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Ironman Florida - Triathlon

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Panama City Beach, Florida
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
60F / 16C
Total Time = 16h 14m 54s
Overall Rank = 2139/2283
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 259/374
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:45. Shower. Cinnamon raisin bagel w/ PB & J. banana, coffee OJ. Took special needs to drop off. Already had food and drinks on bike. Check tires and made sure bike was ok. Drank a gator aid a Cliff bar 1 hr before swim and GU 15 minutes before.
Event warmup:

Putting on a wet suit is a pretty good warm up.
  • 1h 50m 18s
  • 3800 meters
  • 02m 54s / 100 meters

Good Swim. This is how fast I swim 2.4 yards or 2.4 miles. I saw 16 Jelly fish and one silver fish with a black strip. Someone saw a stingray and allegedly there was a shark prior to the swim. One person was stung by a jelly fish. The swim wasn't bad over all.
What would you do differently?:

I kept getting stuck behind this guy who could swim faster than me but couldn't navigate for his life. Every time he got off course he would cut sideways doing a breast stroke flailing his arms and legs like an over sized frog. So frustrating and I'm not a good swimmer.
Transition 1
  • 13m 15s

Good transition. Fresh water rinse. I always pack in the order I need things and that helps. I pull it out and put it on and move to the next item. I had a cliff bar and water.
  • 7h 24m 29s
  • 112 miles
  • 15.12 mile/hr

Nice course and good ride. Some of the asphalt was rough. The first 56 miles couldn't have gone better. I was keeping hydrated and eating enough. I felt strong.
What would you do differently?:

I know what I was doing, but what was I thinking. I put an OJ in my special needs bag. I craved it the first half of the ride and thought of it constantly. When I got to special needs I took a big drink and it tasted SOOOO good. That lasted 5 minutes. I started projectile vomiting. I know what to do now. slow down sip water and let my stomach calm down. I had sugar packs to give me calories. Killed my bike time. At that time I realized I should just enjoy the rest of the day and finish.
Transition 2
  • 07m 59s

Good transition. Didn't eat only drank water
  • 6h 38m 53s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 13s  min/mile

Ok run. The day went sideways on the bike, so I opted to just enjoy the rest of the day. I had additional sugar packs so I used those with ice to get calories and hydration. Once everything was steeled. I had coke, soup, chips and fruit at aid stations. I made a friend Dr. Glen from Trinidad. His coach gave him aid on the course coffee and bananas.
What would you do differently?:

Not drink OJ on the bike
Post race
Warm down:

Because I vomited, they let me get an IV. I did get my first You are an Ironman from Mike Reilly. I will post picture later, plus the pro race winner gave me my finishers medal, so that was nice.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Orange Juice

Event comments:

Don't drink orange juice on the bike. If you throw up get an IV, it makes recovery so much nicer. and $75 for a 1 hour massage was one of the best decisions ever. My wife is the real hero as best sherpa in the land.

Last updated: 2019-11-06 12:00 AM
01:50:18 | 3800 meters | 02m 54s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/374
Overall: 0/2283
Performance: Good
Not HR. 2 laps, including short run on the beach. Took a drink at aid station, because I felt like a licked the crumbs from a pretzel bag.
Suit: Xterra sleeveless
Course: Ocean swim. Easy course to spot. slight current to the East. The day before current pulled West. Welcome to the ocean.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 13:15
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
07:24:29 | 112 miles | 15.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/374
Overall: 0/2283
Performance: Below average
112 HR max 154
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: On a calm day this course would be great. 15 MPH head and side winds were grinding. The end had a tail wind which gave some relief.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 07:59
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
06:38:53 | 26.2 miles | 15m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/374
Overall: 0/2283
Performance: Good
96 Ave 154 max
Course: Flat. Could be fast
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2019-11-06 7:55 PM

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2019-11-07 7:43 AM
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Way to pull through after the OJ experience. It was fun trackong you while the Manatees ran their relay.
2019-11-07 8:36 AM
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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OOF - noted "NO OJ!"
Glad you were able to recover from that and enjoy the day.

Always a good day to finish an ironman!
2019-11-07 10:11 AM
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Orange juice = bad, duly noted.  IV, massage, and the best Sherpa around = YAY!!  Sorry parts of your day were a bit rough but I'm so glad you were able to pull it together and get to the finish.  As the relay manatees were racing and getting updates, there was occasional concern you might not get there in time - I'm so glad you proved us wrong!  Great job, Jim!!

2019-11-07 10:30 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Every race is a learning experience, that's for sure!

2019-11-07 1:09 PM
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Brisbane, Australia
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Nice work! And good to know that OJ can lead to IV!

2019-11-07 1:44 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Congrats on your day, IRONMAN!
2019-11-07 2:45 PM
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Los Angeles, CA
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Oh danggggggggggggg. Damn that OJ!!!

Congrats on toughing it out and making to the finish line before the cutoff!

2019-11-07 3:34 PM
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Originally posted by kloofyroland Oh danggggggggggggg. Damn that OJ!!! Congrats on toughing it out and making to the finish line before the cutoff! Roland

oh man! That's tough about the oj - in the moment it was good ... and then it turned on you. 

But way to go on making it through the day! 

2019-11-07 3:56 PM
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Roswell, Georgia
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Great job out there! Crazy about the OJ!

2019-11-08 2:02 PM
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Congratulations! Completing an IM is difficult enough without adding in projectile vomiting Great job getting through  it.

2019-11-11 11:48 AM
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Great job finishing under tough conditions!
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