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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
Ironman North America
75F / 24C
Total Time = 11h 45m 1s
Overall Rank = 473/2700
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 47/200
Pre-race routine:

I arrived in Madison on Thursday night, woke up early friday to go register and get a swim in. The water was rough, but I did about 1500m just to get a feel for the area and where I wanted to start. These events are so exciting I just wanted to stay at the terrace all day.
Sunday morning I woke up at 4:00am, had my normal pre-race breakfast of bagel, gatorade, water, banana, and munched on a cliff bar until race start. I felt great all morning, but began to feel the nerved about 45 minutes prior to start. At 6:35 I swam out to the start bouy and just floated. It was awesome to see the all of the spectators and athletes. Nerves calmed down and I was ready to rock.
Event warmup:

Just swam to the start bouy.
  • 1h 16m
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 48s / 100 yards

I am a slow swimmer. I wanted to go about 70 minutes after competing at IM Louisville last year, but ended up swimming the same time. I'll be getting some technique work done this off-season. Regardless, I was strong, dealt with the constant wrestling, and made it in feeling like nothing had really happened. Very smooth, but a bit slow
What would you do differently?:

Learn to swim. Otherwise it was text book......oh except speed sleeves, if the seal breaks and you get water in them, they slide. I ended up loosing one in the water.
Transition 1
  • 06m 15s

This was slower than I expected, perhaps due to unfamiliarity with this race. The helix was longer than I anticipated....This is just one of many hills I underestimated on race day!!!
What would you do differently?:

Run faster, have a better idea of where things are.
  • 5h 38m
  • 112 miles
  • 19.88 mile/hr

So I went from 937th after the swim to 317th after the bike...Nice. I told myself after Louisville last year and a great race season in 70.3 events this year (PR 4:45:00!!!) I could go hard as long as I felt good and I stuck to my nutrition plan and drank well. I felt like I was flying, the downhills were a lot of fun. My family went out to verona and then on to the climbs to see me. Those climbs.....I felt like I was in the tour de france with the fans screaming and cheering. It was awesome!!!! The ride back into town was more difficult than I expected. We may have had some headwind. Not sure, but my average slowed a bit here. Overall, great ride....retrospectively maybe a bit too hard.
What would you do differently?:

Train more hills, pre-ride the course, tone it down a bit early on.
Transition 2
  • 02m 35s

Fast transition. Loved it. Volunteers are so great!!!
What would you do differently?:

  • 4h 41m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 44s  min/mile

Well....I felt a little weird when I got out of transition. Things felt tight, but nothing that I haven't dealt with before. I ran miles 1 and 2 at my 7:45 pace that I wanted to hold. At mile 3 WHAMM!!!! Full body, mouth to toes CRAMP!!!! I had no idea where this came from. I just locked up....and so 23 miles of run a tenth, walk a tenth, run a tenth...repeat. It was brutal!!! I had trained very well and had pulled out PR half marathon times in my 70.3 events, so this was a surprise. I switched modes from a PR finish to just finishing, and finally when I got closer to making sure I broke 12 hours. It was hard not to feel bad about walking....I can be a big talker sometimes and I had a lot of people on the course that knew what I was shooting for. Regardless, I still had a blast!!! Looking back, I've never dug deeper, and really focussed mentally...overall a success.
What would you do differently?:

More salt, more water, slow down, realize that 70.3 is way shorter.
Post race
Warm down:

Got some salt in me via broth and tabs, just kept walking so I wouldn't lock up. Went to dinner with Alicia and the fam, met some new friends and just enjoyed the moments.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I have no idea what happened. I trained to get close to 10 hours, and I was ready. My body just didn't respond or physiologically I missed something. Perhaps I needed longer runs off the bike. I did bricks constantly, but rarely went over 10 miles off the bike.

Event comments:

I will do this again.....but first I am racing IM Cozumel next year. I graduate from Dental school in May of 2012 and then begin my time in the Navy, so next year may be my last for a year or two until I figure out what I can and can not do while being a Navy Dentist. ALL Navy Tri Team? Gotta get faster. Anyway, Ironman racing is the best thing in the world. That finishing stretch, at 8:45 or at 17 hours is life affirming. I'd suffer like that again and again and again to have that feeling of triumph at the line....and hearing your name...."Matthew Priess You are an Ironman for the Second Time"..... I hope to do this for the rest of my life all over the world......Love this sport!!!!!

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Last updated: 2010-01-17 12:00 AM
01:16:00 | 4224 yards | 01m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 87/200
Overall: 937/2700
Performance: Good
Suit: QR Ultra John with speed sleeves
Course: Rectangular, 2 laps
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
05:38:00 | 112 miles | 19.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 35/200
Overall: 317/2700
Performance: Good
BIKE SPLIT 1 40 mi. (1:56:17) 20.64 mph BIKE SPLIT 2 43 mi. (2:08:50) 20.03 mph BIKE SPLIT 3 29 mi. (1:33:13) 18.67 mph TOTAL BIKE 112 mi. (5:38:20) 19.86 mph
Wind: Little
Course: So...I doubled my bike training this year and rode 3500 miles prior to race day. Yet this course was tough!!!!! I don't have many hills where I live, so I did a lot of repeats and long fast steady state riding. The IM course was long and rolling with a number of very challenging climbs. I still rode it well and felt great. I think I could have held back a bit on lap 1, but I felt great, ate well, drank well, and rode it fast. I got in just before the 7 hour mark....I though here we go, we are breaking 11 this year!!!!!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
04:41:00 | 26.2 miles | 10m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 47/200
Overall: 437/2700
Performance: Bad
RUN SPLIT 1 6.35 mi. (56:59) 8:58/mile RUN SPLIT 2 6.65 mi. (1:13:47) 11:05/mile RUN SPLIT 3 6.23 mi. (1:11:09) 11:25/mile RUN SPLIT 4 6.97 mi. (1:19:25) 11:23/mile TOTAL RUN 26.2 mi. (4:41:20) 10:44/mile
Course: Flat with a few small hills. Tons of people spectating!!!!!
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
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