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Ironman Louisville - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Louisville, Kentucky
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
92F / 33C
Total Time = 13h 58m 30s
Overall Rank = 1217/
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 168/
Pre-race routine:

First timer here so my primary goal was top finish. I thought with the conditions I would be able to finish in around 13-13.5 hours.

Woke up around 3:15 and made sure everything was ready to go. Ate my bagel with PB and drank some gatorade. HAd a friends dad drop us at T1 then drive us to the swim start. This was a great idea and it got us in the water about 5 minutes after the start.
Event warmup:

No warm up besides some arm flailing and leg kicking.
  • 1h 17m 38s
  • 4156 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

I was able to line up in the first 200 or so people. Sitting on the concrete was not the best thing, but I wanted to start early so there really is no other option. TT starts are good and bad. The good-You dont have to start in the chaos of a mass start. The bad-It makes since for the worst swimmers to want to start first, so you have to deal with the slower guys and gals in front of you the whole time and the faster ones swimming over and past you. You are never able to draft unless you start with someone you know you want to draft off of.

I felt pretty good during the whole swim. Whenver I had contact I would just move to the outside and find clear water. When I got to the swim exit I reached back to unzip my speedsuit and realized it was already down. Somewhere along the way it became unzipped. Not sure how that happened.
Transition 1
  • 09m 1s

Took my time. There was plenty of room to find a seat and get all of my gear in order. I certainly wasnt in any hurry and wanted to make sure everything was in order.
  • 7h 30m 39s
  • 112 miles
  • 14.91 mile/hr

Things went from good to bad on the bike. The first 10 miles were fine and I did just as I had planned and rode nice and easy about 16.5mph. I averaged 16.87 on the first 22 mile split. The out and back wasnt as bad as I expected. Maybe becasue it was so early and you only do it once, but I thought there were other sections that were much more difficult.

The first loop was going just fine until I turned on ballard rd. This was when my legs started to twitch and cramp. I tried to keep standing up and stretching them on the bike, but that didnt do the job. I ended up stopping and dismounting at about every aid station to try and stretch my legs out.

The second loop was just as bad and I started to get pretty nauseated. At this point I made a decision to stay in the small ring and basically soft pedal the rest of the bike to try and salvage a decent run. This worked and it didnt work(see run section). I dont think I have been on a bike for 7.5 hours straight in 95 degree heat. It became very uncomfortable to say the least. I was one happy camper to hand that bike off to the volunteer.
Transition 2
  • 11m 14s

My stomach was in knots and I had no idea what would happen on the run. Someone asked if anyone wanted any pringles and another guy grabbed them, but he graciously shared his pringles and advil. I took two, and he said he was taking 5.
  • 4h 49m 58s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 04s  min/mile

My stomach settled down and I was ready to run. I was shooting for 10:30-11min/mile and I started off a bit fast over the bridge and back. I think I was around 9:13 on the first two miles. I pulled back and went with a plan of running until I could not run anymore and walking the aid stations.
Turns out slowing my pace to a very light jog did the trick. I kept thinking a cramp was coming on and somehow my body would fight it off. I ended up running the whole way except for the aid stations and a quarter mile section at about mile 21. The run down the chute was amazing and I took my time giving High fives on both sides of the chute.
Post race
Warm down:

After finishing I felt great for the first 30 minutes or so. I got my shirt, hat, medal, pictures, and got to my dad and brother. I wasnt hungry but was ready to change my clothes. We got to the convention center and the wheels came off. I sat down on the sidewalk becasue my nausea was coming back and I was getting dizzy.
My dad(a doctor) gets me inside and has me lay in the AC on the floor and decides I need an IV. He got me into the medical tent where I was put in a bed right next to a friend who told me she wasnt able to finish. I could see the disappointment in her eyes. After about an hour of pepto, chicken broth, and water, I think I am feeling better. I stood up to walk out and threw up all over myself. Well that sucked. I finally get the okay for an IV and after a bag I am feeling better again. So, I stand up and start walking out and the next thing I know I wake up in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. I had collapsed and blacked out.

They ran every test on me they could think of, but after 13 hours of IV treatment I was released. I probably feel better than most after getting that kind of treatment.

Event comments:

I thought I was ready for these hills, but I was not. The course description says it has 2000 feet of climbing. No way that is right. Overall, I thought it was a great race, with the best volunteers.

Last updated: 2011-12-14 12:00 AM
01:17:38 | 4156 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 93/
Overall: 640/
Performance: Good
Suit: TYR speed suit
Course: up and down the Ohio
Start type: Dive Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Average
Time: 09:01
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
07:30:39 | 112 miles | 14.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 235/
Overall: 1839/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 11:14
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
04:49:58 | 26.2 miles | 11m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2012-08-28 10:07 AM

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Shawnee, KS
Subject: Ironman Louisville

2012-08-28 10:15 AM
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Congrats Ironman!
2012-08-28 10:54 AM
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Overland Park, KS
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Wow Jon, you left it all out there on the course, well deserving of the title.  I was able to see you come through the finish wearing the Jayhawk proudly.  Thank goodness your dads a doc, how handy is that!

Hey're an IRONMAN!

When I looked at your splits online Sunday afternoon, it put things into perspective with regards to how long this race is.  I did a sprint tri that morning at it took me an hour and sixteen minutes.  You weren't even done with your swim yet!  I was downing my first of four beers while you were in transition getting ready for the next 138.2 miles.

2012-08-28 11:20 AM
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N Carolina
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Your are an IRONMAN!!!
2012-08-28 5:08 PM
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Roswell, Georgia
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Proud of you - great race! Scary about passing out - almost happened to me last year too - but glad you are okay
2012-08-30 9:02 PM
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Kansas City
Subject: RE: Ironman Louisville
Hopefully you're on your way back to 100%! Great report. Any thoughts on the blackout yet? Scary stuff. Great race, kind of inspired my thoughts for late next year. Great stuff, awesome accomplishment.

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