Ironman Arizona - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Ironman North America
94F / 34C
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = DNF/
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and drove over to the race site. I showed up about 30 minutes before the pro start and 45 before the age grouper start. Just enough time to check my tires, put the bottles on my bike, fill the aero bottle, and put my sunglasses in my bike bag.
Event warmup:

Jumped in the water and swam up toward the start and sat on the edge of the lake until about 30 seconds to the start.
  • 1h 29m 56s
  • 3862 meters
  • 02m 20s / 100 meters

I received a bludgeoning elbow during the swim that left a big ring cut from my goggles and some bruising around my eye. To put it short... nice black eye. I still swam pretty well but that hurt for about 20 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Just my swimming ability. I didn't let myself get flustered and just swam on after getting hit with the elbow. I was pleased that I did not lose the seal and did not know my goggles had cut me and that I would later have a black eye.
Transition 1
  • 04m 15s

Good IM transition you have to run quite aways so 4:15 is a pretty good time.
  • 5h 53m 24s
  • 112 miles
  • 19.02 mile/hr

I was having a real good bike fighting the wind well and then moving quickly with the tail wind. On the way out there was a dust storm going across the highway. It was something that looked quite surreal.

On the 2nd lap it really started getting hotter and I got a few slight cramps. I ate my gels and they were gone and I felt fine. Then on the 3rd lap while fighting the now quite warm wind I started cramping again and when I would slow at the aid stations my legs wanted to cramp right up. I actually stopped at the first one and picked up extra gels.

I kept moving decently back to town and it felt like I had the dehydration and cramping under control as I even had to pee when I got off the bike. I felt quite dizzy though and as I put my shoes on it was crampsylvania time again.

(moved from 1663 out of the water to 610th off the bike)
What would you do differently?:

Start taking in fluids and gels earlier in the leg. Time was good as compared to the conditions.
Transition 2
  • 06m 11s

They have a bike handler that takes your bike. That is nice but 2 of them grabbed it and I couldn't get my leg off. Almost cramped there but then I cramped when I tried to put my running shoes on anyway.
What would you do differently?:

Didn't feel too well so I was slow... feeling good would have been 2-3 minutes.
  • 00m
  • 26.2 miles
  •  min/mile

I started the run and saw some of the peeps and received some real good encouragement from Rob. I made it around the first part of the loop (about 3.4 miles) but as I was going by the transition area I wasn't walking very straight and they pulled me off the course to sit down in the shade. They had me drink some chicken broth and that made me throw up. They said they were going to DNF me and take me over to the med tent. I was fine with that. They carted me to the tent where I spent 3+ hours receiving a IV and just trying to feel better before moving on. I still did not feel too good but it was starting to get real busy in the tent so I gave my bed and told the nurse if I needed to I would just sit in the shade.
Post race
Warm down:

I gradually drank more water and ate and felt a little better and watched for my friends & BT peeps while clapping for everybody as they moved toward the finish.

Event comments:

Ironman Branded races are great well put on races but because there are so many people sometimes you feel like a cow in a herd. The volunteers make up for this as they are great and very helpful and encouraging. Thank you to everyone who volunteers at races.

I especially would like to thank volunteers at bike aid stations. I think it is probably one of the more difficult volunteer jobs as it can be tough to pass water bottles, etc. to riders that are going at good speed. They also don't have as much interaction with the athletes and probably do not hear the thank you as much as some other volunteer areas do.

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Last updated: 2008-01-19 12:00 AM
01:29:56 | 3862 meters | 02m 20s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 1663/
Performance: Good
Suit: Zoot sleeveless
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:15
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
05:53:24 | 112 miles | 19.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Beeline nasty headwind on the way out and hot hot hot as you came back with the wind that lessened a little on each lap but still had some gusts.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 06:11
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:00:00 | 26.2 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4