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<p>Here is the RR: I have also documented the days before the race and am working on the days AFTER the race, but I'll put them lower in this thread in case anyone doesn't want to read it all, but they will be here. </p>
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<p>Haiku:</p>
<p>Absorb everything</p>
<p>You can from everyone else</p>
<p>It will serve you well</p>
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<p>Fashion Report:</p>
<p>Swim: Tyr swim shorts and Orca Tri Jersey</p>
<p>Bike: Pearl Izumi Shorts and Orca Tri Jersey</p>
<p>Run: UA Xfactor compression, shorts, and Orca Tri Jersey</p>
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<p>PreRace:  4:00 AM the alarm went off and I was up. I wanted to be out of the house about 4:30/4:45 and I got up, ate a bagel and cream cheese and put in my contacts. I got dressed and the sherpas and I were ready to go mostly on time.  We hopped on the shuttle and got dropped off pretty simply at the shuttle drop off and walked down to body marking.  Easy as pie and I was starting to get giddy with the anticipation.  Next we put my nutrition in my transition bags and it was awesome because Monica was able to come into transition with her all access passes, you know her three bracelets (race, timing, transition) and then she helped me sort out my bike and I got my tires topped off.   It was nice to have her there, and it helped me settle my nerves. I also bumped into a few people I had met and gave the normal “good luck” etc.</p>
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<p>We headed up to the special needs bags and that was nice and easy drop off.  Monica, Cheryl and I then wandered down to the swim start and just took it all in.  This is when I just started to get just a little more anxious and excited.  I put on my wetsuit and made my way into the water with about 20 minutes to go and swam over to the back of the start area where I knew Monica and Cheryl would be.  After I said hello to a few people and a GIANT dog that was sitting on the little dock, I saw Monica, got a picture and then headed towards the start.  The pro’s started and the national anthem played and I just tried to take a few deep breaths.  I floated on my breath a bit and then just tried to enjoy the moment.</p>
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<p>Swim:  The horn sounded and we were off. This was AWESOME!!!  I was about 20 ft from the starting line and in the dead center.  Everyone tells you not to go there, but I LOVED it.  I wanted to be in the mix and it was great! For about the first 10 minutes it was a little slow going as people bumped and pushed, but it was fairly uneventful.  I found that I could keep up with some feet and others pulled away from me.  Then sometimes people would kick very violently and I would make sure I was protected.  I enjoyed the first long out to the turn and I was on some feet and felt great.  I passed some, and was passed by others.  I found my way to the line and just kept it in sight.  I got a little bit run over during the turns and I had to do my share of pushing and shoving just to hold my line.  I made the turn and got right back to the line and I was right between two guys who were a little faster and just rode the wave.  I hit the turn and then looked at the clock.. WOW: 36+.  Better than my 1 loop at Timberman last year I was happy with that.  I slowly got back in the water, just trying to take in the sights and enjoy it, and got going on the 2<sup>nd</sup> loop. I got back in the mix and started to swim with the rest of the group and came out at 1:14:39, 6 min ahead of my BEST case and I was very happy with that.</p>
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<p>T1: Ok, I jump out of the water, walk past the first few wetsuit strippers and pull my top ½ way down and start to sit down.  That’s when it happened.. BOOM! As I sat back to get the bottoms pulled off, someone kneed me in the head HARD. I saw stars and the wetsuit stripper was like Oh, my GOD are you ok.  Um… I’m going to sit here for a second.  I probably sat there for a minute or two and just had to clear the cobwebs.  WOW.. I got up and ran to the transition tent. I got my stuff and started to slowly change.  I was very slow and deliberate, I didn’t want to forget anything and then I still needed to make sure my cobwebs were clear and that I was OK.  I was OK, and headed out on the bike.  12:09 – WHAT!!! I knew I was slow, but really.. OK, thing number 1 I can do better next time. </p>
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<p>Bike:  The bike for me was really broken down in to four pieces. Miles 1-30, 31-56, 57-90ish and the hell of the rest.</p>
