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RR: Full Rev Cedar Point!

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Been training a lot

Things were making great progress

Huge Race Expected

The day was awesome

The swim was crowded

The bike was huge PR

Despite the last 10

The run started with

Pain in the foot that had me

A little worried

About finishing

I hit a dark place at eight

But overcame it

Then came the Smarties!

I was feeling great again

Finished strong and hard!

 

Pre Race

Thursday:

 

We arrived on Thursday after seeing a baseball game in Pittsburgh the night before.  It was a nice long ride, but we were both excited for a little R&R and to hand out with friends.  Not only was Cak Racing, but Monica was doing the ½ as a relay and the sprint on Saturday. After we checked in, Cheryl, Monica and I rode the run course which was flat as flat can be. I man the biggest hill was a small ‘bridge’ for boats to go under on the causeway.  The rest was no more of a hill than a sidewalk ramp.  We got some dinner with my coach and some friends who were also racing and I won a “minion” from the “Claw” machine for my wife!

 

Friday: We got up and the three of us swam the 1st loop of the course just to see how the water was. This was pretty mundane and we kicked around the rest of the day after breakfast.  Cheryl, Coach, CoachFriend, and I all drove the bike course later in the day it was fairly boring, assuming there wasn’t much wind.  Friday Night, Monica and I went and rode BIG freaking rollercoasters.  I avoided some of the “shaky rides” as I was worried about getting too banged up, but we rode the bigger ones.  I’m not a huge fan, and there was a lot of “oh, f##$#” as we went up the big one and down.  We met up with Cheryl and Mr. Cheryl and we got in one of the older ones, were Monica and I got in the front and I know I REALLY don’t like the front.  Monica then got a Migraine so we went to get some food and then about an hour later a HUGE storm came through. It was NASTY, wind, rain, etc..

 

Saturday:

We got up at 5AM to get Monica ready for her sprint.  Well, due to the storm, 5+ foot swells, a rip current, and lots of standing water and wind, it was changed to a 5k.  As we went down to the race, since who wouldn’t run a $125 5k, it was obvious that a duathalon was a BAD idea because of the wind and standing water.  Not only that, but all the buoys were blown off course, transition was a mess, fences and tents had blown over or gotten messed-up, and all the work that the Rev3 staff did was completely messed up.  It was also cold, raw, and still windy.  Luckily, the rain let up a bit as the 5k started and I cheered Monica on, but she can write her own report.   The rest of the day cleared up, there was angst about them making the swim a time trial on the other side of the peninsular and putting together transition and Special Needs bags.  I dropped off the bike and all we well. 

 

Sunday: RACE DAY!!!

 

We awoke at about 4:30 and did all the regular prep work! Contacts, bags, etc check.  We drove the 5 min to transition where I pumped up my tires, and did all the regular stuff. I forgot a disposable water bottle that I could chuck, but since Monica was able to get into transition, she tossed one on my bike as I was out on the swim and it was ready to go.

 

Swim:

 

The water was not very deep and the start was in knee deep water. The horn sounded, I think it was a horn, and I waded out a bit as it was fairly crowded.  Once I got going, it was a fairly standard IM swim, but I got my goggles kicked once.  The biggest issue I had was that the water was very murky and I couldn’t draft or even see feet unless I was way to close.  Even the bubbles were tough to see.  This resulted in being swum over a lot and bumping into a lot of bodies you couldn’t see until you were right on top of them. I had one sighting misqueue where I sighted across the triangle, but luckily I realized it once no one was in front of me and I was able to work it out within a few strokes.   As I finished up the swim, I really had to pee and decided to rest a bit in the water before I got out of the wetsuit.  It took about a minute for me to “do the job” so I lost a little time, but it would have take more for me to get to the portapotties in transition.

Swim Time:  official

Location

Arrival Time

Total Time

Split

Place

Time Behind Leader

Split Time

Course Time

Pace

Distance

Division

Overall

Gender

Wave

Division

Overall

Gender

Wave

Swim Finish

9/9/2012 8:26:39 AM

01:17:39.300

1:17:39

1:17:39

02:01 /100m

3862.43 m

10 / 36

100 / 355

81 / 263

100 / 359

15:43

29:27

29:27

29:27

 

T1: 09:38

Slow as always, but I had VERY bad chafing in my first IM and I wanted to make sure I covered all bases.  I had trouble getting out of my wetsuit and trouble getting my socks on sandy feet.  I lubed til it felt dirty and made sure my junk was happy.  (It hadn’t been the last few races). I also decided for arm warmers and a bike jersey instead of a tri-top as I wanted to be more comfortable.  This turned out to be the right call.

