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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Ironman North America
94F / 34C
Sunny
Total Time = 16h 51m 51s
Overall Rank = 1674/2027
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 310/353
Pre-race routine:

Day before, several days before, started taking my ginger pills to counter my regular seasickness.

Race morning, drank 3 ensure at 2:30AM for 750 calories. Went back to sleep. Woke up an hour later and drank about 100 calories of gatorade regular formula. Went #2, put on the blistershield on the nipples, crotch and arse, and dressed in tri shorts and a body glove surfing rash guard I always wear under my wetsuit, and put on some sweatsuit.

Got to transition and dropped off my special needs for bike, went to pee one more time, got my wetsuit on, and took 2 dramanine non drowsy formula 45 minutes before. Drank several sips of gatorade and took 1 GU gel.
Event warmup:

No warmup needed. Had to conserve energy.
Swim
  • 1h 30m 39s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 09s / 100 yards
Comments:

This course is perfect for me. Not OW, no sharks to worry about. Not choppy and pretty calm. Sort of like a pool with a lot of people in it. The sides of the lake are high, to help protect from wind so the lake won't be too choppy.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Transition 1
  • 09m 42s
Comments:

T1 was ok. No problems. I didn't get as burned as last time but I still missed some areas. I need to remember to get the places you don't think about, like under the sleeves and tri shorts, because the sleeves and shorts ride up a bit during the ride, and then I get burned.
What would you do differently?:

Apply sunscreen better.
Bike
  • 7h 44m 39s
  • 112 miles
  • 14.46 mile/hr
Comments:

My performance was on par with last year. Strong first loop, and bonking and suffering the last two. I tried my nutrition plan but it didn't work for some reason. I couldn't muster any more gels or even gatorade. I had to just drink water for the last couple of hours. I also had a very bad headache. It might have been heat exhaustion or dehydration but I did pee almost at every pit stop and my pee was clear so it wasn't that. Maybe just the heat.

Towards the end, the aid stations started running out of things like one didn't have water bottles but I couldn't hold down the gatorade so it really sucked.
What would you do differently?:

Need some sort of backup for the nutrition but not sure what it is.
Transition 2
  • 07m 38s
Comments:

I was so dead. My legs were shot and I was just glad to get off that stupid thing. I forgot my blistershield for the feet and I suffered for it later. I did take 2 excederine migrane medicine as I had a bad headache. I let the sunscreen lady lather it for me. I felt bad for her, because I was all salty and dirty but she said I wasn't the first ;) Overall, an uneventful t2.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Run
  • 7h 19m 14s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 16m 46s  min/mile
Comments:

I walked the whole thing except for some spurts to keep on pace of "just barely making it." I couldn't run at all. I couldn't hold down anything, no gels, no gatorade. Only water, ice, some fruit, and broth. I was exhausted and not feeling well.
What would you do differently?:

Practice nutrition and train.
Post race
Warm down:

I was very sick. After crossing the line, I grabbed a pizza and coke and sat down. I tried to sip the coke but was not feeling it. I was dizzy, my arms and legs and body started going numb. I thought I was going to feint and just die right there. Someone grabbed medical for me and they helped me walk to medical. I sat down and they gave me a silver blanket and some gatorade.

They told me I probably had lack of salt and electrolytes because I didn't drink any gatorade or gels for the last 1/3 of the race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Under trained.

Event comments:

I hope the november race is not as windy. I like the event because it's close but the wind sucks.