<p>I hopped off my bike and saw one of my worst nightmares, the guy in front of me on the chute flatted. BUMMER! I headed out of town and up the first climb feeling pretty good. I tried not to work too hard. I enjoyed the climbs and didn’t kill myself getting up there.  I hit the down hills and was FLYING!  I passed a whole lot of people and was not working hard at all.  I hit the straight away and got out to the 30mile mark feeling reasonably good, I wasn’t working too hard and I guessed that my average speed was between 19.5 and 20. My bike computer had stopped working in the rain, unless I really DID hit 199mph.  And I had screwed up my Garmin, but I had a pretty good idea of time, no big deal, I rolled with it.  I knew HR and rough mileage, and current speed, but not perfect info, but that was cool.  After mile 30/40, the climbing started.  I really tried to spin up and I did pretty well. I got up the cherries and was thinking “no big deal.” I climbed up the Bears and was totally cool. I felt good and took a quick stop at Special Needs grab my other bottle of nutrition and then peed.  All seemed good, although maybe a little dehydrated, but on top of my nutrition, I thought.  </p>
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<p>I got out to loop two and felt “ok” on the climb. I didn’t feel I had the FULL power, but I was spinning well, and didn’t feel like I was killing myself.  I got to the top of the hills and hit the downhill and again was BLOWING past people with almost no effort.  I got out to mile 30 and then I started to feel a little bit beat and couldn’t really push much power.  I hit the checkpoint right before the turn onto Jay, stopped to pee and then grabbed a few bananas for the ride as I was getting hungry, but I was on top of my nutrition and taking some extra salt pills every hour or so.  I climbed up to Jay and that’s when I hit what I would call the “hell of the rest.”  About ½ way to the Haselton turn, I hit that point that everyone told me would come. That point where you start to doubt if you can make it.  I never thought I wouldn’t make the cutoff, or finish, but would I do what I wanted to, or close.  I felt tired and cranky, and like I couldn’t go on.   I pulled over near the top of the hill and just stood there for a second. I went through everything that I had done in my head and I seemed good, but the only thing I could think to do was to eat everything I had that wasn’t Infinit, take some salt pills and hammer some water. So, 2 snickers, 2 pieces of banana and ½ of my remaining water.  I was probably about 5 miles from the next water stop and I knew I could get there and get more stuff.  I got back on my bike and prepared to go and as I put my left foot in my clip I heard “look out” and boom! I got rear-ended by a buy at about 5mph.  He apologized and said he was looking down while he climbed.  I was mostly to the side,  but luckily, we were both fine.  I got a giggle, and hopped back on my bike. I was plugging along and felt a bit better and I hit the turn on to Haselton for the quick 1 mile out and back.   I was feeling a little better and then as I approached the turn, I remembered how tight it was and went to unclip my left foot when I kicked it into my tire and came to a dead stop.. Yup, I fell over. I didn’t crash, I simply stopped, and fell over.  Luckily, I landed in some dirt and other than wrenching my foot a little, I was fine. I just hoped it wouldn’t come back to bite me in the ass.  I got back on my bike, grabbed a few bananas, more water, and felt better. I even said to myself “I’m back baby.” Like George Castanza during Seinfeld. I even laughed. I was still feeling tired and knew I had a long way to go, so even though I was slower that I would have liked on the rest of the bike, I went easy.  Not to say it was easy, it wasn’t hard, but I managed to get up without killing my legs.</p>
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<p>As I came past the run turnaround I saw Monica and Cheryl and highfived Monica.  I felt good, I knew I was going to make it  </p>
<p>Reevaluation:  I don’t feel that I went too hard on the first ¾ of the ride, but that maybe I didn’t manage my nutrition right, but I’m not 100% sure what I would have done differently.    I feel I do well on the downs and flats, but the ups get me. I will be working on this!</p>
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<p>Time: 7:12:02 – 15.6 – I had hoped to break 7hrs and I think while I didn’t make it, I rolled with the punches and the hills. I can do better, but I’m happy.</p>
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<p>T2: Um… Yeah.. Um.. I have NO idea what happened.. I thought I was moving faster than that, but I guess not. I think I was talking to another guy and I couldn’t get my damn socks changed. I also took off my shirt even though I was going to wear it, so…  Yeah.. Next time, I’ll do better, but hey, it is over.. 14:13.. I got no excuses, I think I just lost track of the fact that this was a race. I knew where I stood and just wanted to take it all in.</p>
