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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Ironman North America
72F / 22C
Overcast
Total Time = 13h 59m 50s
Overall Rank = 1856/2400
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 262/519
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3:30 am for Oatmel after a toss and turn night. Drive 1.5 hrs to race transition while downing many Mt. Dews!
Event warmup:

Last minute bike check and nutrition set-up after body marking. Then time to meet up with about 10 of my BT buddies doing IMAZ for first Ironman (so proud of them!)
Swim
  • 1h 36m
  • 3862 meters
  • 02m 29s / 100 meters
Comments:

Beat last years swim time = check!
Although I had improved on swimming over last year, my ability to beat off other swimmers and navigate still needs some major work! I zig-zagged a touch too much and I paid for it.
What would you do differently?:

I probably did not do enough open water swimming this year as I worked more on learning to swim better. OWS do more than swim practice, they help me with sighting. I really needed to sight better this year.

I am still giving this a good for swim as I was relaxed and confident with lots of energy left to bike!
Transition 1
  • 09m 11s
Comments:

goal met = check!
My goal for transitions was to keep transitions under 10 minutes this year.

What would you do differently?:

Not enogh body glide and my wetsuit stuck on the left heel. It just so happened that that was when that calf thought it would be a great time to cramp up screwing up my control over holding my foot at a godd angle. Oh well, the volunteers did their normal great job! :)
Bike
  • 6h 22m 28s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.57 mile/hr
Comments:

Beat last years bike time = check!
I really should have packed lunch diferent as the third loop kept the bike split from averaging overall above 18 mph.


What would you do differently?:

Try to eat lunch on the go and keep working those hills to improve overall bike strength. I will never be a great runner so the better I set up the bike split, the better my overall race time will be.
Transition 2
  • 05m 50s
Comments:

goal met = check!
My goal for transitions was to keep transitions under 10 minutes this year.

What would you do differently?:

Try to race in the same outfit all day instead of changing clothes for the run.
Run
  • 5h 46m 21s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 13m 13s  min/mile
Comments:

Beat last years run time = check!
So I still walked alot. I woudl run about a mile and walk 1/2 mile at start and then run about 1/2 mile and walk a mile in middle. I sucked it up and tried to run at least 1/2 of the last 6 miles. I wanted to finish between 9 and 9:30 pm - finished at 8:59:50pm. I can honestly say I was done before 9pm. For me that was a big deal!
What would you do differently?:

I need to spend 2010 working on my run. I have improved swiming alot and can build a bike, but I still fall apart onthe run. I have the endurance, but not the speed or the mentallity to avoid the walking parts. I use weight as an excuse, but that is horse pucky in that I have done more than one Ironman so I should know excuses even when I tell them to myself!
Post race
Warm down:

Yea! TJ, Jen, Josh, and Lisa were all waiting at the finish. Racked the bike and met wife for chocolate shake before re-joining my BT buddies to watch others finish!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The run. However, if today is any judge, I left it all out there and had nothing more to give this year. That is all anyone can ask for, right?

Event comments:

I am done with IMAZ for a while - but really enjoy this hometown race! (Plus I got a pic with Jen - what is not to like about that?)


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Last updated: 2009-01-07 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:36:00 | 3862 meters | 02m 29s / 100meters
Age Group: 395/519
Overall: 2133/2400
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Course: Typical out and back from the Mill street bridge to the east end of the lake. Return only to struggle up the bleacher steps they have hanging in the water. Did I ever mention how hard it is for volunteers to help a wet 240 lb, 6'4" man out of the drink after an hour and a hlf of swimming?
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 09:11
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
06:22:28 | 112 miles | 17.57 mile/hr
Age Group: 348/519
Overall: 1736/2400
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Three loop out and back course. First loop I averaged 18.61 mph for 37 miles. Second loop I averaged 16.34 (this is with stopping for special needs and eating lunch on the side of the road!)for 37 miles. Third loop I averaged 17.91 mph for 38 and had to deal with no passing in the bike return shoot behind a total moron that tried to dismount too early.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 05:50
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
05:46:21 | 26.2 miles | 13m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 1856/519
Overall: 362/2400
Performance: Average
FIRST RUN SEGMENT 3.5 mi. 12:27/mile SECOND RUN SEGMENT 8.6 mi. 13:34/mile THIRD RUN SEGMENT 8.3 mi. 14:00/mile RUN FINISH 5.9 mi. 11:48/mile
Course: Three figure eight style loops around Tempe Town Lake. The top end of the loop is 4 flat miles and the bottom of the loop is 4.7 hilly miles.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2009-11-23 5:53 PM