 

Bike:

So the bike wasn’t particularly hilly and I really wanted to go sub 6, BUT, I knew that if I ran into any trouble, I’d dial it back to feel better coming off the bike.  I went out well and passed my coach with a flat at mile 3 ( she threw down a 5:15 if you take off almost the 2hours she waited for bike support) and then I passed Cheryl who had a WAY faster transition than me at about mile 5ish.  The first lap was uneventful and I stopped at Special Needs to pee, change bottles and grab nutrition. At about mile 53ish a pro passed me and I couldn’t tell if he was from the ½ or the full, but it was ok.  I got to the “big” hill right before 60 and had the one issue on the bike, somehow I screwed up my gearing and couldn’t get into my small chain-ring at the start of the hill.  Once I was really putting hard pressure on the pedals I didn’t want to drop my chain or have an issue so I just hammered up the hill.  I’m pretty sure this bit me in the ass later, but hey, it is what it is.  The wind felt like it picked up on the LONG straight out and then as we took a left, it was dead in my face.  I backed down so as not to work too hard and tried to be smart.  My other fast friend went by me at mile 102(waterstop), she had 2 flats, and in the last 12 miles she put almost 15 minutes on me.  I had to really back down as I wanted to be ready for the run. OH, and why does the wind ALWAYS shift back into your face on the homestretch? I mean REALLY?

 

Official bike: 6:10:49 I’m very happy with that.

Bike

Location

Arrival Time

Total Time

Split

Place

Time Behind Leader

Split Time

Course Time

Pace

Distance

Division

Overall

Gender

Wave

Division

Overall

Gender

Wave

Bike Start

9/9/2012 8:36:17 AM

01:27:17.206

00:00

00:00

0.00 mph

0.00 mi

17 / 36

135 / 355

108 / 263

135 / 359

21:27

37:21

37:21

37:21

Bike Split 1

9/9/2012 9:47:43 AM

02:38:43.473

1:11:26

1:11:26

18.90 mph

22.50 mi

17 / 36

127 / 355

111 / 263

127 / 359

22:03

47:05

47:05

47:05

Bike Split 2

9/9/2012 11:11:35 AM

04:02:35.990

1:23:53

2:35:19

19.24 mph

26.90 mi

17 / 36

121 / 355

110 / 263

121 / 359

25:41

1:01:52

1:01:52

1:01:52

Bike Split 3

9/9/2012 11:47:18 AM

04:38:18.653

35:43

3:11:01

17.14 mph

10.20 mi

18 / 36

123 / 355

113 / 263

123 / 359

32:25

1:09:47

1:09:47

1:09:47

Bike Split 4

9/9/2012 1:17:34 PM

06:08:34.243

1:30:16

4:41:17

17.95 mph

27.00 mi

16 / 36

118 / 355

110 / 263

118 / 359

39:00

1:25:08

1:25:08

1:25:08

Bike Finish

9/9/2012 2:47:05 PM

07:38:05.866

1:29:32

6:10:49

17.02 mph

25.40 mi

20 / 36

131 / 355

120 / 263

131 / 359

52:56

1:44:58

1:44:58

1:44:58

 

 

T2: Uneventful.  Slow, full change into running clothes.  Lube, sunscreen,etc.  But, SLOW..

 

Run:

The run for me was really in 3 portions this year. I wanted to break it into two ½ marathons and went out feeling “easy” to try to negative split.  What happened was really the “fun” of the run, the “dark” and the “push to the end”

 

The “fun”

 

I came out of transition and my left foot hurt.  My big toe was sore and that hadn’t been happening before, and a spot that was bugging me on and off was a bit pissed off.  This kept my stride short which I think helped me keep from going out too hard. Once the foot pain subsided, I felt pretty good and was trying to average 10-10:30 I’m putting my Garmin data in here, but I was a little off on the mileage, but it was close enough

 

The “Dark”

 

At mile 8-9, I started to feel really bad.  I felt like my legs had nothing in them, my calves got crampy, and everything started to go “wrong.”  I felt like crap and went with a run/walk for a bit to see what I could do.  I started to think my goals were going out the window, but I wasn’t ready to give up.  I was pretty much on nutrition and taking in bananas at rest stops to eat.  I was a little bloaty from water, so I was sipping as I went. I took some Advil at some point as my foot started to a just made up my mind to finish as hard as I could.  At that point, my legs had nothing and my HR wouldn’t go into z2 very well.  I got to the turn around and saw Monica and my cheering section, stopped to say Hi and hit my S/N bag.  I grabbed my arm warmers, light long sleeve shirt and my calf sleeves.  This made the turn around mile take like 20 min, but it was well worth it, considering putting on my calf sleeves was NOT easy at this point. . I came out of mile 13/14 eating a whole banana during my walk breaks and started to do a little more run/walking. 

