I am two weeks post IM Cozumel. This was my first attempt at an Ironman Distance event. I had only one goal – Finish, and I did -- with just under 17 minutes to spare.
The swim was a little slower than I had anticipated, but the water was clear and beautiful and so amazing to me that I was out there in it. I was out of the water at about 2:04 ish and off to T1.
I started the bike ride on top of the world, feeling strong and pleased to have made the cut off on the swim. At mile 52 there was a loud noise from the rear wheel and I literally came to a screeching halt. It took me a few minutes to figure out that I had broken a spoke and the rear wheel was severely warped and would not clear the brakes.
At this point I begin to think that this is how the event would end for me. I removed my rear brake and thought I would try to ride on into town anyway….about that time a guy on a Vespa Scooter pulled up and the race roadside assistance saved the day. He had the tool to tighten spokes and we were able to true up my wheel enough that I was back in the game. I did have a nice rhythm going on with the back wheel for the next 60 miles…..and no back brake.
I completed the bike ahead of the course cutoff time, went through T2 where I drank the best coke I have ever had in my life--- and then started the run at about 10:30 into the event. My PR for a full Marathon is 4:47. Not having done this before, I had hoped to have at least 7 -7.5 hours to complete the run ---but now I needed to get it done in less than 6.5.
I did have a couple of sinking spells in T2 -- wondering if I would be telling my grandkids the story about “almost finishing” my first IM. I started the first of the three loops, kept moving as best I could, walked very little, completed the run in 6:12 and glided in at the finish line at 16:43:01…..THRILLING!!!
I remembered watching online the last hour of the IM World Championships in KONA this year and seeing finishers coming through after 11PM ---and thinking, these are my people!!
So I managed to get my money’s worth. I can’t wait to plan for the next one….maybe I can manage to get a little faster as I cut it pretty close this time….but I will get a better bike for sure!!
Roger, great race report and congratulations on becoming an Ironman! You made it exciting all the way to the end, and the way you finished will make a much better story for those grandkids!
Roger, CONGRATULATIONS! Nice going surviving a major mechanical on the bike and overcoming those negative thoughts in T2!
Nice going. I also use Perpetuem on long rides though I like Shot Bloks on runs... at least for Ironman races. Hammer now has a solid Perpetuem wafer/tablet that I haven't tried yet.
Just like everything else, pavements will take it's toll if you don't train for it. I've heard that a gradual build up over 6 or 8 weeks is a good idea.