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Race Reports for Ironman Arizona

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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: My first and second Ironman, of course I like it since I'm doing it again this year
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I am so goddamn happy to be done but at the same point, what a blast! Looking forward to my next Ironman!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was IMAZ!! Best and hardest race I have ever done! Having signed up one year earlier having never done a triathlon, I had no idea what to expect, and the year brought some of the best and worst experiences of my life. I am elated I was able to finish this race and do so without any real issues along the way. During the year, I overcame anxiety in open water and learned to swim, and overall greatly improved my physical ability and endurance. However, exactly one month before IM, at the height of training, my step-son Doug passed away unexpectedly. It was a blow we were not expecting, and after learning of his death, Mike and I were not sure we would continue our IM journey. However, Doug supported our effort and his last text told Mike he knew Mike would finish because Mike did not quit. Within the last year and a half, I also lost two friends who were younger than me (40 and 42). Losing so many in your life in such a short time really makes you appreciate the days we are given,
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: As always, racing is so much more meaningful to me when shared with friends. There was a LOT of love out on the course with 20 of us from MI racing, my host and hostess (and kona krush) Marie and Eric,Not to mention Coach Rich from Endurance Nation at mile 18. All my ATCK friends families and Fraser families cheered like crazy for me and that meant the world on the run and bike! All my friends following along at home...well, I got all the love they sent. Dave even had the neighbors over to watch my finish on the big screen! LOVED! Thats what I am! There is something about IM...Part of me hates the commercial jazz that IM is, but there is this other part of doing something with your body and pushing your limits that just can not be replicated...IM gives you the challenge and thousands of friends to share the day with. This year I was fortunate to race with five first time racers and to feed off their excitement and share my limited knowledge of the IM distance race. It was a great
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Volunteers and crowd support were fantastic. Run course made me want to kill myself at times ... as did the bike. If I had ridden outside more, maybe I wouldn't have had as many issues. I dunno. Overall, I'd do it again. When I can afford it.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: As much crap as WTC gets, this race is top notch. Between the insane amount of awesome volunteers, great courses, perfect weather, and one of the few true mass starts left in the country, I thought the race was great. Tempe is such a cool town and has a great vibe. I'd do this race again. My wife was amazing through the entire process over the past year. So were my parents. I'm glad I got to share the experiemce with the.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: If an Ironman is on your to do list. IMAZ is a must. Volunteer the year before and sign up on site as it sells out in seconds after going on line later in the day.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: What can be said other than IMAZ was one of the most physically and mentally challenging things I have ever put myself through. When I first got into the sport of triathlon and completed my first Sprint event, I never thought that an Ironman would be in my future. NEVER!! Now I can call myself an Ironman and I'm frickn proud of it!!!!! The host city stepped up. If anyone asks me how it was I tell people it was awesome. Hard, but awesome. My coach, Ben Cagle, used me as a guinea pig in his first year of coaching. I was happy to let him test out his theories on me since this was my first attempt at Ironman as well. We came together with a good plan and he helped me reach my goal (tattoo anyone??). Without Ben's thoughts and analysis, I might not be looking at this good of a finish, or even a finish at all. Thanks Ben! On Monday after IMAZ I was sure I was never going to even consider another IM again. The amount of time required to effectively train, along with the
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Outstanding race - weather was perfect (which I will say the race organizers did a great job of organizing:)) Was very pleased with the overall experience, especially the fact that there was plenty of finisher merchandise the following day. I finally got my finisher jacket!!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Unbelievable is my only description. I failed twice at this distance, so finishing for me was inscribable.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Best race ever!!! The course support from spectators/volunteers was like no other race I've done! This race just lit my fire even more!!! I couldn't wait to get back @ it this week! Just made me wanna dig deeper,work harder to get more fit and faster! Learned a lot today and the last 30 weeks of training! Can't wait to do another!!!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: IMAZ is a great race for the entry of the 140.6 distance and the venue is awesome for spectators. The volunteers are so friendly and helpful that they could be a family member! So many people called me by name when I was running through the aid stations too. The bike and run course is really friendly. I pre-registered for next year and because it sells out so fast, I'm glad I did! I age up next year to 55-59 age division and with the same race I'll be placed much higher. This year I can only think of what might have been, and hope that if it was a simple mistake that can be reconciled next year, I'll have a better race. Overall, this WAS a great race for my first 140.6 distance.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was a great experience and i couldn't have asked for a better week. WTC gets a lot of criticism but they sure know hoe to put on a race. Will definitely be back at an IMAZ in the future.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was my first Ironman race and it was everything I thought it would be. The volunteers were absolutely amazing! Ironman throws a great event. Everything was organized and went together perfectly. The run course is about as spectator friendly as you can get - which is great. Thank you so much to the city of Tempe, all of the volunteers, and to the Ironman foundation - you guys did a great job with IMAZ.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: First time Ironman. Really happy with my results given the fact I was only able to get about 60% of the training done. We had our first child 6 months out from race day and I wouldn't have been able to do what I did without my wife picking up all the slack. It's very difficult to train with a new family member, but definitely possible with the correct support.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Very happy for my first full iron. Nothing like that finisher's chute. I learned a lot and think I could easily get into the high 10, low 11 hour range with some better training coming in.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I had a great time! I think I'm a one-and-done age-grouper, but you never know.......
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Another great Ironman experience and a PR that will stand for many years to come I imagine
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is a WTC supported Ironman race - the best supported and most organized races in the world. No complains about the venue, support, or volunteers. They make this race a huge success, regardless of performance or individual results.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: My last Ironman i did in 13:38:59 so this was a massive improvement of over 2:20. Was very happy with my result and sore as hell today.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Thank you to everyone who supported my mid life crisis. Specail thanks to those who donated to Mary's Shelter! Thank you for supporting a pro-life cause!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Just can't say enough about the volunteers and the spectators- all the energy they give to random strangers is amazing! We all really looked forward to the aid stations with their crazy costumes and music, and the transition workers were like gentle nannies for us "special needs" children who were always lost and confused. Everyone seemed invested in helping us have a good race. What a day!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is a race that I'll remember for a long time. It took me to several dark places, but I eventually persevered.
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