 

The “Push to the End”

 

At about mile 16, I was chatting with a Waterstop kid who offered me some Smarties and I took a few and about 5 min later, the sugar hit and I could run again. I don’t know what it was about them, but suddenly, my HR could go up, my legs got under me again, and I said “ok, I have 8 miles to go, if I do X, I can break 13. I had wanted 12 or 12:30, but I knew that was out, and 13 would be a **** of a PR and plenty of room to improve at Tahoe.  Anyway, I started to work saying that if my legs felt good, I could really get there, and ****, we’ve all suffered for 90 minutes. I could do this.  I started to pick off people on the run.  I think only one guy repassed me after I went through and people kept saying how well I was running this late. 

 

With 6 miles left, I switched to Pepsi and Ice in my water bottle, figuring I could finish on sugar and caffeine alone.  I walk a little at the water stops, and took a little walk right before mile 24.  I hit the sign and said “2 miles to go, suffer time.” I flipped that switch and mile 25-26 was a 9:58 and my last “.6 according to my Garmin was at the same pace. As I came by Monica they said “hurry” you’ve got 13” and I knew I had it cold.

 

Official times: Marathon 5:05:05

Finish time: 12:51:42

Run

Location

Arrival Time

Total Time

Split

Place

Time Behind Leader

Split Time

Course Time

Pace

Distance

Division

Overall

Gender

Wave

Division

Overall

Gender

Wave

Run Start

9/9/2012 2:55:37 PM

07:46:37.483

00:00

00:00

00:00 /mi

0.00 mi

21 / 36

144 / 355

128 / 263

144 / 359

59:29

1:50:51

1:50:51

1:50:51

Run Split 1

9/9/2012 3:39:45 PM

08:30:45.493

44:08

44:08

10:13 /mi

4.32 mi

21 / 36

145 / 355

130 / 263

145 / 359

1:07:28

2:02:14

2:02:14

2:02:14

Run Split 2

9/9/2012 4:08:58 PM

08:59:58.233

29:13

1:13:21

10:54 /mi

2.68 mi

22 / 36

147 / 355

132 / 263

147 / 359

1:12:26

2:10:16

2:10:16

2:10:16

Run Split 3

9/9/2012 5:22:15 PM

10:13:15.210

1:13:17

2:26:38

12:01 /mi

6.10 mi

22 / 36

167 / 355

144 / 263

167 / 359

1:33:27

2:47:01

2:47:01

2:47:01

Run Split 4

9/9/2012 6:23:10 PM

11:14:10.843

1:00:56

3:27:33

13:58 /mi

4.36 mi

22 / 36

175 / 355

150 / 263

175 / 359

1:56:47

2:57:36

2:57:36

2:57:36

Run Split 5

9/9/2012 6:53:42 PM

11:44:42.496

30:32

3:58:05

10:45 /mi

2.84 mi

22 / 36

170 / 355

145 / 263

170 / 359

2:04:01

3:05:15

3:05:15

3:05:15

Run Finish

9/9/2012 8:00:42 PM

12:51:42.360

1:06:60

5:05:05

11:21 /mi

5.90 mi

19 / 36

158 / 355

133 / 263

158 / 359

2:21:05

3:21:42

3:21:42

3:21:42

Garmin:

Split

Time

Distance

Avg Pace

Summary

5:05:30.7

26.68

11:27

1

10:15.8

1.00

10:16

2

9:45.6

1.00

9:46

3

10:39.6

1.00

10:40

4

10:14.2

1.00

10:14

5

10:14.8

1.00

10:15

6

10:33.3

1.00

10:33

7

10:23.9

1.00

10:24

8

10:25.4

1.00

10:25

9

11:02.0

1.00

11:02

10

11:02.7

1.00

11:03

11

13:10.0

1.00

13:10

12

11:29.3

1.00

11:29

13

13:13.5

1.00

13:13

14

20:19.6

1.00

20:20

15

12:58.9

1.00

12:59

16

12:55.7

1.00

12:56

17

11:53.7

1.00

11:54

18

10:51.0

1.00

10:51

19

11:04.9

1.00

11:05

20

10:22.7

1.00

10:23

21

10:19.9

1.00

10:20

22

11:46.6

1.00

11:47

23

10:48.9

1.00

10:49

24

11:12.4

1.00

11:12

25

11:39.2

1.00

11:39

26

9:58.2

1.00

9:58

27

     

 

 

 

 

 

Post race:  I hung out and waited for Cheryl to finish and hung out with people just enjoying it all. 

 

Thoughts: I’m not ready to comment on too much yet, but I’m happy with my decisions on the day. I could have maybe broken 6 on the bike, but would have suffered for it in a big way. What I’m MOST proud of is the “comeback” I made on the run.  I went to that place of “this sucks, I’ll be walking a lot and that blows” and I was able to do what I had to do to pull the “run” back.  Bananas and sugar helped the cramps, arm warmers and shirt for when it got a little cool in the shade and wind, and the last push, that while not “fast” was fast at the time and was an effort.   

