|Emily said these shoes were "just obnoxious |
enough" to push me through taper week.
|3 week taper |
By the time transition closed, I had done all of my last minute chores and was sitting on the beach with the wife and friends waiting for the cannon to fire. I decided to have a short warm-up swim and was surprised how tough it was to move through the surf. I hit the beach in time to hear last call for the starting line. Fortunately, there wasn't a lot of time for the anxiety to set in.
2.4 Mile Swim 1:13:26
|Big thanks to Larry from All American Swim|
for setting me up with the Huub wetsuit
After a few seconds, I thought somebody would call the fight. I really thought this couldn't be the way it was planned. It wasn't swimming, it was survival. I would get punched, kicked, or grabbed every stroke but there was no time to pause. A missed stroke meant getting dunked or swam on, over, or through. I "survived" the first lap and hit my feet to find calf cramps when I tried to push through the knee deep surf onto the beach. After making my way across the timing mat, I heard a guy say 35 minutes was his slowest first lap. I rejoiced. I ran down the beach 10-20 yards and back into the water I went, making a bee line for the red buoy. From my observation, this made the swim a bit longer, but I didn't have to wait in the que to get back to the straight-line path, and I didn't have to take another trip through the scrum until I hit the turn buoy. I didn't think that I was swimming directly into the current, and I probably spent a bit more time heading out than I planned. I actually was able to enjoy the swim to the next corner, and then I hit the swarm again. I fought my way back to the beach and stood up to find my calves cramping again. No worries, at least I was out of the water.
Transition One 5:13 (passing 145 athletes in T1, transitions matter!)
112 mile Bike 4:59:34 (Click for Garmin data)
|I can't believe my seat is too high.|
The ride was uneventful except for 3 encounters.
I happened upon a pace line of 4 guys a few miles before the bridge. I easily caught and passed them while maintaining my watts, but they immediately repassed. I went through the dance of sitting up and falling out of the draft zone only to lose a ton of ground. I just kept getting passed by folks. I could not pedal. So I elected to disregard the "drop back" rule and get to passing again. When I caught back up to the paceline, I passed a little more assertively and shook them off.
|Here's a little water for the Fam. |
Thanks for enduring the support duties!
Lastly, on the final leg of 79, I got caught up with a guy riding with power at a similar pace as me. We would pass each other only to slow down in the head wind and get repassed. I fought with him for a while before ultimately deciding to ride legal and sit behind him. When I would accidentally enter the draft zone, I would make a pass, and he would let me lead for a while before repassing and repeating the same dance again. This whole exchange dropped my power as I was soft pedaling a lot to ride legal, but I felt like it was a better option than trying to out ride him on the home stretch.
|How about that 1.0100 Variability Index?|
Transition Two 1:56 (7th fastest T2 overall!)
26.2 mile Run 3:24:39 (click for Garmin Data)
First, I made sure I was breathing 8 step cycles. Basically, I would inhale for four steps and exhale for four steps. I wasn't forcing it, I was just aware of it. I knew if I was breathing harder, I was working and it was way too early to work.
Secondly, I talked. I talked a lot. I talked to the aid station volunteers, spectators, and other athletes. I was really surprised to find the other guys didn't want to visit with me very much. So I just tried to be encouraging. Every time I passed someone I tried to make a joke, compliment them somehow, or remind them we were actually doing the IRONMAN!
|Early in the marathon, feeling good enough to float!|
|Feeling less good going out for loop 2|
My run nutrition goal was to take water and ice at every aid station and Gu as often as I could stomach it. I found about every second aid station to be perfect up to the last 10k. After the 10k mark, I took one last Gu/water and ran it in. I know I got down 7 that I can remember, but I am betting it was closer to 9 or 10. That is a lot more than what I took for B2B.
|Pretty even pacing overall. You can see mile 15 where I ran out of ice, |
and you can tell the last 2 miles, I fell off my average pace 45-50"
Overall, 140.6 miles 9:44:48 9th M30-34, 85th OA (click for official results)Accelerate 3 set me up with sweet power pacing guidelines, and even though I didn't spend my 205 watt average power allowance, I think I made the right, conservative decisions to score a fast bike split and protect a solid run split. Really, the marathon couldn't have gone better. I ended up with a ~2 minute positive split and didn't really fall off pace until the last 5k. My nutrition was spot-on with no GI issues. I also feel like I managed the heat as well as I could.
Next up is IM Cabo!
|This is my "finish strong face"|
|Hi Mom! at the end of Loop 1|
|Just out of T2. Accelerate 3 rarely has me do brick runs, and |
I can honestly say I never once thought that I should've ran more bricks during the marathon.
|One day I will qualify that shaka.|