Quite a day

Not quite sure what to say about IMWI at this point.  I’m working on my full fledged race report, but the summary is –

Swim:
Started out and felt great, got into a good draft.  Was easy and felt great (as compared to feeling exhausted and sloppy in the water on Saturday).  About 1200m into the swim (half way on the backstretch of the first loop) – something changed in my stroke and it went from an easy, smooth swim, to a bit of a struggle.

Bike:
Got on the bike after getting through T1 in a bit of a daze, could not get my HR down to where I wanted, or my power up to where I wanted.  Rode faster than last year because of good conditions, on almost the exact same power.  Probably drank to much water – ~1 bottle at each aid station.  That is about double what I would normally do on a ride of this length.

Run:
Started out with a hopeful, but pragmatic view of my chances on the run.  Started out about the same as last year, but heavier in the legs and gut.  Made it until about 10 miles and I quit.  Walked to the halfway point, talked with Mary – who encouraged me to keep at it and not give up.  Shuffled through the next couple of miles fighting back tears of frustration and discomfort.  Stopped around mile 14/15 for a few minutes to collect myself – than powerwalked/hiked the remainder of the distance.

All in all – definately a disappointing day, but I have another shot in 8 weeks at IMFL.  Going to take some time this week to try and understand what happened a bit better, recover, and start to ease back into training next week.

5 Comments

  1. Scott,

    You showed a lot of courage and strength by finishing the race in very tough conditions. We wanted to send you a note yesterday, but weren’t really sure what to say. We will root for you just as hard at IMFL, only it will be as we watch the results roll in on the web.

    The best of luck at IMFL and thanks again for all you do for Robbie!!

    Bob

  2. when you feel good in 8 weeks and you go for it, what happened on Sunday and what you chose to do about it will make all the difference.

    good luck

  3. Don’t be too hard on yourself Scott, it was only 1 race. I think you proved a lot to yourself by being able to finish. Take some time to rest up and you’ll be ready to roll again for Florida.

  4. you learn more from these races than you do a good race
    and like chris said, its only one race, and the key thing is you never, never, never, never, never give up…ever. 🙂

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