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Tempe, Arizona
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
77F / 25C
Total Time = 15h 21m 32s
Overall Rank = 2096/
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 284/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early at about 3
Wanted to sleep more but had to pee.
Reset the alarm for another hour
But figured what the heck and jumped in the shower
Got everything packed and headed down to the car
Drove to the partking lot, whcih wasn't too far.
The wetsuits were still back in the room
So we had to drive back fast as the race did loom.

Event warmup:

Got back to the race with plenty of time to spare
Filled the water bottles, pumped the tires with care.
Dropped off our bags, got a last minute of rest,
Made our way down to the water figuring we'd just do our best.
  • 1h 42m 55s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 26s / 100 yards

The water was cold I was ready to go
The gun went off time for the show.
I put my head in the water and off I went right at 7,
The lack of contact was like manna from heaven.

I thought I'd swam straight, heading into the bright sunlight,
Then realized I'd gone too far left and needed to move right.
I swam toward the pack and got back into the scrum,
Next thing I knew I took a right cross from some bum.
Not a big deal despite a bloody nose,
Nothing was broken, whew that was close.
Made the first and second turns, trying to stay on route,
Took a foot to the face, it never really cleared out.
Made my way back trying to keep warm,
I knew I'd been out there a while as I was losing my form.
Made the last turn, which gave me time for one more pee,
Got pulled out of the water, after nearly 1:43.
What would you do differently?:

Perhaps I should swim more in the Chicago lake,
My lack of swim training was a huge mistake!
Transition 1
  • 13m 35s

My hands were frozen and my feet were like ice,
The warmth of the transition tent was really quite nice.
I couldn't feel my hands or my face or my feet,
Finally got dressed and headed out to the street.
What would you do differently?:

If I could feel my hands, that would've been best,
But that's OK, I had a nice rest.
  • 6h 42m 21s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.70 mile/hr

The first loop was dreamy despite the headwind we were facing
So I figured I'd take it easy, while others were racing.
I ground up the Beeline with no end it was seeming,
I turned and came down the hill fast, boy I was screaming!
I made the first loop at about hour 2,
But then the hill and the wind would drop the other shoe.
I ground up that hill, forever it took,
For another 75 miles I was on the hook.
My stomach was hurting, I had to text Zilla,
So I did and boy, that deuce was straight up killa.
I had to stop four times as my stomach wasn't right,
But I didn't want to quit, I wanted to fight.
I stuck with it through loop 2 and loop 3,
Just off that bike I wanted to be.
Finally came in after 112 miles,
I handed off my bike with all grins and all smiles.
What would you do differently?:

Train on some hills from time to time instead of rolling the dice,
Maybe do a 100-miler and try to ride the course at least twice!
Transition 2
  • 07m 31s

Ran into T2, took off my helmet, jersey and shoes,
I didn't rush it as I really had nothing to lose.
  • 6h 35m 10s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 05s  min/mile

To catch Monica was the entire goal,
So off I went about 15 minutes in the hole.
I stopped and saw her parents and friends and went off in a whirl,
But then took off like a flash to find my girl.
My first couple miles were at about a 9 minute pace,
But I knew it wouldn't last as it's quite a long race.
I found Monica before mile 3
I approached her and we hugged with much glee.
WE ran one and walked one and tried to be strong,
But dang that marathon seemed long!
We weaved our way through the Tempe streets,
Smiling and waving and hollering out happy warm greets.
Saw the parents and Mav and Chad,
We finished loop two and boy was I glad.
Monica wasnt feeling well, she was woozy and weaving,
But at least she kept herself from heaving.
We chatted up the awesome volunteers who kept us in the race,
And kept moving forward, because FORWARD IS A PACE!
Came to miles 23, 24 and 25,
I was hoping our friends were watching on ironmanlive.
We finally got to turn left instead of going straight,
Headed up the shoot, and man that felt great.
We jogged down the shoot, finally and end to this game,
Heard Mike Reilly perfectly pronounce MacLeod but butcher my name.
I heard him say `they just met during the race.'
Looked at Monica who had a shiteating grin on her face.
We crossed the line hand in hand and all those crazy miles
I can tell you that we couldn't have had a much bigger smiles.
She went to med and I went for food,
Got a massage from some kind-of-strange dude.
What would you do differently?:

I couldn't think of anything better than to finish with Mon,
though to make it less painful, I could've done a couple more runs long.
Post race
Warm down:

Her dad and I collected our gear and our bikes,
Checked my facebook and liked all the likes.
Went to check on the lady over at med,
She looked pretty good and proud of her new triathlon street cred.
We loaded up the car and headed for the room,
Got a burger from Wendy's, happy we avoided certain doom.

