Swim Bike Run


Ironman Texas - Race Report (2012 OP & 2013 on Page 2) (Read 467 times)


    Enjoy the race!  During the tough times in the race, focus on why you race and the tough training you endured to get there

    Swim , Bike, and Run A LOT

      Thanks everybody.  Race time is about 10 1/2 hours from now.  Heading to bed soon.

      Should be a great day, and I look forward to updating you in a couple of days.


      (It looks like it'll be a hot day).

      93+/- degrees for the run.

      2017 Goals:

      #1: Do what I can do (200+ training days, 200+ aerobic hours). 

      #2: Race shape (1/2 marathon, 2 half Ironmans, marathon)

      #3: Prepare for 2018

        Congrats on the sub 12 Brian, you raised the bar.


        The pain that hurts the worse is the imagined pain. One of the most difficult arts of racing is learning to ignore the imagined pain and just live with the present pain (which is always bearable.) - Jeff


        2014 Goals:


        Stay healthy

        Enjoy life


          Congratulations Brian, awesome race

            I'm back in Dallas after a nice long weekend getaway with the family.  After the race, we spent Sunday with extended family who decided to fly in from out of town.


            Race Report:

            Ironman Texas, 2013 -- May 18, 2013


            Race Day Weather:

            Water Temp: 77 degrees

            Morning Air Temp: 75 degrees

            Daytime High Air Temp: 93+ degrees

            Wind: early to mid-morning 8 - 10mph.  mid morning - afternoon from the south at about 15 mph.

            (people burned their feet while running barefoot through transition 2... keep your socks or shoes on)


            Pre Race:

            Drove in on Thursday and ate pizza pretty much every meal from Thursday at noon through Friday night.

            Thursday's USA Today had an article on deaths during triathlons... Read it when I got to the hotel... Perfect Smile

            Friday night, 1 salt tablet, 1 water.


            Race Morning:

            I woke up at 3:30 in the morning and went to IHOP with my oldest son and my brother in law.  I ate the same thing as last year.

            We left the hotel at 5:10am and got to transition area at 5:25 in the morning.  I had to borrow an air pump, and had a lot of trouble getting air in my tires due to the extenders I have on my valves.  I had to wait in line for a few minutes and had the technical people get my tires pumped to 120+/-.

            The walk is about 1/2 mile from the transition area to the swim start, and it was very crowded.  Last year, I was much earlier getting to the swim start, and because we were late and my support crew wanted a good spot on the bridge to see the swim start, we said goodbye at that time.  My brother in law and father in law walked down to the swim entrance with me so I could hand them my sandals and I wouldn't have to walk bare foot that last 1/4 mile.  While we were there, I remembered that I had an uneventful goodbye to my wife and kids, so I used my brother in laws cell phone to say bye to my wife and talk to her for a couple minutes.



            At 6:52am, I entered the water.  Before I entered, I got my garmin 310xt prepared for multisport.  (Last year, I did that while treading water with about 30 seconds prior to the race)

            At 6:54am, they sang the National anthem, and I felt awkward swimming to my start location rather than standing at attention.  (All other athletes were doing the same thing as I was).  I lined up the furthest left from all the starters to the left of the swim buoys.  The swim start was much wider this year and I'm guessing it was part of the new Ironman safety swim plan.

            The swim was OK.  I choose not to race the swim, as I'd rather race later in the day.  I choose swim at pace without exerting myself at the peak of my ability.

            Result: 1:21:44, (76 seconds faster than last year), 870th overall, 145th in my age group  



            Summary: WOW!!! Much faster than my goal time.

            The bike ride was hotter and windier than last year, and the wind was scheduled to pick up during the day, so I decided to push a little harder than last year without burning many matches.  (An endurance athlete has a matchbook of matches at their disposal in a given day with an unknown quantity of matches.  You must preserve your matches.)  I was only looking at my HR monitor and chose to keep my HR below 150 the entire ride.  My Garmin only showed my Heart Rate.  My Timex watch was on my other hand, and I had my bike time showing.  I was able to get my MPH based on my time (ie. at 3 hours in the ride, I was at 65 miles, and knew that I was happy with that pace).


            000 - 030 miles: 22.84mph

            030 - 056 miles: 20.19mph

            056 - 112 miles: 20.64mph

            Total Time: 5:18:53 (24 minutes faster than last year)

            After the bike, I was in 350th place overall, and 60th place in my age group.



            Last year, the run was very tough.  This year, it was hotter, but I was more mentally prepared.  I had trained at a slower pace this year, and had planned on a run / walk strategy.  By being better prepared for the 'hell' of running in the high heat and humidity, I was able to run at a slower pace and run over 80% of the race.  My time was about 27 minutes slower than my goal, but I was pleased with my run.

            Result: 4:56:45 (15 minutes faster than last year)



            Time: 11:53:31

            Overall Rank: 369

            Age Group Rank: 62


            Post Race:

            After the race, we were planning on going back at 11:15pm to watch the last 45 minutes of finishers and cheer them on.

            But, I guess there were other plans for the evening.. Smile

            At the end of the race, I felt fine and didn't need medical attention.  About an hour later, we went back to the hotel so I could take a shower and change my clothes and drink a beer or two.

