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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Ironman North America
80F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 16h 14m 40s
Overall Rank = 1772/2066
Age Group = 30-34M
Age Group Rank = 238/264
Pre-race routine:

I was very nervous about the swim because of my recent missing the swim cutoff at silverman and could not sleep well. I was in and out of sleep and so got to transition around 4 and just waiting in my car until 4:30.

I had two ensures, banana, powerbar, and gatorade for breakfast. I made sure my tires were inflated and turned in my special needs bags which had a snickers bar, red bull, extra tube in my bike one and jacket in my runs one.

Event warmup:

None. I wanted to conserve as much energy as I could.
Swim
  • 1h 33m 29s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 13s / 100 yards
Comments:

Like I said above, I was very nervous about the swim. I came 4 days early just so I can swim 3 days beforehand when they opened up Tempe Town Lake for the pre-swims.

I took two dramamine, ginger, and used earplugs as usual. I felt a little sick but not as bad as Silverman as the waves were not that choppy.

For me, I swam well.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was a good swim for me.
Transition 1
  • 09m 53s
Comments:

I remember everyone say to get use the wetsuit strippers and that's what I did. The good thing about coming in so late in the swim was that there were alot of "open" strippers. Two of them helped me get it off and I really appreciated it.

I was a little disorientated and didn't even remove my swim cap and goggles yet but they helped me with that too.

Again, the tent was pretty empty at this time. The majority of the people were in front of me.

A couple of mistakes I made: I had bike shorts in the bag but forgot to use it. I paid for that later. I also had gloves and forgot to use them. Paid for it.

I just walked the transition and took my time. I was still a little tired from the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Take my time and do follow the game plan. Don't rush...what's an extra 5 minutes to ensure I'm prepared for the ride.
Bike
  • 7h 30m 52s
  • 112 miles
  • 14.90 mile/hr
Comments:

I was to make up most of my time on the bike. In training, I would average close to 17-18mph for a good 80+ miles. That's not great for most people but for me, that's way better than my 14.9mph yesterday.

Going out on each loop, you were hitting over 20mph. Coming back I was averaging a tad under 10mph. We had to do it three times and during the second loop, I was finished. Nothing in the tank. Nada. I drank and used GU and all that, but it didn't help.

On the second loop to the end of the night, I was in SURVIVAL mode. I was starting to worry I wouldn't make the bike cutoff, then the run cutoffs. I was doing the math and calculating my times as I was really worried. I had a profile design water bottle and carried one bottle on the bike and one in the jersey. At this point, I threw the aero bottle away and just carried one bottle to save any weight as possible. I know it's minimal but it worked a little physchologically.

The second loop was the first time I really doubted I would make it.
What would you do differently?:

Train in the conditions of the race. Go on training rides that are closer to 100 miles. The longest one was 80 and that's the only one I did close to that length.
Transition 2
  • 07m 45s
Comments:

We couldn't leave the shoes on the bike nor jump off or run with the bike, so I put below average. The only reason I put good for racking is they racked it for me.

Not much to say here. I felt like crap. My butt and crotch was sore as I forgot to change into my bike shorts for the extra padding.

I applied extra blistershield "down" there but it was too late as it stun like crazy. I did apply it to the nipples too. I remembered that one.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Run
  • 6h 52m 42s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 45s  min/mile
Comments:

I walked the whole run. After the bike, my left calf was very sore and my right "behind the knee" was also sore. I didn't walk to hurt myself more and I knew if I walked it, I would still make the cutoff time.

This was the longest fastest walk I've ever done. The good thing is, there are many people doing the same thing. I met quite a few people and heard many stories. It was an interesting experience.

Here's the bad. For some reason, since I've ended up with bad blisters on both feet. I just ran the LA marathon and didn't get one blister. Not one problem. But walking 26.2 miles...I get blisters on both feet in several places. The wierdest thing.

I was lucky to put a jacket in the special needs as it was getting cold. Oh, and the chicken broth is the bomb.
What would you do differently?:

Walk in pratice more.
Post race
Warm down:

None. I could barely walk. I just walked to get the hotel.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training.

