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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 15h 33m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke early and often, snacked on banana, ensure and oatmeal. Strong coffee on the shuttle to T1
Event warmup:

Putting on a wetsuit is warm-up enough
  • 1h 38m
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 19s / 100 yards

Heavy chop due to wind from the east. Made the long leg feel like a treadmill. lots of bumping but all were polite. water temp and vis were good.
What would you do differently?:

embrace the chop, fighting it only made it worse. sighting on bouys versus following feet would be a better idea next time.
Transition 1
  • 11m

Running up the helix is not great in theory, but the cheering crowds made it kind of fun.
What would you do differently?:

i wanted to be as comfortable on teh bike as possible, i made sure everything was where it should be.
  • 7h 50m
  • 112 miles
  • 14.30 mile/hr

There was a nice tail wind on the stick, payback for fighting the chop on the swim. The turn on 92 for the trip to Mt Horab was all slow climb, I wasn't focused and slowed more than i should have. The hills are legit and should be respected. I hit 38mph on the downhills, the only benefit to being 200 pounds in an IM event. Im a weak biker and it showed, flatland training even in the wind is not enough prep for this course.
What would you do differently?:

Try and find a real hill to train on. This is a real bike course and it demands your respect. The weak will perish, or miss the cut off.
Transition 2
  • 07m 30s

One last hill, up the helix. But the volunteers take your ride and you can block it out of your mind.
What would you do differently?:

I left T2 with 2 flasks of gel. That was a mistake, 1 would be plenty, live off teh course.
  • 5h 32m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 40s  min/mile

I mostly enjoyed this run, great crowds, great volunteers, well marked. Only 1 real hill which i walked as planned. All those fast people really missed seeing the capital lit up after dark, it was very impressive.
What would you do differently?:

You can always go faster i guess, but i needed to be functional this week and the podium was long gone by the time i slipped on the running shoes. I really do feel victory in the finish, no matter my time.
Post race
Warm down:

Pictures, pizza and hugs. Although i was ordered to the showers pronto.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weak bike

Event comments:

Of the IM's and other 140.6 events i have done this was the hardest, and most satisfying. I felt i earned my time and enjoyed the day. This event ranks at the top for support and atmosphere and i would reco it to anyone, just be prepared.

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Last updated: 2013-09-10 12:00 AM
01:38:00 | 4224 yards | 02m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: sleeveless
Course: rectangle.. west 1050m, south 300m, east 1700m, north 200m, nw 600m
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 11:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
07:50:00 | 112 miles | 14.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
HR was normal 144-150 range all all but the big climbs
Wind: Some
Course: Out to Verona, heading west, 2 loops, back to T2. I thought parts of the course had some pretty rough surface, they said parts will be repaved next week.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 07:30
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
05:32:00 | 26.2 miles | 12m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Kept HR below 170, stopped being a race at this point after teh poor showing on the bike. I just planned to enjoy the run and i mostly did.
Course: 2 loops all over central Madison and UW campus.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-09-10 7:17 PM


Subject: Ironman Wisconsin

2013-09-11 7:04 AM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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Great job on the race!!
2013-09-12 7:18 PM
in reply to: SSMinnow

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Mastic Beach, NY
Subject: RE: Ironman Wisconsin
Congrats Ironman, great job and great race. You definitely did earn it Wisconsin is a challenging course and the swim was pretty rough that day. You did a great job in the swim, had a solid bike and a great run. Congrats again.
2013-09-13 4:14 PM
in reply to: strikyr

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Solid race. Glad you enjoyed Madison and Wisconsin. I highly recommend coming up on a weekend to ride the course before race day. Being from Illinois makes it easier for you than most. Hopefully you can work on the bike and ride in Wisconsin more often for next time.
2013-09-24 11:52 AM
in reply to: #4852339

Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Ironman Wisconsin

Brutal bike for you, too, I see.

You did it, Ironman!

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