Race Report from Ironman Texas, by Philip Deeter. In addition to being a member of District Multisport, Philip is a professional masseuse, USA Triathlon Level One Coach, and team partner -- learn more at his website, The DEETERmined Athlete.
Some big wins, and some really disappointing mistakes. Here's how it went down:
Pre-race: My training was consistent and I added more strength into my plan over the past four months. My knee was a little weird (the one injured in my 2015 bike accident), but no real pain to speak of. I just have this odd, movable lump above the knee. The PT said to listen to it, and I have been over the past four weeks. Overall, I felt pretty good and slept (and ate) well the whole week.
Swim: I have never been kicked, slapped and pushed so much in a swim! The course is pretty narrow, and I expected some contact, but not like this. After the first turn, I was able to break free for a bit and get into a groove. But as we made the turn into the canal, it got sloppy and bumpy again. I got out of the water in 1:35, an average time for me. What I discovered after was that my pace was the fastest I've ever swam! But it doesn't matter how fast you go if you don't swim straight. Adam Rippon in a beaded evening gown looks straighter than my Strava. Lesson learned? Keep up with the frequent trips to the pool, but add open water swim sessions to improve.
T1: Not my best, but not bad either. I ate a bit to make sure I started off on the bike well.
Bike: Cloudy and no wind to start. I eased into it and felt strong. After 10 miles, I was into a consistent groove. By the three-hour mark, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Despite feeling like I was holding back, my pace was well above anything I had done in previous Ironman events. My HR was steady and I just felt great! I told myself not to push because it might get hot. And then, it did.
The temp climbed as the clouds burned off, and the wind kicked up . After mile 75, I realized I had been so focused on my pace that I had fallen behind in my nutrition and hydration plan. Then I didn't want to eat and the wheels started to fall off (ed. note: not literally). I limped along the last 25 miles and what had started so well, ended poorly. I still had a 16 min PR for the bike, but I knew the run was going to be difficult.
After long workouts, full-time jobs, and family demands, the last thing many of us want to have to deal with is bike maintenance. Finding time to get the bike to-and-from the shop for tune-ups — and do it without missing any ride time — was nearly impossible. Which is why we're so excited for one of new team partners.
In 2018, District Multisport is partnering with velofix!
Velofix comes to you, whether at home or your office (you could even schedule a tune-up when you're at the pool for a long set), and does the work on-site, right out of their van. They have great mechanics with experience on racing bikes, its locally owned, and they make it super easy to book an appointment with their online booking system.
By being able to offer services on everything from commuters to tri bikes, as well as expert help in building a bike, it's no surprise that a lot of District Multisport members have already taken advantage of the convenience of a mobile bike shop.
After all, who doesn't want to save time and ride more.