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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Total Time = 9h 48m 57s
Overall Rank = 632/1562
Age Group = F 45-49
Age Group Rank = 29/100
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:30. Had an Ensure and a bagel with honey. Gathered up the last of my stuff and headed to T1. Forgot my banana. Had some chews and Heed on the beach before the start.
Event warmup:

Nothing much. Walked about 1/2 mile to the swim start from where the shuttle dropped us off.
  • 1h 14m 36s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

For me this was an awesome swim. I was concerned due to issues with my shoulder. But, this swim was about 10 minutes faster than my last Full. Nothing to complain about here!! I felt very comfortable and relaxed and no shoulder pain!
What would you do differently?:

Not need shoulder surgery so I could have trained harder!
Transition 1
  • 11m 28s

The wetsuit strippers did a great job! I love them! It was still rather cold and I was shivering which made it hard to put on my shoes for the 1/4 mile run to T1. Sad that I missed seeing Tom again. Grabbed my bag and ran to the tent. Took a minute to decide what to put on. Went with arm warmers and wind vest which ended up being a perfect choice!
What would you do differently?:

Not struggle to put on my jacket, then change my mind and take it off. But, in the end it was a good decision!
  • 3h 30m 44s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.94 mile/hr

Can you say head wind? With a bunch of random cross winds thrown in for fun! There were a couple of times that I struggled to stay upright, especially on the one big bridge. God must have heard my prayers because we got a tail wind for the last 15 miles. This was a hard bike ride which affected my run.
Transition 2
  • 05m 46s

Getting in to T2 was ridiculous. Dismount in the middle of a hill, then run thru gravel and on a rubber mat. You could not pass anyone getting to the people taking the bikes. And, they made us switch sides so that we were running on the right hand side of the bike. Volunteers were awesome. It was nice not to have to rack my own bike and another volunteer had my bag waiting for me and handed it to me as I ran by.
  • 4h 46m 23s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 56s  min/mile

This was not my best run. The bike took a lot out of my legs and I definitely started the run too fast. I did more walking than planned, but still managed to finish with a smile on my face!
What would you do differently?:

Be a better runner!
Post race
Warm down:

Got my recovery drink from the Beachbody people - it was very good! Walked around a bit, got some pizza but didn't really want to eat it. Went back to the hotel so I could shower and take my wonderful husband to dinner. I could not do what I do without his help, understanding, and support! It was odd finishing while it was still light out!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bad shoulder? Too hard on the bike? Too fast on the run start? I don't know, I was just happy to finish!

Event comments:

I was unsure what would be the difference between B2B and IM. Not much that I could see except double the price!

Last updated: 2016-10-24 12:00 AM
01:14:36 | 4224 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 50/100
Overall: 915/1562
Performance: Good
Course: Straight down the Banks Channel to a hard left then to Seapath Marina. Water after the turn was very choppy. Ladder exit.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 11:28
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:30:44 | 56 miles | 15.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 47/100
Overall: 866/1562
Performance: Below average
Course: The bike was cut in half due to flooding still in the area from Hurricane Matthew. I don't know exactly where we were? Mostly highways with 2 weird u-turns thrown in to get to 56 miles.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 05:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
04:46:23 | 26.2 miles | 10m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 29/100
Overall: 632/1562
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 laps out of town and around Greenfield Lake. We got to run on the roads this year instead of on the paths.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2016-10-26 2:31 PM

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Greensburg, PA
Subject: IRONMAN North Carolina

2016-10-27 9:14 AM
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Whispering Pines, North Carolina
Subject: RE: IRONMAN North Carolina
Great job out there! The swim was fine, but it got super choppy after the far buoy. That wind was terrible! Glad you guys didn't have to do that loop 2x! Nice job overall!
2016-10-27 7:53 PM
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Subject: RE: IRONMAN North Carolina
Congrats on your day! The wind certainly did make things interesting..
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