Ironman Louisville - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Louisville, Kentucky
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
94F / 34C
Total Time = 14h 50m 53s
Overall Rank = 1602/
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 276/
Pre-race routine:

Get up at 4 and ate PB beagle, PopTart and coffee. Talked to my Faimly/A1 Support Crew. My sleep the night before was not the best but it was ok.
Event warmup:

Nothing just walked to the end of the swim line at River Road. I could not believe how the like kept going and going and going.
  • 1h 15m 7s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

I was standing talking to people around me in the line and thinking wow I am really doing this. Then BOOM we hear the cannon go off. The line seamed to move so slowly. As we were getting closer the volunteers are yelling put your goggles on and jog. I was getting really nervous at this point and then next thing I know I am in the water (bummer it was 30 minutes after the cannon went off) The only real issue I had on the swim was the worry that my chip would fall off and my goggles fogged up a little. I love swimming so my goal was to just take is easy. I felt great the entire way.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing I hit my time exactly where I wanted to.
Transition 1
  • 08m 10s

At this point I just wanted to make sure I had everything for the bike and did not want to forget something. Applied a nice coating of BodyGlide and went on my way
What would you do differently?:

Speed it up a little
  • 6h 44m 58s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.59 mile/hr

A friend of mine whom is a very good cyclist drove the course on Saturday and told me not to overcook the bike. I took his advice to heart. So my goal was to be Sub 7 hours and an average above 16 on the bike. As I left transition I felt great and my pace was good. The downhill on the out and back section of the course was fun and I was moving @ 44.8 MPH. I just took my time on the uphill and followed other cyclist. At the first water station after the turn around there was an accident so I was trying to be very careful. I really enjoyed the pass through LaGrange the crowds were great. I was bummed that I did not see my family on the first loop. The second loop is where I had some issues. On the left had turn in to LaGrange I hit a bump while in my aero bars and BANG they broke. A piece fell off and went in to the crow. I could see a lady as I went on holding it up as if to say "Hey you want this". I had packed an extra tube and it was in my jersey so I pulled it out and wrapped it around the busted part of my bars and did the best I could the next 50 miles. My chain came off 2 times on the uphill parts of the second loop as well. Once I hit mile 80 I knew that I was going to make my time. So I tried to just take in water, GU and Cliff Bars to get ready for the run.
What would you do differently?:

Get new Aero Bars.
Transition 2
  • 12m 21s

I noticed some extra chaffing so I put BodyGlide on that and a little extra. Put Sun screen on my head and went on my way.
I felt great and was ready to run or so I thought.
What would you do differently?:

Once again way to slow
  • 6h 30m 17s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 14m 54s  min/mile

Ok Here is where the wheels came off.
After leaving the tent I felt good and was aiming for 10min pace. At mile 2 I noticed a problem my feet really started to hurt but everything else felt great. By 2.5 I felt as if I was walking on hot nails with every step. So I decided to walk and see if I could cool my feet off. I kept up with the run jog for the next few miles and then just could not run any more. As I came up on mile 10 I see my wife run up from a side road toward me to see if I was ok. I guess that the TrackMyAthlete said I went 1.9 miles in 1 hour so she was worried that I would not make it and came out to find me on the course. I can’t tell you how great it was to see her and my two daughters at that point. I would have teared up but I think I was out of tears. I told them that I would make it to the end and it still looked good for my goal time of under 15 hours. Told them I loved them and thanks for the support and kept on moving. Once I was closer into town I had to jog a little more in front of the crowds they really pump you up. That little jog was not a good idea my feet now hurt worse than they ever had. I spotted my son at mile 14 and he walked with me a little. It felt great talking to him and feeling his support for me as I worked through the pain. Soon after that I meet a lady named Robin from Ohio we were both hurting at that point and the conversation helped us both to keep moving. We talked about everything we could think of just to keep our minds off my feet and her side. As we get closer to the finish some of her friends come up and walked with us as well. I could see my Father-in-law at mile 25.5 telling everyone where I was. Robin told me to go ahead as I was getting close to making my time goal. I can’t thank her enough for the conversation she was great. As I came around the corner I had to jog to the finish. This is the moment that had been in my mind for years but all I could think about was my feet. As I crossed the like I only looked at my watch and told the volunteer that my feet were gone and I had to sit down. He was great getting me water and anything I needed.

Post race
Warm down:

Just head to the hotel to put my feet on ice. My son went down and ordered me nice big beer and it really hit the spot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


I believe I made a bad choice of socks when I packed my run bag.

Event comments:

My goal time on the swim was 1:10 to 1:20 Nailed it.
My goal time on the bike was sub 7 hours Nailed it.
My goal time on the run was 5 hours missed it by a long show.

All in all I wanted to at least finish my first IM in under 15 hours. I made it by 10 minutes and will be back to go for sub 13 next year.

I did have an issue when them running out of water at the LaGrange water stop. How does that happen during an IM? I really did not notice the heat so I must have done a good job a keeping my self cool

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Last updated: 2010-02-17 12:00 AM
01:15:07 | 4224 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 130/
Overall: 768/
Performance: Average
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 08:10
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
06:44:58 | 112 miles | 16.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 12:21
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
06:30:17 | 26.2 miles | 14m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 276/
Overall: 1602/
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]