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<p>Run: I hit the run feeling good.  I was tired, but mentally felt GREAT! I knew that even if I had to walk, I could finish. I had about 8 hours and was going to be an Ironman. Now, I had to make it to my goals.  Sub-14 was my stretch goal if everything went perfectly, and Sub-15 I’d be happy.  I had time to make 14 if my run went as I had planned, but sadly perfection is not often part of any race.  I was running nice and easily through town down the hill and slowed down on the uphill, but was running.  I saw VT Girl and said hi, and it was nice to see someone I knew.  I stopped and got some water and drank some of my infinit which started to taste like crap. I hated it at that point even though it had done me well for Boston and other races. I made it to the bottom of the hill past the Horse Show grounds and then I started to be “gas powered.” I was literally playing a tune as I ran and my tummy did NOT feel good.  I took a couple of gas pills and tried to keep the pace.  I made it to about mile 9 doing a pretty good amount of running, but at that point my tummy was getting worse.  I started to talking to people and I wasn’t the only one who was really doing a lot of walking. About mile 10, I saw (VtGirl) again and asked her to take my Amphipod belt which was about to get tossed in the woods if I didn’t give it to her and told her to tell Monica that my stomach was messed up.  THANKS! I ran a bit more and hit the turnaround in 2:34?ish. I was happy, but really wanted to go under 5 and knew that was going to be tough again.  I really started to walk again and saw a woman (Doreen) I had talked to before.  She said her stomach was a mess, too and I remembered I had pepto and gave her some. I had it before and it had started to help, and I saw her about 45 min later and she thanked me up and down and said I saved her.  The rest of the run was a LOT of walking with a bit of running thrown in.  I tried to run, but while my tummy was a bit better, my legs were dead. They didn’t hurt like at Boston, but they just had no go in them.   I’m not sure if it was my nutrition or if it was just Ironman, but I was trucking along as well as I could. </p>
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<p>The last few miles were AWESOME.  Sure, I wasn’t running, but I knew I was going to come in under 15 hours and I knew I was going to finish.  I could hear Mike Riley in the distance and I was just trucking. People were cheering me on as the dark came, and kept saying “congrats” and you’re gonna make it, etc. I tried to encourage the people I saw who were just heading out on their 2<sup>nd</sup> loop as I headed in and spoke to some people.  I was able to get back to running the downhills and tried to walk with purpose up the big hill back into town. </p>
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<p>As I ran down the last ½ mile, I knew I wasn’t going to go into “pass anyone” mode, so I just let the person in front of me go and made sure I had enough room behind me to enjoy my time in the cute and get a picture of me all alone.  I did the high-5 thing down the chute going from side to side and crossed with my head and arms held high! The catcher grabbed me and then I was quickly handed over to Monica who was standing there.  She gave me a huge hug and said “My god, you are disgusting.” I laughed and said “of course I am.”  I got Medal, T=shirt, and Hat and got a few pictures done, including one with Monica</p>
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<p>Run Time: 5:40:40 – 13:01 – a bit slower than I wanted, I was hoping to break 5,but I’m happy with this, for now. <span style="font-family:wingdings;">J</span> - the run was tiring, and I learned a lot for next time.</p>
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<p>Total Time: 14:33:36!</p>
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<p>Post Race: I felt GREAT and I was tired, but had no major pains, no major issues, and I didn’t need to get to the medical tent.  We went to get some food and I wanted a soda, but all they had was a ham sandwich, so I think I had a cookie or two.  Pizza soon came out and I got a piece and headed over to the transition tent to change into my clean clothes and then Monica, Cheryl, and I went to the bleachers.  Cheryl was freezing and tired and headed home, while Monica and I hung out a bit longer. It was great to be there, but I really coulnd’t stand and I strated to get cold, so at about 11:15ish, we went to leave.  We walked by the massage tent and I was able to get a nice rub down and so since it was empty, Monica got her bad legs a little bit of love.   We then grabbed my stuff and I headed to the shuttle while Monica went to get my SN bags.  Once I got dropped off at the hotel, I took the car and went back for her and my bike.</p>
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<p>Overall: I’m VERY happy. I made 2 of 3 goals. 1. Finish 2. Stay out of Med tent (although it was close at the end of the swim) 3. Sub-14. This was really just a number and I’m not upset I didn’t make it, but looking back, if I didn’t fall asleep in transition, and could take a little time off my run, I’ve got this easy.  I think I can break 13 one day, if I really work at it and then who knows.  I WILL be back in LP one day, and I WILL be doing other Ironman distances. </p>
