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Race Reports for Ironman Wisconsin

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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: 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

  • Post race activities?
  • 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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  • 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 Ironman Wisconsin baby! I just want to thank my family and friends for coming on and supporting me through this. Thank you volunteer's and all the other people out their cheering 2500+ crazies onto their dreams. A special thanks goes out to my wife and kid for putting up with all the crazy training hours I put in on my weekends off. Without you two I would be lost. Also a shout out to you the BT community. There were questions I asked along the last year or two that were answered and really helped out as well. "Christopher Beveroth, YOU ARE AN 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 was everything I could ask for for my first IM. The volunteers were outstanding. The crowd support was so motivating and exciting. I promised my wife I would not do another IM in 2014 but instead focus on short course local races. So I won't be doing this race again next year, but I highly recommend it to anyone, it was a fantastic experience! Like everyone my first goal was to finish with a smile, but deep down I had in my head that I wanted to finish under 14 hours. I was able to accomplish both goals, what more could I ask for!
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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: Do IMWI you will be glad you did. TRAIN FOR HILLS
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  • Comments: Two years ago this time I was having a new neck put in. I feel like I've come a long way since then and am proud of my attempt. I'm working on a new goal and plan to work on core strength, swim technique, more time on the bike and will come through a champion in my next attempt. I loved all of my training and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world! I'm blessed to have the ability to do the sport I love and will continue to grow and improve!
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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: Of the IM's and other 140.6 events i have done this was the hardest, and most satisfying. I felt i earned my time and enjoyed the day. This event ranks at the top for support and atmosphere and i would reco it to anyone, just be prepared.
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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: Volunteers Awesome! Fan support--have not been to another IM distance but i gotta believe that dynamics of location of bike and run in relationship to city and campus make it amazing. The race report has a lot of little nit picky details to remind me next time in 2014. I found reading over my old races helped a lot in preparing for this one. Usually im not a "minute lost here or there" kind of guy, and worry about how FAST my transition times are over the course of a 12-13 hr day. Im never gonna get a kona slot or be in the hunt for any age group awards. My goals are on a more "internal" or "personal" level than a time (although sub 12 was icing on the cafe. This was the most satisfying race so far... A goal was set, and ultimately achieved and the process of preparing for it didn't destroy my family or alienate me from my kids (as one is 15 and the other 12....sometime the less they see of their Dad....the better). I think ive stressed less over missed workouts, tried to make them
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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 love IM WI. It's hard not to when you live in Verona on the bike course. I will be back, stronger and ready to get my 12:XX in '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? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Fantastic organized race at an excellent venue with great, supportive volunteers. What more could your ask for???
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