Ironman Texas Goals


The Real Goal Is To Just Finish!!!!!

Ironman Texas is in 8 days and I am posting my goals post today for a few reasons:

  • I will not be posting over the weekend as I’ll be spending time with the family.  Chico is racing his first tri on Saturday morning so I plan on getting on my trainer at 4am and riding for 2 hours then a 15 minute run then off to do the kids tri with him and Karen.
  • Next week may get crazy with packing, checking, re-packing, re-checking, etc and I may lose track of time.
  • I have been thinking about this for 4 months and so I want it off my brain.  There are other thoughts that need to occupy the space that this has been taking up.

As the commercial says:  HERE WE GO!

Weekend Goals:

  • Laugh as much as I possibly can.  This is going to be a tremendous weekend and I want to soak it all in and have a great time with family and friends.
  • Meet Susan Lacke, Chloe Efrink, Andy Fernandez, Charisa Wernick, and Chrissie Wellington.  Getting to meet all of them would make that a tremendous weekend.
  • Enjoy dinner with Karen, Shannon,Jeff, Annie and Lesley.
  • Wake up Sunday, pump my fist and enjoy the biggest carbohydrate loaded breakfast I have ever eaten.

Now onto the race.  When I first started writing this post in my head my thoughts were:  Swim Goal:  Don’t know.  Bike Goal:  An idea but still don’t know.  Run Goal:  Who the f*(k knows what could happen here but the more I thought about it the more I know what I am capable of.  Notice I said capable and not will do because the day will dictate what happens out there.


Based on my HIM times of anywhere from 40:00 to 41:00 I am looking at a time of 1:20 and I am comfortable with this number.  I am taking the point of view of just getting through the swim and not pushing myself too hard.  Swimming 2.4 miles is just something I have to do on race day and consider it a warm-up prior to the race starting when I exit the water.

A 1:20 swim averages out to 2:04/100m or 1:54/100y.  This is something I am comfortable with.  Yesterday I swam 20x100y with all times between 1:49 and 1:53 and was not breathing heavy and never felt like I couldn’t continue.  I could have swum all day at that pace.

Goal: 1:15 – 1:20 (my OWS projections from the past few weeks put me in at 1:16 but since I was by myself I did not have the things that could knock me off my game)



I rode the course (backwards mind you) back in February when the weather was perfect with little wind and no humidity.  My speed back then for the 92 miles I rode was 19.5 mph.  This would be ideal if I knew that I could run a marathon at the pace I want to coming off a bike split as fast as this for my first Ironman.

The forecast for the race is showing winds 2-4mph from S to SSE which is the same direction but slightly lighter than last year.  Having 2-4mph winds is like having no wind considering that I have been doing my training rides in the open with winds in the 15-20mph range and gusts up to 30mph.  2-4 mph would be heaven.  The temps are forecasted to be around 88* which is warm but no different from Puerto Rico.  So the weather, should it hold up, will not be a huge problem.

The key will be hydration/nutrition and keeping my heart rate in check.  The biggest goal will be to maintain an average Heart Rate of 135bpm.  If I do that then I will be setting myself up for the perfect run.  A heart rate in that range has shown me to be anywhere between 18.0mph and 18.5mph.

Goal: 5:50 – 6:00



The biggest unknown in this entire race will be here.  I have never run a marathon after riding for 112 miles.  I have run for an hour after riding 119 miles and felt great but that was only a fraction of the 26.2 I will need to cover next Saturday.  The key again will come down to how I took care of myself via nutrition/hydration on the bike.

I have a strategy for the marathon that I have been practicing since December.  Run the first 4-6 miles about 15 to 30 seconds per mile slower than my goal time.  I want to get my legs under me and running at that pace will only put me behind my goal time by 2 to 3 minutes.  Not a huge time difference.  After that I want to walk 30-45 steps at each aid station.  I am not putting a time on the walking because 30 steps at Mile 2 is going to be a lot faster than 30 steps at Mile 20.

Goal: 3:55 – 4:00 (this is ~9:00/mi)



The goal for any race, but especially 140.6 miles, is to just finish.  As Kevin emailed me earlier this week:  Finishing an Ironman is a PR no matter how fast you go.  I couldn’t agree more with him on this.  Each course has a different story and each race, even on the same course, will tell a different story.

Goal: If you take the lower end of the times along with transitions you end up at 11:15.  The higher end puts you at 11:30.  Should this go as planned an 11:30 finish time would put me in the Top 15% of finishers and that I will happily take in my first Ironman and shout it from the mountain tops.

I also want to point out that my Bib# is 1626 and I have converted that to mean:

1st Ironman with a finish time of 6:26p.  A 6:26p finish time would mean an 11:26 race.  Karma?  Foreshadowing?



