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Pigman Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Palo, Iowa
United States
76F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 5h 41m 48s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Why is it that every hotel I stay in has wedding receptions going on while I'm there. This hotel, the Cedar Rapids Marriot had TWO wedding parties going on the night before the race. So, my pre-race routine begain with two, two-hour blocks of broken sleep. I officially started my day at 4:45 AM with wheat & oatmeal pancakes with honey and peanut butter and a double cup of coffee. I had to force the food down since the pre-race jitters robbed my appetite.
Event warmup:

After setting up my transition area I ate a PowerBar and sipped a bottle of water as I walked to the beach and swim start. After the pre-race briefing I jumped in the water to try and relax my nerves. Fortunately the water temp was 76 degrees and allowed wetsuits. This is a big bonus for me.
Swim
  • 44m 16s
  • 2310 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards
Comments:

This was my first "run-in" start. My other races had all been wade starts. My plan was to walk in behind the pack and stay to the right. Since I only breath left, sighting to the buoys, which were all to the right, was a little difficult. I only strayed a couple of times and added a little yardage but not enough to effect my time. I was fully anticapating a few panics, where I would have to stop and catch my breath, but for some reason I was relaxed and calm and had no such issues. The only bumping occurred when the heat behind me caught up and passed me. Nothing real major, just a few ankle grabs and side punches.

Overall the swim went very well for me. A year and a half ago I didn't know how to swim and I still struggle. I was anticipating an hour to 1:15 finish time. When I got out of the water and looked at my watch is said 45 minutes. I couldn't believe it. I have no clue how I swam that fast. No clue.
What would you do differently?:

I wouldn't do anything differently. I just wish I knew how I pulled off this swim...relaxed, smooth, and much faster than normal with the same amount of effort as in training when it takes me an hour to swim one mile.
Transition 1
  • 04m 34s
Comments:

I really need to work on my transitions. I always seem to fumble around with stuff. This time I was wrestling with bike gloves (didn't need them) and re-arranging my timing chip for no reason. I need to simplify my transitions.
What would you do differently?:

Stop screwing around and GO!
Bike
  • 2h 50m 55s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.66 mile/hr
Comments:

Cycling is my strength. I don't worry about how well I do on the bike. My biggest problem is keeping my output where it should be.

After mounting 50 feet past the mount/dismount line I began to get in my groove. The course was 56 miles of constent rolling hills with a few tough climbs. My goal was to stay in zone 2 (130-140 bpm). I began at 165 and couldn't get my HR down. I kept backing off, and backing off and it wouldn't come down. It didn't feel like I was putting out zone 4 effort but I apparently was. It took about 45 minutes before I could force my HR down to 150, which is Z3. This was the best I could do and it stayed in Z3 the rest of the bike race.

Overall the bike leg went well. The roads were in poor condition and it was a struggle keeping my water bottles in. There were several railroad crossings where several people lost their water bottles. Since all of my calories were in my bottles I couldn't run that risk.
What would you do differently?:

Start out a little easier and keep my heart rate down.
Transition 2
  • 02m 27s
Comments:

T2 went fine. Not as much fumbling around. I took off with a bunch of junk in my pockets that I didn't need so I turned around and emptied them before continueing on to the run.
Run
  • 1h 59m 29s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 07s  min/mile
Comments:

I knew when I began the run I had expended too much energy on the bike. Initially my goal was to run the first 6 miles and re-evaluate my plan from there. Fatigue was setting in at mile 4. I began taking small bites of Hammer Gel followed by water. At mile 5 I began putting ice under my hat and down my shirt. This helped take my mind off of the pain. At mile 6 was a 1/2 mile climb. I told myself to run tot he top and maybe I could walk down the hill. I ended up running up and down without stopping. I then told myself I would just run tot he next water stop. This began a game I was playing with myself. I would convince myself I would run to the next water stop and walk for a short while while drinking. But once I got there I wjust kept running, water in hand. Around mile 9 I had spent all the money in the bank with 4 miles to go and one steap hill ahead of me. I buried my head to keep from looking at the faces of people suffering ahead of me. When I looked up and saw someone walking I began thinking about walking, so I just buried my head and kept shuffling my feet. I knew I had to change my thought process because my mind was telling me to stop. So I began thinking about a little girl named Kerstin who I am doing all of this in honor of. Kerstin is a little girl fighting for her life. She was diagnosed with Leukemia last October. When I thought of her I began to well up inside. My legs would tingle, almost giving me a little shot of energy. I thought to myself, 3 more miles, that's 25 minutes of pain. How much pain did Kerstin tolerate? If she could handle months of chemo and constant agony then my next 25 minutes of suffering will pale in comparison. This was the only thing I thought of the remaining 3 miles. Before I knew it I could hear people cheering. The finish line was coming up. My wife jumped out of the crowd cheering my name. She followed me to the finish line and grabbed me as I crossed. It was all over. I finished in 5:41:48, almost 30 minutes ahead of my goal.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked to the beach and sat in the water for a few minutes, reflecting on what I just did. I had been debating with myself throughout the entire day whether or not I am in the condition to complete a full Ironman, which I'm already registered to participate in Sept. 23rd. My first gut reaction was..."If the half distance is this painfull, how can I tolerate twice the distance?" And I thought to myself, if Kerstin, God and my wife are my motivation then I can get through it.



