70.3 Ironman California Race Report

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First Sign You See To Let You Know You Are Racing 70.3 IMCA

Before I start discussing the event I want to again say Thank You to everybody who helped support me in my journey to my first half-ironman.  It was a lot of work.  There was a lot of sweat, blood and even tears but in the end there was a lot more laughter and fun during this training.  I woke up inspired and motivated each day by all of you, my Angels and Ninjas.  Your support was invaluable and you will never know how much it helped me during this past year.

I am going to break down this race report into each part of the race, which will include pre and post race.  I am going to give myself a grade for each event and then also list out the items I have learned and how I need to apply them to the next race.

PRE-RACE

I began my packing early in the week with a few items here and there, but the majority was done on Wednesday night.  I went through my bags as if I were in the race.  I envisioned my pre-race regiment in terms of eating and making sure my tri-bag was packed.  I then went through each section of the race from swim to transition to bike to transition to run to finish.  Making sure that each piece I needed was packed.  I could always buy a pair of shorts had I forgotten that, but I would not have been comfortable buying a new helmet had I forgotten that.

Karen and I flew into San Diego on Thursday morning and this was a great idea.  We went and had lunch in Old Town San Diego and were able to let our legs relax as well as our mind and body.  From eating we went to the hotel and unpacked.  Everything but the bike.  Left El Diablo packed up.

We went down to the beach and I went swimming in my wetsuit.  Looking to get used to the salt water and buoyancy.  The riptide was rough and at points I felt like I was swimming in place.  I hoped then that the swim would not be as rough.

Friday morning Karen went for a run and I attempted to put El Diablo back together.  I could not figure out how to get the seat post into the bike and began to get very frustrated.  Not really relaxing at this point.  Karen left for a run and immediately I googled assembly and got the bike together easily.  Took a 10 minute ride to make sure all was working well.  After that we met Karen’s sister out and toured San Diego.  I stayed off my feet quite a bit and even got in a nap on the car ride around town.  After being dropped off Karen and I went back to the expo to get final instructions on what I needed to do and where I needed to be.  Had a dinner with some great friends and in bed by 9pm.

Grade:  B+

SWIM

I was in Wave 21 which started at 7:42am or 1 hour after the pros started.  Not to mention that I was in the transition area at 5am, up at 3am, and so I would have spent almost three hours at the course before even started.  Remarkably the time flew by.  Between setting up your transition area and going to the bathroom there was hardly any waiting.

CAHswim 300x191 70.3 Ironman California Race ReportThe swim line was like being in a corral.  Being moved back and forth and swimmers not lining up in time so they were  running past you to get to their wave. I wound up talking with the guys near me and they were all very pleasant.  Once our wave was up and I put my feet in the water for the first time I knew it was time to have fun and put my work into practice.

I swam out to the starting line and waded for about 2 minutes.  I put myself right in the front of the pack and figured it was going to be crazy and I wanted to experience it all.  The gun went off and as typical it was a white wash.  Lots of getting hit and pushed but swimming was going on.  I wound up swimming over people and hitting feet and at one point got kicked square in the eye.  My goggles did not fall off and so I just kept on going.

I found a nice little spot toward the outside and just put myself in the pool at this point.  Swam buoy to buoy but my sighting needed help.  I wound up very far to the right and had to swim all the way back toward the rest of the group.  Once there the current got stronger as we exited the inlet to make the turn.  At the turn the chop got a little rough but nothing horrible.  At this point I started seeing caps from other waves.  There were white, yellow, green and blue caps getting passed and I thought I am doing very well.

Made the turn to head in and the current helps a tad.  At this point I said to myself that it was time to put my head down and start swimming hard and fast.  I did not feel like I was pushing my effort and it just felt right.  I got to the exit area and was pulled up by a volunteer.  Once out of the water and running toward transition I was removing my wetsuit and passing people on the run.  I did not understand what they were doing but then again this was my race and I could not concern myself with them.

Once in transition the wetsuit was completely off.  I put my socks on, then race belt, sunglasses and helmet.  Before de-racking I took my fig bar out and placed it on the seat (Thanks KC.)  On the run out of transition I consumed my fig bar.  Got to the mount line and onto the bike and ride.

