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Ironman Arizona - TriathlonFull Ironman


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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Sunny
Total Time = 11h 52m 27s
Overall Rank = 785/
Age Group = W30-34
Age Group Rank = 31/91
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and realized there was no cereal left to eat. I found something to eat and we left for the race.
I spent a ridiculous amount of time in transition. Had to wait around for Aaron's pump and then spent forever trying to get air in my tires with the crack pipe before someone offered to help me.
Then I walked to the special needs bag drop, then I stood in line for a porta potty, then I went to fill up my water bottle, then I was able to leave transition and find Andrew and the gang.
Body glide, wetsuit, iPod, picture taking, etc.

Event warmup:

Jumped into Tempe Town Lake holding Chippy's hand and swam up to the second bridge.
Swim
  • 1h 23m 10s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards
Comments:

The swim was incredibly violent! It was by far rougher than the previous two times I've done it. I was constantly getting kicked and hit for the first half. On the second half I got kicked really hard in the eye and had to stop for a minute to recover.
I was bored.
My previous time was 1:29. I had done a 2x2100 in the pool a week or so before the race and did it is 1:23, so I am happy with my time. It's the first time I was able to swim in a race the same pace I swim in a pool. I am a slow swimmer, so I was just looking for an improvement compared to last year. I was happy when I came out of the water and saw the clock.
Transition 1
  • 05m 12s
Comments:

Everything went well. Got stripped, ran to bags, ran to tent. I didn't change clothes or put socks on. Helmet, sunglasses, bib number, shoes.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Bike
  • 5h 47m 5s
  • 112 miles
  • 19.36 mile/hr
Comments:

My instructions were to stay between 135-145 watts. Or...130-135 on lap one, 135-140 on lap two, 140-145 on lap three if feeling good.
I was feeling good and started the ride in the 130s. Going up the hill we had a slight headwind so I made the decision to go up to the 150s when needed to maintain speed, and on the way in (downhill and tailwind) to recover and stay in the 130s. That worked perfectly the first two laps. By the end of lap one I was averaging 141 watts and 19.3mph. Second lap was a little bit faster because I pushed a bit more.
Third lap the wind had changed and my effort was more steady the entire lap and my speed was slower due to a lack of wind going down the hill.
I didn't use a special needs bag. I had at least 5 bottles of Gatorade and also ate my entire bag of candy (640 calories, a mix of Almond M&ms, Raisinets, and Skittles).
I felt a bit tired during the last 20 miles or so and was worried that I would suffer on the run. I knew I was having the ride of my life but I wasn't sure if I would pay for it or not. But..I have gone easy on the bike the last two IMs and this time I decided I wanted to average in the higher end of my watts zone and see how I could run off the bike. I still didn't average in the high end, though! 139 is right in the middle.
What would you do differently?:

Nada.
Transition 2
  • 03m 25s
Run
  • 4h 33m 37s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 26s  min/mile
Comments:

Lap one...good. I started cramping in my quads within the first mile but ate a few pretzels at the first aid station and kept it at bay. The first 9 miles felt really good and then I worked to keep my momentum up for as long as I could. I walked with Andrew for a minute when I came up on him at about mile 8-9 and he told me I had a sub-12 in the bag. Well, I slowed down a lot after that and had to make up time.
Mile 14-15 I started to cramp again and luckily this is right when the chicken broth came out. I saw Jeff and Paulette here but could barely talk to them. I felt like crap for the next few miles until I saw Andrew again. Walked with him for at least 3 minutes and tried to figure out what I needed to do to get my sub-12 and then did it. :) I was running scared...not sure what the race time was and not sure what my mile splits were. I kept watching my pace and tried to stay under 11 minute miles so I would get to the finish in time. Apparently I ran 10 minute miles for the last 6 miles.
My quads were killing me. I kept telling myself I never, EVER wanted to do this again. It HURTS!!
I threw my glow stick out at mile 25, like I have the last two times, and worked my way to the finish line. About 100 yards before I turned the last corner, a lady told me I was going to break 12 hours. I was so relieved! Then I turned the corner and saw 11:52 and was really, really surprised I was that far ahead! Crossed the line and the volunteer kept asking me if I was ok because I wouldn't talk. I was just numb with shock that I had actually broken 12 hours. It was my super-secret, perfect weather, everything goes right, stretch goal.
Jeff was there to get me in the chute and we hugged and cried and then he got me some pizza. Andrew had tried to go find me on the course to make sure I was running fast enough but he missed me so he showed up about 5 minutes after I finished. As soon as he got there I was happy and ready to get up and got get warm.

