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Panama City Beach, Florida
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
76F / 24C
Total Time = 16h 14m 29s
Overall Rank = 2578/2891
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 350/373
Pre-race routine:

Ate 2 Pop Tarts & Banana with a few sips of Diet Coke (for caffeine) and a small bottle of Gatorade.
Event warmup:

Walked to Transition from Condo to drop off Spec Needs bags and setup bike nutrition and then finally put on wetsuit and got in the water just before the start. Just got wet and got my face in the water.
  • 1h 34m 54s
  • 3800 meters
  • 02m 30s / 100 meters

Swim was a mob...couldn't really swim, just had to fight for every inch of water.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe get further away from the mob and try to find water
Transition 1
  • 12m 4s

Took my time, maybe too much but wanted to get as much salt and sand off my body as poss before hitting the bike...a couple min's here didn't hurt my day so no prob
What would you do differently?:

prob nothing
  • 7h 13m 37s
  • 112 miles
  • 15.50 mile/hr

I took the bike easy, esp on the front end, stopped a couple times. I could've pushed the bike much harder but what would've happened to my marathon??? Who knows
What would you do differently?:

Push harder through the headwind??? Maybe...Maybe Not
Transition 2
  • 13m 24s

Had to collect myself and prepare for what would be a death march here so I dunno what I could've done any diff.
What would you do differently?:

Prob nothing
  • 7h 00m 30s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 16m 03s  min/mile

This was a death march...all I can say. I wasn't able to train for this marathon at all due to my back surgery. I walked alot and was finally able to jog on the treadmill a little a couple weeks out from the race but that was obviously too little too late by that point. This was just pure guts and determination to get to the end of this leg.
What would you do differently?:

TRAIN!!!!! You can't fake a marathon!!!
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not being able to run train!

Event comments:

Great Race! Great Spectator support! Awesome Finish Chute Atmosphere! Best in the Land!

Last updated: 2013-11-05 12:00 AM
01:34:54 | 3800 meters | 02m 30s / 100meters
Age Group: 326/373
Overall: 2346/2891
Performance: Good
Suit: Full
Course: 2 loops
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 12:04
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
07:13:37 | 112 miles | 15.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 344/373
Overall: 2513/2891
Performance: Below average
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Out and back loop
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 13:24
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
07:00:30 | 26.2 miles | 16m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 350/373
Overall: 2586/2891
Performance: Bad
Course: 2 loops
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-11-05 9:38 AM

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the Sipp
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2013-11-06 9:07 AM
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Crab Cake City
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Congrats Ironman! great job of pushing through the Marathon and getting to the finish line
2013-11-06 2:31 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Congratulations!!! Well doen esp only a few months outof having back surgery. Way to gut it out

2013-11-07 5:47 AM
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Camden, NC
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Great job, GUTS is enough and you proved it Ironman!
2013-11-07 7:48 PM
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Havertown, PA
Subject: RE: Ironman Florida
WELL DONE!! Back surgery is no joke and then you go out and complete an Ironman. Great stuff. congrats.
2013-11-08 2:13 PM
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Canandaigua NY
Subject: RE: Ironman Florida

Wow, to complete an IM that soon after back surgery is impressive!!

Congratulations IRONMAN!

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