Ironman Texas – Bike Recap

Ironman Texas swim recap was posted yesterday and so we will pick up the story where that left off.


I got out of the water and up the stairs and saw the clock read 1:34:xx.  I then heard somebody say:  There goes Jason Bahamundi and I turned around and thanked them but had no clue who they were.  I then saw Susan Lacke (whom I met on Thursday night and was everything and more than I thought she would be.  Thank you for spending time with me on Thursday and again on Saturday after the race….see you at IMAZ.) who completely ignored me because I was not wearing a wetsuit but seeing a familiar face helped me tremendously.  Rounding the corner I saw another familiar face in Annie Irvin (Jeff’s wife) and that made me smile again.  Shannon was there but I don’t recall seeing her or saying anything to her but thank you for the great pic.  I ran up called out my bib# and was directed toward my bike gear bag.

Doing some math I though that to get to 11h30minutes that I would have to be 14 minutes faster on the bike and run.  Then I thought about what Coach said and that the race started at the bike not the water. Forget the water and ignore it.  I adjusted my goal time to 11h40m and said to myself that I was going to ride for 6 hours and run for 4 hours.  Not ride for 5h53minutes and run 3h53minutes.  It was over and I needed to stick to my plan.

I ran into the tent although I saw many walking and when I got in there I was stunned.  I am not sure what I expected to see but what I saw was not it.  I thought maybe there were chairs spaced out with few athletes in there and volunteers at their feet handing them gear, but I saw tons of athletes and chairs packed like sardines.  I found an open seat immediately and jumped into it.  I sat down and threw on my helmet, then my socks and shoes.  Race belt was next and then sunglasses.

I took out the sunscreen spray because I did not want to get lathered in that goopy stuff they put on you, nor did I want to wait in line and lose precious seconds.  I sprayed my legs and then my left arm and the pain was searing.  I looked and noticed that I had a major chafe and what must have been caused by the string from the swimskin.  Holy cow did that burn like mad.  Up and out of the seat and running out the back-end of the tent.  Handed my bag to one of the thousands of volunteers and off to my bike I went.

I grabbed my bike off the rack.  Popped the HoneyStinger into my mouth and ran to the mount line.  Went to look at my watch and it had not recorded the swim at all.  I got it set to record before I started pedaling and was off.  As I started down the chute I looked at my right hand and saw 135.  That was my target heart rate for this entire ride.  I knew it would climb a bit with headwinds and or hills but overall I wanted to be right at 135bpm.  As I turned the corner I saw Karen along with a friend of ours and just yelled out:  Hey Honey…..see you in a few hours and off I went.

The first 40-45 miles were going to be a tailwind and so I knew that I would be able to go faster with less effort and thought that if I could keep my heart rate around 130 bpm that I would be setup for a good second half of the ride.  As we passed sections there were so many people out there cheering for us and I would thank them for coming out and rooting for us on this journey.

After 5 miles the watch beeped and it was time to start the nutrition/hydration plan.  My plan was to drink every 15 minutes and eat a HoneyStinger every two hours.  I had 1500 calories of Herbalife Prolong (1000 calories in my Speedfil and another 500 in a bottle on the back of the saddle) along with 400 calories of EFS Liquid Shot in my torpedo.  There were another 400 calories of EFS in a bottle in my shorts pocket.  Lastly another 480 calories of HoneyStinger in the bento box.  All in all if I drank/ate all the calories I would consume 2780 calories over 6 hours or ~460 calories per hour which is a lot more than I normally would take in but the heat of the day was going to really sap my energy so I wanted to be prepared.  If I didn’t eat/drink them all there would not be a problem.  I wound up eating only 320 calories and drinking about 1800 calories for a total of 2120 calories for 350 per hour.

Within moments of drinking the first few sips after 15 minutes I felt my stomach grumble.  I knew that being jostled in the wrestling ring known as the Ironman swim was what caused this.  I had drunk (swallowed?) a large amount of water and my stomach was not happy.  I also knew that if I did not take care of this right away that the ride would be horrible and I would be questioning myself all day.  It was at Mile 12 that the first aid station popped up and I got off my bike, handed it to a volunteer and jumped in the porto-potty.  I spent about 2m30s in here but when I got out I felt GREAT.  I was relieved and the best part was the volunteer put a water bottle in my empty cage and that set me up for a perfect ride, even if I did not know it then.  I got on my bike, she yelled out rider in and I was off again.

