Originally posted by kcb203
Originally posted by aviatrix802
Originally posted by swgtri
Well, that was one for the record books! Who would have thought the swim would be the driest part of our day? I hope everyone came through the day in one piece. Between the crash(es?) on Duplessis and the folks treated for hypothermia, it was clearly a tough day. I think my core is still trying to thaw out!
I was one of the ones with hypothermia on the second loop of the bike. Bumming because I was sub 3:20 on the first bike loop and feeling strong. It is still very raw with me but I was shaking so badly I almost went down multiple times
(I get cold very easily
). The EMT guy pulled me in - lips, hands and feet were blue. I question if I had just found a garbage bag to wear, maybe I could have warmed up in it. I had no problems climbing Duplessis
(warmest part of my day
I did get to see my sis in law finish though in 14:07 and another friend was fourth in her age group! She came in at 11:24 with a 3:37 marathon!!! Holy smokes!! I will be back. I know this course and can do it - just needed to be better prepared to the unforecast temps.
Contemplating IMMD now as I'm trained...Sunday turned into a long training day for me with the swim and 60 miles of the bike.
You should definitely do IMMD as a redemption race. In fact, IMMT was mine. I raced Norseman in Norway two weeks before IMMT and dropped out 45 miles into the bike due to heavy rain and wind with 39F/4C temperatures. I was shaking so hard that I couldn't steer the bike, and that was despite wearing a rain jacket, mittens, heat packs, leg warmers, toe covers, foot heat packs, and "waterproof" shoe covers. In comparison, I was quite warm swimming 2.4 miles in the 57F/13C fjord.
The next day, I looked to see if any Ironman races were still open. I was choosing between Maryland
(I live in Virginia, so it's convenient
) and Mont Tremblant. Ultimately, I went with IMMT because it was only two weeks away and I didn't want to train another seven weeks for Maryland. And I don't like flat courses.
I had horrible flashbacks on raceday at IMMT when the rain started, but it was warm enough that I was OK. The important thing is that I was prepared. I had a light jacket and gloves in my jersey pocket, and a heavy jacket in special needs. I didn't need any of it. Unfortunately, my jacket in special needs was thrown away, but what's another few dollars in the grand scheme of the costs of Ironman racing.
You don't want this hanging over your head all winter. Go ahead and get it done. You've done the training, You'll do this.
Well, I've decided to not do IMMD.. This past weekend I raced a half ironman - "Big George" at the Lake George Triathlon Festival. I've wanted to do this race for a couple of years and hey, the time was right and I was generally trained. It was a beautiful day
(a stark contrast..
). I ended up 2nd in my age group at 6:00 hours flat. A little surprising to podium with a not very fast time
(compared to other races I've seen times by other people on podium
). I raced with a strained piriformis muscle - so no kicking with my left leg on the swim, bike was okay, and run/walking on the run. I did stop to help two different people on the run who were hurting
(never thinking about time as I never expected to podium
) and by mile 9 my piriformis was done and I could no longer run the hills at all and had significant pain for the last few miles. It's all good, I'm happy with my time particularly with the injury. Interestingly enough after the race my bike rode home in my car - we went to camp for 2 days so I didn't take it out until Monday
(race was Sunday
) - and low and behold my rear tire was flat! How lucky was it that apparently it was a slow enough leak that it lasted until the end of the race!!
So that's it for tri's for me for this year I guess. Once my piriformis heals
(I'm still hobbling significantly
) I'll start looking for a late fall marathon then onto winter maintenance for next year! Anyone going back to MT in 2017????? Coffee boat meet-up?? hahaha