I took this photo prior to dropping off my transition bags at Ironman Wisconsin. I did this for a visual reference of what I packed, in case I started second guessing myself the night before the race. By the way for Ironman events - bikes and transition bags are droped of the day before the race. In your registration packet you will get 5 bags - Dry Gear Bag, T1 - Swim to Bike Bag, T2 - Bike to Run Bag, Bike Special Needs, and Run Special Needs.
On race morning you walk to the race with your Dry Gear Bag (like N in the photo, Labeled - Dry Gear). To the race I use the Dry Gear Bag to carry my wetsuit, goggles, and cap. I also bring my Garmin Forerunner 305 (Run) and Garmin Edge 305 (Bike) fully charged in the Dry Gear Bag. I wear warm, comfortable clothes with my Garmin Heart Rate Monitor on under my clothes.
Swim to Bike Gear Bag Contents:
A - Helmet with Race Number
B - Bike Shoes
C - Bike Socks
D - Bike Shorts
E - Bike Jersey
F - Head Sweats Winter Cap (for under Helmet if required)
G - Spare Contact Lenses (if lost during swim)
H - Bike Gloves (I only use them during full IM distance races)
I - Thin Under Armour Long Sleeve (precautionary)
J - Race Number and Belt (wore on back for bike on front for run)
I was having a great race until mile 14 in the marathon. I had been receiving treatment for a slightly torn left hamstring, the pain became unbearable at mile 14 - I was able to walk/hobble 12 miles to the finish (I was on pace to break an 11:30 at that point). Cardio and biomechanics were strong I started to negative split (run faster) miles 8-12 and was getting into my run zone, my second half mary was going to be faster than my first.
Hopefully, next year I will be healthy.
Swim = 2.4 miles - 1:03 (got the shit beat out of me, it was a battle (I got the wind knocked out of me at about 1.5 miles - floated for 2-3 minutes to regain my composure before continuing - a mass start of about 2400 athletes)
Bike = 102 miles - 6:02 (very hilly and technical course, 2 loops first loop was about 2:45 - I felt strong but backed down the second loop in prep for the mary - next year I will not slow down and should complete in 5:30 or less.
Run = 1st 13 miles strong with negative splits - last half was my down fall (my goal became just finishing).
After the race I spent about 45 minutes in the med tent (slight dehydration, down 7 lbs from start).
It was amazing - there were 3500 volunteers managing the race.
We checked into the Doubletree at about 2:00 PM local time. Unloaded race gear, including two bikes (Cervelo P2C and Specialized Roubaix Pro Custom Build).
After countless trips up and down the elevator with race gear (I brought everything, the weather has been very unpredictable at IMMOO the past couple years), we headed over to the Monona Terrace (Ford Ironman Wisconsin 2007 Race Central).
Monona Terrace is quite a site, the facility was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I got to see the swim course and the famous helix ramps (which must be negotiated between each transition). We walked around the facility and checked out what we could, the Ironman Production Team was in the process of setting up the event.
After visiting the Terrace we headed out to a local bike shop Williamson Bicycle Works , I needed my gears adjusted on the P2C (or "The Rocket" - as I like to call her). the head technician was awesome - he fit me into the line-up and made the adjustments on the spot - THANK YOU! I also need some knee warmers - the did not have my size (shipment is arriving Thursday), so i bought a set of Pearl Izumi leg warmers.
Late afternoon we went for a stroll down State Street (very cool place, loaded with University of Wisconsin students). After walking for about an hour we ate at Hawks (a Jazz themed bar and grill). I had a summer salad with spinach, grogonzola, walnuts, apples, oranges, and onions topped with a balsamic vinigarette - very good.
Finished the evening with a 41 minute run - 21 minutes at threshold intensity. Overall the run felt good (approximately 5 miles - 3 of the miles were at a 7:25 pace). Right hamstring and calf were a little tight. (Must get ART on Thursday morning).
Returned to the hotel showered, stretched and fell asleep at about 10:10 PM local time.