Having read the Endurance Nation article about the ride and where the three troublesome spots were (Miles 45-50, 55-60, 65-80) and having spoken to Neil (Susan’s boyfriend) on Thursday I was prepared.  Neil had warned me that the trouble spot was really at Mile 50 where you crossed into Grimes County.  Sure enough Mile 45 was tough but not harder than I expected and at Mile 50 you hit the chip seal and that was exactly what Neil had warned me about.  The thing about it though is that this was not the worst chip seal I have ever encountered and just kept on pushing and checking my heart rate every 15 minutes when the watch beeped.

I was staying in my planned heart rate zone very well and was also hydrating right on plan.  I even adopted the method of drinking water immediately after taking in either the Prolong or the EFS Liquid Shot.  I would then also pour water down my back to cool off as well as pour some into the opening of my aero helmet. This helped tremendously as I never felt hot the entire ride.  I was having the time of my life.

At one point I came up on a guy named Mack and as I passed him he said I will see you later.  I thought he meant on the run but within 10 minutes he was passing me on my left going down one of the larger downhills.  He yelled:  I told you so and I could not stop from laughing.  I then yelled back well I hope you go down faster here than me since you have at least 60 pounds on me.  We laughed a bit and then when I passed him for good he said:  It gets hard at Mile 55.  Enjoy the day.  I thanked him and told him the same.

It was then that a guy named Rico passed me and I thought to myself.  Hold back.  Don’t go into a leap-frog mode with him.  Let it go.  Follow the plan, stick to the plan.  I let him go and knew that I would see him again, whether on the bike or the run but I would see him again.  This happened quite a bit and I just kept telling myself that I would catch them all on the run.  I was feeling great and just kept on riding.  My legs never truly hurt, like when you are riding the trainer.

I also think I benefited tremendously from training on the trainer with 5-6 shirts and creating an atmosphere of heat and humidity in my garage.  The weather never bothered me, nor entered into my mind about it being too hot or too humid.  Everywhere I have read that people were getting beat up by the heat but it never entered my mind.

As I got past the half-way point I came up on a guy who gave me the greatest compliment I received on the course and it absolutely made my day.  I came up on him and as I was passing him he asked me if I was a runner.  I told him that I was and he just said: oh sh*t.  I asked why he asked the question and said what he did he said I am too.  Didn’t think twice as I passed him by and then he came up on my left after a few minutes and said:  I said that to you because you look sleek and in great shape ready to run a great marathon.  I thanked him and mentally fist-pumped.  That absolutely made my day.

Now I was hooked up with this guy and we conversed for about 30 minutes, even if he was illegally drafting.  He would ride up on me and get right next to me without passing and we would chat and then he would fall back.  Then he would catch up and talk and fall back.  Finally I picked up on what he was doing and I picked up my pace because he was using me to pull him.

I then came up on another rider and he asked me where the next aid station was and I said I had no clue but I hoped it was soon because my water ran out and I needed more.  I was worried about grabbing water from the aid stations but the volunteers were well-trained and the riders were respectful of each other out there.  We saw the next aid station tents and we cheered audibly.  As I grabbed the last water bottle, which was at Mile 90, I was ecstatic to know I was only 22 miles from being done.  Then my watch started to really beep.

The beeping really threw me off because I knew it wasn’t 15 minutes.  I looked down and it said low battery.  I forgot my charger at home so I did not charge my watch the entire weekend.  I was worried that I would not have a watch for the entire ride and really wanted to focus on my heart rate.  If I had no watch on the run, not a big deal but I wanted to have a good bike to set up the run.  Oh well, what could I do at this point.  Just keep on riding and smiling.

Finally at Mile 100 I felt the full feeling of all the liquid and food I had consumed.  I burped once and then again and on the second burp all the liquid came flying out.  There were white specs and I had no clue where that came from.  It was all over my arm, but like the getting out of the porto-potty at Mile 12 I felt so much better.  But then at Mile 102 I threw up again.  Now I knew my stomach was settled.

