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2 m-100718610-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1281 000170-953439St. Croix as expected was brutal hot and humid. Beautiful too. Athletes got hit by Man of Wars during the swim and I had no idea the damage and pain they can inflict. I was not one of them but a few rooming near us and @ the dinner/awards were. Looked like acid was tossed on them. Some off to the emergency room and race over. Do not like hearing that. We had to swim to the island seen here for the start of the race. Different, cool and refreshing. My experience was great. Long open, out and back swim. I wish those that got hit could have only had the same.

    With no ages marked on our calves I could only guess as I spun out on the descents and false flats that a few were around mine. My rented bike had a 50/39 chainrings. Fine for climbing. Not so otherwise. For me anyway. But the race was what it was supposed to be: Challenging. That is was.

 

But Jodi just experienced in Ironman St. George this past weekend a much more challenging element: The freezing cold. Your body and organs react completely different than the opposite of heat (overheating is seriously dangerous as well). Body core drops below a certain level and it all (mainly coordination) goes in the wrong direction. Not to mention horrific uncomfortable. Head aches likeit is in a vise. Fingers, toes, most all extremities slow down to a  molasses like dexterity. Some more than others. Read any reports on the race and most suffered. I have over the years really acclimated to hot and humid races. Myself though and many others there is never acclimating to the cold. If your body core drops and you are at or near hypothermic..............it's no bueno. In any respect. Big difference between a nice cool temp. And freezing. Jodi will be sharing her experience soon right here so stay tuned!  And congrats to Jodi and all whom had to endure what may one of coldest conditions in a race to date. Sorry no pics yet but she will post some here soon10 m-100718610-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1281 001889-9534475 m-100718610-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1281 000557-9534427 m-100718610-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1281 001068-953444

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Just got in late last night from Ironman 70.3 St. Croix. Great trip. Exhausting travel. Exhausting race. Always surprises and always interesting experiences. I dug deep on the run and came out 2nd in division. Results and splits have me 5th off the bike. I knew there were at least a handful in front of me as our racks were division separated. Entering transition on my rented aluminum Giant Defy road bike there a handful of  very fast looking aero TT looking bikes already on my rack. My thoughts (other than damn that bike course was hard) were I ain't standing on no awards podium tonight. Nuh uh. Not a freakin chance. And all my doing. I chose not to travel with my personal bike (which by no means guarantees anything different) So I racked bike and ran. And ran.  And ran. And cramped. And  ran.  Into 2nd place by the finish. which I did not know until results were up. They did not body mark our ages on our calves and everyone I passed (and I got passed as well) pretty much looked fit and young(er). But obviously a few old salts as myself were in that mix.    This race is now one of my most treasured races ever. And I've got 30 years of racing in this sport.

 

It is now Jodi's weekend and she is headed for St. George 70.3 tomorrow for her race. It is also mothers day Sunday. After an absolute heroic performance on Jodi's part (her mother as well) as she dealt with her moms slow and life taking f'ing cancer, a few short  months after her passing, while sitting on the beach after Xterra World's this last October on Maui, Jodi shared with me she had brought her moms ashes along. She was not sure where to spread them. We had been seeing one particular Honu  while swimming near shore right out front of our room on a daily basis and it just felt so aloha. And right. Decision made.

I ran up and rented a surfboard, grabbed my 35mm and off Jodi paddled. It could not have been any more beautiful. She has tried to surf in the past and you best stay out of her way as the board seems to usually take control. Yet at this time she looked and paddled as though she grew up on one. When Jodi came to shore with tears in her eyes, it was not from just the spreading of her moms ashes, but that AND  seeing our friend the Honu (sea turtle) swimming along with her as she did so. Could not get any more special than that. We then seen the beautiful Loggerhead many x's after. Seemingly swimming right along with us at times.

Happy Mothers Day to our wonderful two moms. Missing them and loving them is something that just does not and most likely ever totally disappear. And similar to triathlon for myself: Been nearly 30 years.IMG 1081IMG 1074IMG 1082IMG 1067IMG 1071

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dl 0826Holy cow! what- the -heck I am heading to the famous "Beauty and the Beast" Ironman 70.3 on St Croix!  Opportunity arose out of nowhere and was hard to say no.  But dang I am still feeling the effort from the hot/humid half in Panama less than 2 months ago.  And this course and elements even more demanding? Uh oh.  It's 90 degrees out right now and I guess I should  go bust out a nice zippy 10 mile run. A    Suppose I should put in a few hard and hilly 50 milers on the bike as well. And almost forgot: A few long swims. Soon. Now. Oh well, business as usual I suppose.   Dave on Cover of Competitor

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They keep sending me pics I will have fun with them. These 3 of the finish I just got over the weekend. What I feel so cool is I peeked on YouTube for any race highlights and one of the first videos to choose from has these two Newton Running Team girls vid running down the last half mile together pretty much step for step. In the back you can see myself about  100 yards back in the video. I came up on them and then did not want to be like what most would do and pass them before the finish. My other concern was I did not want to hold back too much as one of my goals for the half Ironman was to shoot for sub 5 hours. Running behind them I knew it was (very) close to 5 hours yet still did not want to be an ego -monster -ass and pass them. Especially after coming up on them and observing their awesome strides, camoraderie and efforts. My watch was reading 4:59 and high change with the finish in sight. I almost felt like saying "pick it up girls"!!  but held back. Karma played it's role as my clock time was 4:58:30 on results. I forgot I started my personal watch a minute plus before my wave to make sure it was going and not read blank later due to missing start button while wading in the deep water. Jodi's wave went off a few minutes before theirs. Her finish was a mere 2 minutes after mine. Stellar. 5 hours flat. Pretty sure she would have run me down had she started behind me!
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Mucho caliente' on this run!!!  I came into the bike transition and said to myself  "WTF"??    There is not a another bike in yet on my rack. Which meant I was the 1st off the bike. I had already planned on changing the cycling skin suit I wore during the bike into a lighter and more pliable tri suit. Even though my new found adrenaline said: Run. Screw changing (would have been huge mistake) Just go!!  But I stuck with plan, threw the towel around waist, dropped skin suit, slid on tri suit. Keeping my peripheals open I noted in the approx 4 to 5 sloth like minutes during the non  Nordstrom-like apparrel change, nobody else arrived on my division rack. Cool I thought. And off I went. Then very soon I thought: ummm not so cool.......... still pretty freaking hot!27 m-100712536-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1252 020424-30115531 m-100712536-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1252 022263-30115928 m-100712536-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1252 020425-301156

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Okay these bike shots have story!!! The 56 mile ride took us in and out of town toward the boonies and back 3 loops. If you look at the middle pic you see the fella giving direction is all energetic. And I have 3 bottles filled with fluids. Then look at the pic above it which is probably the 3rd loop. He has his sleeves rolled up and his socks rolled down. And very non energetic. Me? Rear seat mounted water bottles done and gone. Aero drink level on bars very low. Safe to say we were both feeling the heat! Great ride. That is the downtown Panama skyline and where we stayed. Loved it. 19 m-100712536-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1252 012051-30114715 m-100712536-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1252 011363-30114314 m-100712536-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1252 009738-3011429 m-100712536-DIGITAL HIGHRES-1252 003349-301137