Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas - TriathlonFull Ironman

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The Woodlands, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 14h 51m 40s
Overall Rank = 1574/2662
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 262/396
Pre-race routine:

Left for the Woodlands on Thursday and check into the hotel and went to the dinner that night. On Friday I hung around and waited for the family to show up. Up around 4 on Race morning and had my normal breakfast and then headed over to the swim start
Event warmup:

  • 1h 17m 20s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

I really enjoyed this swim. The start didn't seem to be that bad. I was about 8-10 rows back and it was crowded with the expected amount of contact. About 400-500 yds in I started to feel a little panic for some odd reason, but I talked myself through it and kept on swimming and found a good rythm. I made an attempt to move to the outside a little and had some decent openings to swim in. Made it into the canal and I felt i had plenty of room to swim. Goal was to be 1:20-1:25 so I was pleased by this swim and it felt good
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. Maybe make the move outside a little earlier to find some more room
Transition 1
  • 09m 10s

Are you kidding me! I can't believe it took me this long. I guess changing into clothes was not the right idea.
What would you do differently?:

Not change into bibs and a cycling jersey and just find a tri outfit that will cover the whole distance
  • 6h 23m 30s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.52 mile/hr

This is where my day completely changed from what I had in mind. My goal was to ride the first hour below 160 watts and then ride between 160-170 for the rest. I rode the first 1.5 hrs at 160 watts avg, but I was having stomach issues. I don't know if I swallowed air or water in the swim but it was hard to get in my nutrition, but I followed my plan and took a bottle of water at each aide station. Felt great till about mile 70 then i really felt like I was starting to overheat. I couldn't hold my wattage for the last thirty miles and I was wondering if I would be able to make it down Woodlands Parkway back to T2. all I wanted to do the last hour was throw off my helmet and try to cool down somehow.
What would you do differently?:

I wore my aero helmet and bibs and cycling jersey which is what i trained with all spring, but I think on this day it may have been a little much.
Transition 2
  • 11m 7s

I wasn't sure if I wanted to go into the changing tent with how hot and humid it was during T1. Still can't believe it took this long
What would you do differently?:

Minimize the amount of changing I have to do.
  • 6h 50m 34s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 40s  min/mile

I had no idea how this was going to go but I knew I was going to have to walk the start and see if there was any way I could get my temp down. I walked the first four miles grabbing everything I could to try and cool down. I started to walk and jog about mile four and continued that for the first lap but could tell my temperature was high. I resigned myself to just walking the rest of run but at the best pace I could. I was able to keep my walking pace around a 15:00min/mile pace. Occasionaly I would try and job but I was concerned about how I felt. Around the middle of lap 2 I started to get some blisters on my toes and pads of my feets. The last lap was a struggle to keep the walk pace up but I told myself to take what the day had given me and push with what I had. Once I got to town square for the end I told myself that I could run that in and if I bonked or passed out at the point it was ok. Ran in by myself and heard those needed words of "You are an Ironman
What would you do differently?:

I made the best of what I had this day. I would have been ok with walking if I had at least had the chance to attempt to run.
Post race
Warm down:

Waited for my other training partner to finish and then we went back to the hotel to recover

What limited your ability to perform faster:

For a guy from Houston you would think I would have been able to handle the heat but something went wrong today.

I will do another Ironman sometime to see what I can do.

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Last updated: 2011-05-23 12:00 AM
01:17:20 | 4224 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 102/396
Overall: 0/2662
Performance: Good
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 09:10
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
06:23:30 | 112 miles | 17.52 mile/hr
Age Group: 204/396
Overall: 0/2662
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 87
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 11:07
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
06:50:34 | 26.2 miles | 15m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 262/396
Overall: 0/2662
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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] 4