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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
Ironman North America
Total Time = 12h 29m 42s
Overall Rank = 848/2207
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 25/134
Pre-race routine:

Figured Id write this while I am still happy- rather then wait a few days when Ill be telling myself I should have done everything better.
I went to Madison Friday morning with DJdavey- thanks for the ride dude :)- we went to breakfast at the terrace. I was invited via Community Fund. I had been feeling like crap the past few days- fluish stuff, very tired achy and just not into it. Decided to try out the swim- see if it made me feel any better to actually DO something. It didnt- but thanks mndiver for swimming with my slowness. We did the registration and went to the hotel to nap. I decided at this point I really didnt feel good and wasnt going to the Athletes dinner or meeting. I was kind of disssapointed that I was missing everything and not having fun at this event I have been loooking forward to forever and was worried about how it would affect my race. (Thanks 1stTimetri and djdavey for listening to me whine and cry- sorry:)
Saturday I felt alittle better- the family came up and I checked everything in. Decided I better start to pile some food in too.
Woke up Sunday and felt OK- I had a headache but I did actually feel like I could do it:) Had some breafast and daves FIL drove us to the Terrace. On the way I was being the mom I am and asking if he had everything...."yes Tam- I have everything"...."Dave - you have your chip?" "Damn- nope- turn around" seriously??? Yeesh- so we turn around. This is the point I begin to get really nervous. I have been fairly calm up until now. But Im kinda freaked.



Event warmup:

Warm up for an IM- heck no.
Swim
  • 1h 22m 20s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 57s / 100 yards
Comments:

Well walked down the terrace and kind of stayed in the back. The swim is really my weakness and I just wanted to get out of the water. I really didnt even want to get into the water. Looked behind me and Josh (mutri) and dave were there. I think we were almost the last ones in the water- the clock said 6:56 when we got in. We started kind toweards the outside. It was probaly a good idea- because I had a pretty easy time getting started. I was thinking- hey this isnt so bad. Slowly made my way to the inside, made the first turn and got sucked into the eye of the storm. I did pretty well though. I didnt freak out, just find my space and go. After the first lap I found myself on the outside again.
When I finally got to turn in I could hear thena nnouncing that the people coming in were at 1:19...so that made me happy cuz I knew Id be in in the 1:20s :)
What would you do differently?:

I need to learn how to swimn staight. Of course being faster would help too.
Over all was hoping for 1:20, guessing for 1:30...1:22 was fine with me:)
Transition 1
  • 08m 47s
Comments:

Wetsuit strippers were awesome. Was a long but fun run up the helix. Grabbed my bag changed, peed and was off. 8 minutes isnt too bad for WI T1.
Was damn glad to be getting on the bike!
What would you do differently?:

maybe wear the shirt I was biking in under my wetsuit. I just didnt know what the weather was going to be and didnt know what I was going to wear.
Bike
  • 6h 15m 26s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.90 mile/hr
Comments:

I LOVED the bike. I had a blast out there. Being a not so good swimmer I got to pass a lot of people... I came out of the swim in like 1400 place and was 800 something of the bike. The hills were great with all those people out there.... 100 times easier. I saw Bob out at bitch hill- high fived him... the support out there is awesome. On the second big downhill I had to hit the ditch... guess I didnt rememebr having to brake for that one... oops.. was kinda funny though. Saw lots of flats out there... was praying I wouldnt get one.
Stopped at SN to get three more bottles of infitinte and my combos- bathroom was full so I pulled up to the next corn field and went. Some yelled asking if I was looking for dead bodies:)
The wind picked up a lot for loop 2- it really sucked going out- that highway part is so long and boring and the headwind made it the worst part of the bike. This one guys says to me "Tammy- youre a goat!" I was like- WTF??... "huh?" He says- "yeah you climb those hills like a goat"- lol...so thats a compliment?? :)
In Crossplanins I got stung by a bee right in the chest- OUCH|!!! Yeesh I thought one of the pirates stabbed me;)
I saw mndiver- he wasnt feeling well :( then I sawjhouse- finally- on his WAY COOL bike... he wasnt feeling well either- he said he puked few miles back. I felt bad for those guys :( (probaly the only way I can beat them though ;)
I finally saw my family on the way back into Verona- they didnt even see me - I almost feel off my bike getting their attention.
Looked at my watch and figured with the tailwind on the way in I could maybe hit 6:15 bike split.... I felt great so I took it in ata nice pace- couldnt believe all the people I was still passing :) YEAH ME! Was an awesome site to see the helix again. I said to the guy riding next to me that I thought the fun part was probaly over.
This was for sure the easiest time I have had on that course this year.
I had 5 bottles of infinite, 2 banana halves, Cliff bar, and a few combos, 2 aerobottles of water. I probaly didnt drink quite enough at the end because I really had to pee and wasnt stopping again until T2.

