Ironman Louisville - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Louisville, Kentucky
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
85F / 29C
Total Time = 14h 37m 49s
Overall Rank = 1755/2500
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 258/366
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 4:30 and ate a bagel with cinamon sugar, a banana, and accelerade to drink. Took a quick shower and meet my family to begin the walk down to Transition. Pumped my tires up in the morning to prevent any mishaps over night. I took my time getting to the swim lineup and wasn't too concerenced about where I would be at in the swim line. Turns out I was almost at the very end of the line. I was probably one of the last 100 athletes in the water.
Event warmup:

Walk to transition and the swim start. I did some light stretching while waiting in line.
  • 1h 32m 43s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 12s / 100 yards

Overal for me it was a good swim. I was most nervous about the swim and it was probably the easiest part of my day.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder. I swam a very conservative pace.
Transition 1
  • 16m 17s

I took my time in T1, as you can tell by my 16 minute transition time. I wanted to make sure I didn't forget anything and also it's a long day. I was racing to finish not to win my Age Group.
What would you do differently?:

Speed up just a tad. 16 minutes is a little too long.
  • 6h 58m 54s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.04 mile/hr

My bike went good. Since I was so far back in the swim line when I left T1 there were hardly any bikes left. I was able to settle in to a good rhythm early on. I think my pace starting off was a little too fast. I felt some cramps coming on in my quads so I slowed the pace for a bit. I also put Ice down my bike shorts at each aid station. That helped out tremendously.
What would you do differently?:

Not go out as quickly so my overall pace could've been a little faster.
Transition 2
  • 16m 7s

Well if there is one thing I can say about my transition times is that they were consistent...consistently slow!!
What would you do differently?:

Pick up the pace a little bit...these are painfully slow transitions.
  • 5h 33m 48s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 44s  min/mile

This was my first marathon. My goal going in was to walk all aid stations. That worked well for a while but I did end up walking when I needed. Overall though I ran (slow jog) a good portion of the marathon.
What would you do differently?:

Do more long ride to run bricks.
Post race
Warm down:

Once I crossed the finish line I was greeted by a catched and awarded my medal, finisher shirt, and hat. Then took my finisher picture. She asked if I was ok and at the time I was. I met my family and gave them all a big hug and took some pictures. All I wanted to do was sit down. We started walking back to the hotel and only made it a block before I started to get naseuas. Luckily we were right by medical so I went in to get checked out. Vitals were fine and I actually felt better once I sat down. They decided to give me and IV and some naseua medicine just to be on the safe side.

I was glad they did. In about 15minutes I felt much better. We walked back down to the finish line and watched the final 30 minutes. That's something I'm glad I was able to do. It was truely incredible!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

More run training.

Event comments:

This race is amazing!! The volunteers are awesome, and the finish line is truely incredible!! The only problem I had is that they ran out of post race food which was dissapointing after such a long day.

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Last updated: 2011-03-31 12:00 AM
01:32:43 | 4224 yards | 02m 12s / 100yards
Age Group: 295/366
Overall: 2112/2500
Performance: Good
Suit: Blue Seventy PZ3TX Speed suit
Course: I had watched the swim start the prior two years so I knew what to expect. As we got closer we noticed through the trees that there was a huge gap in the water and the swim line had completely stopped. Suddenly we saw an EMT team carting a competitor up a set of stairs. There were giving him chest compressions and using a breathing bag to try and revive him. I was already extremely nervous for the start of the swim and seeing that before jumping in the water only made it worse. Unfortunately that competitor, Mark Wezka passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. The line suddenly began to move again and before I knew it I was jumping off the dock and beginning my 2.4 mile swim in the Ohio. The swim overall was great for me. There were a couple of times where I got hit in the head pretty hard but I think that's to be expected in an IM swim. I also tightened my goggles too tight to make sure they would not leak and as a result I got a terrible headache about halfway through. As soon as I stepped foot out of the water and got my goggles off it went away.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 16:17
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
06:58:54 | 112 miles | 16.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 283/366
Overall: 1922/2500
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: I rode the course over the summer so there were no surprises. My recommendation would be to get to at least 1 IAMTRI training ride over the summer if you plan on racing IM Lou. This made a HUGE difference.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 16:07
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:33:48 | 26.2 miles | 12m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 258/366
Overall: 1755/2500
Performance: Average
Course: Very flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5