I was the 1st finisher to cross the finish line after midnight. I think my clock time was about 17:15ish. It was a dreadful dreadful day. I got into the water around 7:05a and had a pretty decent swim (1:28). I felt great on the bike the first 50 miles (came through the 56 mile mark in 3:15). Then the wheels came off. I was so dehydrated that i cramped up every hill from mile 60-100. I literally had to walk my bike up every hill. It was terrible. I've never cramped like that ever. I didn't have water from miles 75-105. Luckily there were residents helping out with water.
I finished the bike in 8:12. I had nothing left. I hit the last 10 miles of flats at about a 8mph pace.
I tried to run the 1st mile and cramped right away. So walked the first few, then tried to run and immediately cramped and fell over. I could not run at all. I stumbled for the next 10 miles when i then collapsed in pain. Somehow i got back up and met my friends at mile 14. No idea how, but i then managed a half limp/walk for the rest of the way. I pushed as hard as I could to finish by midnight. I cramped every step from mile 25 on, it was the most painful experience of my life. Finally in the last 400 meters my right leg completey went and i had to basically drag it to the finish. I went as fast as i could possibly go. I was obviously dissapointed to come in after midnight. I was given a medal (the final medal given on the day) and a finishers shirt/hat.
All i could think when i crossed the finish line was how stupid i was for pushing myself so hard. It was so dangerous out there. I saw multiple people passing out and not being able to move.
I think my chip time was somewhere around 16:55, but according to the clock, I was 'that guy' that didn't make it by midnight. In my heart i still made it and that's all that matters to me. I wish the conditions were better and that i had had a better day. I can't believe it took me that long. It was a very scary day for me and to be honest i probably should have stopped by mile 12 of the run. I was in the hospital until 6am, got 3 IVs and threw up a ton. Actually feeling alright today. I think I am going to officialy retire from Ironman races. I've never felt such pain before in my life.
Congrats to all that finished. Everyone who didn't, I completely understand how hard it was out there. Thanks to everyone for all the help the past 6 months.