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Louisville, Kentucky
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
89F / 32C
Total Time = 17h 00m 1s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 351/366
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:00am showered and put on tri suit and clothes. laura drove me from my parents to the waterfront. About a 15 minute drive. I was still real unsure about where to seat myself with the interval start. I was still unsure of the course change.
Event warmup:

Stretched and sat along the walk and waited for the pros.
  • 1h 48m 25s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 34s / 100 yards

This was a decent swim for me. I had planned on 1:55 so this was a PR for me.
What would you do differently?:

Settle the first 200 yards. I had a panic attack and almost hyper ventilated until I began to pray and calm down. After that I found a rythm. I would have not looked up so much I was staying on good course.
Transition 1
  • 10m 3s

The transition was about a .25 long. I also stopped to Pee. But it was about how longI had alotted. I was really hoping for about 8.
What would you do differently?:

Ran with the bike through the grassy part. That could have saved a minute.
  • 7h 30m 9s
  • 112 miles
  • 14.93 mile/hr

FIRST BIKE SEGMENT 22 mi (1:28:38) 14.89 mph
SECOND BIKE SEGMENT 23 mi (1:32:45) 14.88 mph
THIRD BIKE SEGMENT 30 mi (2:08:36) 14.00 mph
FINAL BIKE SEGMENT 37 mi (2:20:10) 15.84 mph
TOTAL BIKE 112 mi. (7:30:09) 14.93 mph 1561

What would you do differently?:

Nothing on the ride. I may have carried less water bottles because I had four but never went through them before the next stop.
Transition 2
  • 15m 41s

I love the fact they take your bike but wish they would have gotten them at the beginning of the shoot.
What would you do differently?:

Too much time. I needed tocut that by 5 minutes.

  • 7h 15m 43s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 16m 38s  min/mile

I walked almost the whole course. My feet had such bad blisters. I stopped tobandagethemthat iswhere you get the 18 minute miles but it did not help.
FIRST RUN SEGMENT 4 mi. (1:02:51) 15:42/mile
SECOND RUN SEGMENT 4 mi. (1:06:15) 16:33/mile
THIRD RUN SEGMENT 4 mi. (1:07:24) 16:51/mile
FOURTH RUN SEGMENT 4 mi. (1:02:51) 15:42/mile
FIFTH RUN SEGMENT 4 mi. (1:13:22) 18:20/mile
SIXTH RUN SEGMENT 4 mi. (1:13:36) 18:24/mile
FINAL RUN SEGMENT 2.2 mi. (29:24) 13:21/mile
TOTAL RUN 26.2 mi. (7:15:43) 16:37/mile 1553

What would you do differently?:

I had blisters so bad. I have to find out why I keep blistering.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat. I began to drive heave. I think I needed food. Was as nausas as ever. My feet hurt so bad i could not walk.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Blister,inexperience. I also needed to work harder on the run.

Event comments:

My wife was my saving Grace. She wanted this as bad as I did. Her coming across the finish line with me was so fitting. She is "Ironwife". The biggest supporter that I have. This was really just the day that God shined on me. Everything just fell together. Coming in right in time what more could you ask for. I got every penny worth.

here are the pics from the trip and the race.

Last updated: 2007-08-28 12:00 AM
01:48:25 | 4224 yards | 02m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/366
Overall: 1628/
Performance: Good
Suit: no suit water temp 86
Course: The course was a staggered start. First time ever. Because of this style start 37 minutes was added to the swim/finish time. That is how long it took us to get all toget into the water. I started about 8 minutes after the first age grouper who was the Navy guy from the Reality show The Bachelor. The course was down a protected channel because of the current. Two days before during the gatorade start I swam and went 200 yards in the wrong direction that is how steady the current was. The course was well marked and great once you got around the turn. The you headed downstream made for a fun swim. At one point it was really swallow and you could touch. It was kind of strange because I was swimming along and bumped into a guy just standing there.
Start type: Dive Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 10:03
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
07:30:09 | 112 miles | 14.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/366
Overall: 1561/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: This was one hilly course. But it was a great challenge. 1496 will kick your butt.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 15:41
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
07:15:43 | 26.2 miles | 16m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/366
Overall: 0/
Course: Flat and fast. I was dying and wanting to quit. I kept running into people that where there to supprt me. My wife was at mile 19 the wall and told me to keep going. She styed along for the next few miles yelling atmeto keep the pace. I bagan to pick out people ahead and my goal was to catch them. At mile 24 I looked at my watch and knew that if i walked a 14 minute mile I would finish at 17:00:00 on the button minuswhat time I had started my watch. Then I foundout that they were keeping the finishing line open for 37 more minutes. But I was determined to finishin regulation time. But then I saw my mom with my kids so I stopped to get my son. So my finish time is 17:00:00 and 1 Jack second.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-08-28 11:04 PM

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2007-08-28 11:14 PM
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Lakewood, CO
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I love the 1 Jack Second!  Congrats on a race taken to the fullest!
2007-08-29 2:12 AM
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You ran your finished your race. Good job!

2007-08-29 5:58 AM
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Greenwood, SC
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Congratulations on a great race!
2007-08-29 8:11 AM
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thanks man great job.  I am still in recovery mode. 
2007-08-29 8:26 AM
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Vestavia Hills
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This was really just the day that God shined on me. [/qoute]

What an awesome thing to be able to say ...

Congratulations, Ironman!

2007-08-29 9:11 AM
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Congratulations Ironman! We were all out there sharing your pain!!! You ran with perserverance the race set before you!!!
2007-08-29 11:58 AM
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lake forest, California
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 Nice job IRONMAN

2007-08-29 12:12 PM
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Extreme Veteran
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A very nice race considering the problems you had during the run. Train hard and you can shave those two seconds off your time.
2007-08-29 12:46 PM
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Arch-Bishop of BT
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Well done!  Congrats Ironman!


2007-08-29 1:08 PM
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Dallas, TX
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Congratulations on finishing the race! The run looks like it was very painful!

Blisters... hhhuuummm... what was your longest run before doing this race? Were your socks wet? Did you body glide your feet? Did you have anti-blister socks on? Were your socks/feet wet for the bike ride? There are so many factors that could have contributed.

Great job IRONMAN!

2007-08-29 1:43 PM
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Northern VA
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Congratulations Ironman! I don't know how you managed that run with blisters like that. Get that stuff figured out and you are good to go!

Nice work!

2007-08-29 1:43 PM
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Whitsett, North Carolina
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Congrats Ironman! It was with great relief that me and a couple others watched you cross the finish line.  You held a nice steady pace the whole way.  The one second is excellent!!!!



Way to go Stephen! 

2007-08-29 3:21 PM
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Gulf Shores, AL
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great job, saw you cross the line with family! That was a great moment!
2007-08-29 11:13 PM
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I, too, watched as you came across, it was fabulous!!!  Wonderful job!
2007-09-03 10:50 PM
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Great job Stephen!  Congrats on the Ironman!

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