What would you do differently?:

I was really happy with this. My biking hasnt been as fast as I would have liked it to be this year- so almost 18 mph was right on for me. I think I probaly needed more shorter faster stuff in training.
Maybe a little more infinite- I really should have had at least half of my last bottle

Transition 2
  • 05m 14s
Comments:

Good T2. Changed my shorts, grabbed my garmin (I dont know why- I barely looked at it). My volunteer tied my shoes for me...sweet:) Off I went. Saw my family and a bunch of other people coming out- I was feeling great and smiling a lot :)
I saw a bunch of people laying around the terrace stretching and not looking so good. Was glad it wasnt me.
What would you do differently?:

nothing- not bother with the garmin?
Run
  • 4h 37m 44s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 36s  min/mile
Comments:

Well I started out feeling good. The pro women were starting lap 2 as I was on lap one (ugh) very cool though. Got to about mile 2.5 and wanted to stop already. I just couldnt find my happy run place. Ran slower- didnt work, ran faste-r didnt work, walked- ddint work. I just struggled thru. I told everyone I saw out there that never ever again was I doing this. I stopped by my family after the turn around, I think I was at like 2:10 (?)... said it sucked- I felt like crap and didnt even want to finish. My husband says you have almost 3 hours to do the 2cnd loop and youll still be under 13 hours. So away I ran and I actually strted to feel better. I saw Birkie out there- I walked with him for a minute to see why the hell he wasnt running ( I think I may have to teach him a thing or two about injuries and nutrition ;)) I let him check out my legs and I was off running again- feeling a little better. I was hoping Id get my groove sometime during the run. I only walked a few aid stations and the big ass hill. I got to mile 18 and thought- YAH- only 6 more miles.... then I got to mile 20 and said WTF... 6 more frikin miles. Delerious I guess:) I took in a lot at the aid stations whatever I could get my hands on. I brought tums on the run too... good idea- I reccomend them to anyone, wish I would have had them on the bike already. So at mile 20 I figured if Imake it in an hour I could go about 12:30- So I ran and stopped just to grab what I needed. I was a chic on amission:) I wasnt moving very fast...maybe 9:45s and my calves were so tight- but I kept on. I met so many awesome, awesome people out there. Triathletes are the best.
As I got closer- like mile out and going uphill down sate street with all the people I pushed alittle harder- I didnt have much but wanted to break 12:30. Bob cam and ran with me for a minute, gave me a little boost- told me I did great and hed meet me at the finish. I booked it in so fats he didnt see me finish and he knew I was coming- he saw my family getting hot dogs and they missed me finishing too- Oh well. I tell you that smile I had after turning the last corner was huge- I could wipe it off if I tried. I trained hard and Ideserved this- I was an Ironman. It was a sweet finish:)
My fanatstic catchers- Phil and Peggy got me blanket and medal and shirt and asked how I felt. I said not very good and I just wanted to sit, They massaged my calves- how sweet was that?- I was feeling really dizzy and kind of seeing spots so they dragged me to the med tent.
They were awesome in there- made me drink some thing. weighed me - I only lost 3 pounds ( pretty good I say:)) they got my bags for me too. Afetr I while I felt Ok- so went to get my finisher photo and some food.

What would you do differently?:

I dont know what was wrong at first.. does it really take 13 miles to get warmed up??
Was pretty happy with this- I figured it would take me like 5 hours so 4:37 was all good.
Post race
Warm down:

Ugh when I stood up after the med tent I almost couldnt walk- OUCH. My mom told me I made her cry like 4 times that day...awwww. She said my dad called and was proud of me and going to go brag to his friends.... which was awesome because he pretty much thinks I belong in the looney bin (which I might). Walked to the car though- went home iced the legs, ate some more and went to bed. I couldnt even sleep- I just kept thinking about my amazing day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Well.. I was sick most of the week- not sure if it affected me or not. I put the time in I trained pretty hard- I think I got what I deserved

Event comments:

Id do this race again in a heartbeat. It was everything I had hoped and more. The athletes are the nicest, the volunteers are great, the crowd support is amazing.
My husband told me this morning that my mom said if I qualified for Kona she was paying for the whole family to go...damn- if I would have known that I sure could have gone A LOT faster ;)!!
Next time sub 12 :)





Last updated: 2008-01-11 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:22:20 | 4224 yards | 01m 57s / 100yards
Age Group: 78/134
Overall: 0/2207
Performance:
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 08:47
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
06:15:26 | 112 miles | 17.90 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/134
Overall: 0/2207
Performance: Good
Wind:
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 05:14
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
04:37:44 | 26.2 miles | 10m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 32/134
Overall: 849/2207
Performance:
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2008-09-08 6:07 PM

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And...no I didnt kill any chipmunks

Edited by tripletmom01 2008-09-08 6:19 PM


2008-09-08 6:21 PM
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Great report Tammy.  I was just thinking aboput starting mine but didn't want to be the first weinie to post   Seriously great work out there.  You are a huge inspiration to many, especially those three cute mini Tammies.
2008-09-08 6:25 PM
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Great Job Tammy.  You were beaming when you came across the finish.  Awesome awesome job.
2008-09-08 6:29 PM
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Most excellent race report!  Nice job on the race IRON(WO)MAN
2008-09-08 6:34 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

I was worried about you after you and Brian went for a swim on Friday and you were looking a little (OK, a LOT) green. I was surprised and impressed to see you smoke 13 hours with time to spare.