Goal Time: 40 minutes

Actual Time: 40 minutes 37 seconds

Grade: A — I was able to control my heart rate and stayed focused on what needed to be done.  One area of improvement that I need to work on is sighting.

BIKE

The bike was essentially three bike rides in one.  The first portion was flat and fast.  We had a tail wind going with us and did not need to exert much energy to be cruising along.

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Getting To Ride Through Camp Pendleton

I was given a lot of advice about controlling myself on the bike at the outset.  I was told that I would be getting passed left and right but to let them go. Eventually they would blow out and I would still have energy and be able to pass them.  Sure enough it happened as riders were flying by me, and I was going faster than 20 mph at this point.

I was enjoying myself and talking to other riders and smiling and laughing.  At one point I passed a woman and gave her a big ‘Way To Go.  You look GREAT!’  She responded in kind and then started chanting my name (my race bib was to my back and had my name on it.)  I cannot tell you how much that fired me up.

Once you get past mile 25, then the second of the three portions starts.  This is a series of three climbs that are not easy.  Just before we hit the first climb the rider next to me says ‘Is it too late to drop out now?’  My response was that this is what separates us from the rest of the world.

I buried my head and started chanting my coach’s mantra:  Those who can’t quit and those who can do.  I got out of the saddle and just kept the legs churning.  At one point I looked down and I was going 6 mph.  YUP, 6 MPH.  I did not stop churning and I did not walk the bike.  There were quite a few people walking.  I just kept pushing as you know what goes up must come down.  Get over the crest and you are in good shape.

Once past that pass I did not think it could get any harder, until it did.  At this point I hooked onto Miguel.  I was going to go as hard as Miguel went and push myself to his level.  Again, I chanted the mantra and put my head down and churned.  My thighs were burning but in a good way.  I was smiling and thinking to myself that I was about to become a member of a select group.

Get through that pass and onto a third.  More chanting and more hooking onto Miguel.  After the pass though I lost Miguel.  He fell behind me and I had to find another carrot.  Fortunately the course is littered with people that you could latch onto.

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Elevation Of Bike Course

After the three passes you are back to flat, but not fast.  Now you are heading back and looking at a headwind.  Again, it was not easy.  It tested your mental strength (hours on the trainer), your biking ability (hours outside) and your will to survive (training in general.)  You just had to keep pushing and pushing. Then all the sudden there was a familiar area and you knew you were heading home.

At this point my smile was huge as I knew that 66% of the events were about to end.  I was on my way to completing this event.

I got my feet out of my shoes and rode down into transition which was very narrow and could have been a recipe for disaster if more than one or two other riders were with you.

In transition I heard my friends yelling for me and it was great.  I took my helmet off.  Grabbed my shoes and almost put my visor on my feet then realized that wasn’t going to work.  Shoes were on, gels in the back of my jersey and water flask in hand and off I went.

Goal Time: 3 hours

Actual Time: 3 hours 6 minutes

Grade: B  – I stayed true to my game plan which was a huge benefit.  I need to improve on hill climbing (which means trips to Austin.)  I also need to be cognizant of liquid nutrition/hydration.  I had no issues eating my PowerBar nutrition every 15 minutes, but need to take in more liquids than I did.  I had about 20 oz of Accelerade in my SpeedFil and probably had about 15 oz left when I was done.

 

RUN

Somebody should have told me to hold back on the run as well because I went out too hard for sure.  I dropped a sub-7 minute mile for mile 1.  I scared myself half to death with that and pulled back quite a bit.  The run itself is a two loop course so you knew that you were in for a run that would test you on the 2nd loop because of the boredom of having seen it, done that and wishing you were finished.

CAHrun 300x244 70.3 Ironman California Race ReportThe run is my strong suit and so I knew once on the run course I would be good, but that did not happen exactly that way.  The run wound up being harder than I thought it would be and I think that is because I have never run a half-marathon after swimming 1.2 miles and biking for 56 miles.  The legs felt a tad heavy after mile 2 and it became a battle of attrition.

