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Madison, WI
United States
Ironman NA
90F / 32C
Sunny
Total Time = 13h 23m 15s
Overall Rank = 679/2076
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 80/186
Pre-race routine:

we stayed at the radisson ~10 minutes from downtown. woke up ~4:30 to leave @5:00 and began eating. i ate a clif bar, 2 granola bars, a cereal bar, and 2/3 of a bagel. got there and dropped off special needs, stocked the bike with fluids, got body marked, and then went to the bathroom.
organizers had told us we wouldn't need to bring our own pump for our tires, but they only had ~4 there and the line was ridiculous. luckily other athletes were nice enough to share.
it was pretty emotional walking around with all the athletes. i had a few minutes so i read an awesome letter from my wife. also cpjohnson (taco) gave me the idea to look up my training totals and write them on myself in marker. awesome idea. i would check them at the start of every leg to tell myself i was ready.
Event warmup:

lost hdhtri (and never saw her again until the finish), but went down to the water with cpjohnson.
Swim
  • 1h 19m 32s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards
Comments:

ate a gu and went into the water ~10 minutes before start with cpjohnson. very wide start so we grabbed a spot on the line. as i stared at all the people piling into the water behind me i realized that i had no business being there. i reminded taco to start his watch (which he didn't), wished him luck and dropped back ~100 yards.
looked down at my arm "swam: 171753 yards"
the canon went off and we all headed out. it was always pretty crowded, but never dangerous. i've never had any issues in the swim. people bump me a little, but i've never been puched or kicked. i swim pretty defensively and always keep an eye out for crazy kickers.
What would you do differently?:

nothing. i'm not a great swimmer, so i'll take that time. i didn't push it at all and felt fine after the swim.
Transition 1
  • 11m 31s
Comments:

wetsuit peelers are awesome. i want them for every race. the run up the helix into the conference center was fine and actually fun. the crowds were awesome.

What would you do differently?:

if i was racing, i would have hurried a little, but i didn't want to forget anything so i took my time.
Bike
  • 7h 02m 20s
  • 112 miles
  • 15.91 mile/hr
Comments:

got on the bike and rode down the helix. headed out for long day on the bike. settled into aerobars and looked down at my forearm "biked: 3003.15 miles"

all i wanted to do was take it easy and keep my hr below 140. i managed to do that for most of the course. it would climb during climbs and i would tell myself to back off and recover on the downhills.

i drank all day. if i wasn't laughing at a spectator or getting more fluid an awesome volunteer, i was sucking on that straw. i had to stop and go to the bathroom 7-8 times. probably cost me over 20 minutes, but i have to say i never felt tired or overheated. i got sore, and bored, and lonely, but i never felt like stopping. i had to make myself slow down to stay in my hr range. i wasn't even sure that i would wear my hr monitor at first. we had a chance to talk with dave harju (2 time defending champion) for 10 minutes the day before. he was the nicest guy and the main thing he stressed was not to go too hard at any one point. if your hr spikes on the hills, slow down. if your hr drops on a downhill, push it. stay steady instead of going hard and recovering. i think that saved my day. i would feel great at times with all the spectators and excitement and look down only to realize my hr was 150.

i carried a ton of food with me, but ended up eating mainly gu and bananas (~ every 25 minutes) with a pack of crackers and a granola bar to mix it up.

the crowds on the bigger 2 climbs were awesome. it was just like the tour and even had several devils. yelling at us to get off their hill! best 2 signs of the bike:
girl in her 20's holding a sign that read "Holy Fuck! You're doing an Ironman!" and a group of college kids (boys in speedos and girls in bikinis with a sign that read: "Next lap, We're naked". i didn't see them on the second lap though.
i did get to see the awesome group of friends and family that came to cheer us on. first lap i stopped to talk with my dad and nate, and the second lap i found my wife for a big salty kiss.
What would you do differently?:

not sure. could i have gone faster? sure. could i have drank less and stopped to go to the bathroom less? sure. would i have ended up on the side of the road waiting for an ambulance? who knows.
Transition 2
  • 07m 49s
Comments:

uneventful. voluneers (have i mentioned how great they were?) took bike from you after riding up the helix and i headed into t2. totally changed and headed out for the run.
What would you do differently?:

nothing really. took my time though.
Run
  • 4h 42m 3s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 46s  min/mile
Comments:

i had what felt like a pulled muscle in my hip/ass that hurt all week and really worried me. i took it easy all week, but thought that it still could ruin my race. luckily, i started the run fresh from the bike and it felt good. looked down at my thigh: "ran: 635.9 miles"

my run has been improving and become my best event, so i felt like i could go at a hr of ~150 and see what happened. crowds were bigger than on the bike and i go to see my friends/family more so i was really pumped up. 26.2 miles between me and an ironman and 8+ hours to do it. nothing could the smile off my face now. nothing except 16 miles and a bad decision...

