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Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
77F / 25C
Overcast
Total Time = 15h 20m 56s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

work up at 3:30 - breakfast - oatmeal with natural sugar and coffee; headed to race for SN bags drop-off, body marking, bus to swim star
Swim
  • 1h 00m 9s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 25s / 100 yards
Comments:

holy shit that was a fast swim - I hit the water at 7:49 (we were decently far back in line) - hit my GPS and the water and headed off - alternated breathing on left/right to try and avoid zig-zagging too much. while the current was fast, it didn't feel like it was - really hard to tell, I had no idea what my final time was under I saw results. As i rounded the buoy to head to swim exit had a cramp in calf which stopped me from being able to kick well
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Transition 1
  • 07m 59s
Comments:

decent run from swim exit to change tent - grabbed bag and headed for tent - didn't change from one-piece - threw on bike jersey with gear in the back pockets and headed out
Bike
  • 7h 51m 49s
  • 116 miles
  • 14.75 mile/hr
Comments:

i went out too hard on the first 10 miles (flat) which came back to haunt me on the second loop. The first 5 miles had multiple railroad tracks that contributed to the rough ride. My nutrition plan went to hell around mile 20 - I followed it for the first 1.5 hours, but when I grabbed my next set of food/ironman, my stomach just decided that was a no go. I didn't get sick, but knew that I needed to re-evaluate plan. Switched to grabbing bananas (at least 2) at each aid station with water; coke that was in my bag at SN helped me and I carried that/drank it for the next 10 miles or so.
It started to rain on the second loop around mile 90 - while nice, it made the ride a bit dicey a few times - I'm glad that I got at least one ride in during training during the rain - that really helped me feel better about handling skills.
What would you do differently?:

don't go out so hard on the first loop - ride what you should, not what you can
Transition 2
  • 08m 17s
Comments:

got off the bike and knew my hip flexors were going to cause issues on the run
What would you do differently?:

spent some more time in the tent and stretched out a bit - hip flexors were really stiff/sore
Run
  • 6h 12m 42s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 14m 14s  min/mile
Comments:

that run about killed me - I came off the bike, feeling stiff/sore, but set off with my run/walk plan (4/2 interval like during training) - realized around mile 3 that I was going to need to adjust my plan - ended up walking from about m3 to m7 (at that time, was walking faster than running) - then tried to run again - lasted until hit the hills on the run (last 5 miles of each loop). tried to stick to my walk up/run down, but I was feeling burnt out - grabbing coke/chicken broth at each aid station - eating solid food (like plan) just didn't work - tried for first few miles and felt ill - C/CB got me through the run.

on the second loop, changed socks at SN - that may have just saved my feet - I could feel a hot spot brewing but couldn't see it to put anything on it (found it after blister between my toes) - took coke i had in my SN and sipped on that for the next 4 miles or so - really helped. Guy at mile 19 with salt also helped - he gave me a test tube thingy and I did a lick of salt every rest stop for the rest of the race which helped.
What would you do differently?:

find more hills to run on - all of the elevation gain on the run was in the last 5 miles and I wasn't prepared - I spent so much time worrying about the bike, and should have been worried about the run
Post race
Warm down:

stretching, after coming through the chute; grabbed some food and then headed back to the cabin and feel asleep

What limited your ability to perform faster:

stiff hip flexors on the run - I think i should have arranged a couple of massage appointments in the month leading up to IM - the cumulative affect of training and then drive to Chatt had a negative affect - ART the day before did help however




Last updated: 2013-10-03 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:00:09 | 4224 yards | 01m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course: point to point swim down TN river
Start type: Dive Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 07:59
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
07:51:49 | 116 miles | 14.75 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind:
Course: course was 116m, not 112 due to rerouting prior to the race - 2 loop course
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 08:17
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
06:12:42 | 26.2 miles | 14m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 loop course from DT Chattanooga, through riverwalk, on Amicola highway, on the north side and then back - all elevation was in the last 5 miles of each loop
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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You did it!  Congrats!  Those long races don't always go according to plan...looks like you managed your way through it well.

2014-10-05 4:06 PM
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Awesome job all around and way to persevere on the run, those hills were some back breakers esp. on loop 2.

2014-10-06 6:54 AM
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Awesome job all around and way to persevere on the run, those hills were some back breakers esp. on loop 2.




I thought i was going to die on that second loop! thank god for the guy with salt at mile 20 - that is where I hit the wall
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