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2007 Hawaii IronMan World Championships - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Kailua Kona, Hawaii
United States
Ironman Live
86F / 30C
Total Time = 13h 28m 15s
Overall Rank = 1448/1700
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 43/66
Pre-race routine:

This was done over a course of 3 days > broke it down to single disciiplines except for swimming @ Dig Me Beach everyday prior to race day
Event warmup:

Just stretched > focused > and talked a lot w/Nancy prior to > my actual warmup came in the first 700 meters of the swim
  • 1h 15m 45s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

had a really great start for having to compete w/this many people > did great for avoiding any jams or having to crawl over anyone for the huge amount of traffic to contend with. i navigated in my usual manner that has always aided me so well > stayed in my zone > did not swallow big gulps of the salt > made the turns w/o much interference > would have had a 3min quicker time if i hadn't had to piss twice which took time to do > was very pleased w/my performance and it was exactly the time i quoted Nancy as to watch for to catch me coming out....which she did!
What would you do differently?:

nothing > everything was great!
Transition 1
  • 07m 33s

took time to hose off the salt water really good > i wanted to have a really fresh feel for the bike > change into a completely different outfit to do the bike on > took time to slather on the chamoisbttr > felt great heading out on the bike
What would you do differently?:

nothing > this was my plan an it worked for me and i was good w/that!
  • 6h 42m 29s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.70 mile/hr

this was w/o a doubt a very challenging course > going out to the first major turn point (intersection of hwy19/270) was a good ride and had a fair avg of 19-20mph > 18m from hawi-town the hills came into focus and slowed not wanting to cram/jam on the uphill climbs to converse energy > we were having the really strong headwinds at this point > once to the turnaround the tailwind kicked in for about 8-9m hitting speed to 32-39mph > stopped to fill two of my bottles of nutrition replacement > headed off and then the headwinds came into play for the remaining length of the course > the last 35 miles were quite challenging w/the winds and the climbs > still did not want to push any harded than i was > i actually finished under the projected time of 7hrs that i was expecting > i did what i had trained to do and that was ride long & slow w/just a little under the avg that i trained for > i was pleased w/that > stayed w/my plan...good job!
What would you do differently?:

train the bike longer and harder next time for this distance and add in more speed w/o's to made the blend stronger
Transition 2
  • 17m 18s

this was a smooth transition coming in and having bike catchers > left my helmet w/the bike so as not to have a piece of equipment to fumble wiht in the change tent > i took my time > got a very wet cold towel to put over my shoulders/back to cool off with > got out of my bike clothes and dawned a new fresh outfit > got everything together (which seemed to be quite a bit) but the volunteer took off w/my chg bag before i could get my nutrition powder mixture > no frets > adapted/improvised and it worked out well > filled my fuel belt w/fresh fluids and headed out > again...just as i planned to do.
What would you do differently?:

with this event having the type of support on the course i would opt out of the fuel belt
  • 5h 05m 10s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 39s  min/mile

i was running my first half over 2mins below what i had anticipated running > i stayed cooled and hydrated > took the endurolytes on a steady basis (took a couple of ibuprofen just for good measure before starting on the run) drank a good mixture of gator/water to keep the sodium level at a good level > kept the sponges on my head and inside the front of my top for the first 3hr of the run and then it cooled off enough that they were no longer necessary > the longest part of the run was making it to the natural energy lab > once there i knew the turnaround was ust ahead > after that and getting back to the main road was good for my mental outlook > i never cramped but did get an area on the tendon of my left knee behind and to the outside of this area (nothing to do w/the illoTband) > i stopped a total of 4 times to massage my legs w/ice for a couple of minutes each time > it felt great and believe it gave my mental foucs a good strong hold > i finished up w/a good strong run along allii dr to the finish > i did the run just right at the time i had given nancy > told her a 5hr run....that's what i produced > actually ran faster than i anticipated which means i stayed w/my plan
What would you do differently?:

train the run harder w/more long runs and an increase in longer, faster tempo runs to improve on the leg turnover > again...i was pleased w/the run i did w/this being my first time IM
Post race
Warm down:

walked around > hydrated > stretched > got a 15min massage > walked a bit more and ate a little bit of pizza and ice cream

What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of training for a marathon

Event comments:

this was the IM!! the world triathlon championships!! the IM event that everyone that does triathlon wants to do! what more can you say other than this is the IM event above all others!!

Last updated: 2007-06-16 12:00 AM
01:15:45 | 4224 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 21/66
Overall: 1151/1700
Performance: Good
Suit: no
Course: a straight out w. a short leg across before coming straight back into the bay.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 07:33
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
06:42:29 | 112 miles | 16.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 46/66
Overall: 1383/1700
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: had a loop to cover at the beginning of the bike then headed straight out on the queen k to the turnaround at hawi-town > the roads are in excellent shape!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 17:18
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
05:05:10 | 26.2 miles | 11m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 49/66
Overall: 1448/1700
Performance: Good
Course: this run course is really a very easy course > no major, long climbs. a large percentage of the course is absolutely flat and fast if you can run a marathon fast after a 112m bike
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %n/a
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-10-18 10:05 PM

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2007-10-18 10:31 PM
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Royersford, PA
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Congrats IRONMAN. Quite a race and stage to complete your first ironman but it sounds like you were able to hit everything as planned. Great job. Wonder if I saw you out there, I came in about 20 minutes behind you but was alot further up prior to the tail end of the bike (the wind just sucked the life out of me). I assume this is going to be an annual event for you from now on.
2007-10-18 10:46 PM
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Congatulations. Awesome read. I truely am jealous, but very happy for you.
2007-10-19 7:27 AM
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Nashville, TN
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Great race.  Congrats Ironman!!!
2007-10-19 8:59 AM
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