11 November 2008
Audio From the Race
For those of you who didn’t follow my twitter stream on race day. Here’s a collection of all the audio I recorded using twitterfone during the race. I am still writing a full race report, but I just downloaded all of these and thought it would be fun to get them up on my blog.
I recorded these using Twitterfone.com which is a cool application that lets you record a short message and it updates your twitter feed. I plan to talk about this in more detail in my race report, but it made my race more fun to think that I had a virtual crowd of supporters out there cheering me on.
Here’s the basic chronological order of all the posts…
- ~4:30 am - I had just arrived at T1.
- ~5:00 am - I was chatting with a guy at T1. I joked with him about how Rich told me his race nutrition plan was a “twix bar and a couple of smokes”… and this guy told me that he’d done century rides with nothing but a banana… then he told me he’d never worked on his bike… ever… not even to change a flat tire.
- ~6:10 am - Final post before the race began.
- ~8:30 am - Mile 3 on the bike. The wind was pretty bad and it was raining hard, it looked like it was going to be a very miserable day. But I was having fun so far, and figured, hey, I’m into it now.
- ~9:16am - Mile 15 on the bike. The rain had turned into hail and sleet.
- ~9:40am - Mile 20 on the bike. I had stopped at a rest stop for a bio break. I felt like my lower intestines weren’t happy, and I didn’t want to… well… you… know… it was lightening off in the distance.
- ~2:18pm - Mile 90 on the bike. I didn’t have cell coverage for about 70 miles, and so I wasn’t able to do any updates. Apparently my wife was a little worried but my daughter told her “Maybe his cell phone isn’t working”.
- ~2:40pm - Mile 95 on the bike, just starting the “three sisters” which are a series of really short but really really steep hills.
- ~3:50pm - Leaving T2.
- ~4:15pm - Mile 2 of the run. There were aid stations at every mile, and this one had a couple of kids in a rock band playing tunes for us! It was cool! I got video of it too.
- ~4:56pm - Mile 6 of the run. I had been running for a couple miles with two other runners. One of them from Oakland, was at the same point in the race as me, he and I were at T2 at the same time. The other runner was a full 13 miles ahead of us, and on course to finish in 11:20, who we nicknamed “5-timer” as he was finishing his 5th Ironman race. Amazing. The three of us kept a good pace together and chatted along the way. I also took video at this point.
- ~6:10pm - Half way done with run. Somewhere between mile 6 and mile 13, I lost “5-timer”, and “Oakland” and I picked up “Arizona”. Arizona was a triathlete I had met a couple days earlier swimming at Boulder Beach. Oakland and Arizona and I ran together a couple miles, but around mile 12 or so I stopped for a bio break and lost both of them. About half a mile out from the mid point, I came across a runner who I had assumed was already a lap ahead, as we’d seen him fly past us at a sub-8min pace. But by mile 12 he was walking and completely beat down. I figured he was so close that I’d pump him up to get him across the finish line. I offered to pull him with my invisible rope, and eventually he got his kick and ran past me, but instead of running to the finish shoot, he ran to stat his second lap! What?!! That’s not fair!
- ~6:50pm - Mile 16, I caght up to Oakland and Arizona again, and ran the rest of the race with Oakland.
- ~7:30pm - Mile 19, there was a gnarly hill from mile 18 to 19… it’s exactly the cruelest place to put a hill on a marathon, let alone an Ironman!
- ~7:35pm - Mile 20, The folks at mile 20 were really friendly and funny… one guy had on a Chef’s hat… I guess he was really trying to push the chicken broth. Any way I caught some video as well.
- ~8:00pm - Mile 23- I called my family since I knew they’d be heading to bed soon… and then just 5K to go…
- ~8:35 - Finished! What more is there to say?
- ~9:30 - I had taken a shower, and changed into dry clothes… I headed over to the finish line where the massage tent was, and thought “I bet Rich has already crossed the finish line, or will be crossing really soon.” I looked up and saw Rich running across the finish line. I was right there to catch him and give him a huge congrats. Woo hoo!