On the way out I ended up with a runner named Christie who had a huge fan club.  I would substitute her name with my name when they chanted and it helped push me along.  There were aid stations just about every mile and so it became a matter of running aid station to aid station.  There were a couple of small hills to navigate but all in all it was a flat run course.

I had the opportunity to run past my friends four times and that helped a tremendous amount, but not as much as when I exited the transition area and saw Karen.  I blew her kisses, told her I loved her and ran (maybe that is why I dropped a sub-7.)  Having a support group there was tremendous and it really helped me.

I was also inspired by all the spectators and other runners around me.  I kept checking my watch at every mile marker and for the first half I was in the 7:57/mile range and felt great.  By the second loop the legs started to get more and more heavy.  Each mile felt longer than the last, but I just kept chanting my mantra.  I took sponges and dropped the water on my head.  Every 2 miles I drank my gel infused water from my flask and at Mile 6 and Mile 12 I took a HoneyStinger to help with my calorie count and carbs replacement.

Once I hit the Mile 12 marker I turned it on knowing that there was not going to be any blowouts at this point.  Once you turn to head down the finisher’s shoot all the hard work and pain you just endured goes away.  I fist pumped like the old Tiger and smiled wide and knew I was done when the announcer butchered my name just like any other race.

I crossed that finish line and was given a medal and a hat.  I received tons of congratulations and I could not have been happier.

Goal Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Actual Time: 1 hour 48 minutes

Grade: B  – The run was harder than I imagined.  I typically only use two gels in a water flask, but was lucky enough to put two HoneyStinger gels in my jersey and take them during the run.  I would like to get faster on the run portion and that will come in due time with more hard work.

 

POST-RACE

After the race Karen, our friends and I went to a bar to have pizza and beer.  I practically ate an entire pie on my own.  It was a greek pizza with red onions, olives, pepperoncinis and feta cheese.  The crust was thin as well and it was all washed down with my first beers since October of 2010.

From there we headed over to a tattoo parlor.  I had told myself that I was getting one after the race and when we walked in and the artist started drawing the tattoo I got more and more excited.  He did a great job and allowed me to have some space to place the 140.6 once I complete that distance.

On Sunday Karen and I had all to spend in San Diego before our flight and we did just that.  My legs were sore but not uncomfortable at all.  The most pain came from the throbbing of the tattoo and not from the race.

It was an epic weekend that not only culminated in my first half-ironman completed race but also in the signing up for another race.

 

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A Honu (turtle) with my distances in the fins and a space for 140.6 in the shell. The star represents the US, Puerto Rico and Texas.

It is with great pleasure that I announce that I am going to be racing March 19, 2012 in Puerto Rico.

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Ironman San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

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  1. katie says:

    Congratulations on an AMAZING race. This is a fantastic race report and actually makes me want to do this next year! Those climbs on the bike, especially the second one, are ridiculous! And love the tattoo – have you picked out a 140.6 yet?
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    • Jason says:

      I am hoping to get into IMAZ but a friend wants to do Cancun. It will be at the end of 2012.

      • kathy says:

        Cancun is boring and ugly. I live 80km away and have decided to drive all the way to Veracruz (3 days?) for their HIM instead of doing Cancun. Unless you mixed up Cancun and Cozumel? Coz is an AMAZING IM. At any rate, good job!

        • Jason says:

          Thank you for the info. My buddy wants to do Cancun but I am going to register for Austin. Cheaper for me to drive to than fly.

          Cozumel strikes me as boring as well. 3 loops on the bike and I think I would be bored. Is that not the case?

          Thank you for the kind words.

  2. Scott says:

    CONGRATS ROCKSTAR!!!!

    Great race and great race report

    I love hearing other people race stragedy, your like Craig Alexander, conservative on the bike because you know the run is your thing, I am like Chris Lieto, 120% on the bike and pray to survive the run and about 10 mph slower then him on the bike. But whos counting

    I like the tat!!

    • Jason says:

      Hydration would have helped a ton on the run but you live and learn for sure.

      If I were like Craig Alexander than I would be wearing wreathes on my head, or at least in my dreams I would be.

      I actually envisioned running with Miranda throughout the 1/2 marathon on Saturday. That helped too.

