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Race Reports for Ironman Texas - North American Championship

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Race rating (4)
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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: To finish an Ironman race and to be able to call myself an Ironman I feel extremely blessed. To be able to say I have gone thru the Ironman journey twice and have successfully crossed another finish line is beyond anything I could have ever imagined for myself. With that being said I still feel a bit disappointed in my performance at both Lake Placid and especially Texas. I really felt like the Texas course was technically so much easier than Lake Placid with an extremely flat bike course which should have given way to a great marathon. I hate to make excuses but I think when the temp dropped during the rain it sent my body into a tailspin that I was never able to recover from. As I sit here finishing this report I have a true passion for endurance sports and feel like I have yet to execute the perfect race. If God willing and my family will allow I will most likely head to Madison in 2017 with a fire and rage ready to conquer the hills of Madison. I can't at this time make that commitment
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

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

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I'm giving myself a 5 on mental effort for figuring out my nutrition and hydration on the fly and making it stick to the end. I swear I felt better after this race than my marathon, lol.
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  • Comments: Great race, great venue!
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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? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This race deserves more than your prototypical 5 stars. The folks at Ironman and The Woodlands did an amazing job. It was a perfect race do complete my first full distance race. The spectators and volunteers deserve all the credit.
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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: It was physically the hardest day of my life . If you ask me if i would do it again its worth every sweat and every pain.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

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

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

  • Comments: There is a lot of distance between the registration, transition, swim start, finish line, transition gear bag. Count on doing an extra 2-3 miles of walking on race day. You really need to keep fluids up and keep cool with lots of ice. I used 60 cups of ice down my shirt on the run. It would be very easy to get heat exhaustion if you get behind. The humidity really adds to the heat index. With it being early in the year most folks did not have a chance to train in the heat. We had snow 2 weeks before the race. It was a hard race, but for my fitness and condition of my knee muscle it was a soiid effort on my part, especially to not walk on the last lap.
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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: Great venue, great location and fun race! Had a great time with Christine Stotler as well, and with my Uncle Pete and Aunt Jane, and very happy that I was able to do this race. Was a very difficult run, but I was able to RALLY BACK and finish with a decent time! Was very happy overall with my race because I drew strength from having to overcome these issues and finish strong!
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  • Comments: Other than the horrible smelling and tasting water this is a great race. The venue is fantastic, especially the run along the lake. My wife absolutely loved it and staying at the host hotel made their day even better. I will be back next year at another attempt. this time I won't forget to chew on the most powerful peppermint gum I can find before I get in the water to hopefully kill some of the horrible taste of the water.
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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 love IMTX, the Woodlands, everything down there. Great atmosphere. I've convinced my wife to race with me next year. We'll race side by side the entire day, I cannot wait!
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  • Comments: I absolutely loved this event! The crowd support is nothing short of amazing. You always make a plan and try to plan for everything but the one thing I couldn't plan on was getting sick on the bike. Had I not gotten sick and stayed properly hydrated could I have had a better bike split? Could I have run to my potential? Who knows. Maybe one day I will find out
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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: The volunteers were amazing and really made this race what it was. Without them, no race and no good time. Kudos to Ironman for a well run race. The venue was excellent.
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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: The volunteers were amazing!!!
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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: loved the course. loved the volunteers. could've used some seats/tables after the finish. but otherwise, it was incredibly painful, but overall a great experience. In the last miles of the run, I couldn't imagine ever wanting to do this again; now, a couple of days removed, I can't wait.
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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 an officially an Ironman!! After watching some friends cross the finish line Louisville in 2012, the tri bug bit and I can't believe where it's taken me. So many great experiences, but IM Texas takes the top honor. On a side note, I got the VIP package for my spouse who was extremely satisfied with that whole side of things.
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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: Tremendous crowd support on the run course. It was amazing.
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: It's an Ironman Race. Does it get any better?
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  • Comments: It's just such a great race, and the run support is immense. You just need to be prepared for the heat.
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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: Needed either carpet on the concrete in T2 or to warn athletes to wear socks on the bike.
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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: for my first IM, it was a good experience.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

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

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

  • Comments: The athlete area after the race had no seating or shade and all they had were rows of tables with no chairs out in the blazing sun. This to me after an IM is unacceptable. We pay lots of money for a race that should have the post race details covered. Seems later that night after many complaints the chairs surfaced. I also think burritos are a poor choice of food after a race. To me pizza is cheap and easy and it really hits the spot. Just my preference. Last rant is to give out cold IM perform drinks at the finish and not just water and cokes.
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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: Excellent IM race. Fast course and great volunteers. The wild card is the weather! On a nice day, this is an easy, PR kind of course!
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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: Overall was a great race experience. While I didnt hit my time goals, the bigger goal was to have fun and enjoy the experience, that goal was accomplished. The finishing line was something I will never forget. The crowd make you feel like a rock star.
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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 loved this race. It was my first Ironman and I had a blast. The heat was terrible but I expected no less. I am considering doing this one again next year or St. Louis. I would recommend this race to others. The venue was great, the volunteers were incredible, and the crowds were awesome.
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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 family came to this race thinking it was just another boring triathlon, but they had a blast!!! WTC does a good job of making this race fun for the athletes and spectators a like. I had a great time and look forward to doing another. I AM AN IRONMAN!!!
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  • Organised?Yes
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  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: If this race was a month earlier or later in the year, this thing would sell out in minutes.
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