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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-07-2010, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Congrats to CLSB's newest Ironman, Xian13!

Nice work dude! That is a lifelong accomplishment, and something very few will ever do, especially at that pace. You should be proud. Congrats!

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Thank you everyone.

It was a rough day, but now its done... I'm bored.



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Air temp - 39 degrees
Water temp - somewhere in the low 70s
November in Northern Florida can be cold.

The masochists prepare:


The excitement in the air is palpable as the countdown to the cannon begins.

*Bang*

And everyone takes off! On a leisurely stroll into the water.
Um... Ok, I guess it is going to be a long day, and there are 2,600 people all getting into the water at once, so I suppose no real urgency is required. (The pros who started 10 minutes ahead of everyone did actually run, and the people in the front of the crowd were deep enough that they could probably just start swimming. I couldn't see)


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So, over the past year of going to a bunch of tris, I've noticed something that has become a HUGE pet peeve.

Triathletes are massive litterers.



This morning the pristine sands of the Emerald Coast looked like they were suffering from the effects of a massive Flip-flop spill in the Gulf, followed by some indiscriminate dumping of white ankle socks.


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The swim route here is a double loop, swim out and back for 1.2 miles, run up the beach around a marker, and then back into the water for a second lap to make 2.4.






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After the swim, for spectators it turns into a lot of waiting. Everyone looks the same in wetsuits so it's hard to keep track, although there is delayed athlete tracking available on the Ironman website so I could sort of know where to be at the transition area.

This is X running out of T1


And then he's in the background, after 112 miles on the bike coming in to T2


I missed him coming out of T2 because it took him only 3 minutes. By the time I walked down to Run Out he was gone, which I didn't realize until I'd been standing there for 15 minutes.


We rented a condo on the beach, that was also right on the run course. This was the lead Pro on the first leg of the run. He'd just gotten off the bike, and about 100 yards down from the condo, was the first rest area. He ran straight to a porta potty. he got out before 2nd and 3rd came by, but he was later passed anyway.

The guy on the bike is pointing out the aid station up ahead.

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X on the second of 4 legs of the run. The course was a half marathon distance that they had to do twice.


After he turned around and came back by on leg 3, he asked "Why didn't you tell me this was going to be so hard?" and I told him I'd see him at the finish, so he yelled back "Bring Beer!".

I headed back down to transition/start/finish to wait. It was super crowded so I went all the way down to where the athletes finally leave the course. They were wrapping everyone in metallic sheets because it was so cold so they all looked like suffering aliens.

So they've gone through this arduous 140 mile sufferfest, and after they cross the finish line, guess what they make them do? Stand in line to get their picture taken. By this point, many of them can't even stay standing without assisstance.

A guy who had finished was standing next to me along the fence in his metal sheet passed out and hit the ground hard. They woke him up and put him in a wheelchair and pushed him away somewhere. Scary!

I didn't hear X's name called, and I never saw him come down the chute, so by the time the timing site was updated, he'd been done for 20 minutes. Fortunately I found him, inside the host hotel lobby with his gear and bike, wrapped in his metal sheet looking miserable. I had brought him leggings and a hoodie and his beer.

Yay! I'm so glad that's over.


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All that hard work paid off. Good work X! Miss you guys. <3

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Congrats!!! That is an impressive feat to finish an Ironman triathlon!!!
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That is some accomplishment! Congrats! Now the question is, if you can will you guys be back on the track, or is this the new addiction??

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This madness was brought on by not being able to race motorbikes. We have good insurance now, but it's up in the air what next year will be like to be honest. For sure we'll be getting some track time in, but it looks like less than before. No idea about racing yet.

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Congratulations are definitely in order. That is an exceptional accomplishment!

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That's one hell of an accomplishment. Congrats!

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