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Louisville, Kentucky
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
73F / 23C
Sunny
Total Time = 15h 59m 42s
Overall Rank = 2261/
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:15am. Had 2 slices of wheat bread, half a banana and peanut butter. Put on my sweatpants, sweatshirt, my husbands sneakers (since mine were in T2) and went to transition.
Event warmup:

Walked from the Hyatt to transition and then checked my tires. I had someone from bike support double check the PSI. I spent about 30 mins in transition..? I really needed the time to focus and relax before the day started. Eventually left and walked to the swim start with my husband and Beth. I then waited in line for 20 mins to use the bathroom. I should have had them save me a spot in the swim line but I kinda thought I wouldn't finish the race. I figured it didn't matter when I got in the water. My day would be over in a few hours... Having a fractured arm 3 weeks before the race wasn't good for my confidence.
Swim
  • 1h 35m 9s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 15s / 100 yards
Comments:

The swim was an odd start. I didn't jump into the water like most people did. I sat on the edge and slid in because I was afraid to hurt my arm. I swam a few hundred yards to test it out and the elbow felt ok. I tried my best to keep out of the crazy packs of people and settled into a nice groove. Shortly after the start we hit a sand bar! I could touch bottom and people were walking?! The race officials were screaming move to the left and having us get back into the deep water. I didn't mind getting back to the deep water, I hate to touch the bottom of rivers, lakes, ect. Creeps me out! The rest of the swim was CHOPPY and I felt sea sick towards the end. My husband said there were river boats close to us and that was creating a lot of waves. Go figure! I just kept swimming as fast as I could maintain good form and tried to focus on reaching the markers. Before I knew it the swim was over and I was met with a crowd of family in T1.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I did my best.
Transition 1
  • 13m 51s
Comments:

I came into transition and had the nicest volunteer help me get dressed for the bike. She put on my sports bra, helped me with my socks and bike jersey. I drank some water and hit the bathroom before grabbing my bike.
What would you do differently?:

put on more sun screen...burned!
Bike
  • 7h 50m 32s
  • 112 miles
  • 14.28 mile/hr
Comments:

Course was beautiful. I was very impressed with Kentucky! The rollers were not difficult and were much easier than I anticipated. I spent the first half of the ride just spinning and getting a feel for the layout of the ride. The next half I kept a decent pace and tried to consume calories. I drank about 5 bottles of infinit and had 2 cliff bars and one gel. Lots of water which made me pee 4 times. I stopped at the port a pots...didn't want to pee on the bike. I saw a bunch of people with flats! I heard about thumb tacks being tossed into the road after the race ended. Crazy! My right shoulder was burning by the end of the bike and I was glad to be done!
Transition 2
  • 13m 13s
Comments:

I came into T2 and my Dad was there to catch my bike!!! He was beaming and so excited to be my bike catcher! I ran to the tent and asked the volunteer if ART was in the medical tent. My shoulder was killing me and I thought I should get it worked on. No luck she said..guess I had to HTFU. Changed, lubed up, bathroom break and off to the run. Kudos to the volunteers again for filling up my race belt with ice cold water!
Run
  • 6h 06m 56s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 14m 01s  min/mile
Comments:

Walked the first mile. Just couldn't get my legs back from the bike. I felt like it was gonna be a long day. My husband and Beth were there to cheer me on at the 2 mile point. They were so great and made me feel ready to continue. I started a light jog and slowly warmed up. I ran from mile 2 to mile 20 and walked the aid stations. At the half way point I saw the finish line and felt sad that I had another lap to go! That is when my husband found me again and he pumped me up for another lap. I walked mile 23-25 and ran mile 26 into the finish. It was blinding! From being on a glow stick parade in the dark to bright white light was amazing! I heard my name and first time ironman...it was surreal. Then my Mom was my finish line catcher and put my medal around my neck and gave me a big hug! what a great day!
Post race
Warm down:

walked to the Hyatt, sat down and took some pics. Hubby ran to the Hard Rock cafe and got me a cheeseburger. I could only eat half and then my mom had the rest. I asked for a glass of chardonnay but there was none to be found at midnight on a sunday! Settled for a swig of miller light. lol.

Event comments:

I wish I could have soaked up more of the finish line but I was too exhausted. My family and friends totally made my day! This was a great first Ironman and I can't wait to come back to Kentucky to visit.




Last updated: 2008-10-12 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:35:09 | 4224 yards | 02m 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 13:51
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
07:50:32 | 112 miles | 14.28 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Wind:
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 13:13
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
06:06:56 | 26.2 miles | 14m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
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] 5

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2009-09-02 8:24 PM

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2009-09-02 8:37 PM
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Congratulations! With all that you went through to get here, it must have been twice as fulfilling. Way to perservere. You're an impressive person. They have a name for that....it's IRONMAN!

Jake

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2009-09-02 8:45 PM
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The previous poster nailed it.  Great job working through some tough circumstances!
2009-09-02 8:46 PM
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Great Race. 

I saw you on the first part of 393.  Your green and pink Elite looks pretty sweet!
2009-09-03 8:24 AM
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Way to go Ironman! I love reading RR where things don't go the way the athlete expects them to and they push through and get to the finish. Nicely done. Your mom and dad must be really proud.
2009-09-03 11:23 AM
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Congrats!!! Great race .... great report! Now enjoy your recovery and relax! Laughing


2009-09-03 11:30 AM
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Congrats! Great race and report.
2009-09-04 11:51 AM
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Congrats Gwen! Great job! You are truly an inspiration.
2009-09-05 10:12 PM
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It makes me very sad that you genuinely thought you wouldn't finish. You worked so hard this year, as sad as that realization made me is as proud as I am right now! (Does that make sense?) You did it, and you will always be an Ironman!
2009-09-05 10:26 PM
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Way to go!  That was a tough day.  You are one impressive ironman!
2009-09-08 4:25 PM
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fantastic job! glad you didn't have to wee on your sweet ride congrats on breaking 16hrs


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