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Gilford, New Hampshire
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
68F / 20C
Total Time = 7h 06m 21s
Overall Rank = 1760/2037
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 149/156
Pre-race routine:

Timberman was my 2nd scheduled HIM of the season. I had done Patriot back in June and had a good time so I was looking foward to this race. It was also my first WTC race, so I was curious to see what kind of production they put on.

Drove the 2.5 hours to NH and arrived just as registraion was opening. Moved quicking, and was out of there in no time. No suprise you need to exit through the merchandise tent. Checked out the expo and chatted with some other athletes. Went to the pro racer panel and it was fun to hear of their crazy race schedules. Of the 3 M & 3 F there, all of them are racing a HIM or IM just about every 3 weeks. One of the femail pro's was heading to Brazil for a race next week.

After that, I headed to a meet & gree with Andy which was being held for those racing as part of the Make A Wish Foundation team. I had signed up for this in July and raised some money. Its an amazing cause, and to see the families you are helping is incredible. Not only that, but the organization does so much to make the team's race weekend as memorable as possible. I cannot recommend more to anyone who is considering this race to sign up with Make a Wish and help them raise money. It is fantastic. Anyway, was able to chat with Andy for a bit, and when asked about bike strategy, he told me to "just go for a ride the first 12 miles".

Went to the race site about 5 miles away and did the bike check in. Drove a bit of the bike course then headed for my hotel to check in, etc. Had dinner about 6 with 5 other folks who were also racing. In bed about 9, and woke up about every 45 minutes it seemed. Fun.
Event warmup:

Up at 3:30 since it was pointless to try to sleep any longer. Dressed, left hotel and arrived at the race site about 4:30. Transition opened at 5, so I got set up, and then headed to the Make A Wish area to drop some stuff off and take advantage of the race team private port a potties. They MaW folks had decorated them unlike anything I'd ever seen. Strobe lights, flasing disco lights, bubble machines -- hilarious, and provided some fun.

Forgot to mention, another perk of the MaW team was having our transition rack next to the pros. It was awesome. It was their row, then us, then a divider, and the rest of the particpants. Nice astroturf aisles, directly next to bike out, etc. Fun to see them getting ready for the race. its the only time I saw them all day :)

Headed to the lake about 6:30 for a quick warm up swm. Have to say it felt amazing. Somewhat warm water, calm, clear, and felt fast. It got me very fired up to get going.
  • 35m 16s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

Started myself in the middle about 2 rows back. Horn went off and away we went. First couple hundered yards it was a mosh pit, but then I found some water and just went. Sighting was spot on, felt strong, fluid, and found my rhythm. Motored along and the firs turn bouy was there before I knew it. started the long side of the rectangle, and kept feeling good. Was passing lots of people including some from earlier waves. Made the 2nd turn and headed toward the finish. Kept pluggin away, and was passed by a guy from the wave behind us. He was fllying.

Hit short, stood up, and was out. Felt amazing, as if I could go do it again. Not tired at all, but a bit unsteady with the whole going from horizontal to veritcal so quickly. cap & goggles off, arms out, and headed toward transition.
What would you do differently?:

Nohting. Felt great the whole way. Was 4.5 minutes faster here than my HIM in June.
Transition 1
  • 03m 51s

First time using the wetsuit strippers, and wow is that awesome!! Suit off, got up and headed into transiion. My spot was as far away from the swim in location as could be, so it took a while just to get to my bike. Once there, everything was smooth, and I was out of there quickly. A bit of suncreen used as well since I'd be on the bike a while.
What would you do differently?:

  • 3h 13m 32s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.39 mile/hr

Didn't know much about the bike other than the first & last 12 or so miles were very hilly, and the rest was a semi flat out & back. This proved to be as accurate as I could imagine. Took my buddy Andy's advice and just went for a ride on the first section. Managed the hills well, but ran into a bike issue on the real killer one. About 1/3 of the way up what I thought was by far the worst hill of the day, a somewhat long steep windy, I realized my front brake was rubbing on the tire. Since I was already only going 5 MPH up the hill, I didn't need this working against me as well. I stopped and fixed it. Had to use a driveway in order to get back on the bike & start. was too steep to just do it on the hill.

