Ironman Texas - Lessons Learned

[caption id="attachment_5968" align="alignright" width="270"]ironman texas - triathlon - race report A Simpler Equation Has Yet To Be Written[/caption] Ironman Texas is now over a week old and while I am still basking in the glory and greeting everybody I see with Hi, I'm Jason and I'm an Ironman it is time to let it go and focus on the future.  In order for me to focus on the future I need to have understood the past so as not to repeat the errors I made along the way.  I would normally have written this post the day after the event but I wanted to marinate on what went right and what went wrong and reflect on the what led to that point. I know I won't be able to take care of all of these items on this list in one fell swoop and so it may not be 100% correct for Ironman Arizona but I know that the more I practice at it the better I will be.  The more I listen to those around me and put to work their suggestions the faster I can go at this distance. 1- Start packing the Monday of the race.  I waited until the last-minute because I have been racing triathlons for two years now so why would I need more time.  Well you do for Ironman.  Lots of stuff goes into this race and you don't want to forget anything.  I wound up forgetting my charger at home and my watch eventually died on the run course.  Now I don't have data for my run to examine and try to get better at. 2- Don't be afraid to go faster.  In the water I would be hesitant to go fast because I might be out of breath.  Well duh!  You are going to be out of breath until you get faster and more efficient.  Once you become more efficient you will not be as tired as you were when you started that process. 3- Speaking of efficiency.  Do various drills and not just the same drills in the water.  By doing the same drills repeatedly I will only be better at that scope of work, but not overall. 4- Film a swim session or three and send it to everybody I know.  That means you Jeff, Bob, Kevin, Jon, Colleen, Beth, Katie, Claudia and a whole host of others that are much better than I in the water.  I'll get different opinions but it will give me something to work on with those various drills from above. Update: This never happened because of warnings I received about multiple opinions.  I also switched coach's and my time in the pool has increased and so has my speed. 5- I will embrace the trainer even more than I did in this cycle.  I feel the trainer got me faster because I spent a lot of time on it working on cadence and being aero for as long as my neck could stand it (which is nearly 2 hours) before having to sit up.  I pushed myself but always slowed down when my heart rate hovered above an average of 135bpm.  Guess where I rode Ironman Texas at?  134bpm.  If 134bpm means a 6:05 ride then what would a 140bpm ride mean?  Could I save 15-20 minutes and still be setup for a good run?  I think so. 6- Not bring as many calories on the bike as I did.  I had so many calories and consumed more than I did during training and thus the throwing up at Mile 100.  I think this really lead to this issue of beating bloated as well as having to go to the bathroom for #2 at Mile 19 of the run. 7- Perfect my ability to fill my water bottle with the EFS Liquid Shot bottle I carried in my shorts.  I was a little spastic during this transition and so I need to practice on the bike on the trainer and on the road to perfect this. 8- Running through more of the aid stations on the run course.  I ran a 4:09 which is terrific and I know I can run a sub-4 hour marathon and it would start by taking 15 seconds at each aid station instead of 30-45 seconds.  Think about 25 stops at 30 seconds equaling 12 minutes and 30 seconds.  If that is 15 seconds I would save 6 minutes and 15 seconds without doing much of anything. Please don't get me wrong with this list as I am not saying I am not happy with my results.  I am thrilled with my performance and race steady and consistent.  I just want that steady and consistent to be faster for Ironman Texas 2013. In conclusion, anybody can do an Ironman.  I truly believe that.  What I think it takes is a special person to get through the training.  One that is determined and focused but also has a tremendous  support system.  You cannot get through this alone.  You will lean on tons of people and some will be strangers but they all have a helping hand in getting you to the finish line.

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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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