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Tempe, Arizona
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 11h 19m 28s
Overall Rank = 528/2705
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 102/442
Pre-race routine:

Pumped up tires, 500 person porta potty line then get wetsuit on
Event warmup:

cannon ball from the dock in to the murky water of Tempe Town Lake
  • 1h 09m 3s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards

Lined up first row of swimmers and held on till the kayak moved out... then off to the race. Swam my line and felt alone the whole time. Lots of people to the left of me but the line i chose the day before was a ghost town. So no contact and swam solid for the whole swim portion. Goal time of 1:10 and came in 1:09:03
What would you do differently?:

Wish there were a couple more people in the area I was swimming so i could get some draft but other than that was very happy with the swim
Transition 1
  • 05m 16s

Went as expected... just a long run to the tent
  • 5h 07m 33s
  • 112 miles
  • 21.85 mile/hr

Good bike effort just too many people in the 3 loops. 1st loop was fine, 2nd loop crazy busy, then 3rd loop was much better. Lots of race marshals were seen and people in the penalty tents i am sure for drafting with the amount of people out there it was almost impossible for people to be 3 lengths apart the whole time.
What would you do differently?:

drink more... is always an issue with me and the bike

Transition 2
  • 02m 1s

went smooth and no problems
  • 4h 55m 35s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 17s  min/mile

I have always been a poor runner so i hoped to hold on for a 5:00 marathon. Ended up with 4:55. Felt good through 13 miles then had trouble with nausea and had to switch to just coke and some water. Ice was a savior for me being a bigger guy i overheat quickly and this worked wonders in the tri suit. Last 2 miles felt like they took forever was glad to see the massive crowd and my family at the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to run
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the line, picture taken and walked around trying to feel my legs again. Grabbed fries with salt and a few waters and chatted with friends

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My run always my limiting factor

Event comments:

My last Ironman i did in 13:38:59 so this was a massive improvement of over 2:20. Was very happy with my result and sore as hell today.

Last updated: 2012-12-19 12:00 AM
01:09:03 | 4224 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 68/442
Overall: 470/2705
Suit: Xterra Vortex
Course: 1 loop rectangle with slight "S" bend
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:16
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
05:07:33 | 112 miles | 21.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 41/442
Overall: 236/2705
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: 3 loop through Tempe and out on the beeline for a slight climb to Shea then very quick return to town
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 82
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:01
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
04:55:35 | 26.2 miles | 11m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 102/442
Overall: 528/2705
Performance: Average
Course: 2 lap with some rollers and one hill about mile 10 then again at mile 20.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-11-18 3:37 PM

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2013-11-19 6:50 AM
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WOW! A 2 plus pr! Congratulations!

I agree about the was super frustrating trying to find a piece of real estate that wasn't in a draft zone! A guy got a red card for drafting me!

I wish I would have found your slice of heaven in the water...I had expected to swim just about your time, but it was a cluster swim for me, got beat up pretty good and had a hard time navigating those little darn buoys! Glad someone got out of there with out abuse!

We had a great weather day out there! Congrats on your brand spanking new PR!
2013-11-19 8:28 AM
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Morgan Hill, California
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Amazing job with that improvement. You give me hope!
2013-11-19 12:09 PM
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Scottsdale, AZ
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Great race!
2013-11-19 3:02 PM
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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2013-11-19 4:38 PM
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I took a different line on the swim and never tried to sight off the buoys. There is a dock that people always stand on for the swim that i used at first then the 2nd large column on the rural bridge then finally the big red turn buoy. and the same thing on the way back... was beautiful!

2013-11-20 10:15 AM
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Scottsdale, AZ
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Originally posted by Tryrn

I took a different line on the swim and never tried to sight off the buoys. There is a dock that people always stand on for the swim that i used at first then the 2nd large column on the rural bridge then finally the big red turn buoy. and the same thing on the way back... was beautiful!

I cut it way to the right on the return leg. Went under the two right columns of Rural Bridge. No clue if it shaved off any time but I had open water and I seemed to swim a straight line to the red buoys in the distance.
2013-11-20 4:30 PM
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Austin, Texas
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WOWZA!!  A 2 hour PR?  That's amazing!!

Congrats on a fantastic day out there!!   

2013-11-22 7:25 AM
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Thanks for all the compliments! was a great day... great race and now that i can walk again i am ready to do another one!
2013-11-24 6:09 PM
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Casa Grande, Az.
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Wow!! Awesome job on the PR!!! Gives me hope for '15!!!
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