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.
82F / 28C
Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
112 miles |
Headwind with gusts
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.