A couple of the downhills were big as well, and I topped out on the bike at 43 mph, which was plenty fast for me. The roads were not perfect, so I was happy to keep it under that. Some guys went by me like I was still. Had to be 50+ mph.

The middle section is a 30 mile mainly flat secition which I found to be a real mental drag. Not much to look at, and just sort of put your head down & go time. Lots of thoughts go through your head at times like this, thats for sure. Some good, some not so good...

Made it back to the hills, and knowing I was getting close to the end was the best motivator. I just wanted to be done with the bike. Made it back to the race site, turned back into the park, and headed toward the dismount line.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I think I paced it OK. Probably could have gone harder, particularly on the middle section. My time was only 9 minutes longer than my race in June on a much flatter course, so I think thats a good sign. There were lots of really fast guys there, and I saw a couple hundered of them go by me at some point.
Transition 2
  • 05m 29s

My race almost ended here. As I was getting to dismount, I had my shoes unclipped, and was ready to go. Swung one foot up to get off, and just then my other foot slipped off the pedal, causing me to slam back down onto the bike. I caught the nose of my right in a very sensitive spot on my backside. It hurt so much I could not believe it. lost control of the bike and fell over, very nearly into the bike barrier. A volunteer came right over and said "Whoa - that looked like it really hurt!", then picked up my bike for me. I was still on the ground wondering if I'd permanently damaged myself. Got up slowly and took my bike. Very encouraging crowd got me moving, and I very gingerly shuffled off to transition. Racked my bike and sat down on the ground for 20-30 seconds to see if this was going to get better. Fortunately it did, and I put my stuff on, grabbed my hat, race #, and was off on what I expected to be a very long "run" to finish this race
What would you do differently?:

Avoid nearly being violated by my seat, and crashing.
  • 3h 08m 13s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 22s  min/mile

So.....coming into this race, I expected the run to be anything but. I've had a nagging hamstring problem which is getting better, but still prevents any meaningful run, and has hampered training all season. With that in mind, read on...

Headed out of transition at an easy jog, and headed on the course. Immediately I was having a problem as this pain was radiating from my lower left side around to the front and affecting my whole abdomen. Every step made it hurt worse. Down shifted to walk, and it took a mile or so before it went away. May have been related to the crotch smashing T2 events, I don't know, but it did go away.

Local support on the run is incredible. People everywhere. Signs, folks out watching. 2 live bands at different points. Tons of aid stations. One house had 2 girls out front making pancakes & bacon for anyone who wanted it -- compolete with electric griddle, and sizzling bacon. Someone else had a full bar set up roadside and was giving away beer & drinks to anyone who wanted one. The Make A Wish foundation had its own aid station, and if you were a MaW racer -- you were a rock star! Booming PA saying "We have a wish racer coming!!" folks would run out to you with whatever you needed, tons of encouragement, and genuine appreciation that you were out there. It was beyond words awesome.

For the first loop, I ran a few downhills, which were OK, but I wasn't kidding myself - this would be a big long march to the finish. Started chatting with a lady from Atlanta who was doing the walk/jog thing. She told me she was doing IM Louisville next weekend, which I couldn't believe. Not only that, but she had to drive home to Atlanta from NH, then a couple days later drive to Louisville. Now that is a busy week!

Coming around the turn around (a big corral looping through transition) I was largely along and saw a familiar face up ahead cheering folks on. It was my buddy Andy Potts all by himself giving encouragement as folks went by. He saw my Make A Wish tri top and got very animated. I asked him if he'd won and he gave a big "yes!", we high fived and then continued on for loop 2.

A short bit into lap 2, I met up with a guy named Scott from NJ who, like me, was there doing the race despite a hammy problem, knowing he'd be walking. We had a laugh about the situation, and decided to soldier on together. We kept as good a pace as possible, and chatted constantly the entire remaining 6 miles. When we arrvied at the turn to the finish, I told him I was going to run it in (He couldn't) and said I'd watch him finish. So, I made the left, and off I went.

WOW, did it feel awesome coming down the chute. I was alone, there were all kinds of folks cheering, and the Make A Wish team top certainly got extra cheers. Big announcemnt of my name, where I was front, that I was a Timberman first timer, and was racing for Make A Wish. Crossed the line and was SO SO happy to be done, and let the adrenoline rush through. Someone grabbed my chip asap and handed me a water bottle.

