Cleveland Triathlon Club

Ironman Lake Placid

August 03, 2019 - 1:06 + 5:42 + 4:31


Woke up early, about 4:00 race morning and ate some breakfast. The hotel room was only 400 yards or so from transition, so I made the short walk over and finished setting up my bike and transition bags. I had to make a last min equipment decision between the full aero helmet (giro A2), and the aero road (Spec Evade). I tend the get hot in the A2 and was worried it might be a bit warm for the full aero, but ultimately decided the aero benefit was worth it and put the A2 in my T1 change bag.


Swim:


My swimming has felt pretty good (for me) leading up to today. I swam an easy effort loop of the course in days prior and timed it at 31:30. My goal swim was time was 1:02 to 1:05. I seeded my self toward the front chunk of the 1 hr to 1:10 group. I tried to swim just left of the sighting buoy, where I could see the famous underwater wire and cut down On head up sighting. Apparently this was the entire fields plan as well as this wasone of the most high-contact group swims I have experienced. I tried to keep calm, focus on my form, and avoid wasting energy surging or getting caught up in other swimmers. I found some feet to draft off of on and off the entire swim, but it was very dynamic, and never really hit a good rhythm. I finished loop one in 31:43. The second loop I tried to stay a bit further out side, to avoid contact. This didn’t seem to help much as I continued to find other swimmers out here as well. I exited the swim in 1:06:14, so a bit slower on loop two, but close to my goal. 


 


Bike:


I ran up the long path to T1, grabbed my change bag got my stuff on, and headed out on the bike. I was feeling good, moving up through the field of superior swimmers in the first few miles. I kept my power intentionally low as I tried to get in some nutrition early on. After the bomb of a decent into Keene, we hit the climb into Jay, the out and back, and the whiteface climb. I was still feeling good, eating, drinking Skratch, and taking water at aid stations when needed. I was starting to get a bit warm in the A2 helmet on the climbs, but spraying off with cold water at the aid stations was helping. Right back in town, around 55 miles is when I felt it. The whomp whomp of rim turning on the pavement. I took a turn and felt the back wheel slide, looked down, and sure enough I had flatted. I stopped, grabbed my spare and changed it out as quickly as possible. Only, when I inflated with CO2, the new tube immediately started hissing as well. I found a hole in the tire responsible for the leak. I was out of spare tubes, but, luckily was within sight of my special needs bag with a spare. I ran over (with the help of a super nice volunteer) and got my bag. I booted the tire with an empty gel and prayed it would hold. To my delight, the tire held air when I inflated it. Back out on the bike, 20 min lost in all, baking in the heat changing the tire, and partially demoralized, I tried to stay positive and find my groove again, but it never really came back. I was nervous hitting the decent at 55 mph like the first loop on a now booted tire, so took it more conservatively. Shortly after, I started feeling bloated, and struggled to eat. I kept taking in water to keep hydrated, as I was pretty hot at this point. By mile 90i was nauseous, and feeling like I needed to throw up. I pushed through and finished the bike, in a disappointing 5:42:35 debating if I could even run.


 


Run:


Into T2, I was nauseous, hot, and had a bit of a head ache. I figured I start the run, and see how it went. Grabbed my change bag, and got my shoes on. I actually threw up a little bit in the garbage can in the change tent. Headed out to the run course and saw my now worried wife. I told her I was struggling, but was going to give it a shot. About 500 meters later, I ran off the course and puked in the bushes. This actually made me feel significantly better, and I was able to start running at a decent pace. I got in 4-5miles at my goal pace, but I still couldn’t eat or drink as it would make me bloated, then come back up minutes later. This lack of nutrition would inevitably catch up and bring may run to a walk/run shuffle. Right around mile 13, I was toasted from an energy standpoint, still not eating. I wanted to quit, but out of respect for the sport I gutted it out and ran/walked the remainder. Ended up finishing the marathon in 4:31:27, a good hour+ longer than I was hoping. 


 


Final time was 11:31:39. This wasn’t the race I was hoping for, as I feel my fitness is much greater than I demonstrated, but I am happy I finished and didn’t quit. Good news is recovery has been going very well, as there want much damage from the run due to all the walking. I am thinking I might sight up for anothother and give it a re-try in the next few weeks. IM Maryland is looking like it might be a good option with 8 weeks to recover, and prepare between. It would be a shame to waste all of the long course fitness I’ve built over the past year.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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