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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Ironman North America
Sunny
Total Time = 14h 33m 38s
Overall Rank = 1147/2027
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 229/353
Pre-race routine:

Arrived at site plenty early, loaded my water (frozen) and Powerade (still mostly frozen) and stuffed my Bento box full of gu/gel/cliff blocks/fig bars. Dropped some more food and stuff in my transition bags.
Event warmup:

swim towards start line.
Swim
  • 1h 18m 41s
  • 3862 meters
  • 02m 02s / 100 meters
Comments:

Great volunteers helping us out of the water and stripping wetsuits. Thanks!!!
What would you do differently?:

Make the the turns closer to the bouys. I went wide to avoid the worst of the crowding, but it cost me time and the chance to draft a bit more.
Transition 1
  • 08m 40s
What would you do differently?:

Have a towel and water bottle to rinse feet off. Would have saved time and feet would have been a bit more comfortable later.
Bike
  • 7h 39m 29s
  • 112 miles
  • 14.62 mile/hr
Comments:

Burned too many matches on the bike, especially the 2nd loop (tailwind made the first loop faster). Some aid stations started running out of bananas by the last loop so I didn't eat as much. I also didn't eat enough gu/gel on th last lap 'cause it was not a flavor I had tried before and my stomach was starting to feel funny.
What would you do differently?:

Bring a few more gel/gu things that I like in my jersey.
Take it easier on hard loops.
Transition 2
  • 06m 41s
Comments:

Didn't need to move bike once I got off, bike handler volunteers were right there. (Great job guys!!)

Drank some ice water.

Volunteers with the sunscreen were AWESOME. Applying sunscreen to people that have swam in a stinky lake and then biked 112 miles in 90+ temps is NOT a pleasant job, but they did it with a smile on their face and wished us well as we set off on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure of anything.
Run
  • 5h 20m 8s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 13s  min/mile
Comments:

Talking with others, encouraging others and thanking volunteers is a great way to take your mind off the 114+ miles you have already gone. Even a slow run pace is faster than walking and will keep your total time dramatically down.
What would you do differently?:

Push a bit more earlier in between aid stations.
Post race
Warm down:

Puke then walk around and drink water and cols.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Stomach problems.

Event comments:

3% body weight change is Sunday morning to Monday morning, so it was probably a bit more before post-race pizza and snacks.




Last updated: 2007-09-14 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:18:41 | 3862 meters | 02m 02s / 100meters
Age Group: 231/353
Overall: 1187/2027
Performance: Average
1 loop. Didn't get kicked in the face and only had a few people try to swim over me.
Suit: Full wetsuit
Course: 1 loop Tempe Town Lake.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Bad Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
T1
Time: 08:40
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
07:39:29 | 112 miles | 14.62 mile/hr
Age Group: 306/353
Overall: 1602/2027
Performance: Below average
1st loop 2:18 (strong headwind on the way out and tail wind on the way back) 2nd loop 2:30 (pushed to hard trying to keep speed up) 3rd loop 2:50 (decided not to "eat the paste" and just took it easy)
Wind: Strong
Course:
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 70
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 06:41
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
05:20:08 | 26.2 miles | 12m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 160/353
Overall: 839/2027
Performance: Average
9:19 (WOW!) great first mile with an aid station too. 9:59, 12:37, 10:04, 12:17, 13:18, 14:21 (stomach started getting rough and needed frequent port-a-potty visits) 10:39, 12:24, 15:46, 12:05, 13:46, 12:xx (hit an extra split because I thought I had missed a mile marker) 13:33, 15:01, 13:16, 13:02, Right about here, I started talking to a guy and we started to push each other a bit and kept our walking to only the aid stations for the rest of the way. 12:30, 13:04, 12:47, 11:15, 12:43, 10:43, 10:53, 11:25 (including the last .2)
Course:
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %3
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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Great job!
2008-04-14 2:27 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! What an awesome accomplishment. I heard the conditions were brutal and you did great, especially keeping running on the run.
2008-04-14 2:27 PM
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Congrats on finishing on such a tough day!
2008-04-14 2:35 PM
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You did it!!!! I'm so proud of you!! It was rough out there! The heat was brutal, you conquered it!
2008-04-14 2:35 PM
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GRATS on finishing IMAZ 2008!!! Great effort despite rough conditions


2008-04-14 2:39 PM
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Congratulations on a great race!
2008-04-14 2:45 PM
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Good job in beating the heat!
2008-04-14 2:48 PM
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Great job, with the amount of chatter about the heat/winds....you've accomplished something to truly be proud of! Congrats Ironman!
2008-04-14 2:49 PM
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Amazing job out there! You did incredible
2008-04-14 2:50 PM
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Way to go Mr. IRONMAN! Great race!


2008-04-14 2:51 PM
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Congrats!
2008-04-14 2:52 PM
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Great job Ironman!
2008-04-14 3:14 PM
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Congratulations
2008-04-14 3:21 PM
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Congratulations!  Those winds were brutal and the sun was relentless, but you prevailed.  Way to go...
2008-04-14 3:26 PM
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congrats such an accomplishment.  I am both scared and excited to do mine next year!


2008-04-14 3:35 PM
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Great job! I saw you twice (once out of the swim, once on the run). I'll try to get what pictures I have up shortly.

Tough day, fantastic work.

-Jot
2008-04-14 3:47 PM
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Congragulations on the race!!!
2008-04-14 3:52 PM
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I shouldn't read these IM reports, because reading what a great job CactusTriathlete did is going to make me want to enter one of these things, insane conditions and all.

Congratulations!!
2008-04-14 3:55 PM
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Congrats, Ironman!

(And looks like you take 1st place in the fastest race report posting competition...)
2008-04-14 4:02 PM
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WTG Ironman!!


2008-04-14 4:03 PM
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Steve-

I was starting to get worried. I was watching the clock while handing out medals wondering where you were at. Next thing you know, you're there.

Great Job Ironman. It was a pleasure to see you cross the line.

2008-04-14 4:12 PM
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I was sooo excited to see you come in in such good time off the bike! You whizzed by and I almost missed you! You did AMAZING! 14:30 in THAT weather is AMAZING!!!!

CONGRATS IRONMAN!!! Is the medal nice??
2008-04-14 4:18 PM
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Congratulations IRONMAN!!
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