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  1. Matt Oravec says:

    Great summary. Great thinking too.

    My only advice… yup, only one thing. Laugh at everything. When shit breaks, when something doesn’t go as planned. Laugh. Your day will not be over from anything that happens, take it all in stride and push on.

    When I forgot my CorePower before the swim and in T1 I just laughed and said… oh well, I will try to remember while having my tea party.

    OH, and just remember, no matter what happens, you CANNOT have a slower T2 time than me… seriously it is humanly IMPOSSIBLE!

    So have fun out there. This isn’t the 140.6 that you will crush, you will have fun, learn the distance and take notes on how your body responds throughout the day. That is what is most important.

    The next 140.6 … well sir, that is GAME ON!
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  2. Megan says:

    I’m impressed how detailed your race goals are, but you’re right – finishing is the real goal. If/When I do an ironman, that will be my goal. Don’t forget to to have fun, too!
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  3. Marlene says:

    When I saw this post pop up on twitter, my heart skipped a beat. It is SO SOON! You have been preparing for this for so long and I can’t wait to see it all come together for you. I love your attitude – it’s great to have plans and goals, but you are prepared to accept what the day gives you and I know you will make the most of that. I can’t wait to follow along!

    Good luck with all the last minute preparations! T-minus ONE WEEK!
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    • CTER says:

      Thanks Maurlene. I am very excited. I have one client who I chatted with today and he was more excited than me. He was putting my bib# into IronTrac so while he is training he can follow along. It was inspiring and your words do the same.

  4. Those sound like perfect goals to me! You are so ready for this and I am excited to follow you for your race!!! You don’t need luck but I’ll wish it anyway.. GO GET IT!!!!!!!!!!
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  5. Bob says:

    The key is to have fun. I think Chrissie W is a good teacher in this regard… you ever not see her smile?
    Sunday carbo load? Hell, you’ll be done by dinner time so wait an hour or so after the race and enjoy a nice carb loaded dinner at one of the cafe’s around the finish.
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    • CTER says:

      Oh dinner is a given. The breakfast is knowing that I won’t be eating to fuel for a long ride or run coming up. It’ll be consumption at its finest or glutunous…..either way it’ll be fun.

  6. Karen says:

    SOOOOO excited for you! It seems like you just registered… I agree with the laughing it will help keep you calm if things happen that you didn’t plan. Take one leg at a time and enjoy the experience. Have a great weekend with your family!
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  7. Jill says:

    Woohoo, race day is coming up!! You’re going to do great. Curious why they hold a race like this in Texas in late May? Hope the weather isn’t too miserable. :)

    Good luck to Chico this weekend, so cool you’re going to be so involved with him and Karen.
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    • CTER says:

      There really is no other time of the year to do it. Early on is St. George and those overseas. Later in the year and it will be sweltering.

      So ready for Chico to race. Recovery pancakes after.

  8. Jen says:

    I am smiling so hard my cheeks hurt! I can’t believe how close it is now – I am bursting with excitement for you my friend.
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  9. Shoot a little higher with the goals:

    1) Don’t get chicked by Chrissie.
    2) Every race photo to be a classic.
    3) Finding a brand new porta potty with no line and no smell.
    4) Mike Reilly pronoucing your name correctly.
    5) Enjoy what they call pizza after the finish.

    In all seriousness, you’ve done the work. This is just a victory lap.

  10. Kevin says:

    Are you going to the Home Depot parking lot again for dinner with Jeff & Annie??? haha

    Good luck Jason BA-HA-MOON-D! You are going to do awesome!

    Have a fun weekend with the family and kids tri. Hopefully they don’t mistake you for a participant. Some of them might actually be taller than you ;)
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  11. BDD says:

    What? Only people from the Republic of Texas are allowed to come to dinner? What about all the Americans coming for the race?

    In all seriousiness, you will do great, stick to the plan, embrace the atmosphere, and enjoy your reward for all your hard work!!
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    • CTER says:

      We can’t be sure those Americans will get through customs in time. We will be having the blue-haired specials at 4p.

      Thanks for the encouragement all year long.

  12. B.o.B. says:

    Great goals Jason! I am so excited for you. I know you will definitely accomplish having fun and kick a$$! Can’t wait to read all about it. You’ve got a ton of people supporting you from a far and we all wish you the best. May there be no wind (unless it’s at your back) and no rain (unless it’s really hot) and no sea creatures (unless you can ride them). ;)

    • CTER says:

      You had to mention sea creatures. They say there are snakes in the water. If I see a snake the pros better watch out for me.

  13. you, my friend, are going to do great. It is going to be awesome if it is a sub 10hour finish or a 17 hour finish.
    Rest, relax and enjoy the off time-you KNOW I will be cheering with Lola from Maine.

