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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Ironman North America
78F / 26C
Total Time = 14h 30m 52s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 60/80
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4 a.m. Drank 2 Muscle Milk Lights and ate a PBJ. Drove from the hotel to Tempe Town Lake and arrived at about 5:30 a.m. Put my bike bottles on, Shaun was in charge of tire pressure, then bundled up, sat down and drank my gatorade. Hit the potty line at about 6:15 a.m. and was in line for the swim start by 6:45 a.m. Shaun was a super volunterr and conducted personal body marking for people waiting in the long potty line.
Event warmup:

Just tried to stay long. Too long of a day to be bouncing around pre-race.
  • 1h 29m 40s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 07s / 100 yards

This was the roughest swim I've ever been involved with. I was about 200 yards behind the start line with the cannon went off. I couldn't find any clear water and ended up with a split lip pretty quickly. After about 100 yards I removed my arm warmers and tried to swim, but there was no space. The visiblity was really bad and people just kept running into me. After getting slugged across the face and loosing my goggles, I decdied that I jsut needed to swim breast stroke for the rest of the time. The first buoy I saw was the turnaround buoy and I was able to stop the buoys on the way back. Regardless, the traffic never lightened up, which made for a pretty miserable swim.
What would you do differently?:

Swim, at least a little bit, before the race. My shoulder and neck have been bothering me and the pool is a hassle, so I generally avoid it. At some point, I need to start enjoying swimming again, but for now, I still feel like too many years of my life were spent in chlorine.
Transition 1
  • 08m 45s

Hoped out of the water and got the wet suit striped by two very nice guys. Ran into the change tent and it was chaos. Was able to dry off, warm up and get my long sleeve shirt on fairly quickly. Also helped a woman get her tri top on. Tri tops pver cold wet bodies do not work very well. Once I got out of the tent, Pam was watching my bike rack so she helped grab my biek and got me on my way.
What would you do differently?:

  • 6h 38m 11s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.88 mile/hr

This was a really good bike for me. Much, much, much, much better than IMKY. First loop was pretty much a massive peloton. No matter what you did, you couldn't get out of a pack of riders. There was a decent head wind going up the beeline highway and then a wicked nice wind heading down. I was avergaing 23-24 mph on the way back into Tempe. Wicked sweet. For the second loop, same headwind on the way up, but luck me, the winds changed once I reach the top of the bee line and I had headwind heading down as well. Hit special needs at about the 60 mile mark and spent quite a while eating, changing and drinking. Started to try to drink Gatorade after special needs (my Vitalyte bottles were all gone), but the Gatorade didn't really agree with me, so I switched to water and GUs. Was able to pick up the pace a little on the third loop, the only problem was I got a nasty side stich around Mile 90, figured I probably needed more salt. Came into T2 with the stich.
What would you do differently?:

Ride more. The year was pretty shot training wise, so I was happy to finish the bike strong (and with no flats thanks to the super-special tire Shaun put on this summer).
Transition 2
  • 05m 5s

Met up with Shaun outside of the shange tent. Smooth change once in the tent. Realized that I was swollen and my watch and roadID were cutting off my circulation, so I loosened the watch and took off the road ID. Took some endurolytes and got some ice water and went out on the run.

What would you do differently?:

  • 6h 07m 33s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 14m 02s  min/mile

The first half of the run went remarkably well. Was able to actually run most of it. Drinking Gatorade watered down with water and chicken broth. No GUs or hard food. Actually ran past special needs on the second loop, but deceided to go back and get my ibuprofen. Bad idea. Taking 4 ibuprofen on pretty much an empty stomach killed me. Ended up walkign the second half of the second loop. At the start of my third loop, I met a woman who was starting her second loop. She had just finished chemo for breast cancer 6 weeks before and needed to maintain a 14 min/mile pace to finish, so I decided to stcik with her to help her get through her second lap. Finiahed the third lap, said good bye and ran into the finish line. Saw Shaun at the corner and then wussed out on doing the Moose Ears as I finished.
What would you do differently?:

Run more. Once again abbreviated training doesn't bode well for IMs.
Post race
Warm down:

Went through the finish area, got a slice of pizza, changed, then more pizza and chicken broth. Then Shaun and I headed back to the finish line to watch the last two hours worth of finishers come in.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training. Weight.

Last updated: 2008-12-03 12:00 AM
01:29:40 | 4224 yards | 02m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/80
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Orca Sleevless
Course: Rectangular. Up to the bridge, across Tempe Town Lake, back down past the KPMG building, across to the Swim Out
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 08:45
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
06:38:11 | 112 miles | 16.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/80
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Three laps of an out and back. A few turns in Tempe and then tn miles out and ten miles back on the Bee Line Highway. The out had a slight incline (somthing like 500 feet over 10 miles) and the back had a similar decline.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
06:07:33 | 26.2 miles | 14m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/80
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Triple four leaf clover shaped "loop." Each leaf of the clover involved a bridge and decent uphill / downhill of some sort.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

2009-11-30 1:44 PM

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Nutmeg State
Subject: Ironman Arizona

2009-11-30 2:11 PM
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San Diego, CA
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Great race and way to stick it out with the stomach issues. Congrats!
2009-11-30 5:26 PM
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Sounds like it was a very tough swim.  Great race!!  Way to stay strong out there. 

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