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My First Ironman
I decided to do the 2013 Ironman Louisville as my first long course race. This blog serves as my diary to capture training highlights and struggles along the way. Race day is 25 Aug 13.

Based on my experience at the half-iron distance and borrowing liberally from Don Fink's "Be Iron Fit", I have developed a 30 week training program to get me to Louisville.

Pre-race in Louisville

Mojorad2009by Mojorad2009Aug 24th 2013
Friday

Left home Fri morning with a very heavy heart. Kaeden was still in the hospital but expected to be released later in the day. Kristin's mom planned to arrive later to help Kristin while I was gone. I arrived in Louisville at 1500 and went straight to Athlete Check-in. Waited in line for about 30 min until I wa able to check-in and get my swag--a nice Ironman backpack. I then checked into my hotel and went for a 10 mi bike run to get my legs moving and check out the bike. Lots of athletes out running and cycling. I hit Old Spaghetti Factory for some pasta and then the mandatory pre-race meeting. Good info with a great positive vibe from the over 2500 triathletes. Very excited to be there. I stopped for a quick beer in the hotel bar before settling down to watch NASCAR and read before going to sleep.

Saturday

Up by 0700 for the practice swim and warm-up run. Swam for about 700 yds in the Ohio River, which was surprisingly clear. Swimming against the current is not as tough as I expected, but with the current is definitely easier. One thing I noticed at the swim was that my funky tan lines were 'normal', unlike my time at the beach in FL. Ended up running about 2 miles. After cleaning up, I packed my Bike and Run gear bags and did a final check of the bike. I walked the 4th St area of Louisville that has a number of great bars and restaurants that I can't enjoy this weekend. After lunch at Zoup!, I dropped off my bike and gear at the transition area. A very nice volunteer explained the transition area flow and process. It was then time to drive the bike course. The first 11 miles are flat and then we hit a nice climb away from the river. After that, it is 80 miles of rolling hills with a few mile-long grinders thrown in to keep it interesting. It is a beautiful ride along the river and through horse country.

Good news is that Kristin is flying over to join me for the race. She should be here around 2300, long after I plan to be asleep. Very happy she can make it. Many thanks to MaryAnn for taking care of the kids to make this happen. Knowing Kristin will be able to meet me at the finish is a great stress reliever for me.

Relaxed for a little after driving the bike course and then hit dinner a small Italian place...pasta again. Now I'm relaxing before going to bed, getting ready to watch the NASCAR race at Bristol for awhile and then lights out. Set the alarm for 0415.

Overall, I'm excited and ready for the race. Seven months of prep is done and now it's time to execute my race plan. Weather looks good, though a little warm with a high of 89F. Feeling pretty good about a 12 hour finish as long as I can get a good run in. Regardless, I'm here, my Ironmate will be here, and any finish will be a success.

Stay tuned for the race and recovery notes...
 
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