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Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas - TriathlonFull Ironman

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The Woodlands, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 15h 42m 8s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke and had breakfast at 2:30 a.m. of peanut butter and oatmeal. Tried to go back to sleep but really never did. Got up at 3:45 to prepare for the day.
Event warmup:

Walking 0.8 miles to the swim start.
  • 1h 36m 6s
  • 3862 meters
  • 02m 29s / 100 meters

Swim was a slug fest the whole time. Once I made the mistake of following buoys instead of cutting a corner (legally) but felt like I swam straight.
What would you do differently?:

Get away from the buoys. I started in the rear but a lot of people entered the water after the start and caught me. I didn't want to be in the crowd but was.
Transition 1
  • 09m 28s

Had to put my shoes on in the changing tent. Did not like that. Prefer to have my shoes on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing that I can control.
  • 6h 46m 30s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.53 mile/hr

I felt really good on the bike. Got tired of it around mile 90. The overcast conditions really helped.
What would you do differently?:

I could've pushed more on the bike. I felt like I was holding back more than necessary.
Transition 2
  • 11m 50s

Had to change in changing tent, so not much I could control.
What would you do differently?:

  • 6h 58m 17s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 58s  min/mile

My back spasmed on me, forcing me to walk the marathon. I had taken salt tablets on the bike to prep for heavy sweating that didn't happen on the run, so swelled up like a balloon. I had to make adjustments in my fluid intake to stop the swelling. Around mile 15 I tried to run again and my heart rate was going sky high immediately. My body had nothing more to give.
What would you do differently?:

Need to continue to improve my core strength. This is the 2nd time my back has caused running issues. Also, need to lose weight and run more. A foot injury (turf toe) had shut my running down toward the end of my training, so I am not surprised at how the day went.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around with family. No realy warm down at that point.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My surgery recovery.

Last updated: 2011-05-23 12:00 AM
01:36:06 | 3862 meters | 02m 29s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless Wetsuit
Course: The course was a point to point swim that went down the lake and back, then down a canal.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 09:28
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
06:46:30 | 112 miles | 16.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: The bike was a one loop course over rolling hills.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 11:50
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
06:58:17 | 26.2 miles | 15m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: 3 loop marathon.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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

2011-05-23 6:58 PM

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Spring (Houston), TX
Subject: Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas

2011-05-23 9:20 PM
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Subject: RE: Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas
congrats! i had some back issues as well out here, among other things!   awesome job!!!
2013-05-21 9:35 PM
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Muskego, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas
Well done. It was a tough one.
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