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Lake Placid, New York
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 13h 56m 14s
Overall Rank = 1431/
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 253/
Pre-race routine:

Had a Pop Tart, and some water. Got to the transition and was there at 4:30 when it opened. It had rained so it was good that I put my shoes in plastic bags so that my feet were dry while I was in the changing tent because as soon as I stepped outside of the tent they were soaked.
Event warmup:

Didn't do much, jumped into the water for a quick warm up and then placed myself in the 1:10 to 1:20 swim start.
  • 1h 15m
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

This was my first rolling start. I figured I would place myself right where I thought I would be and I did finish where I thought I would be. Though I think I would have seeded myself faster or even slower. It was tough swimming next to everybody when they all swam the same speed. It would have been easier for me to maneuver if people were swimming at different speeds.
What would you do differently?:

Just place myself maybe a little faster.
Transition 1
  • 09m

not sure how to score this because they modified everybody's time because of the thunder and lightening. So they only counted one loop of the swim and they cut out T1. I know what my times were based on the timing company so I put in the whole times since I was able to complete everything without getting pulled
What would you do differently?:

go faster. I didn't think I stayed in there for 9 minutes but I'll have to work on that
  • 7h 13m 3s
  • 112 miles
  • 15.52 mile/hr

There was this monsoon on the first lap so I went really easy on it. I thought I picked up the pace on the second loop to make up the difference but I barely went faster. I was just trying to make sure I went easy so that I wouldn't blow up on the run. I think I went too easy. I could have went harder but just dialed it back.
What would you do differently?:

I would have pushed it harder. Since it seems like I'm destined to walk a bunch of the marathons that I do when I do an Ironman I might as well go hard on the bike
Transition 2
  • 06m 6s

I was just thinking keep moving don't stop. I was able to get things off and on with no problems.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster, since it's free speed. I think maybe I would change my socks since I was biking in downpour for most of it. I was able to take 2 minutes off from last time so I'm not complaining
  • 5h 12m 26s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 55s  min/mile

Knowing that I went slower on the bike this time around, I had thoughts already in my head that there was no way I could beat my time. It's funny when I think about it now, but I laugh at how hard it is to do math while doing a race. I thought I was computing some complex stuff but I was only trying to subtract two digit numbers. not really knowing how I did in transition times I felt like even if I did the pace I calculated it would be close. The run started out pretty good I was at a good pace and I had my garmin set up so I could see the virtual pacer so I knew how much time I was making on my pace. Things were going well till about mile 5 where I started to have GI issues. Once again I have managed to run across something that I have never had in training. Looking back on it I think that it was the 2 bananas that I ate at the 2nd and 3 aid stations. I'll have to remember to stick to my nutrition plan no matter how I feel. After the GI issue the next 2 miles was all walk. I started to take in just coke at every aid station and that seemed to give me what I need to be able to keep running. I ended up doing a run/walk for the rest of the course. I could see that the lead I made on my virtual pacer was gone at around the 14 mile mark. I still didn't know if that was my hard number or not. So I just keep trying to catch up to the virtual pacer and not leave too much of a gap. It started out that I was 1 minute behind then it was 2, it slowly kept creeping up, but I was able to run more often then not towards the end still relying only coke.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure what I would do differently. Like a lot of people I ended up with some kind of complications on the run. I think I really just need to do some more longer distance running in the off season. I have still yet to try a stand alone marathon. Maybe I'll focus on that. Or maybe I'll go the other way since I know I'm going to have some kind of issue on the run, I'll just go harder on the bike knowing I'm going to run into some kind of problem on the marathon. I was still happy over all with the run because I was able to shave 10 minutes off from 2012.
Post race
Warm down:

I was able to enjoy the finish more this time even though Mike Rielly didn't call out my name because he must have taken a break and the other guy filled in for him. I went to get my shirt and hat along with get my picture taken. Saw the wife and picked up my gear and headed home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

go faster on the bike without causing any problems for the run

Last updated: 2013-08-13 12:00 AM
01:15:00 | 4224 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 164/
Overall: 951/
Performance: Good
Suit: Vortex
Course: it was a rolling start going clockwise
Start type: Wade Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 09:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
07:13:03 | 112 miles | 15.52 mile/hr
Age Group: 273/
Overall: 1534/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: It's LP what can you say. There's a bunch of climbing
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 06:06
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
05:12:26 | 26.2 miles | 11m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 253/
Overall: 1431/
Performance: Below average
Course: it's LP it had some hills wasn't really too flat
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
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] 5

2014-08-14 2:11 PM

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Rochester, NY
Subject: Ironman Lake Placid

2014-08-14 5:15 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Lake Placid
I'm so very happy for you. I followed this a bit, but it was a busy weekend and I had to keep running in and checking on the computer. Sometimes, like when I'm on call and in the hospital all day, I'll check on every floor I'm on...


So many challenges for this particuliar race and you handled them so well. Race day is always going to throw some curveballs and you dealt with them very nicely.

I think I'd find it weird doing a start like you did. I witnessed the 'mass start' of 2012 and said it was the very worst, but poor self seeding seems to lead to a lot of challenges too. You are very solid in the swim. Training time should be focused on B/R for future PR's.

Rain will always make me skittish on a bike that travels 40mph. I plan to live a long life and that is a recipe for danger. I'm just not talented enough to take my life in my own hands...

So many people have issues with the M of IM that I'm now convinced that overall mileage can help so many people overcome it. A 10 minute PR from IMLP is fabulous, but you've got more talent than you give yourself credit for. Lots of easy miles may be the recipe for you to better your run by 3/4HR, if you do choose to do IM again.

And you've just got to figure out nutrition-period. It's the fourth discipline.

I swore the IM off, but the itch is still there. Maybe I'll to IMLP again, maybe. But I so thrilled for you on a very difficult day. I smiled a lot as I watched it happen.

Rest, recover and revel in celebration of the achievement.
2014-08-14 7:21 PM
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Southern California
Subject: RE: Ironman Lake Placid
"It's funny when I think about it now, but I laugh at how hard it is to do math while doing a race."

Great observation, lol. Sounds like a tough day out there on the course, good job.
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