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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
Ironman North America
73F / 23C
Total Time = 13h 09m 9s
Overall Rank = 1170/2200
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 127/236
Pre-race routine:

First off: Pardon me for the detail of this report. It's mainly to remind me of my fond and not so fond moments throughout the experience. This text describes how a 'normal guy' completed an extraordinary event. I'm not a cancer survivor, nor do I have great adversity to overcome. I hope y'all enjoy it.

Arrived Thursday evening. Checked into the Sheraton.

Friday: Busy day. Checked in, went to orientation dinner, etc. Laid out my T1/T2, special needs bike/run and dry clothes bags. Short swim on the course. Short run. I now have the willies.

Saturday: Short AM bike. Checked and rechecked my bags. DO NOT underestimate how long it takes to put all of this stuff together. Dropped off bike at transition area. Dropped off transition bags and familiarized myself with the entry/exits. More willies. Got to bed by 8pm, slept a few hrs between laying awake thinking if I had my bags and content straight.

Sunday: Up at 3am and got liquid b'fast. Rechecked my special needs bags and headed out at 4:45. Dropped off sn bags and put food in my T bags. Now all there is to do is sip water and wait.
Event warmup:

No warmup allowed. I just rested, put my wetsuit on and waited to head to the water.

March to the water was kinda like the emperor penquin march you see in antarctica vids. I was fortunate enough to have a guy fix my wetsuit back so it didn't chafe. Thx dude.

Got in the water with about 10 mins to spare. Headed out about 150 yds and waited for the cannon. The view of all of the people hanging on balconies, etc was amazing.

Not sure what to expect, but heart is racing!
  • 1h 20m 1s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Well....what can I say! There is no way to describe an IM swim start. I got hit from the back, side, ran up on folks, the whole mix. I got kicked in the ear, nose, mouth, etc but tried to find clear water where possible. I felts a hand on my ankle early in the swim and they ripped my chip off! Well, I've finally hit my adversity - my first hurdle. I had 4000 yds to think about how to get another chip or even if that was possible. I just plugged along at an easy pace till the first corner and it was mass chaos like the start again. Ah well, keep pluggin away and count down the yds. Course was marked every 100 yds to it was fun to be able to check 'em off.

I'd like to thank my buddy mr 'orca' wetsuit for running me over about 20 times. It seems like we could never get apart. I'd also like to appologize for groping the girl with the same pace as me on my right - seemed like we were destined to be togehter. :)
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Perhaps search for more open water by looking for openings and bolting there. It's really hard to prep for the battering.
Transition 1
  • 11m 22s

I hit the shore and gave my best rebel yell. Yahoo, I made it! The rest is a blur...I hit ground and was yanked out the water. I told a volunteer "I lost my chip!" They said keep going - over there to get a new one. I head further...folks yell at me to lay down...lay down!! I lay down and MNDiver/Spouse stripped my suit in like 1 second. I say to them "I lost my chip!!" They tell me to go I do. I get to the folks that replace my chip and note my name and send me on my way. Whew, I'm back on the road. Up the helix, grab by T bag and am into the 'naked room'. Took my time in T1 as it was packed and I didn't want to forget anything. Had all on but my shoes and took the long trip to my bike. Got my bike, looooong run in socks to the start. Took my time putting on shoes and headed down the helix.
What would you do differently?:

Prolly be a little quicker in this T and strap my chip on better.
  • 6h 17m 38s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.80 mile/hr

First couple mi's are nearly single file. HR is doing well. Just taking my time. Weather is perfect. Plan was to take 'er easy for the bulk of the ride, cept for the uphills. Just play it smart if possible.

Stomach shut down about 3 hrs in. More adversity. Not sure why as I used everything I did in practice. Ah well.

Highlights: I caught EVERY bottle in transition. Not sure how as I never EVER practiced it. For you folks at home...try to ride by someone at 20 mph and grab a liter bottle from them. It was wild! I got to witness a bike crash right in front of me - that was close. I hit 46.8 mph on one hill. Passed my training mates at mi 22 and 80. Both beat me out of the water and it felt good catching them. I'll be seeing tehm on the run. Seeing Kathy and Linda - training buddies on the bike course.

Lowlights: I ran out of gas in time for the headwind on the way back. Bad timing. Got a little woozy and went off the road..but made good save and got back on the pavement.

Finished up the bike by going up the helix.
Thx volunteers!
What would you do differently?:

Experiment more with what food DID work. I kinda checked out mentally and paid for it about mi 100. Live and learn!
Transition 2
  • 09m 19s

Folks take your bike and rack it. Grabbed shoes and headed to back to the 'naked room'. Full of folks getting ready for the run. Got geared up, switched race number to front and headed out on the run. My training buddy dave hit T2 while I was there so I waited to run with him.
What would you do differently?:

Scurry through rather than dallying. Head out without waiting for my buddy.
  • 5h 10m 51s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 52s  min/mile

Ran with buddy Dave for about a mile or two, then started run/walking. I was paying for getting little nutrition so worked on a plan. I downed some electrolytes and started fueling up at aid stations. Dave went on. I met up with my new best friend Mike somewhere along the line. He was run/walking as well so we hung together for about the next 15 miles.

People, if you have never tried chicken broth and coke, you've GOT to do it. I proved that a man can survive on these two substances for 24.2 mi's. Sprinkle in some cookies, gels and water and I was going to make it.

About mi 6 my coach passes me. She's FLYING. I come upon a BT'er (Cube Farm?) along the way and we run for a while. About mi 20 my training mate comes behind me and I wonder how he got back there...he said he'd never passed me! At that pt I figured I'd better run a bit, left my best friend Mike and ran the bulk of the last 6 miles.