  3. Karen says:

    Congratulations! You made it seem too easy :) Great report…
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  4. Incredible Jason!!
    I am so honored to have been a part of your journey and have really enjoyed getting to know you.
    I cannot think of anyone else who gives back so much motivation and inspiration to our little community of athletes.
    Your dedication to your training paid off and you did so well!! Lola and I are so proud of your performance!!

    Thank you for all you do and Congratulations on an amazing race!
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  5. Jen says:

    Jason, I got choked up reading this! You are so amazing and every time I question backing out of my own journey, you figure out a way to amaze and inspire.

    What a great race and a report. I love it! Looking up Stotan… Yep, there it is, the picture of you and a pair of El Diablo’s right next to the word.

    I’m so honored to call you a friend!
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    • Jason says:

      You got the RnR San Diego. You are a STOTAN MACHINE and we do not back out nor back down. Do your think and you will own it.

      • Jen says:

        Thanks… I am struggling but I’m not quitting – thanks to friends like you, I keep trudging and showing us that it’s possible with some training, focus and heart!
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  6. Jay says:

    Wow.. so awesome! I would have loved to come watch the action and cheer you on! Congrats and looking forward to following your progress towards San Juan! -Jay (@Tri2Thrive)
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  7. MissZippy says:

    Fantastic job Jason!! Way to dig deep on the run when the going got tough. You did an incredible time with your first 70.3 and it will only get better with practice, so look out Kona!

    And I am so honored to have been on the “team!” Can I come to Puerto Rico to cheer you on? ; )
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  8. jennifer says:

    awesome job… that bike elevation looks like a killer! All that training definitely paid off.
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  9. Adam says:

    Way to go Jason. Awesome race report too! It lets us get a real good inside peak into how the race went and what it was like.

  10. Marlene says:

    Jason, first I would like to apologize for not having a chance to wish you good luck before your race. But more importantly, CONGRATULATIONS! You completed an incredible race. Your physical training and mental strength pulled you through and you should be so proud of that! Big things to come!!

    And the tattoo is fantastic!
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  11. Stephanie Ane says:

    Congrats on the awesome finish!!!’ loved the report!
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  12. Mama C says:

    Congratulations! Looks like nearly everything came together according to a very-well-thought-out plan. Very nice tattoo, too!! Looking forward to following your training to the next one!
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  13. Rae says:

    Totally fantastic! You were right on with your goals – a feat to be extremely proud of. Your an inspiration and a force to be reckoned with – and I LOVE THE TATTOO! (I just got hawaiian tribal turtles as well about 2 months ago :) )

  14. MCM Mama says:

    Congratulations!!! Great report.

    Love the tattoo!
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  15. Shutupandrun says:

    Wow, amazing. Great race report. And the tattoo. No words.

    I am always inspired by your focus. You are one of the most focussed people I know. You don’t say “I think my goal is…” or “I want my goal to be…” You own it and say “I WILL…….” It is a mindset and you’ve got it.

    Congrats on a champion race, one you should be SO proud of!

    • Jason says:

      As you and I know very well….excuses are like (well you know) and they all stink. Make a goal and stick to it and push yourself further than ever before. There will be bumps in the road but that is the beauty of life. Overcoming obstacles not by running into them over and over but learning to navigate around them and figuring out what works best for you and then SHARING those triumphs so others can learn that there is nothing that cannot be overcome.

      Like a hip fracture and being able to conquer THE BOSTON!!!!

      Can I be more excited for a race than I am for yours? I think it is EPIC that you will be doing what you will be doing in two weeks. You, my friend, are a hero, a warrior, an inspiration, a motivation and more importantly a GENUINE person that I adore and admire.

      Keep being you!

  16. Melissa says:

    Great job! A+ rating for the race report!
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  17. DR says:

    Very Awesome!
    excellent report

    and
    HUGE Congrats way to go ….you did great all the way around especially grinding out the tough portions of the bike and also I tought you did great on the run, posting a really good time
    well done mate!
    DR

  18. Morgan says:

    What an absolutely AWESOME race recap! You did so well out there and I am so proud of you!!! Way to go!!!! I also love the symbolism of the tattoo. Very awesome. Hope you’re recovering well my dear!!!
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  19. Chris says:

    Congrats on a great race!

