Posts Written OnSeptember 2015

2015 IRONMAN Wisconsin Run & Finish

This is the third part in my IRONMAN series, read about the swim here and the bike here. At this point I’m almost seven and a half hours into the race. This number, while large (it was the longest I’d ever raced up to that point), only represented just over half my total race time that day. With that in mind, I knew my running pace would be slow. However, the excitement of seeing my family again and hitting the crowds on foot gave me a short burst of energy, netting me an 8:30ish pace for the first (mostly downhill) mile. At this point I started pacing a Illinois grad decked out in Illini gear. We stated with each other for the first few miles, chatting about anything and everything to keep our minds off our whining legs and draining energy. Eventually he would pull ahead, only to show up…

2015 IRONMAN Wisconsin Bike & T2

This is a continuation of my 2015 IRONMAN Wisconsin race report. Part one, Pre-Race, Swim & T1 can be found here. Transition is held on top of Monona Terrace, a convention center designed by one of the best architects ever, Frank Lloyd Wright. The back half of the terrace is a parking ramp, which is accessed via a corkscrew ramp. We ran up the ramp from the swim into T1 and now it was time to ride down the corkscrew and out of T1. This was a bit worry some for me, as I chose to leave my shoes clipped into the bike and put them on during the ride. Experience has shown me that running in hard, plastic-bottomed bike shoes is just awkward, if not dangerous. It’s just easier to run barefoot to the mount line and get your shoes on during the first hundred yards of the ride. Usually…

2015 IRONMAN Wisconsin Pre-Race & Swim

Ready it or not, the day finally came. I officially became an IRONMAN this past weekend when I completed IRONMAN Wisconsin. Not surprisingly, I was quite anxious in the weeks leading up to the race. It didn’t help that it was in the 90s with high humidity a week out and it was forecast to rain on race day. Thankfully, mother nature gave us all a break and gave us 70° waters, and highs in the 70s. No rain was in sight and the wind was in the single digits. It could not have been a more perfect day for a race. I took my time on race morning, arriving about 15 minutes before transition opened. This is exactly how I like to operate, with plenty of time to take care of problems and no reason to stress out mentally before I stress out physically. The water was opened at 6:30…

IRONMAN Weekend

There’s a lot of hype surrounding an IRONMAN race. It’s a lot to live up to. And I think they did a pretty good job. IRONMANs are a little different than most triathlons in that you are forced to make a weekend out of the event, rather than just grabbing a packet one day (or on race morning) and then showing up a few hours early to setup transition on race day. Packet Pickup I was a little surprised by the amount of waiting required for packet pickup on Friday. It seems like all of the 2600 or so participants decided to show up at the same time to pick up their race packets. In them you get a bag for everything. Morning clothes. Bike gear. Run Gear. Bike special needs. Run special needs. And of course the “free” IRONMAN backpack to hold it all. It’s definitely an interesting way to run a race.…

2015 Chicago Triathlon Triple Challenge

This past weekend I competed in my second Chicago Triathlon Triple Challenge. This “challenge” involves racing in three triathlons in one weekend. Saturday morning we did a SuperSprint (click hear to read about just that race) (375m swim | 10.5K bike | 2.5K run), followed by an International (1.5K swim | 40K bike | 10K run) and Sprint (750m swim | 24.5K bike | 5K run) four hours after the International race started. All told, I was going at race pace for just over 4.5 hours. Needless to say, I was a bit tired Sunday evening. International Distance Race The first race of the morning on Sunday was thankfully the International Distance. Us crazy triples were the first to go off, hopping in the (comparatively) balmy 65° water a couple minutes before 6:00 am. Once we all had our chance to “self-heat” our wetsuits (yes, I wore mine this time, in addition…

2015 Chicago Triathlon SuperSprint

This past weekend I competed in my second Chicago Triathlon Triple Challenge. This “challenge” involves racing in three triathlons in one weekend. The first of the three was held on Saturday, at it was the SuperSprint. SuperSprint Distance This year I was more mentally prepared for this extremely short race. There’s no time to “ramp up” to speed with distances this short. You have to start fast and finish faster if you’re looking for a quick time. I was not, however, mentally prepared for the weather. The rain never stopped the entire time I was out there, the only changes were how hard it was coming down. Due to the rain, everything was slowed before the race, requiring me to wait about 20 minutes to get my race packet and another 20 minutes to enter transition. Unfortunately, all these delays had me literally running through transition setup. When I did find an…