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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
Ironman North America
80+F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 12h 38m 26s
Overall Rank = 822/2397
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 89/209
Pre-race routine:

The day started early, but luckily, I had managed to get five hours of solid sleep. Waking at 3:30, I had a cup of coffee. I had some GI issues for the next 2.5 hours until the PB&J and one immodium settled my stomach. I went through all of my gear bags twice to make sure everything was where it needed to be. Then found a spot of carpet and stretched out a little bit. At around 6:25 I foun d a group of Donks and Michelle and I got some pictures. Scotty and I headed down to the water together and started floating.... it was about to begin...
Event warmup:

All warm up was done on Saturday morning when I rode a quick 7 miles up Old Sauk Pass and Timber, then I went for a Gatorade swim. Durning the swim practice my wetsuit zipper fell apart on me. Luckily, Scotty pointed me towards the blueseventy rep who gave me a Helix full suit to use for the race.
Swim
  • 1h 07m 30s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 36s / 100 yards
Comments:

The swim was what I expected it to be... people everywhere, bumping, pushing, kicking, slapping... you name it, I got it. I felt smooth and was able to find and keep my groove solid up until I had my wetsuit violently ripped from my body, (which should be a standard for all races BTW...)
What would you do differently?:

not too much, I can't imagine a scenario where that swim is any less congested, other than swimming a 50 minute split.
Transition 1
  • 07m
Comments:

Wetsuit strippers = awesome.

I jogged up the helix and grabbed my gear bag, when I got into transition a volunteer with a TriWI shirt on yelled "Hey, RACC! Over here!" and helped me get all of my gear on quickly and smoothly. I ran with my shoes all the way to the end of transition and put my shoes on, grabbed my bike and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing at all.
Bike
  • 5h 52m 52s
  • 112 miles
  • 19.04 mile/hr
Comments:

I went out strong on the first loop constantly questioning if I was going too fast, but I felt great and my heart rate was in check, so i made an executive desicion to give it a touch harder than planned while it was still cool out.

At the halfway point, I was at 20.5 mph and still hadn't felt any fatigue in my legs, but the heat was coming in and I started to back off a little bit.

I stopped at the special needs spot and used the porto and had my first chance to check hydration. Pee meter says, Hydration is going well. So off on the second lap I went.

By the end of the lap as I headed back to Madison, I really started to back off on the speed to try to recharge the legs for the upcoming Marathon. I then made it up the Helix and over the timing mat to T2
What would you do differently?:

Not too much, it felt pretty good. I guess that you can always say train more hills/ect, but I was very happy with my bike split achieving my goal of under 6 hours.
Transition 2
  • 04m 5s
Comments:

I came into transition and another great volunteer helped me get my run gear on. I was kinda out of it and he reminded me to put on my fresh socks. Man those Transition volunteers are great.
What would you do differently?:

nothing at all.
Run
  • 5h 26m 59s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 29s  min/mile
Comments:

I started out running a solid 11 min pace and felt good. I caught up with Adrienne who was having some stomach muscle issues. I go ther running and we made a good team, that is until she felt better and was gone like the wind.

I stuggled on through the rest of the first lap doing everything that I could to keep hydrated, and when I hit the porto (1 of three times total on the run) the color was good and I kept drinking everything in sight to keep it that way.

The second half of the marathon really got to me, I was filling my tri top; with ice at every aid station, using sponges, and anything to keep cool but the sun was intense. At some points it took all of my energy to keep walking.

The last 45 minutes was better because it was cooling down a little, but not enough to undo the damage that the sun had done to me throughout the day.

Coming around the last aid station and then running around the corner to the finishing shute was everything that I had hoped it would be.
What would you do differently?:

kill the sun.
Post race
Warm down:

Talked with some donks, exchanged cheers and congratulations. Then back to the hotel where I had some serious body temperature regulation issues. After getting that taken care of, we went back to watch the midnight finishers.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat.

Event comments:

Man, that is a tough course.




