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Penticton, British Columbia
Canada
Ironman Canada
32C / 90F
Sunny
Total Time = 12h 33m 15s
Overall Rank = 847/2400
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Arrived in Penticton on Wednesday, set up the trailer and organized my head for the week.

Thursday was a team ride with the Cops for Cancer, about 100 or so people showed up for an hour pedal out to maclean creek and back. Completed registration/sign-on for the race, tooled around the athlete's village for the day, dinner with friends that night at the pasta factory.

Friday - 30 minute swim in the choppy lake, goggle panic (ended up buying a new pair), carbo-load dinner and pump up.

Saturday - Woke up and went down to the race site, did a 20min swim, 20bike, 15 min run. Nerves were setting in slightly but the exercises were very therapeutic. We hung around for the day, did the athlete's parade, dinner at the Hooded Merganzer with my parents and off to bed. Had a good sleep, set the alarm for 4am.
Event warmup:

Body marking - 5:15
Transition prep, into my wetsuit, and onto the beach by 6:30
10 minute warm-up, couple of hard sprints followed by easy strides.
Swim
  • 1h 09m 4s
  • 3862 meters
  • 01m 34s / 100 meters
Comments:

Great swim, good draft. I threw caution to the wind and started 3rd row, right in the centre. It was mayhem, but actually kind of fun. Number of times kicked in the head-2x, in the teeth-1x. Number of times punched or elbowed....lots.

I was able to breath bilaterally every 3rd stroke for pretty much the entire race. Got out of the water feeling fantastic
What would you do differently?:

nothing, great swim overall other than a few wandering moments at 2500m.
Transition 1
  • 04m 8s
Comments:

Good transition, a bit of a sock problem. The run from the water to the bags to the tent and out to the bike was a marathon in itself!
What would you do differently?:

probably babypowder my socks to get them on easier.
Bike
  • 5h 42m 17s
  • 180.25 kms
  • 31.60 km/hr
Comments:

I was expecting that all of the feed stations were going to have powerbars on-hand. I noticed that only a few of them did (2 or 3 I believe) when I went through. I ran out of emergency bars as a result. I know better than to put my race in the hands of the aid stations. Something to learn from foresure.

I also forgot to grab a water at the feed station ont he out and back and only realized it when I got to the bottom of yellow lake. Ran out of fluids halfway up and was hurting a bit at the next station. Underhydrated as a result of the downhill...the price was paid in the marathon.
What would you do differently?:

take my own food. smarter hydration.

Great ride, not so hot on the nutrition.
Transition 2
  • 06m 45s
Comments:

took my shoes off at the timing mat so that I didn't have to run in my shoes. Turned out to be a semi-bad idea as my feet were tender and running on pavement didn't treat them all that well. Bathroom break added a bit of time onto the transition.
Run
  • 5h 31m 3s
  • 42.16 kms
  • 07m 51s  min/km
Comments:

A complete and utter disaster.

I suspect that the nutrition issues on the bike caught me on the run. The first 4 miles were awesome and I was running comfortably at a 5:30-5:50 pace. My calves were a bit tight but not too bad. Then the leg cramps set in. By mile 5 I could not flex my feet up and down and ran with considerable pain. My groin started to cramp. Any food or fluids I took in caused me to dry heave and things were not going well to say the least. I kept saying to myself "keep moving forward, don't stop". I kept running, walking only briefly, for a minute at a time. The first 5 feed stations had no chicken soup, just fruit, cookies, gatorade, water, and two flavours of powergels. Vanilla which is disgusting and "double latte" with caffeine. Caffiene on an upset stomach didn't help and my trip down the toilet bowl became worse. I struggled to special needs where I had pringles and advil. I didn't want to take Advil as I was already severely dehydrated. The pringles were a nice perk-me-up. The cramping continued relentlessly but I kept on running. The mental punishment of watching my goals peel away was just as hard as the physical toll.

By mile 20 I was starting to bounce back as I could see main street. I began to run faster, developed a stride and fought through the leg cramps. with 1 mile to go the camps lessened and I was able to finishe main street, the turn around, and the final stretch in great form.

Crossing the line was the single most incredible moment I've ever had. I just wish that I had continued my great race into the marathon. I feel satisfied but then again...a bit unsatisfied. Some unfinished business I suppose.
What would you do differently?:

everything.
Post race
Warm down:

pizza, massage, grapes, nuun water, sleep.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

cramps, severe dehydration.

Event comments:

The absolute hardest but finest experience of my life thus far.


