Ironman Florida – Bill Biehl
by on November 30, 2006 in General

I figure it was time to get a race report out to everyone. I know many of you are not racers, so this report is focused more on the social and emotional side of the event. The report is long and you probably want to print it for later reading. I will be sending out a series of technical race articles intended to provide me with a road map for my next Ironman race. Since there seems to be a complete lack of information on nutrition for endurance events, I will share it with others assuming will publish the article(s) on their website, and keeping me from clogging up your e-mail systems (bonus points to me for working in the name name. Oh, I worked it in again).

When is my next Ironman race? I am going to put my name in the lottery for the 2007 Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawaii. Last year, I calculated the odds of being selected in the lottery as 1:26. With the increased popularity of the sport, I am guessing I have about a 1 in 50 chance of being selected for 2007. With those odds, I don’t harbor any real hope of being in the race. I have dreamed of qualifying for Ironman Hawaii, but the reality is probably not until I’m sixty. At Ironman Florida 2006, 2192 athletes entered the water on race day, I finished 521st. In my age group, Male 35-39, I finished 124th out of 409. I am very proud to finish that high, but only 12 athletes from my age group qualified for Ironman Hawaii. The last qualifier finished 1 hour and 40 minutes ahead of me. The numbers show, my best hope of racing in Hawaii is through the lottery. I thoroughly enjoyed the Ironman Florida race and want to do another in 2008. I will be discussing the next race with my family. With the popularity of the Ironman Triathlon race series, races fill their 2400 capacity within one to two hours after on-line registration begins. Registration is 364 days before the race. This means I have to sign up for a 2008 race in 2007.

Ok, enough of that let’s move on to the event.

Short version:

Swim (2.4 miles) = 1 Hour 10 Minutes 26 Seconds

• First 1.2 Mile Loop = 33 minutes

• Yes, I walked along the sand, and drank two glasses of water before returning to the water for the second loop.

• Second 1.2 Mile Loop = 37 minutes

• Pace for the 2.4 miles was 1:51/100 meters or 1:40/100 yards

Swim-to-Bike Transition = 4 minutes 59 seconds

• The time is surprising since we had about 2 ½ minutes of running from the water, through the changing tent, and to the location where we could mount our bikes.

Bike (112 Miles) = 5 Hours 58 Minutes 44 seconds

• Winds were 14 miles out of the East-South-East.

• First fifty miles were either directly into the wind or fighting a cross wind.

• I roughly remember the average pace at Mile 56 was 18.2 MPH (not including a couple minutes of nature breaks)

• My bike computer showed 19.0 MPH average after 112 miles, but with nature breaks (roughly three + minutes) the official average speed was 18.73 MPH.

Bike-to-Run Transition = 6 Minutes 51 seconds

• I originally planned to take 6 minutes for the transition, but I have to admit, I was stalling in the transition tent prior to running. I was afraid running on my Achilles would prove impossible, and I was taking a few extra moments to mentally prepare for what was to come.

Run(26.2 Miles) = 4 Hours 6 Minutes 11 seconds

• First 13.1 Mile Loop = 1 hour 55 minutes

• Second 13.1 Mile Loop = 2 hours 11 minutes

• This was the only mini goal I missed all day. I really wanted a sub four hour marathon, but for good reason, I let the mini goal slip away to insure an overall race finish under 11 hours and 30 minutes.

Long Version:

It was great having friends also doing the race. Scott Kinner and I trained together for this race and his constant companionship through the whole adventure is appreciated. Barry Ogden having completed multiple Ironman events was a great resource, telling me what to expect and how to tu

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