Event comments:

Well we wanted to finish and that's how I ran my race,
Hand in hand with Monica and a smile on my face.
I have to thank so many a friend,
But let's face it, I'll forget someone in the end.
So I'll just leave it, and say thank you all so so so much
I will NOT be doing another one. Nope never again. And such.
Mostly, though, I am so proud of my wife,
The toughest, baddest-ass, strongest person in my life.
She forced me sometimes at 5, for heaven's sake!
And we all know how much I hate to awake.
We made it through the journey, and that was the key,
And finished together, just you and me.

Last updated: 2012-11-22 12:00 AM
01:42:55 | 4224 yards | 02m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 297/
Overall: 2208/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full sleeve
Course: Straight down the lake, in that murky green and brown, head back toward the bridge try not to drown.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 13:35
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
06:42:21 | 112 miles | 16.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 281/
Overall: 1964/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back along the Beeline to Shea, I figured it'd take a while, but didn't expect it to take all day!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 07:31
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
06:35:10 | 26.2 miles | 15m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 284/
Overall: 2096/
Performance: Average
Course: Looping through Tempe in a big figure-8, Not a bad little run, in fact it was great!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-11-22 11:40 AM

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2012-11-22 1:00 PM
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Austin, Texas
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I'm so proud of us. Thank you for doing this crazy, crazy race together... And yes, I realize that it was all my idea and thus all my fault.

Edited by blueyedbikergirl 2012-11-22 1:01 PM
2012-11-22 2:10 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Well done.  So sweet.  Tracked you guys all day

2012-11-22 7:48 PM
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Another great race report Tony. Right before reading this I was thinking back to your B to B report and was wondering if you would do the same. Awesome. Very cool you were able to finish with your best friend. Sorry we weren't able to see you the entire time out there.
2012-11-23 7:03 AM
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Great race report Tony! SO great to meet you both!

It was wonderful that you were able to finish together CONGRATS!!!!

2012-11-23 9:29 AM
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Parker, CO
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Nice race report Tony! That swims sounds like it sucked. Finishing with your beloved wife will be an unforgettable memory. You will need to post your finish photo. Congrats on the IM and getting married!

2012-11-23 9:34 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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HaHa! Awesome RR - that would have taken me about two years to write in rhyme...
2012-11-23 10:39 AM
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Morgan Hill, California
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Great report!
2012-11-23 11:13 AM
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Ha, great report!  Congrats IRONMAN!

2012-11-23 1:13 PM
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St. Louis
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Congrats Tony! So cool that you and Monica finished together. Not sure an Ironman race or training for that matter is what "through thick and thin means" but it sounds like it applies in this case :-).
2012-11-23 2:31 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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WOW!  A rhyme!  That takes some thought into producing, dude!  Are you glad you chose not to do iambic pentameter??   Now, just check your spelling.

Congratulations, Tony!  Fantastic on catching up on the run - that's exhausting.  You're swimming skillz are a lot like mine, but you're still faster.

2012-11-23 7:37 PM
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Another entertaining race report.  How you can rhythm a whole IM race report, is another amazing feat.

Special race for you 2, to complete the run and race together. Awesome job!

Congrats on finishing IM and starting life together.

2012-11-23 9:51 PM
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NE Ohio
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Congrats, and awesome report!

2012-11-24 8:33 AM
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Fort Worth, TX
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Great job to you both! Thanks for the laughs in the race report
2012-11-25 3:32 AM
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Ann Arbor
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Best race report ever. 

...and an awesome story!

2012-11-25 9:36 AM
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Scottsdale, AZ
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Awesome RR Tony.  I kept an eye out for you guys (not that I would really know who to look for unless you were wearing Monica and Tony shirts) but nothing.  Congrats!

2012-11-25 2:32 PM
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Straight outta Compton
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Great race report, Dr. Seuss.  Congratulations, Ironman^2!
2012-11-26 11:43 AM
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Sin City
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Great hanging out with you guys!  Good job man.
2012-11-29 12:02 PM
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Livonia, MI
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Awesome race report.  I think I remember when you two were just meeting--I believe it was for the first time?.......back in 2010 for a trip to Chicago concocted in COJ that I never made?  The fact that here you two are now finishing IM hand in hand, so heartwarming.  Congrats to you both.
2012-11-29 1:35 PM
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OMG!  After meeting you, reading your report to find out it's all a rhyme is somehow NOT a surprise.  Awesome race report.  So glad that you and Monica were able to do most of the run together and cross the finish line hand in hand as you planned.  And I hope you were recovered enough for the wedding festivities in Vegas.  Congrats!
2012-12-03 8:31 AM
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Menomonee Falls, WI
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A race report with an overabundance of flair.....I like it.  Oh, and a nice job at Ironman as well!

2012-12-03 5:39 PM
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That race report was great, some would say awesome.

Just like that creek, upon which lives Dawson.

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