my stomach was a little tight and i wasn't tired so i decided to stop the gu and stick to a full cup of gatorade and half cup of water at every aid station. i started fast. i hadn't seen heidi all day, but i knew she couldn't be too far so i started chasing her. hit mile marker 2 in 16:30 (including walking aid stations) and realized that was crazy and backed off a little. legs were getting sore, but i was still ok at the turnaround and finished the first loop in just over 2 hrs with a pace of 9:26, which included 2-3 bathroom stops. incredible. a full 1:00/mile faster than my only marathon.

then it hit me. mile 16. hands and head started to tingle a little. didn't have the energy to push through the leg pain and had to walk. started to think that my goals were all just guesses and at least i could walk to the finish which is all that really matters. walked/stumbled next 4 miles @15:00/mile. then i stopped to go to the bathroom and started swaying. i have never felt like this. it was getting a little scary. i finally realized that my stomach no longer hurt because it was totally empty i hadn't eaten in hours. gatorade was not enough for 26.2 miles. i had nothing left. as soon as i got the the next aid station i ate 1 banana, 1 gu, an enduralyte tablet, a tylenol, a handful of pretzels, magical chicken broth, and switched to only water. i was able to get back to a 12:00/mile jog almost immediately and by mile 23 i was back at a 10:00/mile pace. i felt like i was on a cloud. i was screaming at fans to get more excited and trying to encourage everyone left out there with me. i missed the mile26 marker, so the finish snuck up on me, but i sprinted all the way down the chute. it was all a blur. i didn't hear a thing. got my medal and one of the all time greatest hugs from my wife.
wow.



What would you do differently?:

sign up for shorter race? i should have eaten and listeed to my body earlier.
Post race
Warm down:

ate a ton and hung out with friends and family waiting for a massage. after the massage, we went out to cheer on others and see cpjohnson finish. then we drove around looking for pizza, but had to settle for wendy's.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

bad decision to stop eating and fear of not finishing. i could have gone faster if i was willing to risk blowing up and not finishing, but what's the point of that? almost 20% of the people were DNF and it was the only ironamn ever that no one broke the 9hr mark. i am happy to have finished with any time. i feel terrible for people that had the heat and wind sneak up on them during the bike and weren't able to finish.

Event comments:

this is the only ironman i have seen, but it was great and i can't imagine it being much better. expo, dinner, location, course, volunteers. everything was great.
i'll try to post photos later...

UPDATE: some photos added below.
pic1 - difficult to see, but if you save it and open it, you'll see it's a panorama of half of the transition bike area. it was amazing
pic2 - me after the finish with a smile and a sandwich.
pic3 - heidi and i with dave harju (2 time winner and all around nice guy/wacky canadian)
pic4 - taco and i sorting out the bike to run bags
pic5 - swim area and dreaded helix


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Last updated: 2005-07-18 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:19:32 | 4224 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 141/186
Overall: 1254/2076
Performance: Good
Suit: farmer john wetsuit
Course: rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 11:31
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
07:02:20 | 112 miles | 15.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 129/186
Overall: 1179/2076
Performance: Good
1st lap - 3:22:55 avg hr:138 2nd lap - 3:39:23 avg hr:143
Wind: Strong
Course: 2 loops of rolling hills and sections of strong winds.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
T2
Time: 07:49
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
04:42:03 | 26.2 miles | 10m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 36/186
Overall: 336/2076
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loop out and back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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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2005-09-13 8:39 PM

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2005-09-13 8:50 PM
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What a great journey to take with you. It was so amazing and inspirational to watch you throughout the day and then most importantly, to cross that finish line!
Congrats and I love you!
(The golfers are behind us)!
2005-09-13 9:20 PM
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Congratulations on finishing an IM. I was reading the RR narrative and didn't look at the stats and was wondering what was happening at mile 16. Glad to hear that you figured it out and were able to finish. Awesome job! Nice RR, very inspirational towards my goal of IMOO in 2007.
2005-09-13 9:32 PM
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Congrats on being an Ironman!!

I loved your race report...it helped me peek into your journey. I kept checking on all the BTers all day and it was so exciting.

