Ironman Wisconsin - Triathlon

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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 15h 33m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke early and often, snacked on banana, ensure and oatmeal. Strong coffee on the shuttle to T1
Event warmup:

Putting on a wetsuit is warm-up enough
  • 1h 38m
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 19s / 100 yards

Heavy chop due to wind from the east. Made the long leg feel like a treadmill. lots of bumping but all were polite. water temp and vis were good.
What would you do differently?:

embrace the chop, fighting it only made it worse. sighting on bouys versus following feet would be a better idea next time.
Transition 1
  • 11m

Running up the helix is not great in theory, but the cheering crowds made it kind of fun.
What would you do differently?:

i wanted to be as comfortable on teh bike as possible, i made sure everything was where it should be.
  • 7h 50m
  • 112 miles
  • 14.30 mile/hr

There was a nice tail wind on the stick, payback for fighting the chop on the swim. The turn on 92 for the trip to Mt Horab was all slow climb, I wasn't focused and slowed more than i should have. The hills are legit and should be respected. I hit 38mph on the downhills, the only benefit to being 200 pounds in an IM event. Im a weak biker and it showed, flatland training even in the wind is not enough prep for this course.
What would you do differently?:

Try and find a real hill to train on. This is a real bike course and it demands your respect. The weak will perish, or miss the cut off.
Transition 2
  • 07m 30s

One last hill, up the helix. But the volunteers take your ride and you can block it out of your mind.
What would you do differently?:

I left T2 with 2 flasks of gel. That was a mistake, 1 would be plenty, live off teh course.
  • 5h 32m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 40s  min/mile

I mostly enjoyed this run, great crowds, great volunteers, well marked. Only 1 real hill which i walked as planned. All those fast people really missed seeing the capital lit up after dark, it was very impressive.
What would you do differently?:

You can always go faster i guess, but i needed to be functional this week and the podium was long gone by the time i slipped on the running shoes. I really do feel victory in the finish, no matter my time.
Post race
Warm down:

Pictures, pizza and hugs. Although i was ordered to the showers pronto.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weak bike

Event comments:

Of the IM's and other 140.6 events i have done this was the hardest, and most satisfying. I felt i earned my time and enjoyed the day. This event ranks at the top for support and atmosphere and i would reco it to anyone, just be prepared.

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Last updated: 2013-09-10 12:00 AM
01:38:00 | 4224 yards | 02m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: sleeveless
Course: rectangle.. west 1050m, south 300m, east 1700m, north 200m, nw 600m
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 11:00
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: Average
07:50:00 | 112 miles | 14.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
HR was normal 144-150 range all all but the big climbs
Wind: Some
Course: Out to Verona, heading west, 2 loops, back to T2. I thought parts of the course had some pretty rough surface, they said parts will be repaved next week.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 07:30
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
05:32:00 | 26.2 miles | 12m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Kept HR below 170, stopped being a race at this point after teh poor showing on the bike. I just planned to enjoy the run and i mostly did.
Course: 2 loops all over central Madison and UW campus.
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 Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5