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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
Ironman North America
Total Time = 16h 17m 35s
Overall Rank = 2310/2550
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 258/283
Pre-race routine:

Slept better than expected and got up at 4:30, ate some toast with PB & honey and headed down to get body marked. I'm so happy we stayed at the Hilton, it made the logistics a lot easier.
Event warmup:

Stood in line in my wetsuit with 2,500 of my closest friends waiting to get in the water.
  • 1h 31m 56s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

Swim was better than expected. I was glad I stuck with the sleeveless suit, I would have been too hot with a full sleeve.

This was my first mass start. I got smacked in the mouth and kicked in the ribs but I don't think I stopped smiling. The first lap was over before I knew it. Even though I had put bodyglide on, I could feel the wetsuit rubbing my neck. Not much I could do about it, so I just kept swimming.

As I grabbed the hand of a volunteer and got out of the water I knew it was going to be good day.
What would you do differently?:

More body glide on my neck?
Transition 1
  • 14m 50s

I love wetsuit strippers! I know the transition took way too long. Clearly need work here but I was more concerned about missing/forgetting something than taking an extra minute or two.

I got a lift as I heard my brother and wife yelling for me as I picked up my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Practice, practice, practice.
  • 7h 29m 3s
  • 112 miles
  • 14.96 mile/hr

It was pretty congested for the first 10-20 miles. Had a race offical take a hard look at me. I figured they thought I was drafting, so I said "I know, I'm trying not to." The lady on the back says "Well, hurry up and pass her.", so I did.

I kept drinking, eating and trying to maintain a steady pace. I felt pretty good overall.

I was amazed at the number of spectators on the course. I had no idea what I was getting into as I headed into the "big" hills. Screaming people lined the road, a bunch dressed in costumes. How could you not be pumped? It was here that two things happened that determined my day. First, as I'm trying to "spin" up the hill and keep my heart in my chest, a guy comes up next to me, looks me in the eye and asks "Are you going to be an Ironman today?" With confidence that surprised me, I replied "Yes I am!"

The second was a guy in a devil costume, red suit with horns and tail, trident, the whole deal. He comes up to me, crouches down and yells something I can't really hear with all the other noise. I keep peddling. I know it wasn't really the was just a college kid in a costume but all I can think is "Dude, today is not your day."

I get another boost as I see my wife, brother and sister-in-law in Verona.
What would you do differently?:

More long rides. Figure out why I'm getting blisters on my feet in long course races and not in training.
Transition 2
  • 09m 35s

Felt a little weird getting off the bike. Wobbled a little bit and a couple volunteers were right there to make sure I was o.k. I was, and headed into get changed into my running gear.

  • 6h 52m 12s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 44s  min/mile

Headed out and knew it was going to tough to run. The hot spots on the balls of both feet were quickly turning into blisters and I was having a hard time keeping my heart rate down. I started a mix of run/walk. I drank as much as I could, ate some gels, shotbloks and started doing BOP Ironman math. I'm at mile 6 at x, so if I do x/minute miles I'll finish in y.... It's a fun game as long as the final number is less than midnight.

This continued for hours as it got later and later. The toughest time was getting right to the finish line and turning to head back out for the second loop. I stopped at special needs and picked up my Hershey bar with almonds. It was great.

The second loop was quieter. I just kept moving, slowing as the miles ticked by. My feet hurt, my knees hurt. While uncomfortable, I wasn't injured, a few blisters weren't going to stop me. My wife met me about a mile from the finish and asked how I was doing. "Living a dream" was my response and it was true.

As I rounded the capitol I heard Mike and the crowd. I ran to the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Two volunteers took my arms as I crossed the line. I didn't get the name of the nice lady on my right but Jared was the guy on my left. He made sure I was o.k., took me to get my picture taken and handed me off to my wife.

I walked around a little, got a sandwich that I couldn't eat and something to drink. A long hug from my wife as she told me she was proud of me meant as much to me as the medal around my neck.

Event comments:

I can't thank the volunteers enough! Your hard work and encouragement gave me the strength to finish.

I may never have a chance to do another ironman, the cost in time and money makes it tough. I also know that my training wasn't what it could have been, for a number of reasons.

That being said, for one special day I was able to do something I had trouble sometimes believing was possible. It was a dream come true.

Last updated: 2009-10-05 12:00 AM
01:31:56 | 4224 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 233/283
Overall: 2031/2550
Performance: Good
Suit: Blue Seventy sleeveless
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 14:50
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
07:29:03 | 112 miles | 14.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 257/283
Overall: 2201/2550
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 09:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
06:52:12 | 26.2 miles | 15m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 255/283
Overall: 2324/2550
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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

2010-09-15 7:11 PM

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Eastern Pennsylvania
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2010-09-15 7:49 PM
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Elgin, IL
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Great report, great race.

I love that someone asked if you were going to be an Ironman today!!!  That had to really have gotten you going . . .

2010-09-15 11:29 PM
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you did something out there that many, many people dream about, some try do, and only a few actually do.

You are an ironman.

And no one, NO one, can ever say you are anything else.

2010-09-16 7:06 AM
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Lexington, KY
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The spectators on those hills were awesome!  Congratulations on your race.
2010-09-16 8:03 PM
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AWESOME JOB, ART   Laughing   I'm so happy for you!
2010-09-16 8:56 PM
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Liverpool, New York
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loved the RR!

what a great accomplishment Art - you ROCK!!!


loved the part of your report where your wife gave you a big hug

2010-09-16 9:01 PM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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I love this line " ...for one special day I was able to do something I had trouble sometimes believing was possible. It was a dream come true" .  Congrats on living the dream.  YOU are an Ironman!

2010-09-16 10:08 PM
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Vista, CA
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Art -- I am so, so, happy for you. I can sense the deep feeling of satisfaction in your RR. I imagine the journey to IM is just as profound as the actual day. A big HUGE Congratulations to you. Treat yourself well -- you deserve it.. WOO-HOO!!



2010-09-17 1:38 PM
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Melon Presser
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SO many amazing thoughts in your report ... SO many quotable quotes ... i've got tears in my eyes.

I am sooooo proud of you and inspired by you, IRONMAN!!!!!!!!!!

"BOP Ironman math" ... fun if the number is less than midnight.

You are priceless.

You ARE the dream!
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