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Port Elizabeth, Easten Province
South Africa
20C / 68F
Total Time = 16h 10m 31s
Overall Rank = 1275/1500
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 21/22
Pre-race routine:

Be there, don't be late, don't freak out!!! :)
Event warmup:

Stand close to hubby... no seriously, did not want to waste my energy. Maybe next time :)
  • 1h 26m 39s
  • 3800 meters
  • 02m 17s / 100 meters

We had to do two laps, the first went OK - waited about a minute to get around the first buouy (spelling??), but went allright. The swells were getting bigger towards the end of the first loop. When I looked at my watch after the first loop I realised that the current was stronger than I thought. The conditions just worsened during the second lap. Swells were so big that you could not see the buouy most of the time. The current also kept on pushing you off course. Fun!

But all in all I think I did good!
What would you do differently?:

I would do some training in the sea before my next sea swim.
Transition 1
  • 07m 52s

I did not worry too much about transitions - I was there to finish, nothing else :)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing I can think of right now.
  • 7h 25m 39s
  • 180 kms
  • 24.23 km/hr

I struggled to keep my HR under 80% during the first lap - all the excitement of IM!! Was looking out for my hubby, since I am the stronger swimmer he would have to catch me. Was not too worried when I did not see him on the first lap.

The second lap I managed my HR better and tried to stay between 75% and 80% max. Saw my hubby and he was gaining on me - everything going according to plan for us to run together.

The third lap was allright, had some stomach cramps from the energy drink, but it soon went away. When I saw hubby at around the 140km mark he was not looking too good, said that he had blown - was going too fast to try and catch me! I was soo worried that he would stop! I told him that I will be waiting for him at T2. I just thought that we had come soo far together, I would hate to finish without him. I slowed down considerably, hoping that he would catch me (ave speed before slow down around 28km/h). He did not. Waited for him at T2 for 45 minutes!
What would you do differently?:

Take my own nutrition, especially energy drink.
Transition 2
  • 44m 14s

Was dancing on the beat of the music at T2 whilst waiting for Hubby. He was soo tired and had miscalculated the time we have to finish. When I saw him I immediately told him that we have enough time to finish and gave him little time to quit :). Luckily he decided to continue!!!
What would you do differently?:

  • 6h 26m 4s
  • 42.2 kms
  • 09m 09s  min/km

Once again three laps (of 14km this time). The first lap went surprisingly well, and we managed to run almost the entire lap. During the second lap Hubbies calves started to give him problems and we ran 2 lamp posts then walked 1 and so forth. On the last lap we could only walk... It was kind of disheartening when you saw people finishing and knowing you had more than 14kms left :(.

But the important thing is that we finished!!!!! In time!!!! Actually, with 50 minutes to spare :).
What would you do differently?:

Run more, I guess...
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

I guess we really only trained to finish, so if I want to be a lot faster I would have to train more and differently.

I could have done better if I did NOT wait for George, but I do not regret having done it - what fun would it be to do 15 hours and him not finishing??

Event comments:

The spectators were just amazing - they were cheering for us at 11 at night!!

Last updated: 2006-09-18 12:00 AM
01:26:39 | 3800 meters | 02m 17s / 100meters
Age Group: 18/22
Overall: 990/1500
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 20C / 68F Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 07:52
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
07:25:39 | 180 kms | 24.23 km/hr
Age Group: 22/22
Overall: 1312/1500
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: The course consisted of 3 laps of 60km each of which the first 20km was uphill. Not a very steep hill, but long!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 44:14
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
06:26:04 | 42.2 kms | 09m 09s  min/km
Age Group: 22/22
Overall: 1274/1500
Performance: Below average
Course: A very flat course, only one short uphill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5

2007-05-17 4:30 AM

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Subject: Ironman SA

2007-05-17 6:41 AM
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Avon, CT
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Congratulations on your Ironman finish! That was really nice of you to wait for your husband that long in T2!
2007-05-17 11:25 PM
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Lakewood, CO
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Sounds like a great journey that the two of you took together.  Way to help him through.


2007-05-20 7:29 AM
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Latonia, Kentucky (near Cincinnati)
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Great job on the race!!! It's a thing that you will remember all your life and most people will be in awe of when they hear about it. It's a bench mark that you can measure everything in your life against. Glad to see you back in the saddle again. Have fun.
2007-05-20 6:06 PM
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San Diego, CA
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Congrats on the race (you and your husband) !

That swim sounded rough, but you still had a great time.

That's awesome that the two of you finished together. Very Cool!!

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