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Ironman Louisville - Triathlon

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Louisville, Kentucky
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
50F / 10C
Total Time = 13h 55m 55s
Overall Rank = 1527/2795
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 167/310
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:00 A.M. cup of coffee. Put on tri shorts, glide and liquid band aid on heals and nipples. Second cup of coffee, banana, 2 banana nut muffins, and a cliff bar. Took my bike nutrition and water bottles to the bike. I checked tires and bike. I left my phone on my bike. walked down with my friend Don. It was 48 degrees and raining.
Event warmup:

Just staying as dry as possible. I had a disposable poncho. I put on my wet suit. put my morning clothes in 10 gal zip lock bag. Curled up in my poncho and took a nap, waiting to move. It was self seated and my group did not move until 9:00 am. I got to watch the pros ride by on the bike (the shortened swim took them 12 minutes for .9 miles). I didn't get in the water until 9:30.
  • 18m 34s
  • 1600 yards
  • 01m 10s / 100 yards

Thank God they shortened the swim. I know it wasn't their choice to open the dam because of the rain, and the upstream portion was impossible and unsafe. I'm happy we had a swim.

I have to admit the super fast current was fun and made me feel like Aquaman
What would you do differently?:

I have no control over the weather or water current, so nothing
Transition 1
  • 14m 33s

I struggled in transition and was slow. I did have extra layers and that made me slower. Everything was wet and muddy. I couldn't get my feet dry and I couldn't get my gloves on. In retrospect, I think my hands would have been cold once the gloves got wet.
What would you do differently?:

I was disorganized
  • 6h 57m 49s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.08 mile/hr

This was tough, no good spin I can put on this and everything that could go wrong (ok almost anything) did. I lost the siphon on aero bottle, my bike computer did not sync, and I still don't know what happened at mile 99.75 to cause my bike sensor to stop working, my chain to fall off and get tangle in my rear derailer, btw I was going 29.2 mph when it happened.
I didn't wreck but I did cut up my leg pretty good. I was bleeding and my leg was covered in blood. The good news is the rain washed the blood off before my wife saw it.
I was dressed properly and never got cold. A lot of people were hypothermic, because they were not prepared for the weather.
The roads were wet and so I could not take advantage of the downhills to help with the uphills.
Nutrition was good. I'm glad I added martini olives and pistachios to my bike food. They digested well, I had energy and my mouth did not get disgusting sweet.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure my stuff is working right
Transition 2
  • 13m 28s

Everything was wet! I kept my running gear in a 10 gal zip lock, so it was dry. It was still difficult putting wet feel into dry shoes.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe another towel. Not sure it would help
  • 6h 11m 31s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 14m 11s  min/mile

My feel were wet, and that created problems. I developed blisters and ran slower then I wanted. I was dressed correctly and never felt cold.
Post race
Warm down:

Soup and emergency blanket

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The rain!

Event comments:

The rain messed the race up and even Ironman can't control that. I truly earned being an IRONMAN on this one. I was wet from 6:00 until 11:00 PM. The rain made the course grueling. This was the hardest race I have ever done! I love this sport and I love being an Ironman, I would not change a thing.

Last updated: 2018-10-16 12:00 AM
00:18:34 | 1600 yards | 01m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 194/310
Overall: 1797/2795
Performance: Good
Suit: Vortex
Course: Super fast Ohio River. Rain the night before dam was open. Fricken scary ass swim. If you did not turn and swim toward shore 200 yards before the swim out you were going to visit charlies crab shack and swim upstream against a strong current. and you were going to be a super sad sailer.
Start type: Dive Plus:
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 14:33
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
06:57:49 | 112 miles | 16.08 mile/hr
Age Group: 138/310
Overall: 1176/2795
Performance: Below average
Ave HR 128 high 160
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Wet rolling hills, not a lot you could do with it. Safety was at a premium. Too many over aggressive and unsafe riders.
Road: Potholes Wet Cadence: 80
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 13:28
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
06:11:31 | 26.2 miles | 14m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 167/310
Overall: 1527/2795
Performance: Below average
HR 140 BPM
Course: Mostly flat and easy to run
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2018-10-16 9:04 PM

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2018-10-17 10:30 AM
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Dude I'm cold just reading your report!

Way to push through - you earned the title on this one for sure!
2018-10-17 12:24 PM
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I can’t even imagine what you went through. What a race. Congrats !!

2018-10-17 3:16 PM
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Oh man! Sounds rough! You really earned it, Ironman. 

2018-10-22 12:48 PM
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Awesome job!! I did this one as well and it was by far the coldest and wettest triathlon I've ever done. I was so miserable on the bike and I was annoyed that I couldn't ride as fast as I wanted only because of the weather. Ironically I had a 13 minute PR on the bike so maybe I do better in cold and wet conditions :-). I was so excited to get off the bike that I started the run a bit too fast and paid for it in the later miles. It was definitely a memorable day.

The swim is my weakness so seeing a 1:07/100 on my watch was pretty cool and for at least a few minutes I felt like one of those super fast swimmers!!
2018-10-22 5:19 PM
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Good report. Mine was somewhat similar except for the chain and bloody leg. Good job in staying with the race. It was crazy.

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