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Panama City Beach, Florida
United States
Ironman North America
83F / 28C
Sunny
Total Time = 15h 05m 15s
Overall Rank = 1723/2058
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 184/219
Pre-race routine:

Attended pasta dinner and athlete meeting on Thursday evening.
Swam the course on Friday AM and drove the bike course later.
Prepared transition bags and special needs bags/bike to rack.
Ate oatmeal, banana, clif bar and drank a hot chocolate.
Event warmup:

Just took a quick dip to get used to the water.
Swim
  • 59m 20s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 24s / 100 yards
Comments:

Very poor start for me. Took me about 200 yards to get my stride. The mass start was quite overwhelming.
What would you do differently?:

I would have started just a bit more to the left. As it was I was way over to the left which was okay, I just needed to be on the fringe and RELAX!!
Transition 1
  • 07m 40s
Comments:

I enjoyed the wetsuit strippers. They made quick work of getting my wetsuit off! I didn't try to speed through the changing of clothes.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Bike
  • 6h 16m 57s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.83 mile/hr
Comments:

Flatted on mile 48 and got baptized on changing a tubular. I had borrowed a set of Zipps and did not feel comfortable with changing a flat. I was slow and probably could have saved a few more minutes if I was practiced.
Oh well.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Transition 2
  • 06m 54s
Comments:

I liked the fact that volunteers took my bike and had my bag ready for me!
They were awesome! I am now spoiled.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Run
  • 7h 34m 27s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 17m 21s  min/mile
Comments:

Ah... the run. My weak spot.
I felt good on the first 2 miles then got nauseated and slowed down gradually over the rest of the course. Could not drink or eat after mile 13 and slowed to a snail's pace. Just determination to finish kept me going.
What would you do differently?:

Train more.
Post race
Warm down:

One liter of normal saline.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nausea.

Event comments:

It feels awesome to be an Ironman! Sprints and Oly's never looked so easy!




Last updated: 2005-11-07 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:59:20 | 4224 yards | 01m 24s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/219
Overall: 154/2058
Performance: Average
Suit: Ironman VO2 Stealth Full
Course: Rectangular 2 lap
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 07:40
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
06:16:57 | 112 miles | 17.83 mile/hr
Age Group: 149/219
Overall: 1271/2058
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: I love the course for the most part. The pavement in some areas was very rough and beat the crap out of me. The shallow rollers were nice. The headwind seemed almost constant from about mile 22 on.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 06:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
07:34:27 | 26.2 miles | 17m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 201/219
Overall: 1928/2058
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %3
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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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2005-11-07 8:01 AM

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2005-11-07 8:50 AM
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Congratulations!!!

Great job getting through the run.  And damn good swim!!!

2005-11-07 9:03 AM
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Congratulations IRONMAN !!!  way to get thru the run...blistering swim
2005-11-07 9:15 AM
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GREAT job, you SMOKED the swim and even with the flat your bike time was AWESOME! Sorry to hear about the tough time you had on the run... but you are an IRONMAN!!!
2005-11-07 9:47 AM
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Way to go Ironman! Great job getting through a tough day!
2005-11-07 10:29 AM
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Congratulations Ironman! 


2005-11-07 12:35 PM
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Nice times, and in particular, what a great swim.  Congratulations Ironman! 
2005-11-07 3:43 PM
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Wow!! What a swim!! Nice work on the bike too... The run--after all that, well, you are an Ironman--what more needs to be said? Nothing except AWESOME...You did fantastic!!
2005-11-07 7:30 PM
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Awesome swim, great bike and way to gut out the run! Congratulations on finishing your IRONMAN!
2005-11-07 8:52 PM
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Congratulations on becoming earning your Ironman ... way to persevere through the bike adversity and will yourself to finish the marathon.

You earned it.
2005-11-07 9:42 PM
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Yep your swim time is amazing!    Nice work John, way to kick butt! 


2005-11-07 10:09 PM
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John, I'm sorry we didn't get to meet in PCB.  Your swim time was incredible.  You're an Ironman, dude!  Congrats.  I think I remember seeing you on the side of the road changing your tire.  Sorry about the misfortune, but you overcame the obstacles and finished. 
2005-11-08 7:57 PM
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Congrats on an amazing race. Your swim was absolutely amazing, coming out of the water right along side the pros must have been crazy. Enjoy the glory and the memories.
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