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Race Reports for Ironman Wisconsin

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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 Wisconsin was a great experience. The course lived up to the hype for it's difficulty. I will say that the crowd support was great through the entire race. As always there were tons of amazing volunteers out there. I even managed to PR my Iron distance time by about 7 minutes. Given all the challenges of family life and having a career I feel very blessed to be able to complete my second 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: It's been one week out from the race as I wrap up my Race Report. As I began the run, I hated what I was doing and doubted why I was there. As I write today, I'm excited for my next IM to learn more and become more efficient, effective in race execution. Yes, it sucked royally at times. Yes, it was one of the toughest mental challenges I'm endured in some time. Yes, I will do another IM in the near future... after a few years off. ;) http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/wisconsin/...
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: Madison is a great venue. The best volunteers ever!! Treading water at the start of the swim, I looked toward the shore and the view of the spectators is breathtaking. Thousands of people lining the shore, all of the levels of the parking helix, the conference center terraces - its like looking at 3 cruise ships parked on shore with everyone waving you on. The spectator support on the bike hills is great motivation to get up the toughest of the hills - costumes, signs, music, cow bells, bull horns. It was a fun race to do.
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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 race provided me an amazing experience. The race was long, difficult, exhausting and amazing. The volunteers were more than I could have hoped for, and the crowd support was encouraging, entertaining, and exciting. Everything about this race is First Class, and the weather could not have been any better. As I was competing in the race, and even afterwards I thought to myself "This is crazy. This is just way too long". But the bigger the challenge, the bigger the accomplishment, and my sentiment quickly went from "I'm not sure if I want to do another one" to "I definitely want another shot at Ironman". Thanks Madison for being a great host.
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  • Comments: Ironman Wisconsin is really a special race. It's very well organized and all 3 courses are excellent. The city embraces the event which really makes a difference. From talking with people who've raced other IMs they concur that Madison has arguably the best crowd support. The volunteers made the experience a well oiled machine. The only thing I had to worry about was performing as an athlete and that's all I ever want in a race. I'll be back in a few years to do this 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? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This race is by far my most favorite. The course is beautiful; the volunteers are very helpful; the finish line is electric. It could be so much better with better quality finish food.
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: This was my first Ironman ever. I could not ask for a better race to do it. My goal set back in 2103 to complete Ironman at the age of 60 has been accomplished. It took almost a year of preparation plus two years of doing triathlons on shorter distances including Ironman 70.3 in 2014. I want to give a huge credit to 3500 volunteers and people of Madison who make this race unforgettable. If you are not afraid of one of the most difficult Ironman triathlon bike courses around, I would highly recommend doing Wisconsin. All the pain will pay off with the cheer ups received as you go through the challenge.
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  • Comments: too many course marshalls I would even say made the bike more dangerous
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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 don't think I could have picked a better event to do my first Ironman. With my T1 exception, all the volunteers were amazing. The crowd support everywhere was spectacular. If you want to feel like a pro, go do IMWI. Yes, it is one of the more challenging courses on the circuit, but you will be rewarded my more cheers than you can imagine. It's inspired me so much, that next year I want to go back, but as a volunteer - I can be right there on the course with my friends and training partners, cheering them on. And I'll use the volunteer perk to early register for IMWI again in 2016!
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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 race. Fairly well organized (not as good as ours in Door County but pretty good). Volunteers rocked it. Most of all, my #BSCRAZY crew was the bomb! They made this race. Thank you to Marla, Stosh, Sarah, Ty, Jill, Mom, Dad, Steve, Jason Woelfel, Mark, Nicole, Jody, Todd, Julie, Parker, Carol, Jolene, Kuklinski. Marla put together one hell of a crew and I could never recreate this part of the 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? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Great venue....very challenging bike course...takes it's toll. Support on this course is out of this world amazing! Fans and Volunteers ROCK! Way cool!
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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 five goals for myself: 1) Finish, 2) Beat 2012 time for a PR, 3) Run a sub 5 hour marathon, 4) Break 13 hour overall time, 5) Do NOT puke on the run course. Although I only accomplished the first two goals, they were the most important, so how can I not be happy with that?!
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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 race volunteers were really awesome! The event was truly a spectacle to be a part of. I enjoyed every minute of it. But, I have to talk more about the support of the day. Lis was my wingman throughout the day. She may not have been on the course with me but I could see her pride as soon as the light of the morning was bright enough to light her face. She and I both were unable to speak to each other at several points throughout the morning but the message was clear and pure, her love and support was abundant and it was fuel for me all day long, especially on the run after having seen her face at the start and the half. Her pride was so clearly evident. I have mentioned it several times already, but her glow, her glow!!! I cannot explain what I saw in her eyes. I never will be able to.
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  • Comments: I wanted to try and sneak in under 13 hours. Turns out that it was fairly easy and less painful than I thought it would be.
