Monthly Archives: October 2008
This was shot near the top of Palani hill, just a few miles into the bike. The two leading swimmers, Sanson and Potts had already passed. The riders shown: Rhodesy, Macca, Llanos, Crowie, Vanhoenacker, Paul Amey, (?), Tim Marr, Mathias Hecht, Luke McKenzie, Stephen Bayliss, Chris Lieto, Faris Al-Sultan, Cam Brown, Timo Bracht, (?), TJ Tollakson, Luke Bell (his saddle’s too high), (?), Rutger Beke, (?), Vernay,(?), Torbjorn.
Max Longree, winner of IM Lou 2008 shows fantastic run form at mile 1 in Kona
I had the good fortune of sharing some beers and nachos at Lulu’s with the Cervelo crew including co-founder Phil White. Phil is a great guy and put up with my lengthy line of bike-geek questions. I wanted to get to the bottom of the P4 design and how it stacks up versus the P3 and P2. More
High heat, high winds, that pretty much summed it up. The big island provided just about the worst conditions it can. As Vinu said post-race, it’s not the course that kills you, it’s the conditions. The only respite the athletes got was mid-run cloud cover – but up until that point it was boiling.
Lis’ race report:
Deja vu! It was like my 1996 race all over again, but with much tougher conditions – a day that ended with a visit in the med tent.
Swim had some currents that pushed us to the side. It was as feisty as I remember but not too scary. The usual kicks in the goggles and dragging under the water. A very slow swim.
Bike – felt great until the famous thermal winds started blasting at mile 35. I didn’t dare to take my hands off my handle bars for a 36 miles section during the up and down section to Hawi. The gusts nearly made me fall down probably 20 times and I was terrified. I obviously don’t have the technique down. Which means I ate nothing and took no salt/electrolytes for that portion. Big mistake. Today was the hottest day in two weeks and I didn’t handle it very well. My back started to cramp second half of the back and I started throwing up water. But I did catch up to my coach Scott Molina who I had never met in person (lives in New Zealand) and we had a nice conversation.
Run – zero love. I almost called it quits after 4 miles but felt too badly giving up. I was leaning to the left because my lower back was cramping -so much that I ended up in the left gutter a bunch of times. Crazy stuff. I have no idea how I got through 22 more miles but one thing is for sure – it wasn’t pretty. Todd was instrumental in yelling instructions during this time – quit drinking water, eat banana, take salt… He was the reason I managed to finish at all (and Vinu’s salt stash that he handed me when our path crossed in the energy lab). I walked every single of the 26 aid stations during the run. It was great seeing the pro race shaping up during this time.
I am thrilled to have finished this beast today. I was coherent and able to smile while finishing which was my number one goal this time around. I had a good happy-cry afterwards for the med tent doctors.
Vinu finished his 26th Ironman today which is simply unbelievable. He had some mishaps two days leading up and was lucky to be at the starting line.
Two more days of vacation before we head home. We’ll be the ones with the fabulous tan!
Vinu had a solid, patient race finally catching Lis at mile 24 where she was having serious cramping and stomach issues. Pat McCrann, Endurance Nation Coach absolutely crushed it with a 5:15 bike split (with his new P3c and TTBikefit!) and a solid run bringing him home in 10:05. Need some coaching? Check out Endurance Nation – the best bang, least bucks in tri coaching.
Lis’ cramping and lean were set off by having to lean into the cross wind on the bike and not being able to use the aerobars and eat. Another top woman, Donna Kay Ness, had the same problem.
We are all pumped – Lis, Patrick and Vinu are in good spirits, and they all look ready to rumble! Scott and I rode 80 miles of the bike course yesterday. That thing is a drag strip! Depending on winds and heat, it is a smoking fast course, at least the Queen K section. The pavement is glass smooth, and although there are lots of climbs, they are gradual and long. Our experience was 18-20 on the way up the hills and over 25 going down. Yesterday the winds picked up at Hapuna, close to the turn up to Hawi. We were out there earlier than the racers will be, but the wind was at our backs going towards Hawi. However this meant that coming up from Kawaihae the wind was blasting in our faces, making this steep little climb 5 minutes at 10mph. The other thing you notice is that the winds shift frequently on the Queen K depending on lava formations. One second you are going 28 and the next 17 for no apparent reason.
The weather here has been very consistent for at least the past week. partly cloudy in the am, and then clouding over at about 1pm. This is ideal for the racers, let’s hope it holds today!
Lots to see at the bike check-in. There was the weird: TJ Tollakson’s carbon motorcycle fairing (legal??). The scary: the DK tri team taking a swim after bike check-in. Stadler is unbelievably jacked – look out for this guy on race day. The other fairing: Luke McKenzie’s Vision Tech aero bottle that looks exactly like the old Profile bullet bottle that was outlawed years ago. The other scary: Chrissie Wellington, bubbly as a 40 of Olde English 800, gracious, nice, cheerful, yet looking like she can and will destroy all comers. There was more too; see for yourself: More