It is so inspirational to read about your Ironman race in difficult weather. Glad you figured out what was going on in mile 16.

Awesome!!

2005-09-13 10:00 PM
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Awesome report and great race!

I was working "the coolest aid station" at mile 7 and 20 on the run.  Glad to be there supporting you and everyone else that day.  Watching an Ironman has to go down as one of the most inspiring things I've ever seen.

Enjoy a well deserved break. 

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2005-09-13 10:47 PM
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Great race Brad. Watched your splits all day on the web cast, and then my wife and I were yelling and cheering when you and the others came over the line. They did announce your name and city, just in case you missed it. You looked awesome at the end....congrats on becoming an IRONMAN!!



2005-09-13 11:14 PM
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Super Job, Ironman!!  I liked this part  "i had to stop and go to the bathroom 7-8 times. probably cost me over 20 minutes, but i have to say i never felt tired or overheated. i got sore, and bored, and lonely, but i never felt like stopping."  Awesome, good info.
2005-09-14 1:07 AM
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What an awesome race you had.  Congrats on living the motto during the marathon "Improvise, Adapt, Overcome"  Getting back up to speed from 15min to 10min miles is truely an accomplishment of an Ironman athlete.

Congratulations IRONMAN!!!!!!!

2005-09-14 9:56 AM
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Great race report Brad, you did awesome.  Sounds like you had a great adventure and a lifetime of memories.  You earned it.
2005-09-14 10:02 AM
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Sweet race. This thing still has not set in yet. We set out a year ago with one goal in mind and accomplished it. Despite the heat, wind, pain, and other issues, I think we all managed to enjoy the day to the full extent possible. Everytime I saw you and Heidi we were all smiling and high fiving, so I knew that we would all finish (even if it meant some walking). Thanks for the smack at mile 80 when you went by.... Here's to the next challenge!!!
2005-09-14 10:02 AM
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congrats!! You're amazing!!


2005-09-14 10:28 AM
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You and Craig are the best. You talked me into doing something that I would not have done this year. You then supported me and encourage me. Your race was amazing. And i could not think of two better people to have done it with.

Enjoy the rest and relaxation MR. IRONMAN
2005-09-14 11:10 AM
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Great Job Ironman!!!
2005-09-14 11:20 AM
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Congratulations IRONMAN!!!!  What a great race you had, inspiring!!!!
2005-09-14 12:39 PM
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Congrats....Are you back for next year at IMOO??
2005-09-14 12:51 PM
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CONGRATS on an IRONMAN finish.  Look forward to you posting a picture of the IM tatoo you're going to get!!!  (you're getting one aren't you??)  


2005-09-14 1:53 PM
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I'm so impressed with your performance under such terrible conditions. Love the idea about writing your training totals on your arm. That's a fabulous idea... and an immediate confidence booster. I think I'm going to do that next year! Even for smaller races. The totals won't be as impressive, but the effect will be the same, I think...

Good for you. Congratulations, IronMan!

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2005-09-14 8:41 PM
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thanks for all the comments and congratulations and especially those who followed along. it was an amazing day. i truly believe that any of you can do it if you want to. that's the best part about the ironman. if you truly want to, you can put the work in and do it. it won't be easy and it may take a while, but i really think anyone can.

specific responses:
coredump - i wish i knew bt'ers were at specific aid stations. that was definitely the best one on the course. you and the other volunteers were great. it's amazing what a little music and people having fun can do for your spirits.

taco - i'll galdly spank your ass any time.

heidi - having you and taco there was awesome. i wish i got a chance to see you during the race though. i didn't really get to see you at eagleman either. one of these races we'll get to encourage each other during a race.

ladavidson - no thanks. i said that i would do it again to support my wife or any friends that wanted to, but i've left enough of myself on the streets of madison to get out there and do it again alone. i'll be cheering everyone else here that signed up though.

tupuppy - i plan to, but haven't decided where (back of calf or outside of the ankle). i'll post a pic when i do.

whizzer - it was taco's idea. it was great and very inspiring. it is much easier to convince yourself to bike 112 miles when it says right there you've already ridden 3000+.

2005-09-14 9:13 PM
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Congrats Ironman!!  What a great feeling, huh??  I'm glad you worked through your issues on the run.  That's what being an Ironman is all about.  Sounds like you had lots of fun.

2005-09-15 9:05 AM
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Way to go IRONMAN!

2005-09-15 10:54 AM
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Congrats!  Totally Awesome!


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