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Last updated: 2006-06-15 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:09:04 | 3862 meters | 01m 34s / 100meters
Age Group: 99/
Overall: 647/2400
Performance: Good
Suit: Ironman Stealth
Course: one lap, 2400
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 19C / 66F Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 04:08
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
05:42:17 | 180.25 kms | 31.60 km/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/2400
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: long but absolutely beautiful. 3 main climbs, all not bad at all.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 06:45
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
05:31:03 | 42.16 kms | 07m 51s  min/km
Age Group: 155/
Overall: 1286/2400
Performance: Bad
Course: Long and relatively hilly course leading to Maclean Creek and back
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2006-08-29 7:46 PM

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2006-08-29 7:50 PM
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Hey Brad congrats, I hear you on the satisfied but unsatisfied thing, same thing happened to me earlier this month, that's a smoking bike time for that course, congrats.
2006-08-29 8:32 PM
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Hey Congrats once again Brad. Way to perservere on the run.

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2006-08-29 8:47 PM
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Congratulations, Brad!!! Judging by the HUNDREDS of people that I saw walking, you were not alone in your dehydration. I'm impressed that you powered through it! Great job on the swim and bike splits!!
2006-08-29 10:51 PM
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Great job of hanging tough during the run IRONMAN...  While standing line for sign up for 2007.  I saw a box of Cut up POWERBARS that never got handed out.     Thought about grabbing them, but the wife slapped my hand.
2006-08-30 7:11 AM
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Great job of persevering. I did a double take when I read 5:30 pace for the first 4 miles....then I realized you must have meant pace per km. Good job, IRONMAN.


2006-08-30 9:27 AM
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Fantastic job IRONMAN!!  It's always a learning experience and way to do a gut check (no pun intended) and tough it out.
2006-08-30 11:13 AM
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awesome job IRONMAN.  too bad all did not go as planned.  You learned from it and next year watch out! Smoking fast bike time on that hilly course
2006-08-30 11:23 AM
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Congratulations, Brad! I understand it was hot and windy on the run, which probably didn't help matters any for you.

Great job.

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2006-08-30 12:51 PM
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Fantastic Job! Congratulations, IRONMAN! Truly a title to be proud of.

So, how does if feel now that you've completed your first IM? Did it change your training perspective?

2006-08-30 1:23 PM
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Congratulations! Sorry I missed you there.
You did a great job on a tough day. Way to go, Ironman!


2006-08-30 4:08 PM
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Thanks for the congrats everyone!

Having a couple of days to reflect on the experience, I've come up with a couple of conclusions:

 

1. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to experience something like this. Crossing the line was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I don't have a memory of the pain, just the elation of hitting the finish.

2. I said when I finished "never again"...but as I mentioned in my race report, I'll be back for another attempt, the marathon portion still has me burned. It doesn't make me feel bad about my effort but it's like a scratch on my watch...it works fine but I can still that something is not right.

3. I find myself in a bit of a fog this week, it's like the ironman was a long time ago. I also can't quite figure out what to do next. What is the next goal, conquest, challenge?? I don't know of one that I would be as committed to. It's a strange feeling.

4. Teaching myself to swim this year (literally) and coming out in 1:09, lined up in the 3rd row...right in the centre of the blender...and did not fear the start was such a huge success for me, I can't even describe how happy I am with that.

5. The next time I do this race, I will do a marathon prior to. I had never run a full one prior to the Ironman. Although I understand what 42.2km is...I really didn't know how far it really was when you've still got 12 to go. It's really, really far mentally and physically.

Anyway, thanks again for the compliments, I have to say that CalgaryRunner guided me to this site last winter, and the people on the site and the training log was absolutely invaluable to my training and my success this year.

Cheers,

brad.

2006-08-30 7:36 PM
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looked a great race to me. excellent time! pain are part of the memories????
2006-08-31 11:35 AM
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WOW totally kick a$$ race!! amazingly fast!!! Glad you enjoyed it
2006-08-31 11:46 AM
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Awesome race Brad, congrats on toughing it out when things started looking bleak.  Shows you had the true Ironman attitude, good job and excellent time despite what you call a "marginal run!"

 

2006-08-31 4:36 PM
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Awesome job, IRONMAN!  Wow! 


2006-09-01 9:29 AM
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Wow, what a great report. Sorry to hear your run was as brutal as it sounded... but the body forgets pain... All I remember is the part about you crossing the finish line! I was getting misty just reading it!

Thanks for sharing your story!
2006-09-01 2:43 PM
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Good effort, despite the run. Just curious, what do you normally run? Since the world's best triathletes run 2:45-3 hour marathons (6:20-6:50 pace), isn't 5:30-5:40 pace a bit steep?

2006-09-01 3:04 PM
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pace/km not mile. I was on pace for a 4-4:15 marathon until the collapse.

 

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Edited by bradk 2006-09-01 3:05 PM
2006-09-01 4:02 PM
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great job!!
2007-08-10 2:25 PM
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I was looking at old IMC race reports from last year.  You executed MY race plan for this year perfectly up until Mile 4 of the run.  Hopefully my marathon goes a little better. Surprised


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