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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Ironman North America
Total Time = 12h 53m 48s
Overall Rank = 1334/
Age Group = F35-40
Age Group Rank = 51/119
Pre-race routine:

Got up early (because I really couldn't sleep) and ate a bowl of oatmeal. Went back to bed and tried to relax and think about the race and having an easy day. Packed up the car around 4:00 and drove to the race site. Pumped tires, loaded nutrition and changed out some gear in my bags. Walked around and talked to a few people. Sipped some gatorade and ate half a gu before getting to line up for the swim.
Event warmup:

Mostly walking around and shivering in the cold.
  • 1h 18m 28s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

There are just bodies everywhere in a mass start. We started right in the middle which was a mistake. It was impossible to draft since the group never thinned during the course.
What would you do differently?:

Start at the front. Round the turn bouys wider.
Transition 1
  • 13m 45s

Wetsuit strippers are awesome. The water was freezing cold so it was tough to get acclimated and gather my thoughts in transition. I had a really hard timing getting warm.
What would you do differently?:

Focus more on the next part of the event and move faster with a plan.
  • 6h 30m 7s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.23 mile/hr

I gave it away in the bike. I could have gone much harder than I did. The course was relatively easy and I never really struggled probably because I never really pushed my pace.
What would you do differently?:

Go harder and keep HR around 150 instead of 140.
Transition 2
  • 08m 31s

AGain, there was no focus on my part in transition.
What would you do differently?:

  • 4h 42m 59s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 48s  min/mile

The first part of the run was great and I was able to hold around 9:30 for the first 8 miles. The second lap was good and I lost time changing socks at mile 13. At the end I was having a tough time and had to negotiate to keep running no matter how slow I was going.
What would you do differently?:

Get better shoes and socks and not give up 5 minutes changing socks.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking around

What limited your ability to perform faster:

First IM

Last updated: 2008-11-26 12:00 AM
01:18:28 | 4224 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 41/119
Overall: 119/
Performance: Average
Suit: Zoot (new)
Course: Rectangular in a lake
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Bad
Time: 13:45
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
06:30:07 | 112 miles | 17.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 72/119
Overall: 1757/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: 3 loop out and back course with minor hills
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 08:31
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
04:42:59 | 26.2 miles | 10m 48s  min/mile
Age Group: 43/119
Overall: 1028/
Performance: Average
Course: 3 loop course
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
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] 4

2009-11-26 8:26 PM

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Las Vegas, NV
Subject: Ironman Arizona

2009-11-27 9:38 AM
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Chandler, AZ
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Congratulations Ironman.

You had solid times for your first IM.
2009-11-27 9:50 AM
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Congrats Ironman!

Sounds like you learned a lot..and fun you did it with your sister!
2009-11-27 12:46 PM
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well friggin done!
2009-11-28 7:58 PM
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Great job out there! Congrats Ironman!
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