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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
Ironman North America
56F / 13C
Sunny
Total Time = 16h 22m 8s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = W50-54
Age Group Rank = 29/36
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3:30AM, had three pieces of plan white toast, 1/2 cup of coffee, and one big glass of water. Ate a banana in the car on the way up. Had one gel 30 minutes before the gun.
Event warmup:

Swam out to the first red turn buoy about 2/3 of the way back. Really great idea to get into the water early and avoid the rush. Floated on my back and watched the sun rise over Lake Monona--beautiful and very calming. Floated around on my back and thought, "I am doing an Ironman--crazy, unimaginable, and way cool."
Swim
  • 1h 40m 26s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 23s / 100 yards
Comments:

My previous long triathlon swim was a 400M sprint where I was kicked in the face, saw stars, and ended up doing a lot of back stroke. Swimming 2.4 miles in the midst of 2000+ swimmers was a major accomplishment. Still very slow but have improved significantly. Swam inside the buoys (Coach J's idea) and only came out around the turn buoys. Pummeled, kicked, clubbed, and punched going around the first four turn buoys. Discovered a bump on my forehead today and nasty looking bruised finger and bruised legs. Hey, it was a blast. Never thought I would say the swim was the easiest part of the day.
What would you do differently?:

Stay outside the buoys to get some better chances for a draft. I had fairly clean water but not many people to draft off of.
Transition 1
  • 16m 56s
Comments:

What took me so long? Stopping to hug friends after getting my wetsuit peeled, the long run up the helix, and a hug on the helix for both of my coaches, Coach J and my swim coach Mark. Rosie, the marathoner from Cottage Grove, was the volunteer who assisted me. She was AWESOME! I thanked her many times.
What would you do differently?:

Who cares how fast the transition was. Showing my appreciation for my friends and coaches was far more important.
Bike
  • 7h 42m 7s
  • 112 miles
  • 14.54 mile/hr
Comments:

Really enjoyed most of the bike. Saw Whizzzzz at the Hwy 14 and McCoy Rd intersection. Two 10-minute potty stops for some GI issues and two more 5-minute stops. Strong bout of nausea at about mile 85. Switched to all water after that and was fine. Did great on the big hills that are repeated twice on the loop. Good cadence and maintained control of HR and breathing. Passed a lot of men on tri bikes going up the hills. Most of them suddenly became very determined to pass me back once they saw my age on my calf. The Team Swimfast bike jersey caused a lot of fun comments, especially, "Don't you think you need to bike and run fast too?". Coach J was at the bottom of Timber Lane and Mark was about halfway up the Hwy 92 hill into Mt Horeb. Amazing support from both coaches.
What would you do differently?:

I need to build some leg strength over the winter. Being stronger on the bike will help my run. Legs were absolutely dead for the run.
Transition 2
  • 08m 21s
Comments:

I offered to give my bike to anyone who wanted it--I was ready to get off but felt better than expected. Transition was fairly fast and I had a great volunteer (Ironman vet 4 times). Thanked her numerous times.
What would you do differently?:

Nada, nothing.
Run
  • 6h 34m 18s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 03s  min/mile
Comments:

Didn't run nearly as much as planned. Right hamstring seized running up a hill. Left knee then decided not to cooperate with my efforts. Running was not an option after about the 14 mile mark. I wanted to finish without doing major damage to my knee. The course is fun and the volunteers and spectators are so supportive. Several things heard throughout the day: "you are so amazing", "you don't look 50", "you are an inspiration". Mike Reilly said something very interesting at the athletes banquet. The volunteers tell him how inspirational the participants are and the participants feel the same way about the volunteers. Thank you has never come out of my mouth as many times as it did yesterday.

Many of my subordinates from work were at the Capitol run aid station--more hugs and encouragement. Our neighbor was impersonating where in the world is Waldo. She was there for the swim, on Old Sauk Pass on the bike, and on State Street for the run. So many amazing acts of friendship, support, and kindness on a truly amazing day.
What would you do differently?:

Do more long bricks. My body just was not ready to run 26.2 after biking 112.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked a little, saw Coach J for a nice big hug! Whizzzzz and Coredump were waiting for us at the end of the finish line area. Wonderful to see both of them and very thankful they stayed around until we finished.

Mike Reilly made a statement at the Athletes meeting, "The only thing you can control is your attitude, if you can do that, you will finish." He was right!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Age, inexperience, lack of longer training sessions, and perhaps some improper nutrition decisions. Not sure what caused my GI issues. Maybe doing 140.6 miles on one day?

Event comments:

The organization of the IM branded races is top-notch. Amazing how they keep everything so organized, on time, and efficient.




Last updated: 2008-09-08 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:40:26 | 4224 yards | 02m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 33/36
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Desoto two piece-long sleeve
Course: Two laps around a rectangular course on Lake Monona.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Bad
T1
Time: 16:56
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
07:42:07 | 112 miles | 14.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 28/36
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: The stick out of Madison, two 40+ mile loops through Verona, Mt Horeb, Cross Plains, and then back into Madison on the stick. Climbing according to two different sources--between 7500 and 8500.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 08:21
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
06:34:18 | 26.2 miles | 15m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 29/36
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Two 13.1 mile loops through downtown Madison and the UW campus.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2008-09-08 10:34 PM

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2008-09-08 11:06 PM
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Congrats!  I can't wait to volunteer next year and witness all of you "crazy" people out there doing this.  And by "crazy" I mean super in shape and truly inspiring!
2008-09-08 11:19 PM
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Congratulations!  I agree with the sentiment about volunteers.  I'm amazed they do that.  It's a tough job! 
2008-09-09 6:54 AM
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amazing!  You did great

Bummer about the tummy though   And I am bummed I never met you

 

2008-09-09 8:03 AM
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Congratulations!  Very cool about all your support and how you were sure to thank them all - that really makes it great for everyone! Cool
2008-09-09 9:31 AM
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What's cool is that you remembered some of the inspirational statements!

GREAT JOB, IRONMAN!!!



2008-09-09 1:20 PM
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I only wish my dang camera hadn't died. We could have had PHOTOS!!!

Congratulations!!!!

2008-09-09 2:56 PM
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Great job.  Did you say from Sprint to IM?  Wow, that is amazing.  Way to go. 
2008-09-09 5:33 PM
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Congrats Ironman!

Amazing day and one you'll remember forever. Great job out there...fun you had so many folks out there supporting you. Funny bike jersey....

You are right controlling your attitude is all you can do and you did a great job at it.

2008-09-09 9:08 PM
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Great job and a great attitude all the way through. Congrats Ironman!
2008-09-09 9:10 PM
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Good job finishing!


2008-09-10 1:14 AM
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I now have a new hero.  Way to go out there!
2008-09-10 10:22 AM
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Congratulations Lori!!! Great end to a very disciplined training. It has been a pleasure to follow your progress and finally -  you did it. Way to go. I'm very inspired and happy for you and your hubby!
2008-09-10 11:07 AM
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Congratulations on finishing off a nice day.
2008-09-11 8:50 PM
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It sounds like you did a great job of soaking up the experience. Great job and congratulations!!
2008-09-11 9:09 PM
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Lori, you did great.  How is it possible that I was at the top of Timber Lane and missed you and Eric?  I saw about 15 Swimfast jerseys, but did not catch yours.  It must be because you were going so fast you simply flew by.

Rest up, you have another IM to train for!



2008-09-13 3:43 PM
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Again, excellent effort!  So happy you had fun along the way too!!!  Until next year!!! 
2008-09-16 6:38 AM
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Congrats! Sounds like you had an AMAZING race :-)
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