Monday, July 07, 2008

Ironman Coeur D Alene Race Report - The Swim

Wow. Just to busy to really keep the posting up. According to MDot Bigun I have been sucked into the posting hell vortex. Not true, just posting alot less until I feel more inspired to do so. It's funny the obligation I feel towards blogging that I don't need to have. It's my blog...I'll post when I can...BIGUN!

Speaking of annoying but loveable big guys, Tac and BigMeister are in the middle of recording THE post Ironman podcast and he suddenly jumps town for a week. Therefore, no podcast for at least 2 more weeks. I do promise it will be fun to listen to though.

Race report.

I was far under-trained for this Ironman compared to Wisconsin last year. Getting sick in Early April took 3 weeks off my training and I came to Wildflower very under-trained, especially for the run. The good news was that I had dropped 25 pounds since competing in Wildflower the year before. No question that helped as I PR'd by over 20 minutes.

I think it really hit me when I got back from Wildflower that 140.6 miles was staring at me. This being the second one, I think I was too comfortable with the distance knowing that I had done it once before. That seemed to fade as I got within 6 weeks of the race. Suddenly every workout was focusing on June 22nd. Every thought about nutrition was based around what I would do on Sunday.

Coming up to Couer D Alene I had really only done 2 long runs (15 and 17) of which the first one was horrible and the second one was strong. As I flew out on Thursday for Spokane, I felt fine about the swim, strong on the bike and quite worried about my run.

The meet o peeps over the weekend were awesome. It was so good to meet people I had read, interviewed or just heard about. As Bigun pointed out to me, I was quite subdued and focused on Saturday at one of our meet ups near the swim course. I just wanted to start the race, I was tired of waiting for the inevitable.

Its funny how race morning felt just like Wisconsin all over again. Nervous, excited and totally ready to get it on. Ironically Bigun and I ran into each other at the porta potties. He, Greyhound, Blink and I suited up at 630 and headed down to the beach. Eminem started playing, all of the sudden everything became like a blur to the water. I observed nervous faces, people being coached with last second tips, and lots of jumping up and down. We waited on the beach and then suddenly...Bang. I swear I never even thought about the water temp when we dove in. The cool water was the least of my concerns as the swim became increasingly crowded as we approached the first buoy. IMWI was not even close to this crowded on the first loop. Holy was pure neoprene avoidance drills for the first 10 minutes. Once we came around the mid point the group started to disperse slightly. I was feeling fine. Probably more worried about the heavy cloud cover that came over us during the second loop, wondering what waited for us on the bike.

Exited the water at 1:24: something. Slightly dissappointed with this time. I was hoping for sub 1:20, but no biggie. I was done with the Ironman Swim I DO NOT HAVE TO SWIM ONE MORE STROKE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR, unless I want too. :)

Headed into T1. Or should I say a woman headed into my chin in full stride when I turned to look for a wet suit stripper. She apologized, but I swear I could not open my mouth for the first 20 minutes of the bike. Hey It's Ironman what ya gonna do!

Bike and Run to come.

But first, from the production studios of Hypen Girl Inc. Comes 'My Dad did another Ironman and all we got was this vacation' video. Actually she brought me to tears by making this for me, it was awesome. Thanks Baby!



Borsch said...


faithrunner said...

My race, nothing compared to what you just finished!!! I can't believe you, a two-time Ironman! Holy cow, a job well done, amazing! I came by to check out trimama's bike, hoping to also shake the hand of this incredibly amazing athlete, but he wasn't home. :) I know your wife is also very proud of you. Great job.

Spokane Al said...

That video was awesome! That is some talented tribe you've got there Tac.

Congratulations on a great race.

I am looking forward to seeing the Tac Tat.

Wendy said...

Nice to have you out of the posting vortex!

And ... Hyphen Girl ROCKS!

21stCenturyMom said...

Lucky Dad! What a fantastic video. Hyphen Girl needs to teach the world how to do that!

Oh- and congratulations on your finish. I think I saw you at the finish line but it's a blur now.

richvans said...

Great video! I'm going to have to get my son working on his skills so he can make one for next years CDA.

Flatman said...


Flatman said...

Now I




I'm all choked up...

Coach Tammy said...

Soooo cool! Made me tear up, too. Congrats!!

Brent Buckner said...

Great vid!

SWTrigal said...

Awesome video. Very inspiring..

stronger said...

You guys are the best fun-loving family around. The video is a fantastic tribute to the way your family backs one another. Those red capes lined up at the water were something else!

The Monster Magnet said...

Hey Taconite Boy,

I love the show, it's hilarious. I've been listening right about since the beginning, and you guys are great.

I DO have a suggestion for what's in the Hall's kitchen, too. Behold: 'TriathLITE' the world's first electrolyte replacement beer. This beer is perfect for recovery after a long, hard training session!

Keep it up!
-Dave (AKA The Monster Magnet)

Ryan said...

Wow Tac! Your kid has got skillz!

I think I may have cried a little too, and I wasn't even there.

That's right, I used a Z, it is hip with the younger crowd.

Now crack open a beer and let the pod nation hear the exploits of our two favorite Iron super heros
The MDot Bigun!

Iron Girl Nyhus said...

Great video! Loved.It. It's so awesome how your whole family is so supportive of each other and excited when something terrific happens. Way to go Tac!

Bigun said...

Great video! Sorry out of town so long..I'll pay for that I'm sure. We'll talk (and record) next week!

Michele said...

Awesome video, very moving.

I have been checking for a race report podcast. guess i am going to have to keep waiting.

Congrats on another ironman finish!!!

TRI-ROB said...

I LOVE the line:


Aint that the truth Ruth?

I was consistently amazing by your attitude out there Tac... talk about setting an outstanding example for the tribe!


IronTriTim said...

What a great video, she has some real movie making talents.

Looking forward to reading how Bigun rode you down on the bike (well almost!)

Lana said...

Congrats on a great swim, Tac...and that video is priceless!

triguyjt said...

great..great job...

I mean, come on...I work at a t.v, station and that was big time professionally done...

congrats on the great piece of work... man, you will always have that... thats very cool

SixTwoThree said...

Way to go!! And a PR to boot! I'm impressed and inspired:-)

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