    Your times were all right in line with your goals which goes to show how well you trained and could predict performance. All around a great effort. I was a little shocked at the hydration on the bike though, especially with those 3 climbs.

    I noticed there was no grade for post-race but pizza, beer, and a tattoo? That’s gotta be an ‘A’.
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    • Jason says:

      Yeah, I realized I had no grade there but when you eat pizza, drink beer and get a tattoo all within a few hours of racing your first HIM there is no other grade besides A.

      Thanks for visiting.

  20. Emz says:

    amazing.
    freaking.
    amazing.

    Awesome job on the race.

    That chart “elevation” – made me want to cry.

    • Jason says:

      Trust me there were plenty of people on the course crying too. Most people said the first one was the hardest but when you saw that second one you just put your head down and chanted:

      Those Who Can’t QUIT and Those Who Can DO!!!!
      Those Who Can’t QUIT and Those Who Can DO!!!!
      Those Who Can’t QUIT and Those Who Can DO!!!!

      Angels and Ninjas

  21. Colleen says:

    WAHOO! Awesome race report… I am very impressed how “on target” you were with all three disciplines! And that bike course looks killer with the climbs. Always great to pass people walking, even if you are only going 6mph! :)

    The tattoo looks awesome… it won’t be long before that shell is filled!

    Congrats!

  22. Jeff Irvin says:

    Excellent job and great RR Jason. The elevation on the bike looks damn scary. Way to pull off a solid run after climbing those monsters!

    Tat looks way cool and is very original.

    PR in 2012 … you waste no time my friend!
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    • Jason says:

      There is no wasting time in Triathlon…..you know that. That is why we fly as hard and as fast as we can.

      Angels and Ninjas

  23. Michel says:

    What a great race report! Congrats on finishing! Love the tattoo as well!

  24. Congrats on an awesome race and great RR!!!!

    Super sweet tattoo :D

    70.3 in PR will be amazing! PR in PR ;)
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  25. Kevin says:

    Awesome race report!! You really raced a smart race. From the sounds of it, you got lots of great help along the way which makes a huge difference. I’m glad to hear that your first HIM was such a success!

    I’m a new follow (found you because of the Cupcake Marathon) so I missed your whole journey up to this race, but it looks like you are far from the end of your journey. I look forward to following your next adventures.

    Sweet tattoo! I’m still debating on whether or not to get on after my first IM.

    Take care!
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    • Jason says:

      Kevin – I am far from done. As long as our friend KC keeps racing and inspiring I will keep pushing and pushing. Puerto Rico is registered for and should sales go as planned this week I will be registering for Austin in October as well.

  26. Jen B. says:

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this ALL DAY!!! I just knew you were going to do so well with all the hard work you’ve been putting into your training as well as toughness you possess mentally! Congratulations my friend…can’t wait to hear about your future adventures!!

    P.S. Thank you so much for your encouraging words Saturday morning!!!

  27. caroline says:

    Jason, congratulations! this is huge! love the report!
    you should be so PROUD!
    I admire you for doing this. you are part of a special group!
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  28. Shannon says:

    OMG! You got the tat! Awesome Jason! Love it! You did an awesome job and you already know how proud I am of you! Great race report!
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  29. Well done, my friend, simply well done.

  30. Jon says:

    Yeah buddy! Great race report, and again, great job! Sounds like you nailed the nutrition aspect of it, and now that you have done one, you know how to RACE another! The HIM is such a fun distance. It is that perfect blend of going long, and yet, beyond able to still hammer it.
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  31. Matthew Beal says:

    Waaaaaaayyyy tooooooo Gooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats again on your achievement. You are an inspiration to us all.
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  32. Mandy says:

    Congrats Jason, I am so psyched for you!! You have worked so hard and it all paid off. You really are an inspiration. Love the tat BTW.
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  33. Wow! this has been one of the best reads I have had in awhile. I know nothing about these type of races but man this was inspiring. well done my friend and congratulations. Just a heads of on the tattoo don’t know if its your first but lemme tell ya they are addicting…
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  34. Karyn says:

    simply. amazing. CONGRATS!
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  35. Michael says:

    Congrats on an AMAZING race!! You did AWESOME!! I love the tatoo – that’s very cool. Also cool that you are signed up for Puerto Rico! Way to go Jason!
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  36. Woohoo! Congratulations! You did awesome! That was a great race report too! Yay, yay, yay!! :)
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  37. Julie says:

    Wow! Love the race report! You rocked it! Love the way you were very close to all your goals. I LOVE the tattoo.