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<p>Note: I'm sure I forgot some things and will add them as I come up with them in my brain.  Hey, I've still got a lump on my head .</p>
 

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<p>PreRace</p>
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<p>Tuesday:</p>
<p>Simply put, this was run around day. I had planned to pack and get some ready, but it quickly turned into a day to just get stuff done.  I got up and did a very crappy 1hr trainer ride. About here, I had to remember that my taper was in full effect and the fact that I felt like an hour on the trainer was hard, was something I could ignore.  I then went and got the oil changed in the truck, and the tires rotated.  After that, I had a massage, and a chiro apt.  I was then in full run around mode and took the dog to my sisters and had dinner with my buddy.  Truth be told, keeping busy was great, it kept my mind off of things.  I ended the night by picking up Cak at about 9 and getting gt bed a little later than planned.   </p>
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<p>Wednesday:  Departure day!</p>
<p>This was supposed to be a pack the car and leave day, but as I was a little behind, I had to grab all my stuff. I had laid some of it out, but it was time for me and Monica to pack. I got all my tri gear and go all my race stuff packed and then quickly packed the rest of my stuff.  Um.. yeah, lesson to EVERYONE.  When you pack, think about what you want to bring OTHER than tri gear. I apparently was short a few pairs of underwear, no sweatpants type thing for pre/post race, and forgot a few other things.. Nothing major, but I failed packing.  Oh, well I remembered all the race stuff I needed.   We finally packed up the truck which was a little like tetris, got some gas and some cash and hit the road at about 12:30.   The drive was nice, and we had a couple of quick stops, but it was uneventful although it rained a bit and we didn’t get in our planned swim, but no big deal.  We then went for a GREAT dinner at the Adirondack Seafood and Steak house where I got a HUGE slab of Prime Rib and I was told the beers were EXCELLENT.</p>
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<p>Thursday:</p>
<p>Cheryl and I got up and let Monica sleep a bit and got some Coffee and Bagels and I showed her a short bike she could do later in the day.  Then we went food shopping – I HIGHLY recommend a room with a kitchen – and the ladies got pedicures while I went for a short run into town and back.  After that, Cheryl went for a bike ride and Monica and I just chilled until she got back.  We went to the lake and Cheryl and I swam a loop while my wife sat on the shore.  After the loop, we came back and made some dinner on the grill and hung low.</p>
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<p>Friday:</p>
<p>Monica and I got up to go to the Beginner Triathlete swim meet up for 7:00 am and that was when I realized my wetsuit had a small rip in the right arm.  I was a little concerned about it and figured it would make it through the race, but I wasn’t going to risk it.  I hung out and chatted with some people while Monica swam a bit and just tried to stay relaxed about the rip in the wetsuit.  After a quick change, Moinca and I went out for breakfast while Cheryl got in a run on course and then I went to check-in!  This was fun, but a little stressful, it was the first time I think I realized how close things were. I had some nervous excitement and was very glad that Monica was able to pick up her bracelet and schwag (btw, talk about disappointing for the money you pay) and come in with me. She took some pictures and hung out with me a bit while I got weighed in, I was EXACT on my weight and was a little heavier than I wanted to be, but had a HUGE breakfast before weigh-in.   After we checked in, we wandered around the expo a bit, (There is NOTHING like Boston’s though) and then headed back to chill.  I have been fighting some leg pain for a bit and my legs were making me very nervous so Monica and I hit the ART tent and Mark the AWESOME art guy was able to very painfully help me.  In fact the muscle that was bothering me didn’t bother me at ALL during my run although was sore on Friday night. Friday night, we just laid low and hung out a little and I tried not to stress too much. </p>
