Ironman

My Ironman Journey (including a 2nd place award)

AUGUST 26, 2007

The mystique and challenge of Ironman (IM) has been an interest of mine since my first triathlon four years ago. Since my first, I have participated in about 15 triathlons, mostly Olympic distance, about a 32 mile or 2.5 hour race. Ironman is the pinnacle of triathlons at about 140.6 miles (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run). Let me share my IM Louisville experience:

PRE-RACE

I was one of 2,156 participants that signed up and paid $450 a year in advance. About 1950 showed up on race weekend to experience the rolling hills of Kentucky and ninety degree heat. The night before the race I went to bed around 8 pm and woke up a few times: pre-race nerves. My alarm buzzed at 2:30 am so that I could eat and drink 600 calories. This was part of my “nutrition” game plan to offset the 11,000 calories that I would burn throughout the day. I was able to fall asleep again for about 90 minutes. I was pleased that I slept fairly well as I had been warned about not being able to sleep the night before. I woke up at 4:15 am took a cold shower, and stretched. My brother and my girlfriend joined me for the 20 minute walk to the transition area. Ironically, we passed by some Saturday night partiers that were leaving the night clubs.