    I gotta say though reading how tough the run was for you makes me seriously worried about my 70.3 this year…running is not my strong sport…wait I don’t have a strong one… :)
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  38. You are amazing… that’s all I have to say. Congratulations! You trained, it came, you conquered.

    Great recap!
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  39. Chuck says:

    You rock dude!

  40. lindsay says:

    awesome job dude!! congrats! sounds like a perfect first-half-iron! or any half-iron really :)

    i love the tattoo!!!
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  41. Q says:

    AWESOME JOB BROTHER!!!!
    You are a machine. I hope you’re recovering well…eating everything in sight and dreaming about killing your next race. I guess I don’t have much time to get my sh** together for Puerto Rico…

    • Jason says:

      At the gym right now getting in a 1 hour easy spin to loosen legs. Got a massage yesterday and feeling very very good right now.

      Not sure what I expected but it wasn’t how good I feel right now. Wonder how fast I could run at this point but won’t be fidning out anytime soon.

  42. B.o.B. says:

    OMG congrats!!!!! I am all amped up just reading your report. And can I just say that I LOVE the tattoo. WTG on the originality and making special to you.
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  43. Nora says:

    First let me apologize for being so out of the loop!! I’m sorry I wasn’t following closer to send you some words of inspiration. Holy hell those bike hills!!!!! You were so close to all your goal times! You are such an awesome athlete!! Enjoy your recovery and after race glow!!!!!!!!!
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  44. Craig says:

    Great job Jason. Awesome report. And awesome results !!! Stoked for your efforts and payday.

  45. Luke says:

    WOW! WHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT! WAY TO GO!!! Great review, I am going to steal your gradining system. I love the tattoo, wanna design my next one?

    My favorite line- “The run wound up being harder than I thought it would be and I think that is because I have never run a half-marathon after swimming 1.2 miles and biking for 56 miles. ” I could undertand how you might reach that conclusion!
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  46. Molly says:

    I know I’m late to the party, but CONGRATS on a fabulous race!! Love the tat, I got my first one last fall to celebrate my marathon… : )
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  47. Jill says:

    Woohooo, congratulations – you ARE a half ironman, that has GOT to feel amazing! So very happy for you!!!
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  48. You are amazing–that bike course looks like the devil! I am so impressed with your dedication, drive, and preparation–you deserve the amazing outcome.

    That tattoo is unreal and says it all! I am excied to follow you training and commitment for PR in 2012!! CONGRATULATIONS again Jason!!
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  49. Allison says:

    WOW!!! What a great report…..I’m so very proud of you and so proud to call you a friend and mentor!!! You are amazing and your will and determination is something I admire most. You will be with me on my 70.3 course and all you have taught me…… Congratulations my friend!! YOU ROCK!
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  50. Holleigh says:

    Way to go Jason!!

  51. kc says:

    I am late to this party but i have a good excuse. I did not want to read it until I could give it my undivided attention. I did not just want to skim it, I wanted to read it all, soak it up, picture it in mind and that’s what I did.
    Awesome job my friend. You stuck to your game plan. I have no doubt IMPR 70.3 is going to be even more awesome. I love your new tat. I was wondering about the star and now I get it. Good planning for the space you will need for the 140.6.
    Again, big congrats to you for racing smart and finishing strong!
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  52. Megan says:

    I have been loving reading all these CA 70.3 race reports! Makes me want to do one! Congrats on an awesome race and I’m also applauding you for not drinking a beer for that long!

  53. That was an awesome race report.

    I’m sorry you are feeling less than pleased with your final time but I think you did amazing.
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  54. sa499 says:

    Congrats! I’m doing San Juan as well.

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