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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: With no experience, I hoped to break 12 hrs based on my training. Sure it was hard but I didn't experience a collapse or mental breakdown expected after reading other race reports and online forums. I'll be able to reevaluate and tweak my training to give it another go next year. The race was coordinated very well. I watied in so many long lines but at the same time there seemed to be a million volunteers so it seems they did the best they could. My only complaints had more to do with hotel costs and minimum stay requirements. I didn't find it necessary to sign in 2-3 days early just to make me hang around in town all weekend.
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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: IM Wisconsin is a fantastic experience.
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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: Of course it's the best, it's my first 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? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This race was awesome. 11 hour was my soft goal that I barely hit. My real stupid goal was a 10:30 IM. That was my cut off point where I knew if I hit it, then I could work my ass off to try to KQ the next year but this race was so insane I decided to skip the 1-2 year IM break and signed up for it again. I won't KQ next year but I'll hopefully be one step closer and be a few minutes faster. Either way, I know I'll have another great 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? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: There were a lot of small screwups and misinformation given by Ironman here, which was frustrating. One would think, after doing this race so many times, it would be all routine by now. I was given four different stories, throughout the week, as to how to pick up special needs bags. At one point, there official story was that it was going to be a wave start. Also, early athlete guide had next year's even in late October. Lots of minor but significant screwups.
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: If I had one complaint about this race it was the lack of post race food and drink. I was able to get one chocolate milk and a bottle of water. I could not find anything else. I know they want to get everyone out of the finish line quickly, but they should have had some food available somewhere. The volunteers were fantastic in all sections of the race.
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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: The fan support is second to none! This is the only full IM I have attended (as a fan and a participant) but I hear what others say, including the pro's. They all say this is the best course for fan support and course difficulty/variety. The run split data on the IM site seems to be way off. It doesn't match my Garmin at all. Some segments say I averaged a faster/slower pace than any mile in that segment according to my Garmin. The Garmin isn't perfect but it is pretty reliable on my run splits. Just an observation.
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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 combination of being able to sleep in my own bed and all the hills on the bike course make this an ideal race for me. I love doing this race, and I love to hear when other people enjoy Madison as much as us locals. Next time, I want to ride on Saturdays and run Sundays rather than usually the opposite. It might be warmer for running Sundays after church, but then I won't always have dead legs for riding in the late summer, so I can get a better ride. I also need to continue to work on my stomach issue. I'd like to eat a little more on the bike and maybe eat every other aid station rather than every third. Also, I might just try to gut out my stomach problems more...mind over matter. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take advantage of the cool, cloudy weather as much as I would have liked (only the second cloudy race for IMWI and the first cloudy day where it wasn't raining). I was hoping, planning and pacing for a 5:05 bike and a 3:45 marathon to hopefully finish around 10:15,
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: This is a very tough, technical course. You need to train like crazy to do it justice. The volunteers and crowd support are second to none, however, which really helps you get through (although it dwindles significantly by the time I get to the finish). Ironman is really taking advantage of it's name, and the prices are getting out of control as people will pay whatever they ask. Hopefully by the time I make my comeback (assuming I do), the prices will be coming down, or I'll just stick with local races. I really did enjoy myself, though, and the Ironman distance teaches you just how strong and resilient of a person you are...
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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 IRONMAN. :) Molded in the hellfire of countless open water swims, 100 mile rides, and 3:30am training runs. Not to mention the inflated grocery bills, social sacrifices and soft-induced moments of intense anxiety + eating. Training has endured a year and finally, it's official and over (for now). I feel proud, humbled, thrilled, relieved, satisfied, thankful, and still in awe of what I accomplished on Sunday. I think my performance was terrific and training consistent. My mantra that day was, 'Let go... Surrender... Trust Me'. There were a lot of instances that made my stomach quiver and nerves unwind... those moments of self doubt, worry. After countless unsuccessful attempts to analyze my way through or wish them away, I simply had to let go. Near the end of the bike, the decision was clear: no amount of worrying would make this easier or me faster. So long as I gave it my all and did all I could do within my control, I would accept whatever was given me that 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: I know people get on WTC for alot of different things but I have to hand it to them they put on a first rate event here in Wisconsin. That's why everyone wants to do an Ironman. I felt as important as the professional athletes racing that day. The city of Madison and the surrounding counties embrace this event and the provide tremendous support to the athletes participating. The people in Wisconsin are awesome! The volunteers are so awesome I wish I could thank each and everyone of them personally. They all went way above and beyond to help me and ensure my every need was taken care of, just awesome. Thank you. I would highly recommended this race to anyone wanting a very well supported and challenging race. I had a great time in Madison and a lot of fun. I am definitely going to come back to Madison to do another one. I am also going to try and come back next year to support my three friends and fellow Asphalt Junkies Brenda, JoAnne and Dirk who are going to take on Madison next year.
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