Last updated: 2009-09-14 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:07:30 | 4224 yards | 01m 36s / 100yards
Age Group: 44/209
Overall: 422/2397
Performance: Good
Suit: Blueseventy Helix
Course: two lap rectangle, 1.2 miles, counter clockwise.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 07:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
05:52:52 | 112 miles | 19.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 69/209
Overall: 543/2397
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Madison to Verona, then two loops, then Verona to Madison. Lot of hills.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 04:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
05:26:59 | 26.2 miles | 12m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 129/209
Overall: 13060/2397
Performance: Bad
Course: out to hell and back.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2009-09-14 2:39 PM

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2009-09-14 2:47 PM
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You are F'in EEEAAAAWWWWSOME! Nice job IRONMAN!!!!!!
2009-09-14 3:19 PM
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NICE JOB IRONMAN!!! I was out there spectating..so I am sure at some point, I cheered for you...

That was a tough day, but you did it! WAHOOOO!!!

2009-09-14 3:39 PM
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Thanks, I truly had a blast out there.
2009-09-14 3:54 PM
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Congrats! Awesome job. The sun/hot was especially surprising given the temp, but it was pretty unforgiving. I only did an hour run down here in Chi and really felt it I can only imagine what it was like out there.

2009-09-14 4:58 PM
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Ross...Great job out there! You looked great on the bike!


2009-09-14 5:08 PM
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Great job Ross!!  I wish I could have been there to cheer you on!


 
2009-09-14 7:52 PM
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Kick azz job Ross. Extra bonus, I believe you get the award for Donkey who saw jmwebs the most!
2009-09-14 8:47 PM
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jmwebs - 2009-09-14 7:52 PM Kick azz job Ross. Extra bonus, I believe you get the award for Donkey who saw jmwebs the most!


Everytime I was able to lift my head up to look at the road ahead, Jim was standing there with a cup of water for me!
2009-09-14 9:32 PM
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Sounds like Jim was your guardian angel  Awesome performance.  You kept such a great attitude and I think that helped under the heat situation.  Congratulations Irondonk.
2009-09-14 11:42 PM
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Great bike split out there. Well done!! Enjoy your recovery.


2009-09-15 6:20 AM
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Congrats on a job well done.  It was hot and you perservered through it all.  I was a sponge girl and easily handed out 3000 to athletes who were melting in the heat.
2009-09-15 9:54 AM
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Nice job ross.  I saw you as you ran out for your second loop.  Grats!
2009-09-15 11:09 AM
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awesome job Ross... if you were hurting at all it certainly did not show when you finished... you seemed so pumped at the finish line - it was awesome...!!!

sounds like you executed a pretty solid race...!!!  all the training definitely paid off...!!!

congrats again mr. Ironman...!!! 
2009-09-15 12:04 PM
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bscharff - 2009-09-15 11:09 AM awesome job Ross... if you were hurting at all it certainly did not show when you finished... you seemed so pumped at the finish line - it was awesome...!!!

sounds like you executed a pretty solid race...!!!  all the training definitely paid off...!!!

congrats again mr. Ironman...!!! 


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2009-09-15 12:23 PM
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Great race!



2009-09-15 2:10 PM
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TERRIFIC PERFORMANCE!!

CONGRATULATIONS, IRONMAN!!!

2009-09-15 4:20 PM
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Nice job, were you the guy in the donk outfit?
2009-09-15 4:45 PM
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Grizdog - 2009-09-15 4:20 PM Nice job, were you the guy in the donk outfit?


No, I was one of the 8 people in RACC uniform.
2009-09-17 4:04 PM
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Troubles or not, you are one fast Donk, dude! It was great to see you and meet your family-- they are fun, great people! Congrats on gutting out a great race.
2009-09-18 1:59 PM
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Kill the sun.  Yes, I agree.  That would have helped.

Nice training and racing with ya this year Ross.  Congrats on becoming an Ironman!


2009-09-18 2:06 PM
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Congrats Ironman! Truly awesome!! We all had such a great time out there!

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