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<p>Another day up early and I took Cheryl to tour of the bike course she was going to ride.  It was good for me to get out and drive the course again and remind myself that I’ve ridden far harder on trainer rides and that I’ve done the course before.  Once this was done, Cheryl headed out on the bike and I started to pack up my transition and special needs bags.  Since Monica had to go to the volunteer meeting I was going to ride my bike over and meet her there with all my stuff.  THIS is when I started to have a bit of stress.  I literally started sweating and getting that nervous energy, I think I last had as I was getting ready for my wedding.  I wasn’t nervous I couldn’t do this, but I was very nervous I would forget things. I ran to the Rite-Aid to grab a few minor things like contact solution, I couldn’t find and packed my bags.  I really think I was more nervous during the packing than during pre-race on race morning.  Once it was done and Moinca and I went over things 20x I got changed and headed over to check-in.  By now I had a WICKED headache and while my ride felt good, I was not looking forward to having a headache all day.  Thankfully, they had a chiropractor who was able to adjust me and release the tension and it felt 1000% better and made my afternoon SO much better.  I then dropped off my bags in transition and dropped off my bike. I had no major incidents, but I had learned a great trick to keep the bags dry, ask and I’ll share.  Saturday night I got a few subs for dinner and then did a quick run out to buy some pre/post race pants I had forgotten.  Bedtime came early, although I had a bit of trouble falling asleep, but probably got to sleep about 10ish.  Not too bad.</p>
 

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<p>Monday:</p>
<p>6AM came VERY early when Monica woke me up to go get finishers gear.  What a good thing!  By 6:20, there was already a big line and we were about 100 people or so back.  Standing and walking were tiring, but surprisingly not too painful.  In fact the MOST painful part was some REALLY BAD chafing I got in a couple of areas.  I now remember that it started at about mile 18 and I had tried to put some Butt Butter on it during the run.. FYI, that stuff can STING!  So, we stood around for about an hour before we got in and the line has kept building to the end of the block and was getting longer and longer.   Once we got in, we quickly grabbed a few finishers items and tried to find the right size.  FYI, suffer and get there VERY early.  They had already sold out of a lot of sizes in things, particularly the smaller men’s and larger women’s sizes.  I was able to get a cool jacket, fleece, and some t-shirts.  We got a few small things for the nieces and a mug and some other various crap.  After that, Monica and I went back and got Cheryl and went out for breakfast.  After breakfast, I flopped on the couch and apparently snored a LOT while I napped.  Oh, another FYI, my body temp was VERY High all day and while I had a HUGE breakfast, I wasn’t really hungry.</p>
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<p>Note: Monica helped by going through my bags and organizing my race stuff.. Um.. plan for a LOT of nasty stuff and what you want to do with it. wash it? bag it? just plan for it!</p>
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<p>Later in the afternoon, Cheryl did a local sprint tri and Monica and I volunteered and hung out.  We then went to the brewery where the ladies had some beers and we had a nice dinner.  Overall, the worst pain was the chafing.</p>
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<p>We slept in a bit and then went for a nice breakfast at a place called Chair 6. Yummy!  We then went to the Gondola to the top of WhiteFace.  I still had chafing, but from the perspective, of physical issues, I was just REALLY tired and fatigued.  Any walking up more than a handicap ramp made me winded and my legs burn like a hard workout.  Still no major pains, but my “injury” – my hip that’s been bugging me for weeks – seemed to flare up a little, despite not bugging me at all during the race.  Anyway, any long walking was tough, but once I got going felt good, although the legs were a little more rubbery. </p>
<p>We got back to town and wandered around and then went to see Despicable Me!  - I loved the movie, and sitting was great.  The chafing was even healing a bit!</p>
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<p>We ended the night with a nice BBQ by the lake and then drank beers by the fire-pit until about 11:30 talking to people up to visit Lake Placid.</p>
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<p>By Wednesday, I actually started to feel good. The Fatigue was WAY down, but still there and while I could do things, I was still getting winded quickly and tired easily.  We got up, packed up the car and hit the road.  On the way out, we made a couple stop s and meet up with VTGirl and family to say a quick Hi as they were still up camping.   We then hit the road for the ride back which was uneventful.  We dropped Cheryl off and then Monica went PT and we went out to dinner after.</p>
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<p>I’m up, I’m moving, and not much to report. My Pirformas is bugging me a little, but I may try to get in a workout today. I’m still tired, but feel pretty good!</p>
 

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<p>Dude.</p>
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<p>You rock.</p>
