Here is my race report. I little late but better then never. This was an accomplishment that I now earned the respect as an Ironman Triathlete. I now have to find a new challenge.
My fiancee and I drove 10 hours from West Chester PA (640 miles) on wed. We arrived around 5pm. We checked into the hotel and then got some food.
Woke up on thurs morning. I did a 15 minute run I wanted to check out the transition area and such, it was hot. After that got some breakfast at the hotel which was free and awesome. We checked out some sites. We saw the louisville slugger museum and then went and registered and then went to the expo and then ate. Then took it easy at the hotel.
Fri got up and did the practice swim. The current was crazy it took me 5 min to get out and 15 min to get back in since I was being swept down river. It was cool to get in the water. We then took a ride and rode the bike course. ( I am gald I did this) The rest of the day we just took it easy and then we headed to the welcome banquet. We met people from BT which was cool. The whole thing was neat especially when they asked the first timers to stand up. (you only become an Ironman once). After the banquet went back to the hotel and rested.
Sat got up and took the bike for a quick spin. Came back and got all my stuff ready to check. Once all my stuff was ready my fiancee and I headed to gear check and then we went to get some last minute hydration items for the morning. Made dinner at the hotel and then went to bed ( watched rescue me on itunes)
Sunday woke up around 1 am. I ate 3 waffles and a cliff builder bar and gatorade and then went back to bed. I then got up around 3:45am and started my journey to becoming an ironman. My fiancee and I stayed at the Residence Inn downtown which was only 2 blocks from the start and only about a 10 minute walk from the finish and KICC and the galt house. Louisville was a nice place. A small and friendly city. We left the hotel around 430am and headed to get body marked.
Got to the body marking area around 445am and then I knew it was time. The volunteers were great at getting you all set to race. I went in checked on my bike and placed my hydradtion and food on the bike. I also placed my helmet on the bike since they allowed us to do this because of the showers the night before. After this we headed to the swim start about a mile walk. On the way I had my red bull and my hammer caps and some immodium ad caps to keep my stomach calm. It was a nice and calm walk. Everyone was so quiet. We got to the starting area and got in line and waited to get in the water. I did see the pros start which was cool.
I found the swim to be calm. Steps were slippery getting out.
T1 was crazy. I never seen anything like this. I got my bike jersey on. One of the vol people helped me get it on since i was soaking wet. I made sure i had everything and headed out. I made a quick porta stop on the way.
Drank and ate alot on the bike. It was hot. I was grabbing 2 gatorades and a water at each aid station. I burned alot of calories. One thing i would tell people to do is learn to pee on the bike. I know this is a nasty topic but I went 4 times on the bike and I did not stop. You should have to pee on the bike. If you are not then you are not drinking enough. I did this bike course just right, my second lap was faster then first.
This was a quicker transition even though you had to run far from the road. I handed my bike off to a vol and then I grabbed my run stuff. As I placed my running stuff on the guy next to me gave up and handed his chip in. I was like wow but i had no time to sit there and feel bad for him since i was going on the last part of my ironman journey. I gave my bike stuff to a vol and then I headed out on the run.
The first loop of the run was great and as I started to near the 20 mile mark I could feel myself cramping up. I was grabbing 2 sponges at each aid station and ice and gatorade trying to stay cool. As I neared the 20 mile mark I got company. This older gentleman I think his name was BOB was on his first lap and was impressed at how I was doing for my first ironman so he ran with me. This was great to have this motivation. For miles 20-24 i was drinking chicken broth and coke because I was cramping so bad because I had no salt. I was on pace to break 11 hours and I was not going to stop. I have ran a marathon before but after biking 112 miles this was no marathon this was a mission to finish. As we rounded the 26 mile mark BOB wished me well and I headed towards the finish. I was running on pure will power at this point. As I felt that carpet under my feet I knew I was about to become an Ironman. I was all alone as I ran towards the finish line. I pumped my fists and the crowded grew louder. I hear my name and with that I
knew I was an IRONMAN
Got a massage and then headed back to the hotel I was not feeling so hot. My stomach was upset. I needed to sleep.
My fiancee was great. She was supportive the whole trip and she even went and claimed my bike and gear for me :)
Great Race. The whole city of louisville gets a BIG THANK YOU FROM ME AND MY FIANCEE.
Drove home on monday afternoon long ride gald to be home> going to take some time to recovery and then see what is next. I think Boston April 2008. Thanks
everyone for their support and motivation.
Last updated: 2007-08-28 1:00 AM
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