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Race Reports for Ironman Florida

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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.....
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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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  • Comments: I have no idea why I was able to do this race how I did. I'm a stubborn person, and I think that, coupled with my endurance background was enough to let me suffer through it. I'm a lucky guy I guess. I mean everything I know - getting my degree in exercise science, experience, etc. - says that I had all the cards stacked against me. Lack of training. Lack of nutrition plan. It could have ended up being terrible, but it wasn't. I just went out and listened to my body and enjoyed the day. I will never tell anybody to not train for a race of this distance. It is not smart - I think I was probably more sore for longer because of that. But I will say that the ability to listen to your body and know when enough is enough is something that all athletes should develop as much as they can. I was mentally prepared to step out of the race if I needed to. I thought about just doing a swim-bike. But as the day progressed I was able to make decisions on the fly and roll with it. In the
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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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  • 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: So many people to thank. This is my best result in the last 3 years so I am pleased with it even tho I know I have better in me. I have the bestest Iron Friends in the whole wide world. My sweet pumpkin. It wasn't easy for him to get there this year but he made it. Kathy and Kevin. It was so awesome seeing them out on the course amd spending time with them over the weekend. I can't wait to race with Kathy next year!!! Wendi, Jeff and Deb. Not many people will walk a 1/2 marathon with you!! All my friends and my famly cheering on from home too!! It was so much fun seeing all my friends out on the course. I am a very lucky girl. Big shout out to my coach Will Kirousis of Tri-Hard Coaching. Will and I have been through a lot together on and off the race coruse over the last 8 years. I appreciate everything you do for me Will ad thanks for helping me make it happen. THANK YOU EVERYONE CAN'T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN NEXT 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? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I know there has been a lot of conversations about how expensive IM races are getting. And I know there are some very well run independent races, but you can tell that a lot of money is spent putting these races on so to some degree, you get what you pay for. I also want to give a shout out to my training partners Dudley and Mike! Especially Dudley since in addition to providing company on some of the long bikes and swims, he also helps me rehab the occasional aches and pains and is just a very good friend to me. Unfortunately the 3 of us didn't get as much racing and training in as we would have liked, we had a lot of fun when we did! I was always concerned about hiring a coach. After a couple of injury riddled seasons, I decided I best seek out the advice of a good coach. Dan Jarecke has put me through a challenging program that let me race often (probably too often!) but more importantly race strong while at the same time staying healthy! I am grateful for making that decision
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  • Comments: Awesome event and a great experience. I don't plan on doing another IM, but if I did, I would definitely do IMFL again.
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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: Even though my race was not what I feel I am capable of, I still really enjoyed the race. I met some really great racers and spectators. I will be back in 2015 to race again..
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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 I was so happy with how my race went. I couldn't have expected it to go any smoother. I know I can work on speed with the bike and run or next year's race, and now that I feel I have dialed in my nutrition better on the bike I can further work on that. I am just so happy my GI was not an issue, and when I was running I felt I could just keep on running. I was moderately cautious on the bike with my heart rate higher than I planned, and I think this along with less calories put me in good position for my run.
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