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Panama City Beach, Florida
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
50F / 10C
Total Time = 15h 03m 22s
Overall Rank = 2342/2891
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/500
Pre-race routine:

drop off Special needs bags. hit the porta-pot a few times. Got in m y wet suit and headed to the the beach to warm up.
Event warmup:

Swam a few hundred to get loose. Was overly nervous.
  • 1h 20m 10s
  • 4000 meters
  • 02m / 100 meters

First 300 was straight up a MMA match. Got kicked in the head a couple of times. Took an elbow to the head and had to reseat my goggles. swim got a lot easier after the first turn buoy. I held my pacing back a lot. I wanted to safe as much energy as possible..
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster.
Transition 1
  • 08m 40s

took my time and got myself organized. Had to apply so lube to some chaffed areas from the swim..
What would you do differently?:

not much. I would rather be slow and smooth.
  • 5h 56m 34s
  • 112 miles
  • 18.85 mile/hr

Took my time getting into a groove and just tried to get a feel for what was going to happen with all of the large packs of riders. Had a really hard time getting into a rhythm for the first 40 or so miles but was really in no big hurry at that point. Got to special needs and both of my nutrition bottles were still frozen solid.. and this is the point where things went to hell for the rest of the day.. I took my bottles with me and hoped they would thaw out quickly.. which they did not.. So I decided to "live off the course" I have trained with Perform all year and loved it.. Perform in the bottle is a whole different animal.. I also found out that Bonk Breakers mixed with Perform will cause me to vomit explosively.. this happened around mile 80. So it was water for the rest of the ride...
What would you do differently?:

Not freeze my nutrition.. carry more of my own solid nutrition in case I need to use just water.
Transition 2
  • 11m 14s

took my time putting on my compression socks and trying to eat...
What would you do differently?:

not much really
  • 7h 26m 36s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 17m 03s  min/mile

wow, where to start.. I ran the first mile and had to stop because I was getting dizzy. I drank some water and ate some pretzels to see if that would help... so I puked again around mile 3.. So I walked and just focused on moving forward. I tried running some more at various points on the first lap but the urge to puke would come back... So I decided that this was going to be a new PR for walking a marathon. I ate some potato chips and drank some broth on the second lap and started to be able to focus again. the first lap is a blur.. Second lap I just really tried to make the best of it and enjoy the sights and sounds of the race course..
What would you do differently?:

A lot.
Post race
Warm down:

Space blanket and chocolate milk. Did get my finisher medal from the Ladies winner which was really cool.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

poor decision making when it comes to nutrition..

Event comments:

Even though my race was not what I feel I am capable of, I still really enjoyed the race. I met some really great racers and spectators. I will be back in 2015 to race again..

Last updated: 2013-03-18 12:00 AM
01:20:10 | 4000 meters | 02m / 100meters
Age Group: 266/500
Overall: 1394/2891
Performance: Average
Suit: TYR Hurricane Sleeveless
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 08:40
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
05:56:34 | 112 miles | 18.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/500
Overall: 0/2891
Performance: Bad
Wind: Some
Course: Course was really nice with the exception of the road for special needs.. That road is ridiculous.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 11:14
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
07:26:36 | 26.2 miles | 17m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 437/500
Overall: 2350/2891
Performance: Bad
Course: course is fun... the spectators are incredible..
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2013-11-06 5:33 PM

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On my Bike or SUP, west of OBX
Subject: Ironman Florida

2013-11-07 2:49 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
Subject: RE: Ironman Florida

Well done I think I saw you aon the run. I was slogging it out as well.  Hoep you are feeling better

2013-11-07 5:35 PM
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Ironman Perform powder and pre made taste quite different and I don't think folks can get the pre made any more to train with. Bummer to have to learn the hard way. Interesting your sn drinks were still frozen and didn't melt.

Smart move to keep moving forward and make the best of what you could do to finish.


2013-11-07 8:02 PM
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Havertown, PA
Subject: RE: Ironman Florida
that is ROUGH planning on grabbing your liquids from special needs and having them be frozen and unusable! changes the whole game. "vomit explosively"! ughh. way to gut it out and stay positive and get it done. though. and glad to see you are coming back for more in 2015.
2013-11-08 3:18 PM
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Canandaigua NY
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GI issues are no fun, but you finished and now you are an Ironman!!  Congratulations!!

2013-11-08 3:49 PM
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Austin, Texas
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Way to persevere and cross the finish line after what sounds like a tough day out there for you!  


2013-11-08 7:05 PM
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Newport News
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Way to fight and make it happen. Congrats again!
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