I was just wondering what everyone's goal times are and what your experience level in the IM.
This is my first IM and would like to finish... period. That being said, I think I would be happy with a 14hr finish time. Anything before that is gravy.
I have no idea what to expect. This is my first IM. My most recent marathon time was 3:54. My best bike pace in a tri was 19mph for an Oly, but I averaged more like a little over 17 for the HIM (My time was 3:16.) My HIM swim time was 45 though I'm hoping that will improve :) Any idea of what I should be shooting for?
aim to finish ;) what times are possible from those, i would estimate, 1:20 + 7:30 + 5:15 + (15 T's) (14:20) thats still ok for a first timer. you shouldnt get carried away with achieving goal times, cause you just never know how your day will unfold. be really interesting to see if my "guesstimates" are close tho :)
It's a daily recalibration, today's incarnation: Swim-2 + Bike-7 + Run-4.... Guess that's 13 hours. Figure I have to beat 16:15 at least to make the trip home slightly more enjoyable. LOL
sunset is at 8:20pm so I ' want ' to finish in 13:19
I would like to beat sunset too. I feel alot better soaking in the sun! I had a chance to take a promotion in Alaska, my wife told me that I act horrible when I don't get my light treatment daily and that I went north I'd be going alone. Said there was no way she was going to deal with me during 3-4 months of darkness.
the swim start time may throw things out though.
It's a time trial, everyone's in within 5 minutes so it won't matter. Nothing ridiculous like 9am starts like they do at some 70.3s, I hate how they started spacing the age groupers out like they did at Racine last year over a 2 HOUR period. It's makes it seem less like a race and more like they're sending out groups of people to receive a punishment.
they start age groupers in @ 7am, the last age grouper will be going in @ about 7.45-ish approx.
so unless you're in the line at 4.30am and want to sit and wait for 2.5hrs you're not going in first ;-)
oh. I did it in 2010 I remember I had a friend hold my spot in the morning while I did stuff in transition. I rememeber going in within 5-8 minutes and I was was pretty far back in line but my memory of that morning could be blurry, I guess 45 min sounds about right
One change from 2010 to 2011 is that the only people that can stand in line for spots are athletes who have already been bodymarked ........... Just so you know. Still everyone (to the last person in) gets in by 7:30ish am.
I know I got bumped up to the 45-49 (even though I was 44) and I was moved back 30 minutes.
Also my 80+ year friend Bob Scott was in the next age group and I needed a big head start so he didn't pass me... he passed me on mile 39 on the bike like I wasn't moving!!!!!