Oh, and be nice about the 1:2X swim time comments, I was smiling ear-to-ear when I got out of the water in 1:21!!!!!
2008-09-08 6:45 PM
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Great job Tammy.  Like I told you, I predicted 12:30 in the interview Scoobysdad did with me on Saturday for his documentary. Pretty darn close.  The minute you walked with me was one of the highlights of the day - it was pretty lonely walking and watching everyone pass me.  Thanks for that.  Congratulations IRONMAN.


2008-09-08 7:31 PM
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Really awesome job out there. I'm so glad that the sickness earlier in the week didn't drag you down on race day! Great report, you captured a lot of emotions and a lot of details--but most of all, you are an Ironman! Congratulations!!
2008-09-08 7:36 PM
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Awesome race, Tammy!  That is a great time.  Top 20% in your AG, that is phenominal.  When I saw you on the run, you looked like you were having a great time and looked very relaxed.  

Enjoy some time off!

2008-09-08 7:38 PM
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I'm d amn proud of ya sis.  I wish I would have seen you finish in person instead of via web cast but you must have forgotten to send the limo to take me to the airport.

Yah, you made my eyes tear a little watching you cross the finish line too!

I guess you owe me an azz kickin', huh?

Congrats  -  you're an iron(wo)man!

2008-09-09 8:09 AM
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nice race report and great Iroman.

I love the line:

"he saw my family getting hot dogs and they missed me finishing too- Oh well."

Congrats!



Edited by RaytownPete 2008-09-09 8:12 AM
2008-09-09 8:49 AM
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Totally awesome!  Congratulations!  You should be very proud of finishing so strong and that excellent bike leg!

My new goal anytime I run is to find "my happy run place"!  Laughing



2008-09-09 9:05 AM
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Great report...I got chills reading it. Epitomizes the Ironman spirit.

Congrats on a great race.

2008-09-09 9:22 AM
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Awesome race report!! You trained your butt off this season and it showed!! You are my total inspiration!! Congrats Ironman Tammy!!
2008-09-09 9:48 AM
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Kick azz Tammy!  You rocked it.  I gotta tell you, that when I saw you at mile 13 and you told me "never again" you really did seem like you meant it!  So glad that you achieved your goals!  Congrats, Ironman!
2008-09-09 9:58 AM
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Great report and great race!  Impressive IRONMAN.
2008-09-09 10:11 AM
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AWESOME!  Just plain AWESOME!

It was soooooo cool being able to catch you at the end.  I was worried, though.  I was more than happy to assist you!

You can cry anytime you want, and snot up my shirt if you need to, whatever works!

YOU ARE AN IRON(WO)MAN!!



2008-09-09 11:08 AM
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Well, everytime I saw you, you were smiling.  Bummed I didn't get to see your glorious finish but glad I got to see you go out on the bike and run.  Great race report, thanks for the tears.  Enjoy your downtime.
2008-09-09 12:13 PM
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Yeah I think it goes without saying you belong in the looney bin. I am SO happy this went well for you. I know you have really worked hard in the last year and you deserve the great results you got. I am bummed that I missed you on the run and at the finish, though. Maybe next time...
2008-09-09 1:04 PM
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your amazing... way to go...  i need tammy legs for running.. so fast... but they look so much better on you for sure...  are you in for next year then?  KONA?  you can do it .. no question about it ..
2008-09-09 2:36 PM
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Tammy, you rocked the course! Congratulations on overcoming so much-- family demands, knee probs, flu bug and more-- to fulfill your Ironman dream. It was truly my privilege to watch you train and grow as an athlete and a person over these last 6 months. Congratulations... IRONMAN!
2008-09-09 2:43 PM
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Great job Tammy. After feeling ill all week you pulled off an impressive race! And no flats on the bike.

When I was headed out for my run the lead women were finishing.


2008-09-09 3:21 PM
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Great job, Tammy!  Congratulations on a great race.  You rocked it!  
2008-09-09 3:40 PM
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Great job!
2008-09-09 3:57 PM
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Great job out there taminator!!  thanks for letting me be a part of it as hangin on friday and saturday was way cool!!  you rocked that course and you never ever should doubt yourself again, deal??

 WAY TO GO IRONDONKEY!!!!  EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWW

2008-09-09 5:24 PM
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Tammy

Don't even start thinking your time wasn't good enough.  Are you frickin' kidding me?  You were awesome.  And although you haven't said it anywhere I am guessing next year you will be even faster.

Suzy

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