At Mile 109 the greatest words to ever hear from a volunteer:  Only 3 more miles to go.  I looked at my watch and knew I was within a decent area of my goal time.  As I got within ear shot of the transition I took my feet out of my shoes and they thanked me profusely.  It felt great to wiggle my toes and to know that within seconds I would be getting off the bike and starting the last part of my journey to Ironman.

I came into transition and saw Shannon with her arms up yelling my name and it got me so fired up, that I threw my bike to somebody and yelled.  Jeff then came up to me and told me to slow it down with a laugh but I was so amped up and ready to run that I just kept on going.  Toward the end of the transition area Scott (aka BDD – great surprise that he came down for the weekend) came up to me and asked me how I was feeling and I looked at him and said I feel GREAT.


6:05:44 (18.37 mph) –> Goal 5:50 — 6:00

First 56 miles: 2:58:30 (18.82 mph)

Second 56 miles: 3:07:14 (17.95 mph)

Overall Heart Rate: 134bpm  Max Heart Rate: 154bpm

Division Rank: 204 (moved up 80 spots from the swim)

Gender Rank: 1025 (moved up 529 spots from the swim)

Overall Rank: 847 (moved up 367 spots from the swim)

And for those keeping score at home:

#1s on the bike:  2x

#2s while on the bike course:  1x

#3s while on the bike: 2x

Thank you for reading.  Come back tomorrow for the run recap.


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  1. BDD says:

    HAA!! That someone you threw your bike at was me!!!

    Great ride!!!

  2. I’d say 2:30 in the porta was well spent for an Ironman dump that obviously made you look so sleek that guy had to comment on it.

    Again, well executed plan = major success for you on IM day.
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  3. Bob says:

    Don’t you just love the “little buddies” you meet on the bike that “befriend” you just to use you?
    Would’t it be nice if they just rode up on you and said “hey, I’m going to draft off you for the next 30 minutes or so and act like your long lost friend, OK?”
    You know, I have never been able to barf in a race and sure wish I could at times.
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    • CTER says:

      No sh*t. It took me some time to figure it out but I finally said WTF this guy is doing nothing but drafting and should have gotten about 4 penalties which is a DQ. Wish I knew his number to see where he finished on the run.

      I had no intention of puking but after that second burp my stomach must have said: I found an opening to let all this liquid out…..
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  4. Jeff Irvin says:

    If I had to throw up while riding it would probably result in a concrete face plant!

    Great ride Jason and excellent job sticking to your pacing strategy.

    You came barreling down the ramp into transition like a bat out of hell. Most of the other racers were all dragging ass and disoriented – not you. It was pretty funny actually!

    I think what I said to you was more colorful than can be posted on your PG13 blog, but I know we both laughed .

    Awesome job man!
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    • CTER says:

      After tossing the bike and hearing your comment I was definitely laughing and then thinking the same thing: Why are all these people walking. This is still a race.

      And I remember our conversation from a few weeks ago about the carnage on the run course. When I saw them walking in transition I knew we would say TONS of people walking out there.
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  5. Christi says:

    Great ride! I am loving this recap!
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  6. Jon says:

    Other than some stomach and GI issues, sounds like you paced it perfectly! Can’t wait to read about the run!

    And glad to see there was NO mortal combat in this leg ;)
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  7. Nice one man. I suspect that doing it once is the best thing for getting ready for doing it again and the stomach and GI issues, provided you execute correctly, become less of a threat. It’s awesome you have one in the bag.
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  8. Chris @ Tri4Success says:

    Sounds like an awesome bike ride! Well done executing the plan.

  9. Kevin says:

    The burn of chafing… gotta love that! No matter how hard your try, you will always miss a spot with the TriSlide. They almost need to have vats of it to dip your entire body in before the race.

    2.5 minutes in the porta potty??? Who are you??? MattyO??? haha. I didn’t have the porta potty stop, but I spent about the same amount of time messing with my contacts. It is always something.

    Way to nail the bike! You were right on target with your HR which means you stuck to the plan.

