|March 17, 2013|
St. Patrick's Day
I want to begin with the people of Los Cabos. Not just the amazing volunteers, but the spectators and locals too. After the race, we were treated like celebrities. People would approach me to ask about the race or just to shake my hand. It was like we had actually done something important. The locals had a genuine interest and amazement with us. They seemed to admire us and want us to really love Mexico. I have never felt more welcome and accepted than I was at this venue.
|Sunrise at the Palmilla Resort|
2x Ensure Plus (700C)
Since I wasn't really sweating this race, I slept pretty well the night before, but I was still bright eyed and bushy tailed at 3:00am. After a quick shuttle to T1 and a tire pump up, it was time to head to the beach for kickoff.
Swimming the Sea of Cortez
|This wave rolled in just as the swim start went off. Fortunately, I was already wet!|
|Oh how I wish there was no clock at swim exit. Its so very heartbreaking.|
|the beach hike to T1|
|A small part of the embankment up to bike mount.|
|oh yeah, there were still some wheel suckers out there.|
The bike course
nutrition: single 1500C bottle of Infinit, 1-2 bottle of water at every aid stationAgain out of the swim and onto the bike my quads felt like they'd been tenderized with a meat mallet, just like at Ironman Florida. I'm not sure what's going on there, but it took around 90' for the stinging sensation to dissipate from my legs. Before I could even get my shoes on, I managed to find some roadway gremlins that ejected my sole nutrition bottle. I ditched my bike and had to scavenge around to find my grub lodged under a parked car. At this point, IMLC is not going well for me. Fortunately, it only got better.
The bike course was a double loop of buttery smooth asphalt broken up by 10' wide sections of unavoidable reflector strips, the occasional rumble strip, and speed bumps. The first lap was full of heroes. I was shocked to see how many athletes were going around me. I typically swim poorly enough that I don't get passed much on the bike or run. But at IMLC, I had guys sprinting ahead of me on the climbs like it was a short course race.
|All my nutrition and a flat kit is in this picture!|
|Shooting for 210-215 AP|
I ended up with 201NP, 196AP
107 VI & 73 IF
with 27.5 minutes of COASTING!
|Staggered Reflector grids made for interesting descents!|
Bike to Run transition was in a different location from the swim start, and it wasn't setup Saturday afternoon when I pedaled out to recon it. Fortunately, it was a simple affair. I snagged my bag, hit the tent and started throwing on battle rattle. A volunteer came by and slimed *most* of my back and shoulders with sunblock, and I hit the run course. Really there wouldn't have been a hang up except I had left my watch on my bike and had to chase it down.
Running through San Jose del Cabo
Nutrition: 5x Gu Espresso, water as needed on course
|Feeling good heading out for Lap 1 and rocking my St. Patty's Day Green A5s|
|There were other climbs, but this was the largest.|
|Still running well going out for Lap 2, my TYR Carbon top |
is full of ice, and I have two big handfuls trying to keep my cool.
The run was largely uneventful. I fell in behind one of the female pros on her final lap, and let her pace me for several miles. At IMLC, there was aid every kilometer with several out and backs over the 3 looped course. That meant there were absolutely tons of aid stations. I was taking water bags and ice at every chance, as well as sucking down my Gu gels. I felt pretty good the first lap. My race strategy was to be cautious the first lap and shoot for a 7:30-45, then be steady the second lap. As I finished up
|yes. it was that hot.|
|7:40 average pace|
I know I can do better!
Official Time 10:14:12 (bib 950 link)
9th M30-34, 59th OA
|Guido is far Left|
Max is rocking the visor with the shades
that lady chick'd us all
|I am not sure if the cramps hurt more|
or the treatment for the cramps
|Pedro and friends forcefully worked out the cramps. |
I was very surprised how aggressive these guys were.
|This angle was amazing. Best post race massage ever|
What I did wrong:
- I think I've been sucking down too much coffee. The thing is, I love the stuff and only get decaf besides race morning. It's so easy to endulge. I think for the next race, I will have a 2 cup limit.
- I am going to be less of a push over on the swim. I have no intentions of being one of the "aggressive" swimmers, but I spent a lot of time trying to get out of people's way. I think next time, I will be more assertive and hold my position.
- I need a more secure bottle mount. I saw a few of the pro women had elastic bands around their aerobars, I can only assume this was to go around the bottle to add security. I think I will rig up something similar.
- I was a (i) and didn't make that pass on Max. I was in pretty bad shape, honestly. If I had been one spot away from Kona, I'd be crushed. Going into Whistler, I am glad to know that feeling, and I hope I have the courage to suck it up.
|Finishing up Lap 3. I think its crazy that my form still looks pretty good |
considering just how much my body was begging for me to stop.
TYR hooked me up with a sweet deal, and I was excited to get a chance to try out their top of the line race suit. I had never used a two piece, and was a bit reluctant. I ended up not getting it until it was too late to try before the race, so it's first trip was 140.6 miles! Thankfully this thing is amazing. The suit is difficult to get on, but once in place it is like skin. It is thin and light, but not too snug or constricting. The pad is awesome on the bike, I loved it. The top design is allows a lot of freedom of movement. Having a two piece meant that I could roll my top up and fill the inside with ice. This was a blessing. I'll never go back to a one piece; I loved it. The over proof for me in the TYR Carbon suit was it is the first kit that hasn't chaffed me at least somewhere over a half or full distance. I honestly had come to expect the abrasion as just part of Ironman racing. Well, it ain't happening with the TYR.
Salty Sea Hoodie
|Loving sunrise on the beach in my Salty Sea Hoodie|
|and ready to save $250|
|all wrapped up|
Holy smokes this thing is amazing. I was apprehensive about smuggling a bike around the Delta $150-200 EACH WAY!!! bike fees. But, I read up on several different cases and ultimately decided on the Hen House for that very reason. I paid $40 for an extra check bag each way, and I was able to stuff a lot of other gear into the bags to save on needing another check bag. I timed myself for the first reassemble at 22 minutes and a careful repack job at 30 minutes. I was careful on the first packing, but the whole process was simple. There are 8 hex bolts to remove or loosen; that's pretty simple. The Hen House has already paid for 50% of its cost after just a single trip!
lots of info on airline fees from Slowtwitch.com
The DiMOND Bike
Wasn't ready in time.
|View over the Cabo San Lucas Marina|
|heading out for lap 3, this was the scene for much of the run course. Tons of spectators and volunteers.|
|Every lap had us loop within 20 yards of the finish before sending us back out. Torturous!|
|From the comments of other athletes the Halo Grand Fero was the best choice for host hotels. We were very happy with it. This image is from one of the shows put during the week.|