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Tempe, Arizona
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
68F / 20C
Total Time = 11h 45m 46s
Overall Rank = 513/3203
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 33/272
Pre-race routine:

Scramble around run late, try to find morning clothes drop, stand in long line for porta-potty. Choke down a White Chocolate Macadamia nut Cliff Bar.
Event warmup:

Getting into my wetsuit, swim .4 miles to deep water swim start.
  • 1h 12m 18s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

Combat swimming 101, 3200 swimmers in one shot gun start on a narrow course. The lake is down quite a bit and it narrowed the course and made us swim .4mi out to the start. Really, I'm happy with my result. It was a tough swim, I don't like busting out the gate, I prefer to build to a good rhythm and this kind of start made that difficult.
What would you do differently?:

Not really sure, do more hard speed work so I could bust out super fast and get clear of the other swimmers quickly.
Transition 1
  • 09m 8s

Ironman, so you can't put your helmet on at the same time you remove wetsuit. Transition was a long way so the time reflects that.
What would you do differently?:

Remember to put a towel in my bike bag.
  • 6h 10m 36s
  • 112 miles
  • 18.13 mile/hr

Head wind going out and tail/crosswind coming back. Got worse with each lap.
What would you do differently?:

New bike.
Transition 2
  • 03m 38s

Full IM, they take the bike.
What would you do differently?:

  • 4h 10m 6s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 33s  min/mile

Very good, passed a bunch of folks and felt strong all the way.
What would you do differently?:

Get a new GPS watch, battery died at 10 hrs.
Post race
Warm down:

Hot chicken broth, Chocolate milk

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bike performance, need a newer bike.

Event comments:

Race recap: First and foremost, THANKS to all the 3,000 volunteers!!! IMAZ does an amazing job with the athletes. From the check-in on Friday to the Finish on Sunday they take great care to ensure all the athletes have a positive experience. Examples for those who have never done a Full Ironman: At the swim finish they had folks helping pull you out of the water, up the stairs and wetsuit rippers to peel you out your wetsuit in record time. Then once you have your Bike Gear Bag another volunteer helps you clean your feet, make sure you don't forget you helmet, socks and they take your wetsuit and put into your gear bag for later pick-up. Exiting the transition there are numerous volunteers to put on bullfrog sunblock (super important). During the ride I never even came close to running low in nutrients, they passed out energy drinks, GU's, bananas, oranges, water, Vaseline, any thing you could think of. They had several assistance vehicles to aide with flats. At the Bike to Run transition (I did this last year), volunteers grab your bike and put it away for you. You announce your number and a volunteer grabs you Run Gear bag and points you to transition. Again you get a personal volunteer to help get you from biking to running, you get in and out in record times. Along the run course there is an aide station every MILE you pass 26 stations along a 26.2mi course. Boston doesn't have that! At the Finish line, 2 volunteers grab you as you cross the line check to make sure you're stable. Then, walk you to the picture spot, get you water, chocolate milk, hot chicken broth make sure you are stable and Congratulate you on being an "IRONMAN". The cost for these races is very high, but I have never experienced the professionalism, organization, or true care for athletes as I did at this race. Thanks to IMAZ!

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Last updated: 2014-02-24 12:00 AM
01:12:18 | 4224 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 17/272
Overall: 0/3203
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Course: One big loop
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 09:08
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
06:10:36 | 112 miles | 18.13 mile/hr
Age Group: 64/272
Overall: 774/3203
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: 3 loops out and back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
04:10:06 | 26.2 miles | 09m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 33/272
Overall: 0/3203
Performance: Good
Course: 2 laps very flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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] 5

2014-11-19 8:12 PM

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Ridgecrest, California
Subject: Ironman Arizona

2014-11-20 11:36 AM
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Carlsbad, California
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Sounds like you had an awesome day out there.

I did this race in 2009 and reading your report brought back some cool memories.

Congratulations :D

2014-11-20 1:11 PM
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Congrats!!! GREAT job!
2014-11-20 2:06 PM
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Awesome work all around! I was out in various spots spectating/cheering for my husband. Whew!, that wind was brutal on the bike...and it sure made for a chilly run. Great props you gave for the volunteers. They worked really hard all day to make becoming an Ironman a safe and positive experience

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