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Good luck, I will be back!
Mike has a short memory...Perhaps he meant that in the last decade or so he can't remember a 9hr plus win.....Tough day and a huge shame that it will be the last time for an IM in St George.
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Where the hell did that wave come from?
Is it raining?
oh, I get it now, it's a windstorm, duh
Can I swim 1800m into this?
Maybe it's just a 5 minute deal...
Could this have come at a worse time, or from a worse direction?
Maybe if I swim way to the right, that mountain (15 miles away) will offer some protection
Where did everybody go
When are the boats gonna come out here with a megaphone and tell us the swim is cancelled?
Finally there's THE ROCK
Wow, I can't wait to swim downwind
So an hour and a half later, I return to land, to find gozillions of transition bags and bikes. Crazy
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Was having a pretty good swim, just before the first turn buoy noticed the spray, and could t figure out where it was coming from.... Then a few minutes later the chop got bad. I turned the first buoy and started for the 300m portion with no intentions of stopping. Was feeling fine...stopped for one second to hang onto a board, in order to get my bearings, as couldn't even see buoy's for the chop...as I'm about to start swimming, the swim director pulled up in his motorized raft and told me to get in..he didn't give me a choice. Had he asked me if I wanted to get in, I would have said no. ( There were several hundred people behind me still swimming), and I didn't argue with him..we then stopped and picked up around 10 more that were ordered to get in the boat...the swim director, was obviously very concerned about everyone in the water, and had it been feasible he probably would have cancelled the swim in the middle of it, but how do you do that with 1400 or so swimmers at various points? He said 10 minutes earlier and the swim would have never happened. to be with the swim director during those tense 20 minutes was interesting. His main concern was every swimmers safety, and rightfully so given that most of the swim support was in danger as well. I saw one kayaker that flipped and we had to pull him in, as he was really struggling to stay afloat, and then there was the boat that took in so much water it started to sink and had to be towed to shore..
My biggest disappointment was that I put a lot into this race financially. St george is a long way from mississippi! On the bright side, training for this race gave me an even better fitness base for the summer. While bummed that I didn't get to finish, that really isn't that big of a deal to me. I like this sport because I enjoy training, enjoy racing, and meeting the people.
They ended up letting us do the bike and the run.. I chose to do the bike and passed on the run bc have been dealing with a hip issue and didn't see the point in making it worse. Did the bike in 6:10 (unofficially obviously but official by my garmin :) it was quite the training ride to say the least..
Within the rescue raft I was on, there were four people who had done more than one IM...one guy was a 1:08 swimmer. A couple of 1:15-1:20's, and a 1:25...found it interesting that several of folks who were pulled had experience withmass start OWS at this distance..
Same thing, I was also VERY shocked at the number of bags/bikes in transition when I came thru...
Does anyone have any statistics on IM DNF's and previous hardest races?????
I'd be really interested to know if this was the "hardest" Ironman to date. Surely someone has charts and graphs to measure up finishing times, total DNF's and such to compare.
This is ten percent LUCK, twenty percent SKILL
Fifteen percent concentrated POWER OF WILL
Five percent PLEASURE, fifty percent PAIN
And a hundred percent reason to be IN THIS GAME!
-Of course it's 'effing hard, it's IRONMAN!
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But whatever, it was a tough day, and there were some outstanding and inspiring performances out there...kudos to Bryan and others...
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K - I'll name one thing going for it. It's 294 miles straight shot south on I-15 from Salt Lake City. The sport continues to grow in Salt Lake City. Most athletes can stomach training indoors on a trainer for a 70.3 in the early build. We get enough good weather days outside in SLC from March-April to get in some longer outside rides. Having said this, I realize that to sell out there will need to be a large number of participants from NV, AZ, CA and other locations to make it a sell out. But I doubt there's a "pull the plug" in the future for the new 70.3.
The finally red turn buoy got blown off and stuck on the island so who knows how far anyone swam. I saw people swimming all over that lake. I went to the last orange one and called it good before turning for the exit. My hats off to the two volunteers out there in the inboard ski boats. That is the kind of storm we see that sinks our customers boats. Once you dip the bow once or twice they start to fill up like a bathtub and the the inevitable happens.
As I crossed the line at 14:14ish I had two thoughts, I am never doing another IM followed closely by you pussy you could have done it faster but you got beat mentally.
And so my feet finally found the ground. My neighbor was there and stripped my wetsuit. Her only comment, "Good job battling through that." Thinking back on T1 I can remember it being a much more subdued atmosphere than the previous two years. I am thinking there were a lot of stressed family members. I know my friend's wife, daughter, and parents were all extremely panicked, tears and all. He was planning on swimming around 1:10. The boat got him to shore at about 2:05.
I was so happy to be out of the water and on my bike, only to be immediately beaten by wind. I hardly ever bike outside. I am a mom with three small children and I work full time nights as a nurse. My life is not such that I have much workout freedom. When I have an hour to bike I choose the computrainer. I am not accustomed to riding in wind AT ALL. But...when you have been in a situation where your only train of thought is survival, your perspective changes. At least that is what happened to me. My whole outlook on the day changed. I was glad to be alive. Glad I was on my bike. Glad to FEEL alive. And when those strong bursts of wind came at me I thought, "You will not defeat me!"
This race did not defeat me. I survived to the end. Was it pretty? NO!!! Those who came out on top, I applaud you. I wanted to finish well. I wanted to finish strong. I wanted to better my time. It didn't happen. But...for the first time in 3 years I LOVED the wall. Ended up being my favorite part of the bike. I am a huge believer in choosing your attitude. I feel bad for those who feel like they were shafted. The truth is, what is done is done. These are races. These are one day events. IRONMAN is not LIFE. Be happy you are alive and safe and with the people you love and those who love you.
Thank you IMSG! I have to admit that the thought did cross my mind, "I am glad I don't have to make the decision whether or not to do this Ironman next year!" But, I am stoked for the 70.3. All three years of this awesome event were VERY different. I feel privileged to have been able to conquer IMSG.
I had the autolap set on 500 yds...check out the splits: 5:46, 5:59, 6:06 (looking like a 52 minute swim!), 8:18 (hey, why are the boats creating so much wake), 9:51 (wow, where'd the storm come from?), 10:10 (Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump: "Is that all you got!?!?), ...
I decided before I even left the park on the bike that this was no longer a race, but survival...I was not going to DNF. I'm in awe of all those that not just finished but actually raced.
Slowest Iron-distance race I've ever done, but one of the proudest accomplishments. This is why races like this should continue. I don't think anyone signed up for this race thinking it was going to be easy, even with the run course change. Very disappointed that they've cancelled such a unique event in only it's 3rd year but glad that I got to participate this year.
I wanted to quick sooooo bad.
When I got to the Veyo wall I about cried.
I kept plugging away.
Have done IMLOU last 3 years( all 12:xx times)
Did 16:17 on Saturday.
I went to a place I have have never been.
It will be the medal I remember as the hardest I ever won!
Michael in Kansas
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