Ironman Louisville - Triathlon

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Louisville, Kentucky
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 15h 42m 30s
Overall Rank = 2352/
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 246/
Event warmup:

The walk to the swim start from transition was the warm up. Tried to stretch and keep moving while in line. The wait was long, but it actually went by pretty quick.
  • 1h 30m 13s
  • 3800 meters
  • 02m 22s / 100 meters

They did a great job of keeping the line moving. The large line separated into 2 lines that went to 2 different jump in points. You really felt like cattle being herded through a corral. The good news was that it kept your mind off of the upcoming swim. Before you knew it, you were jumping off the dock and swimming. I got hit a couple of times, but nothing serious. One lady did apologize for knocking my goggles off and when I told her I don't wear them, she seemed surprised. Why is that?
What would you do differently?:

Same as everyone else. Practice more swimming in open water. I've read that this swim is about the same, time wise, as any other ironman swim. That being said, my time was about 25 mins faster for this race. I'm not a fast swimmer, so the current definitely helped me.
Transition 1
  • 11m 28s

Took my time to make sure I didn't forget anything. Got a good cold drink of Perpetuem. That was important to get me fueled up before the bike.
  • 7h 48m 36s
  • 112 miles
  • 14.34 mile/hr

I'm glad I made the drive up a few weeks before the race to drive the course. Knowing the amount of hills & what to expect ahead of time was good. The first 10 miles was flat. After that it was all hills until you reached the last 10 again. Don't let anyone fool you. This course was hilly. There was no time to really settle into your aerobars and ride. Every downhill had an uphill.
What would you do differently?:

I spent many hours riding the hills around Stone Mountain. I should have ridden more. But overall, I'm satisfied with my performance.
Transition 2
  • 09m 14s

Was glad to be off of the bike. Almost fell when getting off my bike, but didn't.
  • 6h 02m 59s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 13m 51s  min/mile

I felt good at the start of the run. I knew that I had plenty of time to complete the marathon, so I just started at a comfortable pace. No need to overdo it. Continued to take in my fuel & electrolytes and just enjoyed the run. The mid point, where you run so close to the finish line, does suck. But you kind of get an idea what you are going to get to experience, and it provides some motivation. I'm going to be honest, I knew I had plenty of time, so I walked mile 23 & 24. Running down 4th was a great feeling.
What would you do differently?:

With the amount of training I did this year, the result is what I expected.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked back to the hotel.

Event comments:

If you don't train on hills, this course will eat you up. There were several people who overcooked the bike and paid for it on the run. I kept a good steady pace and completed the race with no issues.

Last updated: 2017-02-05 12:00 AM
01:30:13 | 3800 meters | 02m 22s / 100meters
Age Group: 240/
Overall: 2306/
Performance: Good
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: Upstream for 800m, turn downstream for remainder of the swim
Start type: Dive Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 11:28
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
07:48:36 | 112 miles | 14.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 258/
Overall: 2415/
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Hills and more hills
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 09:14
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
06:02:59 | 26.2 miles | 13m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 246/
Overall: 2352/
Performance: Good
Course: One hill at mile 1, another around mile 8 or so. Other than that, it's a nice flat course.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3