 mile/hr

My intention was to make sure I stayed in my comfort zone on the bike to set up a strong run. I was mostly concerned about the effect of the altitude and dry air which turns out to be a valid worry. I stopped at each water stop (after the first two) and made sure to drink extra water. Still totally overheated and dehydrated at the end of the bike. Miles 108-112 were not good at all.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more water and probably take some extra salt.
Transition 2
  • 11m 50s

There is an insanely long walk - run from the dismount line to the tent. Seriously, ridiculous. In any event I was in terrible condition in transition but I was notably better than many other people there at the same time. Which is probably the only way they let me out.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know.
  • 6h 37m 55s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 11s  min/mile

This is my only negative split marathon - ever. And that's because I was basically a zombie for the first 14 miles. Nonetheless you need to be prepared for heat and sun on this run course. And while there isn't much elevation it all comes in short ups and downs that are kind of steep so hill work is your friend. The course is crowded with both racers and locals using the path which is interesting.
What would you do differently?:

I would really have liked to have run this thing. But I'm happy to have finished.
Post race
Event comments:

This Ironman course in my opinion is more challenging than it looks on paper. Be ready for hot and arid sunny conditions. You can see my photos and stuff at amysaysso dot com. If you are up for the challenge they do have a great finish line. I am a sucker for a good Ironman finish line.

Last updated: 2016-02-05 12:00 AM
01:27:00 | 4224 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 43/75
Overall: 0/1900
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeveless orca
Course: One giant loop in the Boulder Reservoir.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 08:29
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
06:53:50 | 112 miles | 16.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/75
Overall: 0/1900
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: Modified lollipop with 2 loops. 4000 feet of climbing more or less. Nothing tough. The bigger issue for me was the dry air and altitude.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 11:50
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
06:37:55 | 26.2 miles | 15m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 61/75
Overall: 0/1900
Performance: Bad
Course: Its a bunch of windy loops through the Boulder creek trail.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4