Event comments:

I recommend this race to anyone wanting to try an ironman. Great course, great volunteers and great participants to chat with you on the run ;)




Last updated: 2007-04-16 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:33:29 | 4224 yards | 02m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 245/264
Overall: 1785/2066
Performance: Good
The results on the IM website show I did the swim in 2.28 min per 100 so I'm not sure about this but it was 1:33:29 overall.
Suit: Full Desoto T1
Course: The course was a one loop swim heading east, then turn around back west.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 09:53
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
07:30:52 | 112 miles | 14.90 mile/hr
Age Group: 235/264
Overall: 1673/2066
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: This was the most brutal bike ride I've ever done. The winds were crazy. It was a three loop course...Going out the wind was with you, and coming back, against you. There were at times cross winds.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 07:45
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
06:52:42 | 26.2 miles | 15m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 236/264
Overall: 1805/2066
Performance: Average
Course: Three loops. This was kind of nice as we got to do the death march through the fans and family many times.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2007-04-16 12:44 PM
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Way to go Ironman!!

I live in Mesa and when I woke up about 10:00am and saw how hard the wind was blowing, all I could think of was what you guys were going through on the bike. And then to have to finish a marathon after that? Damn.


2007-04-16 12:46 PM
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Mucho congrats Ironman! Those winds were brutal, but you made it!
2007-04-16 12:52 PM
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Great job battling the fierce conditions yesterday.  Way to go, Ironman!!
2007-04-16 12:53 PM
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Congrats Ironman! Be proud of all the personal effort/sacrifice/and family support that got you through. Great job!
2007-04-16 12:55 PM
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Redemption!  Congrats!
2007-04-16 1:01 PM
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Congratulations Ironman! That was a brutal day on the bike course that you pushed through.


2007-04-16 1:03 PM
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Great job!! Way to push through the tough times, and awesome job on conquering that swim. You did great. And, you are an IRONMAN!!!
2007-04-16 2:45 PM
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Way to go! YOU FINISHED!!!!
2007-04-16 2:59 PM
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Great job, way to finish....YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!
2007-04-16 3:15 PM
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Way to go, Ironman!

I remember your RR from Silverman. .Looks like you wanted a little payback and now the monkey's off your back. . Just Awesome.

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2007-04-16 3:30 PM
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Congratulations IRONMAN!!  Great report!! You had a plan and stuck to it and found success.  Thanks for the inspiration...and the new sig quote. 


2007-04-16 7:05 PM
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You are too funny!!! What a dirty mind

getnfit - 2007-04-16 1:30 PM
...and the new sig quote. 
2007-04-16 7:14 PM
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Great job!  Congratulations Ironman!
2007-04-16 8:48 PM
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Enjoy basking in the glory!  Well done.  You should be proud.
2007-04-16 9:00 PM
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Great race and report! Hope the blisters heal quckly.
2007-04-16 9:32 PM
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Fantastic!


2007-04-16 9:39 PM
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Blisters heal. Glory is forever.  Congratulatons, Ironman!
2007-04-16 11:55 PM
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Way to persevere, face and then conquer.

Doing the Austin marathon, I didn't have a single blister, but I've got big ones now on the balls of my feet. I walked (and we really took our time - I'm guessing it's the pressure point difference between walking and jogging.

The bike was brutal - 1 hour up the hill, 1.5 hours down. Again... and again. I've never managed a 10 mile pace down hill before... it was not a fun experience - and it got worse with each lap LOL

 

Great job 

2007-04-17 12:26 AM
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Hey... great job! Proud of you, especially after the disappointment at Silverman. This one was really tough and you gritted it out! You are totally prepared to knock out Silverman this year!
2007-04-17 1:42 AM
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Hey Congrats to you too! Woooo!! we are iron-people!

I agree that walking a marathon is sooo hard! Your feet have that much more contact with the ground, and they pay for it! But I hope you are otherwise feeling like a million bucks!
2007-04-17 11:13 AM
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Congrats on the race!

I think I may have walked part of the run with you--I'm the software engineer from Corona.


2007-04-17 11:19 AM
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That was you. I'm the developer from Alhambra. Thanks for the company and the stories, you were just too fast for me on the walk.

salty - 2007-04-17 9:13 AM

Congrats on the race!

I think I may have walked part of the run with you--I'm the software engineer from Corona.
2007-04-17 11:43 AM
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Thank you for the company, too. The participants and the volunteers were so great out there. I hope you're recovering well.
2007-04-17 3:08 PM
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Crongrats. Your RR and the updates on BT are great motivation for us non-Ironmen.
2007-04-17 8:39 PM
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Congrats Dave!  You did it!  What a day it was!  Thanks for the note.  Way to stay tough for 16+ hours man!
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