Ironman USA Lake Placid - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Lake Placid, New York
United States
Ironman North America
80'sF / 0C
Total Time = 11h 55m 32s
Overall Rank = 541/
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 84/
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4 and ate pancakes with syrup right away. Around 5 ate a waffle with peanut butter, around 6 took an endurolyte and a gel. Packed up all my stuff (most of my stuff and headed down)
Event warmup:

No real warm up other then just running back and forth to get my special needs set up and get a new chip and swim cap.
  • 1h 03m 49s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

Good swim start. Kept to the left to keep away from the mass of people. Good swim except for rounding the corners and the end of each lap. People were looking to really kick peoples asses in those areas and I got punched kicked and probably even spit on....
What would you do differently?:

Pushed a bit harder on the second loop. I just wanted to keep out of the fighting and really swam by myself for most of the second lap.
Transition 1
  • 09m 54s

T1 was slow but I didnt care I was gonna be out there all day and I just wanted to make sure everything went well. I would have liked to get the tape on my feet a bit quicker but what can you do. I was pretty fired up and needed some time to calm down.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure I had sunblock and put it on in T1.
  • 6h 12m 23s
  • 112 miles
  • 18.05 mile/hr

Love this course. Things went way faster then they had during my training rides and some of the harder sections were easier then normal. The out and back sucked like normal and the wind gusts made it pretty nasty on the way back and along the river and through the notch.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe started on the water a bit earlier and tried to stay away from the gels with caffeine. That is what did in my stomach. I would have loved to not have to take a dump. Probably would have cut off a good amount of time.
Transition 2
  • 06m 17s

Decent T2. Had some issues with the tape and had to take shoes off a few times to work tape. Finally I got some Vaseline and put it on under the tape. Made ALL the difference in the world.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not taken my sweet time getting things on and changed. I would have loved it if my tape didnt stick so well then I wouldnt have had to keep taking the shoes off and putting them back on.
  • 4h 23m 9s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 02s  min/mile

Decent run, I kept to the plan of walking at the aid stations for 30" as much as possible. Started to hit a bit of a wall on the way back on lap 2 on the long hills and had to walk a bit more then I wanted.
What would you do differently?:

Ate more pretzels. I was not sure how my body would have reacted to it. I would have loved to been able to run more but what can you do, at times my body just didnt want to let me put out that much power.
Post race
Warm down:

Went to the food tent and ate then got a massage. Changed and walked back to the condo.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think the heat slowed me down a bit but I trained in the heat as much as possible so it is really not an excuse.

Event comments:

Awesome race all around. I will do my best to do it again at least 1 more time before I die. It totally kicked butt...

Last updated: 2009-03-25 12:00 AM
01:03:49 | 4224 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 58/
Overall: 327/
Performance: Good
Suit: Vortex 2 Sleeveless
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 09:54
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
06:12:23 | 112 miles | 18.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 102/
Overall: 622/
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Love the course
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 06:17
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
04:23:09 | 26.2 miles | 10m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 84/
Overall: 541/
Performance: Below average
Course: Hilly as hell but in really good condition.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5