Event comments:

The race director and volunteers were great. There wasn't an intersection throughout the course that wasn't controlled. Water and food at every mile on the run and every 10 on the bike. This event could not have been ran any better.






Last updated: 2006-05-05 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:44:16 | 2310 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: Clockwise triangle.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 04:34
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
02:50:55 | 56 miles | 19.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Wind: Little
Course: Moderately rolling hills
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 02:27
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:59:29 | 13.1 miles | 09m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Course: The course was alike a bowl. You start by climbing out of the park, then a steap downhill followed by a 4 mile stretch of flat, one more big climb, back down and back to the start.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2006-08-21 2:48 PM

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2006-08-21 3:15 PM
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Yeah!!!!! I've got the biggest smile on my face from reading your report! I knew you would have an awesome race! I just want to do a little cheer and dance for your swim--Awesome!!! You did awesome!!!!!! Your bike was rocking as well--But, we knew that would be the case Sucks about the roads and the HR--I'm sure that took some concentration, taking a bit from your race. Wonder why the HR wouldn't cooperate? Nerves?? I think you had a great run! I'm sure it was hard (if my 6.2 was hard, I know your 13.1 was freaking hard!), but you overcame the mental aspects and the fatigue and suceeded! You have a great motivation to suceed in your IM-and you will. I think overcoming the mental and the fatigue at the end of an IM has got to be the biggest challenge-and, you showed that you can control and overcome that!!! You had a great race-you've gotten the nerves out of the way (esp. on the swim!!!!!!) so now you can recover--you'd better take some recovery time and get ready for the IM!!! So excited for you! You had a great race, Michael. Congrats!
2006-08-21 4:36 PM
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Congrats Mike!!!!!

I was off-line all weekend, and your's was the first page I looked for when I got on. I was disappointed when there wasn't anything in your log . I guess since the race was yesterday, 24 hours isn't too bad (faster than I got my RR up).

Where'd the swim come from? You're welcome...remember our little deal? You'd deliver bike speed (and you did) in exchange for swim speed (call it even)

I played those same mind-games during my run, the difference is, you kept running! Give Kerstin a big hug for getting you through the run!
2006-08-21 9:57 PM
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great job bro. you pulled off a great race and should be proud. especially when you had so much going on in your life and in your head. and all i'm thinking is "if he can do the swim in 45, maybe I can do it in 40!!" HA!! way to go!
2006-08-22 6:42 AM
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Great race Mike!! Believe it or not (IMO) the IM distance is easier than a half. Most people try to "race" half's where as at the IM distance its more of a "easy, let's make it through the day" tempo. You are going to do great!!
2006-08-22 8:51 AM
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Very nice race! Were you in wave 6? I was in 5 so I'm sure you passed me on the bike--I was in black shorts and a silver and pink Desoto tri top. Your swim was awesome--I beat my expected by 7 min, but 15-30 min ahead of your goal?!?! I played the mind games on the run as well, and it really works. Just get to the aid station...just get to the aid station...

Congratulations!


2006-08-22 12:52 PM
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Awesome race report. Your description of keeping yourself going during the end of the run made me get teary-eyed (my first endurance event was w/ TNT and my mom had Leukemia two times).

You freaking kicked major booty. Way to go man! With determination like that, you will most certainly conqure the IM in 4 weeks, no mater what's going on w/ your heart etc.

2006-08-22 2:44 PM
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Did you have your team in training jersey on? I might have seen you on the bike around mile 40?? Great race report. I always think of Iowa as flat until I am on that bike course. The weather was great and so was the support.
2006-08-22 5:25 PM
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Great race and great race report!
2006-08-22 5:56 PM
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mtmtri - 2006-08-22 2:44 PM Did you have your team in training jersey on? I might have seen you on the bike around mile 40?? Great race report. I always think of Iowa as flat until I am on that bike course. The weather was great and so was the support.

Nope.  I wasn't wearing a TNT jersey.  I was the guy with sleeves of tattoo's wearing a white jersey with gel stains all over it.

2006-08-23 4:31 PM
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Great job on your race.  Congrats !!!!!


2006-08-23 9:00 PM
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Great race. And awesome job on having such a great swim, and pushing through the run when you had thoughts of walking. You did great, and with Kerstin and your wife behind you, you will surely be awesome at your IM next month! I can't wait to read about it.

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2006-08-26 3:57 PM
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that was a really good race report...  thanks .. i also smiled a lot while reading it...GL on the full IM.. you can do it!
2006-08-26 5:46 PM
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GREAT race report!!!!  Gets me motivated for my first half
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