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Tempe, Arizona
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 14h 14m 4s
Overall Rank = 1907/
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 82/142
  • 1h 22m 46s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

You had to jump in and then swim a ways to line up for the start. I started underneath the bridge just on the other side of the wall and had open space around me.

I really had no issues with the swim till the turning point and it was major congestion and fighting for position. Once you got by both buoys of, it was smooth sailing. In fact at one point I thought I was majorly off course as I didn't sense anyone around me. Even though I had pretty much open space around me, the water was extremely choppy and I tended to take in more water then normal at least that was what I thought but I don't remember swallowing any.

It was also near the end that I was beginning to feel cold and my left leg was beginning to cramp. I took my time on the steps making sure I had my legs underneath me before I had the volunteers pull me up.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to not take in water during choppy waters.
Transition 1
  • 11m 53s

Had a hard time getting the suit off my arms, so I had to have the strippers help me with that and then I had to get on the ground and they helped me get the water socks off too. Due to the Garmin watch and timing chip, it was hard to get the suit off without also ripping those off. I know I lost a few minutes because of that.

They must had just cut the grass before IM set up as there was grass everywhere. I couldn't get my feet dry and clean before putting on socks.
  • 6h 45m 15s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.58 mile/hr

The first part of the road I thought was rough, once you got onto the Beeline highway the road smoothed out. There was LOTS of flats, not sure what that was all about. There was drafting everywhere, it was like the refs ignored the lead pack of age groupers. Then again at times it was hard not to draft with so many of us on the road at one time.

Shortly after getting on the bike I realized that my stomach wasn't feeling up to par. I was belching a lot and next thing I know I was throwing up. Yes, that was me throwing up on the bike, thank goodness it wasn't much but it was enough to tell me that I did indeed take in too much water during the swim. Not only was I vomiting but I had to use the port a johns a lot, as I never had to go as much on the bike as I did on race day.

The first lap seemed to take forever as I didn't know the route, the 2nd loop was okay now know where the turn around it like lets get to it, and the 3rd, was yes, I am done!
What would you do differently?:

Don't drink the lake water to have an upset stomach.

Because I wasn't feeling well and was vomiting I made more of an effort to drink more.
Transition 2
  • 05m 6s

After reaching the mount line I took my time getting off the bike as I wanted to make sure I had legs. Did a full outfit change and off I went.
  • 5h 49m 4s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 13m 19s  min/mile

After running a bit, I started to feel better but I was behind in my nutrient and just lacked the energy to keep running. At one point I thought I could go sub 14 hours but I couldn't get enough food in me to get that energy back. Overall my body felt good on the run and I know I could have done it, only if I started to feel better earlier.

Lost count on the number of port of john stops I made. Once again it was way more then normal.
Post race

Last updated: 2013-01-14 12:00 AM
01:22:46 | 4224 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/142
Overall: 0/
Suit: Full sleeve
Course: One loop in shape of a rectangle. Mass start
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: High
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 11:53
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
06:45:15 | 112 miles | 16.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/142
Overall: 0/
Course: Relatively flat 3 loop course heads out of Tempe and zig zags out to the Beeline highway, which gradually climbs approximately 10 miles though the Sonoran Desert.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 05:06
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:49:04 | 26.2 miles | 13m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/142
Overall: 0/
Course: 2 loop course that had lots of spectators in certain sections and dark and lonely sections in other parts.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
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Physical exertion [1-5]
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Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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