Ironman Wisconsin - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 16h 11m 21s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I'll start with the night before. We had a family dinner at Olive Garden with my brother and brother in law who were also racing. Their families, my parents and some friends were all there. After I got back to the hotel Lena and her friend actually came to meet me. Lena is a friend I met on the BT mentor group forum. Actually this was the first time I met her in person. I felt so special that she came to meet me before the race! She was awesome...gave me really good vibes!! Work up at 4:00. Had a Cliff mojo bar (mountain mix), a banana, part of a peanut butter choc. chip granola bar and Mountain Dew.
Event warmup:

We met my brother in law and family at his hotel. Then we took off to the swim start. Hooked up with my brother there as well. Aired up my tires and added drinks to my bike. Put on the wet suit, took pictures, OH NO....I forgot to put my athlete tracker on my bike...ran to the bike in and gave it to a volunteer to place on my bike..hmmm...did I turn it on or not?? Oh well...I'll worry about that later...I have a swim to do. Walked to the water with my brother and brother in law. When we got to the water we seperated as I did not want to start in the front. I knew I would get swam over big time!
  • 1h 46m 56s
  • 3862 meters
  • 02m 46s / 100 meters

I heard so many stories about getting hit, kicked, pushed under, etc. I really didn't have a problem but I did not start at the front. I always had people all around me but the only hard hitting that happened was me hitting a guy! I made contact and hit hard so I stopped and I saw him. I said, "Sorry" He said, "Hey if there is no blood it's all good!" So I went right back to swimming.
What would you do differently?:

Swim harder. I took it pretty easy.
Transition 1
  • 12m 5s

Wet suit stripped off very easily. As I was running up the helix I heard my name being called. It was Lena and her friend! Perked me up! I feel like I was dragging my feet in the transition room...kind of dreading the bike...a little worried I wouldn't make it.
What would you do differently?:

Stay focused to move faster.
  • 8h 22m 22s
  • 112 miles
  • 13.38 mile/hr

I was really worried about finishing the bike because I am such a weak biker. I just told myself to just keep pedaling. I kept watching the time. My family and friends were spread out at the end of stagecoach road and they yelled like crazy...was so funny. I was this man and kid and I was thinking, "WOW they look just like my dad and nephew...or course they were! Then my best friend was positioned on down the road and that even suprised me! Then I felt like I began to pedal faster. When I came through Stagecoach again, they were there! I yelled out that I didn't think I would make it...they said that I would. So I just kept pedaling. The crowds on the hills were amazing. On a couple hills I had people running beside me screaming and banging cymbols, yelling my name and staying by my side until I made it to the very top. That sure did help. After I got through Verona I made the decision to ride by the special needs...I couldn't afford to stop. I had already dropped my chain a couple times and knew I didn't have the time to stop. At one point a van drove by and people were hysterically was my family again. My dad was driving trying to find me...he just knew I needed the encouragement. Heading back to town I was with a group. A person sitting in a parked car got out and yelled at his. He assured us that we were going to make it, he checked the time problem but just keep moving. I was hoping he was correct. He has no idea how much he helped me. Also, on our way one of the riders just said, "hey if we are going to make it now is the time to really dig deep." So I did. I was never so happy to see the Monona Terrace. It looked beautiful! People yelled for me all the way up the helix. I was soooo happy to hand off my bike! I was ready for my running shoes!
What would you do differently?:

Be stronger on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 08m 33s

Had to stop at the restroom. Had a very helpful person in the changing room.
What would you do differently?:

Transition faster.
  • 5h 41m 25s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 13m 02s  min/mile

I loved the run! So much support along the way! I saw my brother first. He was coming to the end of his first lap as I was taking off. He looked great! As I came through the second or third aid station...there was Lena! I was so happy to see her! I got a hug from her and that energized me more! Woo Hoo! I was feeling good! I pretty much walked up observatory hill. It was BEAUTIFUL! Saw my friends and family at the turn around. I also saw a person I had met at WIBA. He recognized me first..I'm glad that he did! That was another pick me up. Then my knees and ankles were getting a little painful. Never ever had knee pain before so I did walk/run. I wish I wouldn't have walked so much...would have made much better time if I just kept running. The frat boys were fun to talk and sing with. Then I met a crazy party girl and she was running with me. She was like, "Hey, I'm running and I'm drunk!" I told her if she was really drunk she wouldn't be running so well. Anyway, I'm getting closer to the finish and guess who I run into on the course! My dad!! He walked out about 3 miles just to walk with me a bit and encourage me! He told me to run! So I did...then guess who?? LENA!!! She was yelling for me and asked if she could run with me toward the finish and I said YES...OF COURSE!!! I was honored!! That made it so much more fun!! Then Mike Rielly was in the finish chute! I got a high five from him! I was so excited that I was actually finishing before 17 hours!!
What would you do differently?:

Keep running.
Post race
Warm down:

I met my family and friends and Lena! Had fun standing around talking. I got an ice cold coke and it was delicious! Then headed back to hotel! Ahhhhh!

Event comments:

Before the race I had talked myself into never doing another Ironman if I did not finish (and I was already signed up for Placid). I had told myself if I did not finish I wouldn't even go to Placid. Anyway I did finish and I think I could have finished with a better time if my head was more into finishing and not about IF I finish. Now I know I have to keep working my butt off on the bike...I want to finish Lake Placid. That will be my 4th Ironman to finish.

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Last updated: 2012-10-22 12:00 AM
01:46:56 | 3862 meters | 02m 46s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Synergy Endorphin
Course: Great swim, easy to sight. So cool to see all the spectators.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 12:05
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
08:22:22 | 112 miles | 13.38 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Wind: None
Course: Beautiful and fun course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 08:33
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
05:41:25 | 26.2 miles | 13m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Flat with one hill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5