Ironman Florida - Triathlon

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Panama City Beach, Florida
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
60F / 16C
Total Time = 16h 14m 54s
Overall Rank = 2139/2283
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 259/374
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:45. Shower. Cinnamon raisin bagel w/ PB & J. banana, coffee OJ. Took special needs to drop off. Already had food and drinks on bike. Check tires and made sure bike was ok. Drank a gator aid a Cliff bar 1 hr before swim and GU 15 minutes before.
Event warmup:

Putting on a wet suit is a pretty good warm up.
  • 1h 50m 18s
  • 3800 meters
  • 02m 54s / 100 meters

Good Swim. This is how fast I swim 2.4 yards or 2.4 miles. I saw 16 Jelly fish and one silver fish with a black strip. Someone saw a stingray and allegedly there was a shark prior to the swim. One person was stung by a jelly fish. The swim wasn't bad over all.
What would you do differently?:

I kept getting stuck behind this guy who could swim faster than me but couldn't navigate for his life. Every time he got off course he would cut sideways doing a breast stroke flailing his arms and legs like an over sized frog. So frustrating and I'm not a good swimmer.
Transition 1
  • 13m 15s

Good transition. Fresh water rinse. I always pack in the order I need things and that helps. I pull it out and put it on and move to the next item. I had a cliff bar and water.
  • 7h 24m 29s
  • 112 miles
  • 15.12 mile/hr

Nice course and good ride. Some of the asphalt was rough. The first 56 miles couldn't have gone better. I was keeping hydrated and eating enough. I felt strong.
What would you do differently?:

I know what I was doing, but what was I thinking. I put an OJ in my special needs bag. I craved it the first half of the ride and thought of it constantly. When I got to special needs I took a big drink and it tasted SOOOO good. That lasted 5 minutes. I started projectile vomiting. I know what to do now. slow down sip water and let my stomach calm down. I had sugar packs to give me calories. Killed my bike time. At that time I realized I should just enjoy the rest of the day and finish.
Transition 2
  • 07m 59s

Good transition. Didn't eat only drank water
  • 6h 38m 53s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 13s  min/mile

Ok run. The day went sideways on the bike, so I opted to just enjoy the rest of the day. I had additional sugar packs so I used those with ice to get calories and hydration. Once everything was steeled. I had coke, soup, chips and fruit at aid stations. I made a friend Dr. Glen from Trinidad. His coach gave him aid on the course coffee and bananas.
What would you do differently?:

Not drink OJ on the bike
Post race
Warm down:

Because I vomited, they let me get an IV. I did get my first You are an Ironman from Mike Reilly. I will post picture later, plus the pro race winner gave me my finishers medal, so that was nice.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Orange Juice

Event comments:

Don't drink orange juice on the bike. If you throw up get an IV, it makes recovery so much nicer. and $75 for a 1 hour massage was one of the best decisions ever. My wife is the real hero as best sherpa in the land.

Last updated: 2019-11-06 12:00 AM
01:50:18 | 3800 meters | 02m 54s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/374
Overall: 0/2283
Performance: Good
Not HR. 2 laps, including short run on the beach. Took a drink at aid station, because I felt like a licked the crumbs from a pretzel bag.
Suit: Xterra sleeveless
Course: Ocean swim. Easy course to spot. slight current to the East. The day before current pulled West. Welcome to the ocean.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 13:15
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
07:24:29 | 112 miles | 15.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/374
Overall: 0/2283
Performance: Below average
112 HR max 154
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: On a calm day this course would be great. 15 MPH head and side winds were grinding. The end had a tail wind which gave some relief.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 07:59
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
06:38:53 | 26.2 miles | 15m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/374
Overall: 0/2283
Performance: Good
96 Ave 154 max
Course: Flat. Could be fast
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? Yes
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] 4