Last updated: 2008-04-15 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:30:39 | 4224 yards | 02m 09s / 100yards
Age Group: 312/353
Overall: 1687/2027
Performance: Good
Suit: desoto
Course: It was the same as last year. One loop first heading east into the sun under the Mill bridge, then turn around a little past the scottsdale bridge.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 09:42
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
07:44:39 | 112 miles | 14.46 mile/hr
Age Group: 310/353
Overall: 1637/2027
Performance: Average
I opted not to wear my HR monitor.
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Course is a 3 loop course. I did this race last year so I knew it was going to be hell. The wind was opposite of last year...this year was headwind going up beeline and pushing you down the hill.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 07:38
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
07:19:14 | 26.2 miles | 16m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 302/353
Overall: 1660/2027
Performance: Average
N/A.
Course: 3 loop course. Some parts are nice, others are dark and scary.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2008-04-15 9:12 AM

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2008-04-15 9:19 AM
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Congrats Ironman!!!

You did a great job!

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2008-04-15 9:21 AM
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Congrats!!! Good job!!
2008-04-15 11:47 AM
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Well Done nice job mentally to get through that !

2008-04-15 11:52 AM
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Thanks all for the congrats. I didn't want to link my "RANT" to this report but I guess I should since it's related. If anyone is interested in my opinion on the medical tent and BOPER midnighters,

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...
2008-04-15 12:00 PM
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Congratulations! Covering that distance in the face of an ucooperative stomach is just really hard..Throw in a little heat and wind and it just makes the whole thing even more impressive.

Way to go.


2008-04-15 1:09 PM
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Way to get it done. You stuck it out and crossed the line in a day that so many dropped out. Hope you have more fun in November.
2008-04-15 1:11 PM
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Good job Ironman.
2008-04-15 1:14 PM
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Great job finishing, what do you think was your biggest limiter aside from not being able to ingest anything?
2008-04-15 1:48 PM
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Wow - sounds like you had a ton going against you and you were able to keep it together to finish. Way to go on a tough event in tough conditions!!!!

FWIW - Peeps are an excellent source of alternative nutrition on the bike
2008-04-15 1:55 PM
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2008-04-15 2:13 PM
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Great job on the race, especially considering the conditions and the nutrition problems.

I read the rant about the medical tent.  That sounds really frustrating.  Glad you are doing ok. 

2008-04-15 2:13 PM
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I'd say not training under race like conditions...95 degree temp at a race intensity. If you read, there was close to a 20% DNF rate at AZ this year. The conditions were pretty brutal. Don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming the weather but more my lack of training in those conditions.

aarondavidson - 2008-04-15 11:14 AM

Great job finishing, what do you think was your biggest limiter aside from not being able to ingest anything?
2008-04-15 2:50 PM
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Way to gut it out and become IRON!

Congrats

2008-04-15 3:17 PM
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You gutted it out..way to go!
2008-04-15 3:52 PM
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Damn, your walk was fast! I'm jealous. And totally proud of you. Your experience and honest race report was informational to many of us.
Congratulations!
Rhonda


2008-04-15 4:19 PM
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Congratulations!  That's a great accomplishment.
2008-04-15 4:22 PM
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Way to hang in there on a tough day!

Congrats, IRONMAN!

2008-04-16 4:50 PM
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Awesome job! Way to push it on!
2008-04-17 8:17 AM
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Great job - way to slog it out.  Enjoy your recovery and don't forget that "what limited your ability to perform faster" comment between now and November.
2008-04-17 8:41 AM
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For Nov '09, I'm going to follow a training plan and stop screwing around. It's more than 18 months away but I'll work on some base in the coming months, something I didn't really do the last couple of times (especially for the run).

JoshKaptur - 2008-04-17 6:17 AM
don't forget that "what limited your ability to perform faster" comment between now and November.


2008-04-17 9:47 PM
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Good work toughing it out.  Those were tough conditions.  It sounds like we were having a very similar day, I wasn't able to finish like you did.  Nice job and congratulations on the finish!

I'm also looking forward to November, even if there's wind, there shouldn't be the heat.

2008-04-22 10:00 PM
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Big props for slugging it out, with the elements, for nearly 17 hours. Now you have plenty of time to experiment with your nutrition before Nov 09.
2008-04-22 10:08 PM
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This was a supreme effort of will!  Congrats for a hard won accomplishment!
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