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.
Managing your core temperature is the top priority and key to maximizing performance on a hot day and winning the war of attrition. If your core temperature rises too high, you're done for the day (best case) and may end up in the hospital with something much worse. Below are some tips for preparing for and racing in the heat.
You've probably heard an increase in conversation in all sports, at all levels, about doping, which we feel strongly about addressing as a board. (And thanks to Jenn and Darren for getting this important conversation started recently.)
As a team, we've decided to support the Clean Sport Collective, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping racing clean and to funding organizations that don't have the funds to properly execute testing. It's free to take the pledge as a team or an amateur athlete, and you can decide to make a donation to them if you wish (they have trucker hats...just saying). We have signed the pledge on behalf of the team and we hope you'll all join us as individuals in doing the same and making the commitment to racing clean!
They're a relatively new organization, so if you're interested on learning more about their work, this is a great article from the fall in RunnersWorld.
In addition to this message, we will be adding a resources section to our website where we'll have information on the Clean Sport Collective, the USAT rules and resources, and links to the USADA where you can find the information on anti-doping. We'll send you a link to the page when it's live!
Thank you all for helping District Multisport set a positive example in our actions & performance out there in the community.
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