    #1’s, #2’s, and #3’s – LOL!!

    PS: Make sure to check out the Enhanced Results on SlowTwitch: A numbers geek like you will love them.
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  10. #3’s HAHAHH! I’ve spent the past few days a bit disorganized and eating too close to working out and tangoing with #3. Oh man, nice way to drop the frustration over the swim and ride the bike like nobody’s business. Having a good attitude makes all the difference in the world. Back in my skydiving days we had a bit of common knowledge about developing the ability to immediately RESET mentally if/when things didn’t go as planned. You don’t have time when you’re plummeting towards the earth to bitch and moan, just immediately reset and figure out what next. It applies in life, and of course, in triathlon. Great job on the bike!!!!!!

  11. Jen says:

    Clap, clap, clap – loving the recaps — so amped for part 3
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  12. katie says:

    I wasn’t keeping score at home, but I’m glad you are. Sounds like a great ride!
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  13. emz says:

    So freaking love it.
    I love that you knew so many faces out there!!
    I love knowing BDD HAS a face. [he is a legend, I swear I’ll think he’s fake until I actually meet him]

    This IM stuff is so you.
    You and all your numbers, hydration, etc. I love all the planning.

    You rocked it.

  14. Jill says:

    Good to know that puking is actually a good thing to settle the stomach. I’ve thrown up in a marathon before and I just couldn’t get my stomach to cooperate with the pounding of the road after that….but the bike is different I guess, that makes sense. Funny about the “drafter” … even though he wasn’t playing by the rules, I bet it was nice to have a little conversation out there. Loving the sleek complement, too. Great job on the bike, buddy!! :)
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  15. B.o.B. says:

    I love the comments about the dookie you dropped. LOL! Athletes are gross.

    What is this bike thing you were talking about chip seal? Where you ride over to mark your miles? Imma need you to splain. I’m a noob.

    • CTER says:

      Chip seal is a road pavement they use here in Texas a lot. The roads are not smooth like asphalt or concrete and they are just pure bumpy. The split and crack a lot in this heat and thus create this uneven riding surface.

      Some roads you should wear a mouthpiece because you rattle so much.
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  16. #1s in the bike Thanks I like numbers!!! lol

    How does one puke while still on the bike?

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    • CTER says:

      It wasn’t a full-on throw-up as if you just drank too much or were getting food poisoning. It was all liquid that came flying out and had a few pieces of food in it. I would say it was 98% liquid and it came flying out and I was find. The 2nd burp was the same thing and then all was settled. Good times.
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  17. Morgan says:

    You were kicking ass buddy! Can’t wait to read the conclusion!

  18. Chuck says:

    Hey man, I am really enjoying reading your recaps!
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  19. Maria Simone says:

    Jason – I am savoring this race report in pieces. These details are awesome – and I’m smiling from ear to ear reading it.

    I cracked up when I read your comment about the changing tent. It’s is a hot, humid mess of naked bodies in there, isn’t it? My first time, I froze for about a minute thinking, WTF?! Hilarious.

    I know the run report is up, but I’m going to wait before charging in. Let this soak in :)
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  20. DR says:

    Nice work on the bike! and great puke late in the ride around 1oomi. I needed to do that I was so full from liquids and calories and I made the mistake of consuming even just a shade more before the run. mistake…was so full I couldnt take anything in on the run for like 8 miles. Next time Ill have to make myself puke b/t 95-105mi !

  21. Marlene says:

    #3… hahaha I like that. Well, I don’t like that you had to puke but at least it gave you relief and the feeling did not persist.

    What a strong & consistent ride! You nailed the target HR… now THAT is a smart race.
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  22. lindsay says:

    “moved up 529 spots”. holy geeze! you’re a beast. too funny about the guy you frogged with a little, and very smart to let others go. it’s hard, but it definitely pays off to stick to your plan and i hope it did for you.

    also. i like the #1s 2s and 3s counts at the end hahaha. though i am sorry you had enough to tally…
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  23. Colleen says:

    Thanks for spelling out the #1, #2 and #3’s for us! :) You are too funny!

    You had a tough ride Jason… but you came out strong! I’m loving the detailed race reports.

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