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Race Reports for Ironman Arizona 2012

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  • Comments: Great finish for my 1st Ironman!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Thank you to everyone who supported my mid life crisis. Specail thanks to those who donated to Mary's Shelter! Thank you for supporting a pro-life cause!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Just can't say enough about the volunteers and the spectators- all the energy they give to random strangers is amazing! We all really looked forward to the aid stations with their crazy costumes and music, and the transition workers were like gentle nannies for us "special needs" children who were always lost and confused. Everyone seemed invested in helping us have a good race. What a day!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is a race that I'll remember for a long time. It took me to several dark places, but I eventually persevered.
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  • Comments: I have to admit to being a little dissappointed with my run since the run is usually the stonger event for me. After the swim, I was 51st in my age group; after the bike I was 79th and after the run I was 81st. So all day I lost places. Overall, however, I am happy because I took about 6 minutes off my time from Florida. A PR is a PR, no matter how you get it.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: WTC races are not cheap to participate, but they definitely earn their money with the organization, support, perks and race execution. 2011 was my introduction to full Ironman distance, 2012 was my first effort at true performance, and I am looking forward to 2013 and a return to IM Arizona to try and hit my next set of goals (sub 11 hour finish).
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Loved this race! First IM branded race, and it did not disappoint. I had a great day and even though I came in over my goal, I had a great race and was over 1.5 hours better than Vineman last year. I'll get under 13 hours next time.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I'll try to keep it short. This was a tough race, but at the same time, I have to consider it a success. It started a year ago when I signed up for it (my fourth IM) and just was not sure about it. THEN I had to get thyroid surgery due to thyroid cancer and the follow up radiation treatments. Neither of those were too tough to deal with, but the resulting hormon embalance was. I could never feel "right" all year. Now, I COULD have gotten past that feeling of "not right" by sheer determination and drive, but the problem was, I was lacking that as well. To be honest, this being my forth, I just didn't have the drive/desire I did in previous races. I didn't have anything to prove and the drive to complete it when I have completed 3 prior just wasn't there. I ended up doing minimal training to "just get by" and it cost me. I'm a bit disappointed of my time, which was 2.5 hours slower than the previous year on the same course. My bike was 3 mph slower, my marathon was 80 minutes
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Immediately following the race I told my wife that I was "One and Done" with Ironman racing. Now that a week has past. I am considering a return to IMAZ in 2014 to actually race the entire day.
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  • Comments: This venue is FANTASTIC!!! So many terrific volunteers and spectators. My vote for the best sign was on loop 2 of the run, it said "Charlie Sheehan says you are winning" I was LMAO at this...just when I needed a laugh! Although the idea of biking and running in loops seems boring, its great to see so many people. You feel like a rockstar all day long. In fact I will be back to do it again in 2013!!!!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: A timeless experience for me. Outstanding course. Great volunteers, amazing crowd support. Loved every minute of it, even the miserable ones.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great experience...I did ChesapeakeMan 140.6 last year but doing an Ironman event is so different, the finish is a feeling I will never forget and can't wait to get that feeling again (hopefully at IM Florida 2013). meeting all the BTers was Awesome, especially since I came down alone. So meeting new people was def a highlight. Great race. It was everything I expected
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Favorite sign of the day "Lance Armstrong Never Did An Ironman, Neither Has Chuck Norris"
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Despite my poor preparation - I truly loved this experience. I loved being a part of the race, the pre-race activities, and especially having Tony with me. I'll definitely do another IM distance (and already thinking of which one) but I will make SURE that I follow the training plan to the letter. Congrats to everyone!!!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Well we wanted to finish and that's how I ran my race, Hand in hand with Monica and a smile on my face. I have to thank so many a friend, But let's face it, I'll forget someone in the end. So I'll just leave it, and say thank you all so so so much I will NOT be doing another one. Nope never again. And such. Mostly, though, I am so proud of my wife, The toughest, baddest-ass, strongest person in my life. She forced me sometimes at 5, for heaven's sake! And we all know how much I hate to awake. We made it through the journey, and that was the key, And finished together, just you and me.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
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  • Comments: This race is known for having the best spectators and volunteers around...I couldn't imagine a race being any better from a racer's standpoint. Sure, it's the same drab scenery that I've trained in for years, but it's my home turf and I loved every minute of it.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Liked everything about this race. Again I can not say enough about the volunteers and the organization of the event, everything I was involved with went off with out any problems. I would recomend this race for any first timer, although it is tough to get in unless you volunteer the prior year.
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  • Comments: EXCELLENT race. I can't imagine that there's a better venue for an Ironman race. WTC does a bang-up job of putting these races together, and as expensive as they are, I always feel like I get my money's worth. A very fine product IMO
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  • Comments: I had done an WTC Ironman 70.3 before and it was fantastic, but moving to the full Ironman is a whole different animal. 1. Pre-race bike and gear check in - This was huge to have everything checked in by 3:00 PM the day before. It was so nice that evening before to know that all of the gear was there and I was not trying to figure out what else to pack. 2. Volunteer assistance - The volunteers were amazing, they would help with your bags and when you were done they took them and reorganized. When I finished the bike, they took my bike and put it back on the rack. That was so nice not to take those additional steps. During the bike I stopped for a bathroom break and they held my bike, got water loaded on. Just wonderful. 3. The pre-race meeting/dinner - This was 2 hours of pure inspiration. Lots of good laughs and food to help ease the nerves.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: While I didn't come in under 12 hours it was still a 31 minute PR, I'm happy with that. They always put on a great show and this race was no different. I think this will be my last IM for awhile, it just takes up so much of your life, but the whole thing was a great experience. I was lucky to have some of my best friends to train with and my wife to support me during the long summer of endless bike rides and runs. Like usual the AZ Tri Clubs folks were great out there, they had an awesome cheering section that kept me going!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was my best IM race to date. Overall very pleased with my performance. The volunteers were awesome. Race support was superb. Crowds were terrific. So far this is my favorite IM venue. Unlike other IM's, it was nice to not have to worry about car traffic at all on the bike. The 3 loop course was fun. There were times I was nervous on the bike seeing people ride so closely together on the return loops. I enjoyed seeing the pro's on the course. My only real disappointment was my chip stopped registering times after 10 miles on the run (I did not know this till after the race). I stopped by the event tent afterward. They told me "the chip battery must have died". I did not know they had batteries?? Anyway, they did verify my finish time but I do not have the rest of my run splits. Not much I can do about that. I signed up to do this next year and I'm really looking forward to it.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is a great race. Incredibly organized. Volunteers were the best. Tempe is a nice town to visit in the time leading up to the race. I enjoyed this tremendously as a first Ironman. I knew I wanted my first shot at this distance to be a WTC event, and I was not disappointed. The next day, went to buy some finisher gear and watched the awards presentation. My girls have always like TJ Tollakson and we saw him and got a picture with him. He was really nice, so that was a great topper on the cake.
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  • Comments: I'm sure this report sounds bad, but in retrospect I am happy with my race. Kelly is the greatest race Sherpa ever and provided me with a lot of insight and perspective. Despite a terrible run I still managed to PR the distance. I'm pretty sure I was coming down with something race day and am currently sick as I write this report. I'm going to put IM on hold for a few years and possibly longer. I think I just need a break after doing an IM 4 of the last 5 years. Great race, venue and support.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I love the volunteers. Love love love them. They were fantastic. Also- feel like the race was well organized, though I couldn't find my special needs bags the next day (oh well) and waiting in line for finisher merchandise took for-ev-er.
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