 

I’ve made great progress this year and will continue that onto IM Lake Tahoe and will learn from this just like I did at Lake Placid!

 

Thanks:

Thanks to everyone, but especially Monica who along with being an enabler is a great Race Day Sherpa and the best wife I have. 

 

Congrats to Cheryl (you ROCKED IT), Coach, and Coaches fast friends!


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Helluva race Adam!  Congrats on the huge PR and the comeback on the run!

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I forgot to mention that mrscoby gave me a big sweaty hug at mile 4 or so was she returned from her relay run.  She MAY have grabbed my sweaty butt. 


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the best wife you have, eh?

 

so proud of you.  :)

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the best wife you have, eh?

 

so proud of you.  :)

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WTG, Adam!  You KILLED it!

 

 

Believe it or not, it was a boost to see you out on the run course.

In fact, having you guys there for the whole experience was a HUGE boost!

(and, I'm sure it was helpful to Tom as well to have you guys help him know what he might expect)

 

Wish I could have found some Smarties (sugar on my tongue...), but, alas, they would not have helped my knee.

*&#$! knee.


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great race Adam.

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Nice job Adam - congrats!

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Way to come back on the run, Adam. Amazed at you (and all) who tackle this distance. Glad that you find your new bike in time to bond with it - sounds like it served you well!

 

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Congrats, Adam, for a very strong race!!! I've heard of those "dark miles" many ironman racers experience... Sounds like you managed well and won at the end. Wow, another IM on your calendar already. Apparently this has become your annual event. You are so lucky to have such a great wife!
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Apparently this has become your annual event. You are so lucky to have such a great wife!

 

actually, he's humoring me. I needed an excuse to go to Tahoe.

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You will love Tahoe! Not that IM is in my foreseeable future, but I was just asking DH where he would like to go IF I ever do IM. His answer was, no you are not doing it. After I mentioned a few in US as well as overseas, his domestic choice was Tahoe. Sounds super hilly. Wonder if that race is there, 10yrs from now.
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Way to pull it together on the run. Ironman is all about adjustments. Because things will go wrong -- the race is just too grueling and long not to have something go wrong -- and so the victor is the one who accounts for bad things happening, and the victor stays mentally strong enough to be able to figure out what went wrong and to fix it. You may have had assistance doing just that with Smarty Boy, but you did it! Awesome race, Adam!

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Wow Adam- you rocked this course!  I am really impressed that you stayed strong and adjusted as needed.   Thanks for the RR!!!!!  smile.gif

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Awesome Adam!!  Great RR.  Thaks for sharing.  Have a few friends considering this race next year so this information will help them for sure.  You rocked this course for sure.  Tahoe huh....?

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Smarty Boy! I like that. 

 

Freakin' great job keeping your head in the game and recovering on the run. Way to PR!

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So cool Adam!!! Love the haiku! :)

 

Serious comeback on the run and that's awesome. You did a great job!!!! Bummer about the murkey water too...but sounds like you handled it well. Fantastic race!!!

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I've been away so just getting to read this now.  What solid performance despit the inevitable glitches.  You kept your head in the game and pushed through that "dark place".  You have made such progress and are well on the way to becoming a seasoned ironman!  Enjoy your downtime before the Tahoe ramp up.  Imma goin to go out and get me some Smarties! 

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Life has been crazy, so hadn't been able to read up on this until now.

 

first - CONGRATS Mr Multi-Ironman

second - roller coasters the days before? you're nuts. No way I'd have done that!

third - you had a great swim! Too fast? I'm thinking no, I think you nailed it well.

fourth - you didn't eat enough on the bike. I hear ya about that wind. At Cedar Point 2010 same deal.  Seemed like last 5 miles were forever. Otherwise, sounds like just outstanding execution.... but I challenge you didn't eat/drink enough. I'm glad you quickly discarded the time goal -that could have been fatal to the day.

sixth -

- you went too hard on the first 8 miles. must. slow. down. You were

- why the heck were you looking at pace? bad boy bad! Must listen to BODY and let the pace take care of iteself

- you're explosion on 8-9 was due to bike and taking off too fast on first 8 of the run

- you had an amazing finish. I'm so happy you pulled it together and solved the puzzle!

 

You had an outstanding race with an outstanding time. Pretty close to your target too in the 12s, so outstanding day.

 

If I've figured out anything watching all our KRMS Ironpeeps - you cannot watch time/pace. You have to monitor your body. Pace will take care of itself.

 

Can't wait to track you through Tahoe good job buddy!


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