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<p>Adam, just awesome.  Again, congratuations on a tremendous race (despite the bump and fall on the bike).  It has been great following your training over the past six months or so, and glad that it paid off.  I assume that the nutrition issues you faces will only get better with experience.  I am actually more nervous about my race day nutrition than I am the actual race.  From what I understand Lake Placid is one of the tougher Ironman courses and a 14:30 there is stellar, something to be very proud of.</p>
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<p>Also, so good to read the role that Monica played in throughout your entire experience.  It gives me a lot of insight into what my wife (and family) will have to deal with and hopefully help not only on race day, but the days before and after (Great job Monica!!!).  </p>
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<p>Keep resting and I hope the recovery continues to go well!</p>
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<p>You, my friend, are an Ironman!</p>
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<p>My favorite moment at Ironman (other than crossing the finish line), is standing around before the start just taking it all in.  There is just an electricity in the air, with the sun coming up and the athletes anxious for the race to start.  It just makes you feel alive.</p>
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<p>You met the beast in the middle of the race and conquered it.  Great job.</p>
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<p>Yeah, the Boston expo is bigger, but in the end its just more crap to buy.  I've gotten to the point where I figure out what I want or need before I go, hit those booths and get the hell out and off my feet.</p>
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<p>Awesome job, awesome report.  WTG!</p>
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<p>Adam kicks ASS!!!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/headbang.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>You seemed so composed and focused the entire week and whenever I saw you on race day.</p>
<p>Congrats on completing your training and meeting your goals!!!</p>
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<p>Also, thanks for letting me hang out with you and Monica in Lake Placid and for taking the time to show me the run and bike courses.  Your knowledge of the bike course really helped me out!</p>
 

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<p>Well done.</p>
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<p>Yay!</p>
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<p>Your nutrition issues on the run were a tad more significant than I had, but the fact that you said that it started to taste like crap was nearly identical to what I had on my run (also Infinit).</p>
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<p>You totally RAWKED your swim, dude!!  You were so worried about that all during your training, and you massively conquered it.  I'm VERY proud of your hard work paying off.</p>
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<p>Now, about the banging of your head into that poor volunteer's knee.  Really, Adam, they're there to help you.  There's no need to abuse them.  ;) </p>
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<p>Aquaphor helps with chaffing healing.</p>
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<p>Congrats again, you did a great great job.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rottensquirrel</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69172/rr-imlp-2010#post_1927775"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Piriformis...... just kidding!  Hard to imagine having such a good time at such a tough race but you did it. Best of luck in your continued Ironman adventures and kudos to Monica for her support.</p>
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yeah, yeah, yeah... if I can't get PT, I'm coming to see you!<br><br>
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<p>Congrats. You are an Ironman.</p>
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That's what she said :) <br>
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<p>Also, so good to read the role that Monica played in throughout your entire experience.  It gives me a lot of insight into what my wife (and family) will have to deal with and hopefully help not only on race day, but the days before and after (Great job Monica!!!).  </p>
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You can't do it without them. They might think they have it easy, but they won't<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Alaska Mike</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69172/rr-imlp-2010#post_1927802"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>You, my friend, are an Ironman!</p>