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2009-11-23 6:02 PM
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Great job Jerry! You met all of your goals and beat all of your times in your previous legs! I'd have to say it was very successful for you! Congrats!

2009-11-23 6:19 PM
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Great job out there Jer! Beating your time in every disipline from last year is fantastic, you rocked it out there and it was great to see you a couple of times on the bike!

2009-11-23 8:31 PM
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Congratulations Jer!  It's a great feeling beating all of your goals and finishing an Ironman!
2009-11-23 8:48 PM
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You did awesome Jerry! Congrats! We saw you finish, but didn't get a change to congratulate you! Congrats on such a great race and a new PR!

2009-11-23 11:31 PM
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We were so so sooo impressed with you! 13:59 AWESOME!!! I love watching you race, always cool, confident and collected! My kind of man! And then for you to stick around for the other finishers - well that's just awesome in my book. I kept forgetting that you just finished an IRONMAN!!! We gotta do one of these together some day. WAY TO GO JER!!!!!


2009-11-23 11:51 PM
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Great job, Jerry! What a perfect race. So sorry I missed you.
2009-11-24 1:02 AM
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Hey, my wife and I saw you finish!  After volunteering on the bike course, we were at the finish line from about 8:45 until a few minutes after 9 when we went off to the start of the run loop to watch for a late-finishing BTer (Dolores).  We were cheering hard for the handful of folks coming in just under the 14 hour mark...didn't realize one of them was a BTer!

Congrats!  Great job!
2009-11-24 2:21 AM
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That was an awesome race Jerry. You blew away your times from last year and improved in ever single part of the race! Very impressive!! 


P.S. You lied to me!! You said the bike route cut back before the last little knob on the hill. I cursed you all 3 laps   You make this sport fun for everyone around you!!!
2009-11-24 7:58 AM
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Well done Jerry! So great to see you out there. Congrats on beating all your goals!

Hope you will still come out to IMAZ next year to cheer us on!

2009-11-24 8:10 AM
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You totally rocked this race, Jerry, and met every one of your goals!!  Great job!! It was awesome seeing you out there and riding with you for a bit!



2009-11-24 9:15 AM
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Awesome job Jerry!!! My favorite part of the whole day was seeing you round the corner and run down the finish to come in under 14hours! What a perfect racing moment!!!
2009-11-24 11:49 AM
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I swear I saw you on my run. I was pretty disoriented though so it might not have been you! I yelled "JERRY!!!" really loud but you didn't turn around. I felt like I was hallucinating because of the fatigue so I may have just "imagined" you.Great job out there. I'm ready to start training with you for Silverman. Oh, and I signed up for IMAZ 2010 if you haven't heard
2009-11-24 12:48 PM
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Congratulations! How cool to improve on EVERYTHING! I also like it that you have a game plan for next year already in place. Way to go!!!
2009-11-24 2:53 PM
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Great job, Jerry!
2009-11-24 6:52 PM
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You are my BIggin Hero!!!! way to go!!!!!  There is nothiong wrong with walking, I love to walk the run portion of the race..



2009-11-25 10:03 AM
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Great race Jerry - you improved your time in all 3 disciplines and that's awesome! Congrats!
2009-11-26 10:55 AM
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Congrats on a great race out there!! Well done!!
2009-11-26 11:07 AM
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Jer, You made some serious improvement from last year. Congrats. How did I miss a picture with Jen?
2009-11-30 1:32 PM
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Awesome job Jerry! You crushed last years times! AND Met all your goals! Can't ask for much more than that!
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