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Ironman World Championships 70.3 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Clearwater Beach, Florida
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
74F / 23C
Total Time = 5h 17m 46s
Overall Rank = 1108/1680
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 188/255
Pre-race routine:


Woke up frikken early and did nothing useful until it was Show Time.. This time it was pretty cool. Mari and I were rooming with "The Borinator" and "The artist formerly known as SB".

We all took turns in the toilet of hotel and headed over to the site.
Event warmup:

  • 35m 45s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

Large group of athletes in this wave. About 300 is my guess. Wrestle-mania!! I was worried that my day would be made or broken on this segment. As it turned out, it was. I was glad to see a 35 minute split on this leg..
What would you do differently?:

Separate more from the pack. I was right in the center of the action... NOT GOOD
Transition 1
  • 04m 12s

An amazing production at the World Championships. From wetsuit peelers to showers to a changing tent, just like at the show.. I enjoyed this transition more than any other.. ever..

The sand on the beach was soft and deep and the run was like a 1/4 mile. Handled the challenge well.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 38m 16s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.23 mile/hr

The wind today was near the 20 MPH range. Here are my splits directly from

BIKE SPLIT 1 20 mi. (58:36) 20.48 mph
BIKE SPLIT 2 22 mi. (49:26) 26.70 mph
BIKE SPLIT 3 14 mi. (50:14) 16.72 mph
TOTAL BIKE 56 mi. (2:38:16)21.23 mph

My second bike split was the monster. The fastest I've ever sustained on a 22 mile distance.

Obviously, split 1 and 3 were into the wind and I hd to sustain a 174 bpm HR to maintain this pace. Hardest effort ever on a bike for me.
What would you do differently?:

Smile more for the photographers...
Transition 2
  • 03m 23s

Well, this race being the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS and all, was a bit different than all the others I've done to date. For one, I did not have to rack my bike. I had staff do it for me as soon as I dismounted at T2. Second, I changed in the changing tent, on a nice chair with 2 butler caliber volunteers catering to all my needs. I think they offered me Champagne..

What would you do differently?:

Pack a Cigar in my Bento Box so I can smoke it in this awesome place called the "Changing Tent".
  • 1h 56m 10s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 52s  min/mile

My Splits:
RUN SPLIT 1 6.52 mi. (57:08) 6.85 mph
RUN SPLIT 2 6.58 mi. (59:02) 6.69 mph
TOTAL RUN 13.1 mi. (1:56:10) 8:52/mile

HAving gone so hard on the bike to achieve my challenge, I was truly worried about bonking. Last time I sustained 174 bpm on the bike segment, I crashed and burned on the run..

My plan all day was the same as Cottons and my esteemed bud and 2005 IM World Champion Faris Al-Sultan. He told me that in 2005 he raced IM Kona as "Hard as I (he) could" from out of the gate.

I lived up to the challenge and my system did not leave me stranded..
What would you do differently?:

Smile more for the photos....
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

WOW... What can I say about the World Chamionships" I was lucky to be there and intimidated by the talent everywhere. This race was like nothing I'd ever seen before. Evey Athlete was elite. No one walking the run course. No one slow. Holy Crapola. I got a taste of "The Show"...

A HUGE Congrats to "The Borinator" for spanking the course today with a PR of 4h 52m and to SBNM for breaking the 6 hour time barrier with a PR of 5h 53m. These 2 have been close to me this entire year and I have been lucky that they a=have included me in their lives.

I truly am humbled to have participated in this event BUT... more than that, and more than whatever inspiration a race of this caliber proffers, there is ONE differece that I don't think any of those elites had... The Friends I have...

In NO particular order, the following friends are the reason I made it to the starting line and across the finish line. I am privileged to be surrounded by these people everyday of my life and remain humbled at the loyalty, love and positive energy that each and every one of them proffer.

