Ironman Arizona - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
68F / 20C
Total Time = 13h 46m 46s
Overall Rank = 1653/2439
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 212/297
  • 1h 58m 42s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 49s / 100 yards

Swim was to be my weakest discipline; I positioned myself in the center / back. Since I was all the way in the back, I only have about 10 contacts with other swimming. Mostly very minor, however, I did see a cut and a small purple bruise on the bridge of my nose. I think I got hit on my face during the swim. My first IM scar, I love it. Toward the last 30 minutes of the swim, I was getting cold. I was so glad that I was wearing swimming sock.

Of 2565 swimmer that started IMAZ, I was in 2458 coming out of the water. I was so relieved finish the swim.

Transition 1
  • 12m
  • 6h 14m 17s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.95 mile/hr

Gee, 112 miles is a long ride. This is my longest bike ride ever. My plan was to keep drinking Gatorade, take Gu, and Endurotyte and each Clif bar. I did 3 out of 4. It was too hard to chew & swallow Clif bar during the ride. The plan was to eat 1 bar every 2 hours (total of three), I ended up finishing one Clif Bar. The goal was to finish the 112 miles without cramp or cramping during the first 10K. (I cramped during first 400 meters at Vineman 70.3)

Finish the bike portion in position 1833, moved up 625 places.

Transition 2
  • 05m 1s
  • 5h 16m 46s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 05s  min/mile

I was happy I did not cramp during the first 400 meters of the run. I actually ran at 9:40min/mile for the 8 miles. Then I started to switch between run and walk. Both quads were screaming in the 2nd half of the marathon. I finish the run in 5:16:46.

Completed 2011 IMAZ in overall position #1650, moved up 183 during the run.

Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

My goal was 13:00 +/- 1:00, I was happy that I completed my first IM. For the next IM event, I will need to kick-it up a notch for OW swimming. And also better mental and physical preparation for the run. I think I need to do 3 to 5 18+ miles leading into the next IM event.

Event comments:

Awesome organization and superb volunteers

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Last updated: 2011-12-13 12:00 AM
01:58:42 | 4224 yards | 02m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 291/297
Overall: 2458/2439
Performance: Below average
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 61F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 12:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
06:14:17 | 112 miles | 17.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 243/297
Overall: 1833/2439
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:01
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:16:46 | 26.2 miles | 12m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 212/297
Overall: 1650/2439
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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