Took another couple steps and someone said "Hey - way to go! You did it!". I turn to my right, and who else by Andy Potts puts the finisher medal around my neck. Thought it was so cool to have him hang around and do this. A big high 5, and a couple words, and I was off to find a place to sit down.
What would you do differently?:

Based on my physical condition, I did what I could. My doctor thought I was crazy for doing it all with the leg injury. Where's the fun in that? :).
Post race
Warm down:

Didn't do much with the Ironman post race stuff. It was on the other side of transition from the finish, and I was in no mood to bother. I headed back to the MaW team spot, and talked to a bunch of racers there, hung out, and grabbed some of the stuff I had put there in the AM. Had the best turkey sandwhich ever there as well which really hit the spot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Injury and the limitations it put on training.

Event comments:

WTC knows how to run a race. On time, a million volunteers, highly organized - the whole thing was great. But, the best part was the Make a Wish team.

I CANNOT RECOMMEND HIGHLY ENOUGH -- if you are going to do Timberman in the future, make the effort to be a fundraiser and race for the Make a Wish team. I have no affiliation with them whatsoever, and decided to raise money since I admire what they do. In return, you will receive support and appreciation unllike anything you can imagine, and probably have the best race weekend you could imagine. I know I did.

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Last updated: 2012-12-03 12:00 AM
00:35:16 | 2112 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 48/156
Overall: 593/2037
Performance: Good
Suit: full sleeve
Course: long rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:51
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
03:13:32 | 56 miles | 17.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 127/156
Overall: 1310/2037
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: Long out & back with some ridiculous hills at the start & finish, a long flat really boring section in the middle.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 05:29
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
03:08:13 | 13.1 miles | 14m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 149/156
Overall: 1760/2037
Performance: Bad
Course: Two times around a 6+ mile out-and-back
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-08-19 12:11 PM

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Just South of Boston
Subject: Ironman 70.3 Timberman

2013-08-19 12:56 PM
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Grapevine, Texas
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Great race and report, Mike! Ha, you and your bud Andy plotting race strategy, high fiving, and just hangin' out in that picture, love it. Your swim was awesome, and I like the description of the water feeling fast. More than anything, you set a great example of making the best out of a day, and that makes you a winner all the way!
2013-08-19 3:00 PM
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Hollister, CA
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Oh this was great!!' Loved reading your HIM adventure. Swim was smokin' fast! Nice bike time despite that 5mph up those hills. You powered best you could during run and that all that counts. The pride in being part of the fundraising was evident! Makes me go.."hmmmmm"... Will keep an eye open when I sign up for my next one! Congrats! Ps. Your friend is cool.
2013-08-19 3:42 PM
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Austin, Texas
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Congrats on a great day.  Impressive just to toe the line knowing you're going to "march" the HM at the end.

Sounds like you had a great experience - and I'll definitely go the MaW route next time!

Good luck on the hammy rehab and hope to see you out there again soon.


2013-08-19 4:13 PM
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Kudos to you Mike! Now take some time and rest up that hammy!
2013-08-19 8:45 PM
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Los Angeles
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So cool Mike! great race despite the hammy. Can't wait to see what you will do when you are 100% Say hi to Andy for me.

2013-08-20 6:56 AM
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Nice race, Mike.  Now get that hamstring taken care of so you can crush that time next year!
2013-08-20 9:29 AM
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Just South of Boston
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I want to beat 6 hours next year.
2013-08-20 12:21 PM
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I like your attitude and I like your bromance with Andy Potts! Rest up and have fun tackling the 6hour mark next year.
2013-08-20 5:13 PM
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Mike has a stalker! And it’s Andy Potts. Come on, you can’t run into someone that much unless he is stalking you. And I must say, even tho I’m a happily married woman, I would LOVE to get stalked by Andy Potts.

Just kidding. He sounds like an incredible person. I love it when the elite athletes are general good people.

Love your RR. You captured the mood very well. And I love how you describe MaW and how you were blessed to be running for them.

So sorry about the bike incident! I told hubby about it and his eyes teared up as I was telling him. Good job on recovering and continuing on.

Hope you change your avatar to that pix. It’s nice to finally see you Mike.
2013-08-21 6:21 AM
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Congrats Mike! Now take the winter off!

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