            Sometime between the clothes and the beer, I decided I needed to puke for the next 15 minutes or so.  That pretty much ended my evening, and afterwards, I went to bed to sleep for the next 10 hours.  Next year, I want to see the end of the race!!!



            Link to Pictures:

            Link to Results:


            Last year, I wrote the following:

            "What I realized through this journey is that we (all of us here as well as those not reading this) can do so much more than we think we can do.

            Years ago, this was a sport reserved for crazy people.

            A few years ago, it was a dream.

            A couple years ago, it was a possibility.

            A few weeks ago, it was a probability.

            This week, and forever, it is a reality.

            I am an Ironman.

            I have climbed my Everest!"


            This year wasn't as surreal as last year.

            Last year was more of a "let me finish and enjoy an Ironman" race.

            Ever since I began running in 1999, I NEVER had a time goal.

            My goal has ALWAYS been to be active and enjoy myself.

            But, this year, I had a strong desire to beat 12 hours.

            This year, I battled tough weather and tough conditions and was able to achieve a time goal.

            I was also able to raise over $2,000 for a local teenage girl who is raising $100,000 for an orphanage in Zambia in memory of her father (my friend) who died 4 years ago of a brain tumor.

            Great day.  Great race.  Great memories.



            2017 Goals:

            #1: Do what I can do (200+ training days, 200+ aerobic hours). 

            #2: Race shape (1/2 marathon, 2 half Ironmans, marathon)

            #3: Prepare for 2018

              Congrats man.  Nice read.

              Canadian princess

                That was great! Congratulations!

                  I've spent the past week looking at IMTX race reports on SlowTwitch.com, and cannot believe how rough some of their experiences were.

                  A couple of common themes from the race:


                  1. T2 Burnt Feet: People were forced to run along a sidewalk at the end of Transition 2 after dropping off their bike (and bike shoes) in order to pick up their running shoe bag, and quite a few of them burned their feet while running through transition.  (I wore socks and kept my socks on while running through T2, and that wasn't a problem for me).  There were complaints to Ironman, and apparently, they were able to sign up for another race because they burned their feet?!?!


                  2. Dehydration and DNF's was a factor.  There were many DNF's this year 15% overall, and some older age groups had 40+% DNFs.  FWIW, the Male Pro's had a 43% DNF ratio.  There are some race reports where people lost 12 pounds -- 175lb down to 163lb (and that's after quitting 8 miles into the run and rehydrating after the run and before going back on the scale at night).


                  3.  Quick weather change prior to IMTX.  In the past, we'd have a few weeks of warm weather prior to mid-May.  This year, though, there wasn't many hot training days prior to the race.  In fact, the weekend before the race, I did a 50 mile ride wearing a warm jacket and full legging to protect from the cold.  The 90+ degrees was a challenge and surprise for even the regional "locals".


                  4.  Times were slower in 2013.  The average time for 2013 was about 40 minutes slower than 2012 due to the heat and weather conditions.


                  I was super excited about my race time and my race performance (38 minutes faster than 2012 overall, and kicked butt on my bike ride compared to my goals as well as past performance).


                  What I *might* have done right regarding the race

                  1.  swim the swim, don't race the swim.  Water was 77 degrees, and was cool and refreshing.  Didn't wear a wetsuit to speed up my race time.

                  2.  forced myselft to take in a lot of salt (6 tablets, 1 endurolyte fizz, 5+ IronmanPerform drinks), nutrition (6 strawberry Stingers, 8 bonk breakers) and water (4 x 24oz bottles of water) on the bike ride.

                  3.  did not "race" through transitions (9 minutes in T1 thanks in part to a #2 porta potty stop, 6 minutes in T2.)

                  4.  started the run knowing that it's 95 degrees outside by maintaining a relatively slow and steady pace (10:30 through 12:00/mile pace).  Some people had the "PR or ER" race shirts on, and they may have ended out in the ER.  For me, I knew my limitations, and stayed within myself

                  5.  ice sponges / ice.  I was able to maintain a core body temperature that was normal and regulated.  I never felt overheated throughout the race, and was able to put ice in my hat after every aid station.


                  A couple hours after the race, I felt like crap and threw up.  I guess I had some level of GI distress.  I was fortunate to have that happen after I crossed the finish line.


                  I had 4 other friends race with me that day, and 2 of the 4 DNF'd due to challenges.  1 of the 2 has previously finished 8 Ironman's and claimed this to be the hardest conditions he's experienced.  The other was doing his 1st Ironman and had nutrition issues and serious dehydration and leg cramping.


                  As I was drinking chocolate milk after the race, a guy at the table that was sitting there was an 18 time Ironman finisher and has done Kona 5 times (fast dude), and he said that this was in the top 2 for most challenging race day conditions he's ever experienced.  He claimed that there was 1 Kona race that was tougher than this, but this ranked among the toughest ever for him.


                  I think I dodged a bullet as it relates to this race, because this was my best race ever.

                  2017 Goals:

                  #1: Do what I can do (200+ training days, 200+ aerobic hours). 

                  #2: Race shape (1/2 marathon, 2 half Ironmans, marathon)

                  #3: Prepare for 2018