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<p>My favorite moment at Ironman (other than crossing the finish line), is standing around before the start just taking it all in.  There is just an electricity in the air, with the sun coming up and the athletes anxious for the race to start.  It just makes you feel alive.</p>
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<p>You met the beast in the middle of the race and conquered it.  Great job.</p>
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<p>Mike, you are right, that was great, just floating in the water and taking in the energy.  Also, the Beast was Big, and while I'm glad I slayed it, I hope never to see it again!<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>cak73</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69172/rr-imlp-2010#post_1927804"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Adam kicks ASS!!!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/headbang.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>You seemed so composed and focused the entire week and whenever I saw you on race day.</p>
<p>Congrats on completing your training and meeting your goals!!!</p>
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<p>Also, thanks for letting me hang out with you and Monica in Lake Placid and for taking the time to show me the run and bike courses.  Your knowledge of the bike course really helped me out!</p>
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I am surprised how well I handled it all, and showing you around helped me!<br><br>
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<p>Your nutrition issues on the run were a tad more significant than I had, but the fact that you said that it started to taste like crap was nearly identical to what I had on my run (also Infinit).</p>
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<p>You totally RAWKED your swim, dude!!  You were so worried about that all during your training, and you massively conquered it.  I'm VERY proud of your hard work paying off.</p>
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<p>Now, about the banging of your head into that poor volunteer's knee.  Really, Adam, they're there to help you.  There's no need to abuse them.  ;) </p>
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<p>Aquaphor helps with chaffing healing.</p>
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<p>Congrats again, you did a great great job.</p>
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<p>1. I think i just got sick of it, lesson learned</p>
<p>2. Thanks! the wetsuit helped</p>
<p>3. It wasn't a volunteers knee it was a competitor. I'm sure it was someone in my AG who was afraid of me :) </p>
<p>4. Done and all better<br>
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<p>Well done Adam - a great race on a very very tough course</p>
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<p>congratulations on becoming an Ironman and getting over that down bit in the middle -</p>
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<p>great report on race and before and after</p>
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<p>and a big well done to team Sherpa as well</p>
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<p>Here are some pics, I hope the link works! </p>
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<p><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/adamcohen/IronmanLakePlacid2010?authkey=Gv1sRgCLXRkO-c2p7a5wE#" target="_blank">http://picasaweb.google.com/adamcohen/IronmanLakePlacid2010?authkey=Gv1sRgCLXRkO-c2p7a5wE#</a></p>
 

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<p>Congratulations Ironman!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello2.gif" style="width:25px;height:27px;" title="">  Epic race, super impressive time despite almost being taken out in transition and on the bike.  Your journey has been inspirational to us wanna-be's.  It once again makes us think "maybe someday". </p>
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<p>Also congrats to Monica, you get your husband back! <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""></p>
 

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<p>Love that report - you make it sound almost casual but I'm pretty sure it wasn't by any means. </p>
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<p>Congrats to you Adam on an awesome swim, and getting through the bike and run pretty much right around where you wanted, and kudos to your support crew.  You are now an Ironman!</p>
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<p>(Soooo...when's the next one? <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title="">)</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mmoonptdeux</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69172/rr-imlp-2010#post_1927867"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>(Soooo...when's the next one? <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title="">)</p>
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<p> 2012 possibly CdA, LP again, or IMWI.. not sure. <br>
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