Highlights: New buddy Mike. Seeing my friends/family along the way. Getting my stomach/nutrition back and being able to run a bit. I quit counting at 50 people that I passed in the last 2 miles. The run down the finishing chute was surreal. It's such a blur and I had such a smile on that it's tough to absorb it all.

Lowlights: Tripping on a manhole cover by camp randall stadium at mi 24 and taking a header. I got roadrash on my shoulder, leg, cheek and hands. Luckily, I bounced up and headed for the last 2 mi's.

Coke and chicken broth saved me from a looong day.
What would you do differently?:

Start with the broth/coke earlier. Run more of my own race and don't stick with my buddy Mike.
Post race
Warm down:

Got grabbed by two nice girls and couldn't wipe the smile off my face! I was screaming.."What am I?!!, I'm and IRON man!!" It was soooo cool, it's hard to explain. I can't believe it, I'm in the club! Got some post race pics and found the spouses.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lax in mental judgment midway thru the bike/run.

Event comments:

The organization of this event is 2nd only a wedding day. All of the 3000 volunteers focus their attention to the participants. It's really quit amazing how we normal folks are put on stage for the day.

Last updated: 2006-10-12 12:00 AM
01:20:01 | 4224 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 127/236
Overall: 237/2200
Performance: Average
Suit: Sleeveless QR
Course: Rectangle - 2 laps
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 11:22
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: Good
06:17:38 | 112 miles | 17.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 105/236
Overall: 846/2200
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: 16 mi out to a 40 mi loop that's done twice. Rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 09:19
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:10:51 | 26.2 miles | 11m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/236
Overall: 0/2200
Performance: Below average
Course: Metro course. One hill and lots of people.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
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

2007-09-11 9:59 AM

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2007-09-11 10:06 AM
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Nashville, TN
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Congrats.  Great race Ironman!!!
2007-09-11 10:13 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Awesome awesome Job!! Congratulations  
2007-09-11 10:40 AM
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Wanna Hear it one more time....


excellent race!!! Now you can go get the Tat!!

2007-09-11 11:50 AM
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Central Minnesota
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Excellent, excellent, excellent!

Great Job, Ironman!
2007-09-11 12:03 PM
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Richmond, VA
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Hats off to Mr. Ironman.

2007-09-11 12:45 PM
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Nice work, dog, and good report...congratulations, IronMan!!!
2007-09-11 1:06 PM
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Congrats there IRONMAN!!!! 

Okay, after 112 miles, did your ride to run your bike up the helix??  Holy crap I can't imagine having enough in the legs for that steep thing.

2007-09-11 1:17 PM
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Congratulations on your great day Ironman!
2007-09-11 1:33 PM
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Sioux Falls, SD
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Wow Great job!!! You are an Ironman!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope I can make a great report next year!

2007-09-11 1:34 PM
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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
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Congratulations, Jeff! YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!!! You did an awesome job of adjusting your plan based on what the day was giving you. When's the next IM?  

2007-09-11 2:07 PM
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Greenwood, SC
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Great race!
2007-09-11 2:16 PM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
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Way to keep on going even when you knew that you were down on nutrition.

I have often heard that Coke and chicken broth are the Ironman staples!!  I guess I'll find out in November!

Congrats Ironman!!

2007-09-11 2:50 PM
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Denver CO
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Way to go Jeff!

your experience just goes to show that anything can happen... way to adjust accordingly and git er done!

great RR (and the apology for "all the detail"??? puh-leeease. I wish you had written more!!!)


2007-09-11 3:25 PM
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Northern VA
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Great job Ironman! Congratulations!
2007-09-11 3:40 PM
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2007-09-11 7:06 PM
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Green Bay, WI
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Great race Ironman!!! Tripping at mile 24 has got to hurt!!
2007-09-11 8:19 PM
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Cambridge, MA
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Impressive time for your first!!  I wish I'd seen you in T1 -- I was the tall, dancing volunteer around the 2250-2300 racks

Next tripping or groping! 


2007-09-11 10:24 PM
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Blaine, MN
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omg.. that swim sounds just like pure chaos.. im laughing about as I read.. but I can assure you I am sure you didn't think it was no laughing matter as it occured to you.. but omg your   comments are pretty hallarious..  congrats IRONMAN!!!  Way to go!!

2007-09-13 10:44 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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Congratulations, my reciprocity neighbor!


2007-09-13 11:04 AM
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NW Suburbs, Illinois
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Great race and great report.  Sounds like you had a ton of adversity and also had a bunch of fun.  Way to go!.  And the best part of the RR is going to meet up w/ your spouses (plural).  That must be nice

2007-09-13 5:35 PM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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Great job Jeff!  I enjoyed interacting with you all summer and watching your buildup to this race.  Congratulations IRONMAN!  Next season will be here before you know it.
2007-09-15 3:12 PM
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Great ace report Jeff.  I was just reading through it the 2nd time and realized I had never commented the first time.  You did great and should be very proud of your accomplishments .  Looking forward to some work-outs together next year.
2007-09-16 8:26 AM
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Oak Lawn, IL
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Great job!! I agree about the coke and chicken broth. I never knew chicken broth tasted so good until that day...

You are and Ironman.........
2007-09-17 12:49 PM
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A farming town in MN
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Congrats IRONMAN!!!  Sounds like a rough race...lost timing chip (it's cool that Bryan and crew got to do the wetsuit stripping), stomach, nutrition issues, tripping on a manhole cover...but sounds like you were able to get it all under control... just did something most people will NEVER have the chance to do...finish an IRONMAN!  Congrats!!!

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