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  14. Jeff Irvin says:

    Solid goals my man!

    You have the right state of mind going into the race. Ironman Texas is all about the weather and it can change a few times during the time you are on the course.

    The forecast right now is looking excellent. The wind out of the ESE will be at your back for the first 45mi. By getting it more eastern then southern is good too. It makes the chip sealed section on 1486 a lot more bearable as it isn’t a direct headwind. This is my least favorite part of the course with a direct southern wind. Heck, if it is only 2-4mph it won’t make a difference.

    The run on this course is awesome because spectators are everywhere. Just hope for a slight breeze and cloud cover to cut down on the sun because shade is sparse. Listen to your body and take in as much fluid as you can because it is going to feel like you are wearing a wet blanket.

    Very excited for you and can’t wait to be there to cheer you on!

    When are we all going to dinner? Thurs or Fri?
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  15. Julie says:

    Here’s to a great race! Your goals look good and I can’t wait to stalk you on race day!
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  16. Maria Simone says:

    I’m super excited for you, my spidey twin!

    Take in as much as you can of this day – you will never have the first time again, and it is such a special day. I still say that my first IM was the best day of my life. Oh, what an incredible feeling to celebrate the journey you have been on for soooo many months.

    Okay, I’m going to get all big sister on you for a second. I hope you don’t mind. Some tips :)

    Be smart in the first half of the bike, as you’ve said here already. You are going to see lots of people, out hammering in the first part. You will see them again when you pass them either in the second loop or in the run. It happens all the time. John and I call it “carnage.”

    You are very smart to see the bike as setting you up for a solid marathon. One tip I would have – rather than worrying about pace during the first 4-6 miles – focus on your HR. Don’t let it drop too much – that can be just as bad as letting it raise to high. Run at the low end of whatever zone your coach wants you running in – but stay in that zone.

    You never know with pace because it can be affected by sooo many external factors. A 9:00 minute mile one day may be too easy, and the next day too hard. Stick with your HR for a more precise indicator of your effort.

    That being said, you don’t want to run like a jackass off the bike (that’s my mantra to myself for the first 2 miles or so: “Don’t run like a jackass, Maria!”). Stay in control, as you’ve described. It’s a good idea to walk the aid stations to make sure you get what you need. Again, make sure you keep it short, and keep your HR in the proper zone.

    Big sister advice session is now complete :p

    Mike Reilly is going to call you an IRONMAN!!!!! I’m so super PuMpEd for you. John and I will be in Vermont next weekend – with spotty wifi. So, i’ll try to track you on my phone. I’ll be cheering from afar!!!

    I love Rock Star’s goals. As for the porta-potty – well, an alternative goal could be to learn how to pee on your bike seat, and to pee while running. It’s a fancy trick, and a worthwhile goal that could save you some time if you don’t mind stinking :) hahahahaha!
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  17. greg says:

    Exactly as I expected. Well thought out, realistic goals with a bit of a stretch to them. You earn every bit of crossing the line of an Ironman. You’ve prepped for it, you’ve trained for it, and now it’s time to execute! Keep the No Jackass attitude throughout the day and not only will it be a memorable race, but one that you don’t have to suffer through…more than necessary, right!?

    I echo a lot of the advice given here. Mostly any advice about rolling with the day. Good, bad, and ugly is going to show up. All you can do is control your attitude & your willingness to adjust. Easier said than done, but you know how. Keep positive and focused and you’ll cross the line no doubt!

    Wish I was at the line to see you cross, but Ironman Live will be up and running to see it virtually. Get after it brother!!!

  18. Colleen says:

    My only advice is just roll with it. You are totally prepared, but remember, you’ve put in all the work. Race day is just your chance to show off what you’ve worked so hard for the past year. Work toward getting the medal, the hat and the shirt… all proof that you are a badass! :)

    Can’t wait to stalk you.

    GO GET ‘EM JASON!!!!

  19. katie says:

    now it’s only 4 days away. HOW ARE YOU FEELING!?!
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    • CTER says:

      I feel great. I have maintained my pre taper weight for three weeks now which is amazing and gives me confidence that I can do anything.

      Mentally I am studying the bike course information I have. I am memorizing my run plan to a T so that I can execute it as best as possible.

      There are no nerves about this race, regardless of finishing or the time. I normally begin to question my time goals at races at this point but not for this race. I am not sure if that means I can do it or if that means that I am more focused on the finish than anything else.

      No matter how I break it down I feel strong and ready to handle this race/distance.
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  20. Mandy says:

    4 freaking days!!

    You are going to do so awesome at this race!! MAKE SURE you take some time (you will have like, 10 hrs or so) to relax and enjoy the day…IM is an amazing experiance!!

    I will be stalking you!!
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  21. juicyoutlet says:

    although such collocation not wrong,

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