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Race Reports for Ironman Florida

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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: This was a really well run race, and the spectators on the run made it really fun. I didn't do as well as I wanted, but the atmosphere made it worth 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: Overall this was a fun race and I really enjoyed things. I would do it again, but only after I get a few other ones done that I'd like to do. The volunteers were awesome, as always, and I enjoyed the "town" as race-cation location.
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  • Comments: It's an IRONMAN! Of course it was 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: This is a GREAT event. Even though the run didn't go my way, it was still a great experience. Well organized, well laid out, well staffed and run. I highly recommend it for anyone that's willing to put the training 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? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: IMFL - my first Ironman 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? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Overall a good course and was happy with the volunteers this year and their helpfulness. Water conditions and weather conditions and be variable from year to year. Fast course if properly trained. Was in the middle of a move from Philly to Chicago so didn't have a lot of time to train for this one. Unfortunately, couldn't get my run special needs bag back so I lost a new pair of Hoka sneakers and my floppy Ironman hat!
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  • Organised?No
  • Events on time?No

  • 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 DNF comes with obvious disappointment and heartbreak. Swim cancelled due to high winds and rip current so that started the day off on the wrong foot. I will be back in 2015 to conquer this race!
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  • Organised?Yes
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  • Comments: Was not very impressed by this years finisher medal or tshirt. They both look like a small run medal and shirt. Volunteers were awesome! As for the swim...Well I believe that WTC made the right call. There was no that they could keep everyone safe. I was really hoping that I was gonna kill the swim and better my last IM time by 30 min. Dotti was again a phenominal training partner! Would not have done another IM if it wasnt for her pushing me.
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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 really wanted a sub-12 hour finish in this one. But, once the swim was canceled, I made the decision to just enjoy the day. I was not worried about any time in particular at that point. In my mind, I still had some unfinished business since the swim was canceled. In retrospect, that was probably the best thing to happen to me! I absolutely had a ball. I never felt the tired feeling I felt I was sure to experience! Mentally, this was not a difficult race...and I attribute that to my training and mental approach to the day. I felt pretty confident coming into the race and I think that helped me tremendously. The volunteers throughout the day were just crazy helpful. To my family...I just cannot express how much I appreciate your support over the past year. My on-site supporters were awesome and exceeded even the dreams I had going into the race about how your support would make me feel. Those who asked me about how training was going over the months....thank you! Those who
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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 only rated it average because the swim was cancelled. The weather in PCB can be unpredictable. The water was like glass for two days pre-race. I think, in general, the weather is unpredictable everywhere! This city really embraced Ironman and did a great job with aid stations and support. I would go back in the future! Loved the run course and all the people!
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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: ankles were killing me after the race. Found I had slight ankle sprains.
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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 the IMFL swim had ever been canceled, but I guess that's the risk of an ocean swim. The volunteers were great, and WTC puts on a good show. I would like to come back and try this one again, to complete the full event one year. But I'm signed up for Louisville in 2015.
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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: For my first Ironman, this was pretty cool. Saw one more BT out there which was 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? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was my first Ironman and I thought it was great. I had no clue how I would do so I was happy even though I was bummed about the swim. I wanted to do one and be done but it looks like I need to do another. Not doing the swim does not sit right with me. Feel weird saying I am an Ironman. Feel like it's not really official.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?No

  • 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 "ironman", though without the swim. Weather was challenging. Volunteers were great. Cheering sections on the run course were great. Aid stations were great. Chicken broth was gold.
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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: Disappointing & humblling. Frustrating. Clearly , I missed something in training..I felt capable of running at a reasonable pace ..but my gI system would have none of it..the kiss of death..Maintaining forward motion required all I could muster..and brain clearly wasn't on all cylinders to troubleshoot the problem either..Takeaways- choose to focus on the SUCCESS of the swim..the reasonable bike..and the challenge ahead to sort out fueling/hydrating for the marathon....
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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 race. Everything was organized and well run. The course is flat, but not easy. If you think it's easy then you aren't pushing yourself hard enough.
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  • Comments: I will train for my races next year.....
[19]
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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: Ironman florida is fun, fast, and a great place to recover.
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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 an amazing RACE! I would recommend this to anyone thinking of doing there first Ironman. I will be back for 2014 and might just make it an annual event!
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  • Organised?Yes
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  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

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

  • Comments: The volunteers were awesome! I took all my own gatoraide for the bike and the run. That worked out perfect. I made two bottles of double strength for the bike and diluted with course water - worked. For the last 1/2 of the run I had two bottles of double strength and only used one of them. I lost two bottles when I sat down one time to work on shoe. If I ever have something like that again I should look for medical aide at aide station. Some moleskin would have made the whole thing a lot better I think.
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  • Comments: Overall, I am really happy with my preparation and my performance. While my back gave me fits, my legs were strong throughout. I never felt like they were weakening. I had a slight adjustment in nutrition on the bike, but relying almost entirely on liquids worked well for me. Going in, I considered my best case scenario to be a 15:30, with my realistic pace at 16:00. I was able to execute the plan I went into the water with, despite the 22+ minutes I gave up at the end. 36 months ago, I was a full-fledged couch potato. I started a C25K plan hoping to get to the point where I could run an occasional 5K again. The photo of me in the red shirt was taken in November 2011 at my first 5K after I started running again. Two years later in November 2013 I became an Ironman.
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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: Would just like to say that I had some Amazing sherpas for this race. They really made it seamless for me. So fortunate to be part of such an awesome group!
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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 could not have done this without the support of my wife and family. IronMan training takes a lot of time away from your loved ones. It was great to have all of them make the long drive to Panama City to come and out and support me. There is no better feeling than seeing your family out on the course throughout the day. Remember that their sacrifice is just as big as yours. The volunteers here were amazing, second to none. They did a tremendous job at the aid stations.
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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: • The volunteers, the crowd, and the enthusiasm from the other racers and EN team was awesome. Inspiring. If only people acted like that in every day life!! • IMFL gets somewhat of a bad rap, and I wasn’t really looking forward to it from all the stories I had heard, but I actually REALLY liked this race. I would do it again in a heartbeat. • I had an IM PR of over an hour (IMLP 2011 in 11:49). Yeah, IMFL was a faster course on a fast day, but hey, a PR is a PR. • Came in the top 15% of the field and my age group – not bad. • Got to race with my best bud of 30 years and EN teammate, Mike. He had one of those ninja execution days and I could not be prouder or more happy for him. Ironman is expensive and crowded and hard, but damn...it is awesome. First class event.
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