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Cozumel, Quintana Roo
Mexico
Sunny
Total Time = 13h 53m 33s
Overall Rank = 1265/2300
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 16/44
Pre-race routine:

I normally wake at 3-4 am and while I tried to lay in bed and "rest" I finally got up just before 4am. I wasn't going to do coffee as my Perpetuem (cafe latte) has it in it and the only GU I can stand is Espresso (go figure, there is a theme going there) so I had Perpetuem and a leftover Cliff Bar. Almost like I planned it!
Event warmup:

you're supposed to warm up?
Swim
  • 1h 14m 7s
  • 3800 meters
  • 01m 57s / 100 meters
Comments:

I had never swum this far before and I had planned to start my swim training when my son got sick (took 8 weeks off training) so I was very happy to find out (afterwards) that I took 3rd in my AG. I know this is supposed to be a "fast" swim course but I was pretty done with it. It went by SUPER FAST though and I remember thinking that it didn't seem like 1:30 (my expected time). I was towards the very front of the "pack" but it was so spread out it wasn't a problem. I tried to find feet to draft off (and did find them - there are so people wiht motorboat kicks out there) but was more comfortable in open water.
What would you do differently?:

train more.
Transition 1
  • 1236m
Comments:

the walk to the changing tents was 200m or something so I walked at first but then jogged towards the end. I totally changed from swimsuit to bibs and jersey AND took time for a GOOD shower. I figured I'd take about 15 min for each transition and this was close.
What would you do differently?:

organize bike jersey better.
Bike
  • 7h 00m 33s
  • 180.25 kms
  • 25.75 km/hr
Comments:

It seemed like was I was passed by everyone in the world on the bike. I tried to keep my HR in the high teens the first 2 laps but it was stuck around 130. Last lap I had it lower. I was really disappointed in my bike and the very last lap we had no tailwind at all - it was headwind in all directions due to hte rainstorm that rolled in. I felt GREAT on the 1st lap but worse on each subsequent one. Last lap the rain was so hard you couldn't see in front of your face. Then the puddles so deep it was insane. Crowd support in town, however, was like Le Tour. Amazing. Engaged the crowd the 1st lap and used them the 2nd two. I also ditched the Perpetuem on the last lap as my stomach had been very very bad the first 2 laps and I was hoping to turn that around. Went with on course Gatorade and water and GU and that all seemed to work.
What would you do differently?:

train to get more aero and not have sores in sensitive areas.
Transition 2
  • 07m 42s
Comments:

Surprised this wasn't longer. Peed, vaselined foot (blister) after putting on shoe first time, sat down, yadda yadda. I was NOT looking forward to running. I'd never run further than 13m/21km and I had no idea what to expect and expected it would be awful. Grabbed GU fizzy electrolytes, my inhaler and a bottle of water. Felt like I was running with a suitcase full of crap. :)
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. Organize T2 bag better?
Run
  • 5h 18m 35s
  • 42.16 kms
  • 07m 33s  min/km
Comments:

I'd never run further than 21km and I was really really worried. I had plans for 15 min run/1 min walk for hte 1st lap but after the 1st run I knew I had to shorten the runs as my feet were KILLING me. It was really hard doing that 1st lap know how much lay ahead and re-framing it as 4 10ks didn't help as the signage was weird to say the least. So I just tried to get through it. I kept to 10min (or more or less) run and 1 min walk. I drank my electrolyte drink and had 3 GUs I stuck in my bra. My stomach was great now and I was thankful for that. The crowd support was incomprehensibly amazing. 2nd lap was a little better but in the dark but knowing that halfway through I was only halfway there was demoralizing. I also thought on the 2nd lap I'd be walking the 3rd. My feet were so very very bad and my hips started to twinge. About 2 miles from the end of loop 2 I got a bag of ice and placed it under my short's waistband to hold it to either hip and hoped for the best. The 3rd lap was amazing. I felt On Top Of The World the first lap and was looking forward to dancing with the music as I passed and high-fiving everyone. At about 2 miles from the finish my get up and go left. The last 2 km were really slow but that last .4km or so was AMAZING. The finisher's chute was SPECTACULAR and the crowd INCRECIBLE. I broke out into a sprint (how could you not?) and was SHOCKED to see my time. I'd had no idea of my swim and started my watch on the bike but had been unable to see my watch after dark. I was thinking my time was 15-16 hours. I was SO ECSTATIC to see 13 on the clock I about died. I think I barely heard the announcer, all my attention was on the clock. I was really happy with my time.
What would you do differently?:

train more.
Post race
Warm down:

warm down? I hobbled and was very unsteady and had Red Cross trying to take me to medical but I was having none of it. FINALLY found my family and headed out.

Event comments:

this is the best IM out there. The crowd support totally makes the race.


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Swimming
01:14:07 | 3800 meters | 01m 57s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/44
Overall: 984/2300
Performance: Good
Suit: swimsuit
Course: rectangle north for a short section (1600 m?) then south and back up. I had no idea what the course was going to be like until I got out there.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 1236:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
07:00:33 | 180.25 kms | 25.75 km/hr
Age Group: 18/44
Overall: 1383/2300
Performance: Below average
I think my time was more like 6:45 (I stopped a couple times)
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: 3 loops around the island
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 07:42
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
05:18:35 | 42.16 kms | 07m 33s  min/km
Age Group: 16/44
Overall: 1263/2300
Performance: Good
Course: 3 loops of 14k or so?
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2011-11-28 7:19 AM

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2011-11-28 8:03 AM
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Sounds like you nailed a very tough race - nice job!

YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!

2011-11-28 8:30 AM
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Nice story and congrats! Especially on the run, you were so tough.

Looks like a beautiful place to do an IM. See any dolphins?

2011-11-28 5:41 PM
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Congratulations on your race! way to push through to the end!
2011-11-29 6:38 AM
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Great job Kathy!
2011-11-29 2:35 PM
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thanks everyone.  it is starting to sink in now that we're back home.  Almost the Best part was being with Zach Ruble, the 4th place (overall) finisher.  We helped him around a bit and fell in love with him and his fiance.  What amazing people!  I decided on the ferry back home (less than an hour ago) to do it again next year.  The marathon had me so scared (since the longest I'd run before was 21km run/walk and 20km steady run) but I think I can do a marathon now. 


2011-12-01 8:41 AM
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OMG I cannot believe the whiners over on ST moaning about how hard this race was.    I expected the hard body boys to be tougher (or at least know it was going to be windy (even though I didn't find it to be super windy) than they expected.  I read TONNES of race reports (and I LIVE here and can ride the course) just to get an idea of how "bad" it was going to be.   I'm on the fence of registering for next year now or waiting til next spring just incase injury pops up or something. 
2011-12-01 8:56 AM
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You rocked it.  I heard some horror stories about an intersection that had 3" or rain in it.
2011-12-01 10:18 AM
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Congrats Kathy!  I'm really bummed we didn't get a chance to meet in Coz because I love reading your posts and blog updates!  Also loved the Slowtwitch interview you did.  Classic!

I have also been surprised to read some of the negative comments about the conditions, particularly:

1. Those 'extreme' crosswinds?  Seriously?  I live in a non-windy place and have had tons of days with stronger cross-winds...could you imagine the comments had the winds been blowing anywhere near normal Coz conditions?

2. Brutal heat?  I am the biggest heat wimp there is, but I don't think it cracked 80 degrees all day...yes, at one point, the humidity was 100%!  OMG!  But that's what happens when it rains!  And I was thanking God for the cool conditions.

3. Horror stories from the flooded street?  Wow, that was so brutal...it took 3 seconds to cross and my shoes actually got wet...surprised I was able to continue. 

I love the triathlon community but at times we can be a rather curious sort...willing to spend big bucks to participate in extreme and challenging endurance events, but then complain about the very conditions that make the event 'extreme and challenging'! Smile

 

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LazyRiver - 2011-12-01 10:18 AM

Congrats Kathy!  I'm really bummed we didn't get a chance to meet in Coz because I love reading your posts and blog updates!  Also loved the Slowtwitch interview you did.  Classic!

I have also been surprised to read some of the negative comments about the conditions, particularly:

1. Those 'extreme' crosswinds?  Seriously?  I live in a non-windy place and have had tons of days with stronger cross-winds...could you imagine the comments had the winds been blowing anywhere near normal Coz conditions?

2. Brutal heat?  I am the biggest heat wimp there is, but I don't think it cracked 80 degrees all day...yes, at one point, the humidity was 100%!  OMG!  But that's what happens when it rains!  And I was thanking God for the cool conditions.

3. Horror stories from the flooded street?  Wow, that was so brutal...it took 3 seconds to cross and my shoes actually got wet...surprised I was able to continue. 

I love the triathlon community but at times we can be a rather curious sort...willing to spend big bucks to participate in extreme and challenging endurance events, but then complain about the very conditions that make the event 'extreme and challenging'! Smile

 

THANK YOU!! I'm scratching my head because we "beginners" are rocking the course (or at least not whining about it) and those hardbodies are and moaning and I have to wonder, did I do the same event?    I think it all is due to expectations.  I followed a link which had Cozumel as being like #8 or so in hardness of IMs so I expected it to be hard and was happily surprised the wind wasn't bad.  ANd the heat???  I gotta bow out of that discussion because i live here but I was COLD on the last lap of bike and run.  But thanks so much for making me feel normal.  And I can see why people not from here might be freaked by the flooding but that is SOP here (and on my last run lap they had people with buckets trying to get that one intersection down).

Next time we'll meet up, or any time you come down here.  We stayed in a house in town very isolated from the melee of Iwanman. 

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Great Job out there Kathy!   The report makes me want to race Coz...


2011-12-02 12:33 PM
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thanks everyone.  It was a GREAT race and such a pleasure to share it with my family, Zach (4th place finisher) and Kristin (his fiance).
2011-12-04 6:04 PM
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Congrats Ironman!

Great race Kathy~

You accomplished a lot to get to the starting line with your son's hospitalization and how that effected your training.

You are tough, mentally strong, a strong runner, and next year with another year of consistent training you are going to rock this course even more.

You were so much faster than you thought...it is cool.

Enjoy your special post first IM glow~

 

 

2011-12-05 12:27 AM
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CONGRATULATIONS, IRONMAN!!!

You are a tough, tough badazz smokin' fast super iron lady.

2011-12-05 5:57 AM
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Nice job on the race.  Tough when you don't get to train the way you want to train but it seems like you still put together a very solid race
2011-12-06 6:38 AM
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Congratulations Kathy!



2011-12-07 10:34 AM
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Congrats Kathy! I loved your race report and it makes me want to come down to Cozumel to do my first IM. I have only been there once (cruise vacation) but loved it and it would be a great place to race and turn into a vacation afterwards. Thanks for sharing.
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Congrats Kathy!
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