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The Woodlands, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
90F / 32C
Total Time = 12h 39m 8s
Overall Rank = 743/2200
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 152/400
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, showered, suntan lotion, packed the car. I wear a little necklace with the initials of my wife and kids and sure as heck it broke this morning. I managed to fix it but it was now tighter than before. Drove to parking garage. Got to transition, pumped the tires, dropped the nutrition and special needs bags off. Walked down to the swim start. High hopes for today's race as I was healthy and well trained. I also had to hustle because after the race I had to drive to Dallas to catch a 5am flight the next morning in order to get back to Virginia Beach and be on time for my daughter's first communion. It wasn't going to be pretty but it was going to happen.
Event warmup:

held onto the pier while waiting for the swim to start. Forcing thousands of people into the water for a deep water start with 30 minutes to go was kind of a dumb idea. that is a long time to tread water. I really didn't like that they kept yelling "MOVE" during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, that is usually a nice moment before the race but it seemed to be taken away.
  • 1h 32m 2s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

I really have no idea what happened here. I am by no means a fast swimmer but this time blows my mind. To show you just how bad it was, my wife, Rowena actually called my hotel to make sure I didn't sleep in when I wasn't out of the water. I have no no no no no idea what happened. I stayed off to the right of the scrum and thought I stayed there, apparently I did not. On another note, the tight necklace burned both sides of my neck. I've never had wetsuit burn and knew I wouldn't get it today since I wasn't wearing a suit. Instead I got a wicked rope burn. Sweet.
What would you do differently?:

Not suck!
Transition 1
  • 04m 37s

I was in such a fog from the 1:3X swim time that I don't remember the transition much except that it was crazy crowded and stunk. Geez dudes, shower on race day, there is no reason to smell like ass an hour+ into the race.
  • 5h 45m 25s
  • 112 miles
  • 19.45 mile/hr

By far the best part of the day for me. In training I rode all of my long rides around 175 watts and felt very comfortable on and after all of those rides. My goal today was to stay under 175. With the heat and the crap swim I decided to go lower than my 175 to ensure I would finally have a solid IM run. Once out there I found that the mid 150's range put me at a decent pace for the race so I stuck there and waited to see how that would work out.

Felt great the whole time, not one cramp, zero tightness, stayed aero, and passed hundreds and hundreds of people. Kept waiting for the wind but even when I hit it the wind wasn't that bad.

Around the 2 hour mark I realized that I hadn't peed yet. I pee a ton on the bike and for me going 2 hours without told me that I needed more fluid. Here was the most important mistake of the day. I forced myself to drink too much water in the last 2 hours of the bike and came off bloated. I had a fantastic bike, never pushed it once, nailed my nutrition, and junked it up by drinking too much damn water. Thought I was being smart but I out smarted myself.

People talked about how bad the roads were but I found them to be exceptional.
What would you do differently?:

Take it easy on the water Camel Boy.
Transition 2
  • 05m 52s

Thought I was quicker than 6 minutes. It does take a bit more time with the injinji toe socks but 6 minutes is too long.
  • 5h 11m 12s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 53s  min/mile

Got off the bike and felt fine. Ran out of transition and felt fine. Decent pace, tried to keep it slow and easy. Reached down for my infinit and took a swig....uh oh. I was full and I there was no way anymore liquid was going in. Big time trouble, big time. I slowed way down and tried to wait out the bloat knowing that by time I was good to go it would be too late and that I needed to go into manage mode. Like, what kind of time can I manage to pull off since my goal time was not going to make an appearance today.

Just ran, tried to get some water in but no dice. The burn on my neck from the necklace hurt like a mutha. I just kept running but knew that without nutrition and water the cramps would come. As they began to come I started to walk/run, then walk walk/run, then walk walk walk/run. It sucked but I had no choice.

Finally unbloated towards the end of lap 2 but it was way too late. I tucked in and tried to enjoy myself. Talked a bunch, ran as much as I could, and walked and walked. Doing the math over and over in my head I knew I could make it before 13 hours but it sure was dissappointing knowing how ready I was for this race. I thought about IMOZ and the fact that 7 months before I ruptured my achilles and still finished in under 12 on a tougher course. Here I was healthy and coming in over 12. Oh well.

Got closer to the end and felt those emotions come up like they do everytime. What a great moment in the race: when you know you're going to finish. Good stuff. Rounded the corners and headed towards the finish line. Heard Mike call out my name and crossed the line. My catcher then tells me a secret and sure enough, there is Chrissie Wellington with her big Chrissie smile putting my medal around my neck and giving me a hug. Sweet.

What would you do differently?:

Not suck
Post race
Warm down:

No time to warm-down. Walk the mile back to transition, grab the bike, walk the mile back to the garage to get my bike ready for tribike transport. Baby wipe shower in the garage, walk the bike to the pickup point, grab a burrito, get back in the garage and drive away. Only 4-ish hours to Dallas.

Make it to Dallas just after 1am, aiport doesn't open till 4, can't sleep, awesome. Catch my planes, my brother picks me up, hit a quick shower at my parent's summer home, and make it to the church with 20 minutes to spare. Worth every painful minute when Madeline sees me and gives me that big toothless smile.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Too much water on the bike, weren't you reading?

Event comments:

Never really felt hot out there and the humidity in Houston is a joke compared to what I am use to. I thought the course was fantastic. I liked this race and area so much that I wouldn't mind coming back here next year, and the year after, and the year after....

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Last updated: 2011-05-23 12:00 AM
01:32:02 | 4224 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 269/400
Overall: 1440/2200
Performance: Bad
Suit: no
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 04:37
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
05:45:25 | 112 miles | 19.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 140/400
Overall: 698/2200
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: one loop
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 05:52
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:11:12 | 26.2 miles | 11m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 152/400
Overall: 743/2200
Performance: Below average
Course: 3 loops
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
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

2012-05-24 12:21 PM

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Muskego, Wisconsin
Subject: Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas

2012-05-24 12:36 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
Subject: RE: Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas
Great job out there.  My swim sucked too.  Actually my whole day sucked but thats another story.  YOU had a great day so congrats glad you made it home safe and in time.  That was an ultra ironman for sure!!
2012-05-24 12:55 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas

Sounds like you have sorted out some of the issues.....hard  to say.  The heat and all you sure didn't want to go out underhydrated on that run either.

Hope you stayed in the finish area long enough for a pic with Chrissie.


Awesome work pulling it off and getting back to your daughter's communion in time.

2012-05-24 4:04 PM
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Subject: RE: Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas
It doesn't get remotely humid in Houston until August.
2012-05-25 7:44 AM
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Canton, TX
Subject: RE: Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas

Great job!

I was one of the hundreds you flew by on the bike Smile

2012-05-29 12:13 PM
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Dallas, TX
Subject: RE: Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas
Really nice meeting you!!!!

In my book, you did GREAT! Especially with the drive back to Dallas and having to fly home. WOW.

Ya know, Kentucky is a harder course... and I went faster on the Kentucky course, versus this one. What's up with the Texas course? HUM.

Congrats on a nice race! While you think you sucked... I would kill for a time like that!

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