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Guerneville, California
United States
Vineman, Inc.
Total Time = 11h 49m 58s
Overall Rank = 88/
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 6/
Pre-race routine:

I stayed with Abbie (AbbieR) for the race. I arrived Thursday evening. We went to dinner and then I worked on putting my bike together. I noticed the derailleur hanger was broke. Thanks TSA! :-( i was concerned about finding the part since this is a Trek 9.9 Speed Concept Project One bike. It is a very difficult bike to work on and not all bike shops carry the special parts. Luckily Abbie's friend at a local shop said they had it.

Abbie taught classes in the morning and we went to the bike shop around 1:30 on our way to race check in. The bike guy discovered not only was the hanger broke, but the frame was also broke. Great - I am going to race on a broken carbon frame. The guy told me to be careful. UGH! Bike retails for $11,000. I am going to spend a lot of time this coming week in a local shop here in San Diego and on the phone starting to put my claim together to TSA.

Bike was fixed the best it could be. Abbie and I made it north in time for me to attend the 4:30PM meeting and check in. Then, we drive back down to the city.

Race morning. We left the city a little after 4:00AM. Made in in time for me to set up transition, use the bathroom, and get in the swim line.
Event warmup:

  • 1h 11m 3s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

My slowest ironman swim to date. Very glad I did not wear a wetsuit. The water was warm. Very shallow. My hand would drag the bottom in several locations. I was swimming into the back of people that were standing up and walking. I didn't have much contact with other swimmers fighting for water space. I paced myself nice and felt good.
Transition 1
  • 05m 9s

No assigned racks or spots. Muddy and sandy. Pulled on my tri top over my wet sports bra and my shoes, helmet, and away I went. I walked the big hill out of transition.
  • 6h 03m 31s
  • 112 miles
  • 18.51 mile/hr

I told myself I would ride a 6 hour bike course. I had no plans to push it. Good thing, since the bike shop guy told me to be careful on the hills because that is when I will be putting the most stress on my broken frame. I felt great and kept and even pace. My splits were almost exactly the same during the entire ride. This was a great ride. I would love to do this again.
Transition 2
  • 03m 51s

Sat down in the grass to pee while I changed shoes and put on my hat. :-)
  • 4h 26m 27s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 10s  min/mile

I have not ran more than a 15 mile long run since before my injury in mid June. I know this was not going to be easy. I wanted to keep a pace that would not cause lots of recovery time post race. i started off feeling great. I actually felt decent during most of the run. I walked the big hills and walked most of the aid stations. They had the BEST peaches. WOW - they were good. I loved going back to the start/finish line to start a new loop. you were given a plastic bracelet when you completed a loop. I thought that was fun! Also, Abbie was volunteering at the aid station right there and would give a nice "love pat" on my ass each loop. Thanks, Abbie! ;-) On my third loop I stayed with a guy doing his first ironman that was really struggling. It was also his final loop. He was cramping and loosing motivation to continue running/jogging. I stayed back with him and kept him company. With about 2 miles left he convinced me to go ahead. Abbie was volunteering at the finish line and gave me my medal and a big hug when I crossed the line. It was great! The guy I stayed with on the final loop found me in the post-race area after he finished and thanked me for helping him get though his "dark time" out there on the course. Abbie and I enjoyed some food, gathered, my gear, and headed back to the city.
Post race
Event comments:

Abbie and I had a rough day on Friday. I have a broken bike frame and she lost her wallet. :-(

I had a wonderful day at the Vineman Ironman on Saturday. I really liked the course. Great volunteers. Lots and lots of fun. This was a fun day for me. Now, back to lots of training.

Thanks to Abbie for being a great race Sherpa and a wonderful friend!

Last updated: 2012-10-12 12:00 AM
01:11:03 | 4224 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Suit: tri shorts and sport bra
Course: 2 loops. Very shallow and murky water.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:09
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
06:03:31 | 112 miles | 18.51 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling hills. Some smooth roads, but an equal number of rough roads. Very pretty course.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:51
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
04:26:27 | 26.2 miles | 10m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: Lots of rolling hills. 3 out and backs.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2013-07-28 11:23 PM

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San Diego, California
Subject: Full Vineman Triathlon

2013-07-29 10:29 AM
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Subject: RE: Full Vineman Triathlon
Wow!!! Awesome race! You are so brave to ride a broken frame! Scary!

You were that guys Iron Angel! I'm so glad he found you post race. I love when someone motivates me, or I can do that for someone in a race! Makes it a win no matter what the day brings!

Good luck getting your claim together for TSA. It will be tedious, but worth it! What a pain!!!

Happy training and congrats Amy!!!

PS...I'd LOVE to have that run split in IMAZ this fall!
2013-07-30 8:47 AM
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San Diego, California
Subject: RE: Full Vineman Triathlon
Thank you! You are going to ROCK AZ! Your training is looking amazing!
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