Friday, November 23, 2012

Ironman Arizona 2012 Race Report

Any chance I get to race with my Dad, I take it. The last time was Ironman Cozumel in 2010, so it has been a few years.

The final race of the season is sometimes a mix of "Ohhhhhh I just want to be done and have it be off season!" and "I am POSITIVE I have a final fast race in me." I would say I was wavering 50-50 between these two feelings going into Arizona. It has been a long season with some great racing, combined with a bike crash.

Thanks to Kerry Yndestad for just about all these awesome pics!
I lined up in the center on the swim. I figured I'd let the super-fish swimmers get out of the way, then jump on feet. Apparently when we took off I was the fastest swimmer in my area. I swam solo for an entire 2.4 miles. I pushed the entire time and tried to pretend I was chasing someone, but honestly it was just a completely lonely solo swim. 

I came out of the swim in 1:01, was mad for about two minutes, then moved on.

The first loop of the bike I tried to settle into my pace and go with a few girls when they passed me. Most of the first loop I was solo, trying to push into the headwind on the climb and enjoying the tailwind back to town. The second loop found me chasing a few age group guys. By the third loop the winds had shifted and we had a tailwind on the climb out, headwind on the way back. I never felt horrible on the bike and I never felt amazing. I honestly felt like I rode mediocre - not terrible, not great. I came off the bike after 5:05 - leaving my goal of breaking 5 hours out there for chasing on another day.

My goal on the run had been to get under 3 hours or at least as close to it as possible. To say I fell short in this area is a slight understatement.

My Garmin never picked up a signal, but I've run blind in races many times, so I was not too concerned. I tried to run steady and not go out too hard in the first loop. But honestly, in the first loop I was worried. My legs did NOT feel good at all. Not that they ever feel good in the marathon of an Ironman, but typically in the first loop I have to hold myself back.

My try to smile but OUCH this hurts face.
Around mile 7 an age group guy passed me moving at a good pace and I decided to take a chance and go with him. For about 3 miles I ran behind him and my pace picked up. And then it got crowded and I lost him. And I accidentally slowed down. The third loop just felt like a death march. At mile 16 I started thinking "Only 10 miles til off season!".....then "9 miles til off season!"

I suppose the good news is that I ran a 3:18 on a day where my legs didn't exactly show up to run. I finished 9th in 9:30, happy to be done, happy to be inside the top 10, and very happy to start my off season. It may not have been the result I was aiming for, but it was still a good day to be racing.

As for my Dad - he swam a 1:26 (this is actually fairly decent for him!), biked a 5:46 (while having some cramping issues starting at mile 75), and then he had a very long run of 5:05, where he would run a mile, cramp, make the cramp go away, then run again. He finished in 12:27, 5th in his age group. I think he went out a bit hard on the bike, which brought on the leg cramping. He is still trying to figure out what effort to race Ironman at on the bike. I look forward to the day he figures out the bike because he has a killer run in him that he has yet to use in an Ironman.

A big THANK YOU to my sponsors for keeping me going all year long.....ZOOT for footwear, wetsuits, apparel, etc - the entire crew is a pleasure to work with. CANNONDALE for picking me up after the season had kicked off and making an awesome fast bike. PROFILE DESIGN for great aero bars, wheels, stems, hydration, etc. TRIBE for hosting a fun party every year before Ironman Arizona, and supporting me with everything I could need for racing. EXTREME ENDURANCE for allowing me to race, recover repeat a lot this season with use of their products and for creating an immune boost multi-vitamin that helps keep me healthy. POWERBAR for a multitude of nutrition products that fuel me before-during-and-after racing and training. RUDY PROJECT for great sunglasses and helmets that protect my eyes and head! MICROSCOPE WORLD for many days out of the office and on the road this season. And last but not least - Elliot, Mom & Dad, Jeff, Kevin, Mike, Ian, Chris, Erika, Marit, Karen, Angelina - thanks for picking me up whenever I fell down this year, laughing with me and for your friendship. I am grateful.


IAN said...

ZERO hours until off season

Bicycle Chef said...

Congrats on a great season! Enjoy your hard earned off season!

Beth said...

Your race sounds much like mine (in terms of how we felt, etc...) but you were just much faster. :) Congrats Charisa!! And congrats on a great season all year long. I know you are enjoying the off season now! :)

GoBigGreen said...

Congrats Charisa! Enjoy the down time. I am having fun with Marit, you are a great friend!

Steve said...

Those pictures tell the story. Usually you have big smiles, but I can tell they weren't there for you this time.

There are many things on race day outside of your control.

You all did your best you could on that day right??

Hold your head high. Another year of fun for all of you, and another year of me thinking you all are just nuts anyway. ;)

Have a great off season. :)


I was watching all day and as I flew into Phoenix at 5pm on my way to LA I looked for you out of the window but could only see your dad. :)

Now go out and enjoy the rest of your off season these next 3 days and get back to it for 2013..

ADC said...

OFFSEASON, OFFSEASON, Bannofy pie, tiffin :))))

Molly said...

Congratulations to both you and your dad! It was great to cheer for you out there. Enjoy the off season!

mmmonyka said...

Enjoy your off season! You have earned it!

Super cool that you got to race with your dad! That only was worth going to race in Arizona.

Thomas Gerlach said...

Super jealous of you getting to race side-by-side your dad. I'm still waiting for the day when a family member will race with. Enjoy the privilege and the off-season.



Thomas Gerlach
Professional Triathlete

JC said...

Your attitude is AWESOME! Congrats on your race and YAHOOO off-season. Congrats to your Dad too. So fantastic you get to do this with him.

Alison said...

Saw you out there and cheered as you went by me! Congrats on your race and enjoy the off season!

Snakebite said...

An outstanding effort to end your season! Now, try not to feel restless after one week in your "off" season.

You should throw a HUGE New Year's party!

Jason said...

Great season and looking forward to reading more race reports from you next year.

Sit back and enjoy the time off.

Lastly, thank you for sharing your year. I have learned a lot from you and that cannot be repaid.