Ironman Wisconsin - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
Ironman North America
71F / 22C
Total Time = 14h 00m 56s
Overall Rank = 1478/2207
Age Group = W30-34
Age Group Rank = 60/112
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3:30am, made coffee,had oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar and an ensure. Got dressed and double checked all of my bags. had a gatorade while on way to drop off special needs bags.Had another Ensure. Said hi and gave hugs to friends and family that I saw in and around the terrace, wished my friends that were competing good luck.

Event warmup:

Nancy and I swam out just past the ski jump and treaded water for 20 minutes-I didn't want to be one of those people that's still trying to get in the water when the cannon goes off. I could see my dad and my 2 kids standing on the pier.
  • 1h 19m 37s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

The swim was insane! I need to take a self-defense class before I do that again! The first lap I got clobbered from all sides, got my goggles knocked off, and someone actually grabbed my ankle. It seemed like every time I took a breathe I got a mouth full of water.It got even more congested around the buoys. Just tried to keep going and the second lap was a lot better than the first after people got more spread out.
What would you do differently?:

Stay outside towards shore or just inside the buoys-where there are less people.
Transition 1
  • 11m 27s

The volunteers are so great, I had someone grab me right away and she dumped everything out of my bag and helped me change my clothes and decide what I was taking with me and what I would leave. Drank another Ensure and grabbed a PB and honey Uncrustable-which I tried to eat on my way to my bike-but it felt like my mouth was full of glue so I pitched it. I ran holding my shoes because I had along way to go. When I got to my rack there was another volunteer waiting for me with my bike-that is so cool!
What would you do differently?:

Put on some body glide.
  • 7h 25m 41s
  • 112 miles
  • 15.08 mile/hr

Over all I think the bike was my best event of the day. I was relaxed and took it pretty easy. The hills seemed so much easier with all of the spectators there! much easier than any time I road the course in training. When I got to Mt. Horeb on the 2nd loop I noticed that I had some chaffing under my arms that was really starting to hurt-I couldn't find my body glide I must have forgotten to grab it or I dropped it. So I went to the port-a-potty and lo and behold someone had thrown a used package of butt chamois on the floor. and there was some left! so I rubbed it all over my underarms. I know-how gross is that that I grabbed something off of the port-a-potty's floor and rubbed it on myself-but desperate times call for desperate measures, right?
What would you do differently?:

I think next time I could go a bit faster, I tried to be conservative because I didn't want to die on the 2nd loop and since this was my 1st IM I wasn't sure what to expect. Also If I could avoid visiting the port-a-potty 6 times during the bike that would cut off some time!
Transition 2
  • 08m 35s

Again, another volunteer grabbed me right away and sat me down and got all of my stuff sorted out. Took 1 Immodium and grabbed more salt tabs and goo. couldn't bring myself to chug anymore Ensure so I left that. grabbed a blister kit-thank goodness because i got a big blister on the big toe of my right foot at mile 14.
What would you do differently?:

Take more Immodium or something like that.
  • 4h 55m 38s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 17s  min/mile

I couldn't believe how great I felt coming out on the run, I felt really fresh and excited to be on the last leg of the day. I felt like I was running at a really good pace and was ahead of the time that I had estimated. This kept up until half way through the marathon and then my stomach cramped up and I felt bloated and nauseous. i had a really hard time making myself eat and drink. I did keep up with taking the electrolytes. I had to make a couple of mad dashes to the port-a-potties because I thought I might get a sudden bout of diarrhea. Tried not to spend too much time in the toilet-I was afriad of possibly passing out in there. so the 2nd half of the run ended up being a walk-run.
What would you do differently?:

Take more Immodium and when I started to feel bad, cut out the sugary stuff and switch to water, pretzels and chicken broth until I felt better.
Post race
Warm down:

A volunteer met me with a space blanket and got me a cup of Sprite, got my medal and T-shirt and took a picture with Brook and Dylan. tried to keep moving. Met my family and friends outside of the finishing tent and then went to get some food at the athlete tent. I grabbed some pizza, fruit and water but I could not force anything down but the water. My stomach was still cramped up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I could have pushed harder on the bike but really my goal for my first IM was to finish so I was conservative-I didn't want to bonk on the bike or have nothing left for the run. I definitely had some issues with my stomach on the 2nd part of the run that made it really hard.

Event comments:

I am thrilled that i finished an Ironman race. It is a big accomplishment for me.I feel really proud and hope that I have been a good example for my kids- for working really hard for something and not giving up.

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Last updated: 2008-02-10 12:00 AM
01:19:37 | 4224 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 57/112
Overall: 1287/2207
Performance: Good
Suit: Blue Seventy energie wetsuit
Course: 2 loop course
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Below average
Time: 11:27
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
07:25:41 | 112 miles | 15.08 mile/hr
Age Group: 81/112
Overall: 1837/2207
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road:  Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 08:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
04:55:38 | 26.2 miles | 11m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 49/112
Overall: 1152/2207
Performance: Good
Course: Great run through downtown Madison and the UW campus, lots of opportunity to see friends and family. Running down State street is awesome-there are people everywhere lining the sidewalks cheering for you.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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