My Family Mari, Gaby, Tristan and Isa, for giving me all the play time that most 41 year olds never get to see in a lifetime, Frank Collada (Cotton), Linda Wienants (WiFi) or (Y), Jay Garcia (J-Dog) Frank Sanchez (Borinator), Jalaine Sanchez (SBNM, or the Artist formerly known as SB), Coach Dirk Smeets (Capt. Dirk), Ivanka Jotic (G), Fernando Cardao (Fher), Jose Riera (Crash Davis), Carolina Rubio Stol (Stoli) or (Sherpa), Mike Wilson (007), Liza Vita, Ramiro Cortes (The Ramster), Fred Meneses, Al Arguelles (Cadence Boy), Aldo Virano, Dr. Sol Lallouz, Rafa Fernandes (Rafafarian), Jocy Mendez, Kiko Schuss (Keeks), Rafael Yaniz (Egg), Paul K (The Wizard), The boys at Bike Tech, Diego at Swim bike and Run, Mauricio Orozco at Andante Bikes, Debbie Leiter, Janice Olson (J.O., formerly known as Cashmere and currently USAT Judge Advocate General), Mimi Reeves (Meems), Tri Take Me Away, Jessica H. (Jess), Tere Lozano (Tereshina) and Sue Ott.

This journey started just 3 years ago and nothing can and or will ever replace respect and admiration that I have for these people listed hereinabove.

The 2007 season will end tomorrow when many of the people listed above complete the Miami Man race. I was able to complete my final race of 2007 today at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.... I will drive back to Miami tonight to be at Larry Penny Thompson Park at 5 AM to see my friends end their season with style....


Last updated: 2007-09-23 12:00 AM
00:35:45 | 2112 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/255
Overall: 1005/1680
Performance: Average
HR was controlled for the entire swim...
Suit: Zoot long sleeve
Course: Rectangle with 2 right hand turns. Course felt long on the way out, probably due to the current.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:12
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
02:38:16 | 56 miles | 21.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/255
Overall: 1108/1680
Performance: Good
174 AVG/ 188 MAX on the big Clearwater bridge
Wind: Strong
Course: All over Hillsborugh and Pinellas Counties. A tremendous bike course. Lots of technical turns and long straights. Kept me on my Aerobars for practically the entire ride.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 89
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:23
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:56:10 | 13.1 miles | 08m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/255
Overall: 1108/1680
Performance: Good
WOW!! What a run..
Course: Bridges, wind and lots of high caliber athletes...
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-11-11 7:15 PM

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2007-11-11 7:32 PM
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Great race report. Congrats on a successful race. What a thrill to be in the World Championships! And nice job holding together on the run after hammering the bike. Impressive.

2007-11-12 4:59 AM
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Great race...congrats on a well executed race at World's no less!

Nice splits all around. Seems like family and friends support has been key for you...glad you had them to make your journey better! 

2007-11-12 7:02 AM
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As someone who's had a front row seat to your amazing triathlon career, CONGRATS!  Just think - in just three short years ... you made it to Worlds!

Your dedication to not only this sport and your place in it, but to other athletes and most importantly {{{your family}}} is just short of inspirational.  Nobody ever gets left behind in your world!

I'm so proud of you! 

2007-11-12 8:57 AM
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Gulf Shores, AL
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Butlers rock, great race and report!
2007-11-12 9:59 AM
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Extreme Veteran
Austin, TX
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Great job!

I was actually a little surprised to see as many people walking during the run course. I didn't think I'd see that many walking.

2007-11-12 10:59 AM
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Ann Arbor, MI
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Awesome job!! It was an awesome day for a race! You are lucky to have such supportive family and friends! Congratulations.
2007-11-12 11:32 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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Great job at the race!!  Some very impressive times, too!
2007-11-12 7:46 PM
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Portland, ME
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Excellent RR and accomplishment. Geez if I tried to pull off a 174 HR on the bike I'd think my head would just explode.


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