What would you do differently?:

Maybe eat more. I realized when I had my bonk in the middle of the run that I hadn't eaten anything solid besides the two pretzels and a cookie or two. I was alternating coke, gatorade, and water at almost every aid station but I think I should have forced myself to eat more.
Post race
Warm down:

Dry clothes,Hooters.

Event comments:

I had a perfect race so I do not feel a need to do this again for a LONG time.




Last updated: 2008-06-26 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:23:10 | 4224 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 66/91
Overall: 1543/
Performance: Average
Suit: Jeff's full Orca.
Course: One big loop. Easiest swim to navigate.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 05:12
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
05:47:05 | 112 miles | 19.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 17/91
Overall: 765/
Performance: Good
Average watts 139.
Wind: Some
Course: 3 loops. Slightly uphill on the way out and downhill on the way back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 03:25
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
04:33:37 | 26.2 miles | 10m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 38/91
Overall: 786/
Performance: Average
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2008-11-29 3:35 PM

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2008-11-29 5:55 PM
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Congrats Jess...I hope you had a good time.....and found some joy.  GReat job
2008-11-29 6:41 PM
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Great race. Sub 12 is awesome.
2008-11-29 7:08 PM
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Great job Jess!
2008-11-29 7:31 PM
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Congratulations on your sub-12, Jess!
2008-11-29 8:54 PM
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dude. awesome.



2008-11-29 9:48 PM
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Jess, you seriously kicked a$$ out there! I am totally impressed! 

I'll be watching you b/c I think in a short while, you might start thinking you can break 11:30 and then you'll maybe sign up for another   LOL!

2008-11-29 9:51 PM
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WOW! Sub 12... That is awesome!! Congrats
2008-11-29 9:54 PM
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Congrats Jess on reaching your goal and doing awesome!!!
2008-11-30 2:00 PM
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2008-11-30 2:11 PM
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Perfect day for a perfect race. Great job!


2008-11-30 5:27 PM
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Just an awesome race.  You stuck to the the plan and that is the way to run an IM!  Great to see you as usual!  I hope to see you a lot more!  Take care!
2008-12-01 8:56 AM
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Wow, you did so awesome!!  Its great when you can smash a goal like that, congrats!!!  And the really amazing thing is that you did it all without any powerthirst!  That's impressive.
2008-12-01 9:27 AM
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Yay mama!!! You rocked the race...hitting the super secret goal is so sweet. You are my hero and inspiration!

Congratulations...now to enjoy the glory.
2008-12-01 10:43 AM
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Great race!! Who ate all the cereal?
2008-12-01 12:12 PM
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You're amazing.


2008-12-01 12:36 PM
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Chippy - 2008-12-01 12:12 PM You're amazing.

^^ What she said. Awesome race Jess!!

2008-12-01 1:37 PM
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I'm pretty much super impressed with you right now, and will be keeping you on a pedestal for a bit if you don't mind.

Major kudos for breaking your super secret everything goes perfectly goal.

2008-12-01 1:42 PM
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I think I am the worst jockstrap ever.  But I enjoyed watching people coming over the bridge.  Congrats mama bear!  You did really awesome
2008-12-01 2:38 PM
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Awesome job, you make me very proud!

2008-12-01 7:29 PM
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Great job girl!  You came a long way to get this and totally deserve every minute of it....all sub 12 minutes   AWESOME!!!!!!


2008-12-01 7:53 PM
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Awesome race!! Congrats on an amazing finish.
2008-12-02 8:19 AM
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Hooters for your post-race meal, huh? Funny.

You are super duper fast and I hope you realize what AMAZING shape you are in!! Rest, recover and enjoy the post-IM glow!

2008-12-02 9:50 AM
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Great job out there!  Awesome time.
2008-12-02 9:56 AM
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I guess you did a good job.  I'm still looking for you to thank me for talking you through the bike. 
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