OK. Here is THE PLAN.
I didn’t get into my nutrition before/after/etc – even though I think it is the most important part of your race – if you don’t get calories in, you bonk. Pretty simple. But I will say that my nutrition plan for this race starts 2 days before the race and ends when I cross the finish line.
At that point I am drinking beer and eating pizza.
I plan on hanging in back for a few minutes after the gun goes off (if I can stand it). The thing is, I am not a fast swimmer, I am not an aggressive swimmer. And losing 2 minutes is peanuts when you are doing a race of this distance.
I am going for the finish. That is my only real goal here, so as you track me and all the other bloggers out there are coming in and you are wondering where the heck Mandy is, just trust that I am out there somewhere plodding along.
Consider me the caboose of the blogger contingent. I am totally cool with that.
So with luck, hanging back will get all the good aggressive swimmers ahead of me and I won’t get killed in the mosh pit that Mirror Lake becomes during Ironman.
Once I start swimming, basically, my plan is to keep on swimming until I am done. I do not plan on getting near that buoy line, becaue that is where everyone else is going to go. I also don’t think sighting is going to be an issue either. With all those people in the water in that teeny tiny lake (in Maine, it would be a pond), it is kind of hard to go too much off course from what I understand from talking to different folks.
Time estimate for swim: 1 hour 40 minutes (I told you I was slow)
The run from the water to transition is about 16 miles.
OK, maybe not that far, but it is pretty far. I am giving myself 10 minutes for transition. Hope I don’t need that, but at the same time I am going to take the time I need to get myself ready for the bike.
I like what Jon said about the IMLP bike course. The hills are hidden – there is not a lot of steep climbs, but you gain a lot of elevation over the 112 miles. My plan is to not be a bonehead, take it easy coming out of town, using my easiest gear, ride the first loop smart, and staying on top of my nutrition, and staying focused.
Repeat above for second loop.
I did the entire course once in training, and it took me 7h30m. There was a pretty stiff headwind on the second loop on the Willmington Notch climb (love headwinds that start on climbs around mile 95). If it was there on the first loop, I think my time would have been 8hrs, if it wasn’t there it is safe to say that I would have been closer to 7hrs.
Whatever, I am just planning on eating every 45 minutes on the bike, keeping the fluids going, and keeping my head together.
Time estimate: 7 hours 30 minutes
I don’t know, 5 minutes? This one should be quicker than the T1 time, but I could forget how to tie my shoes at this point as well so who knows?
This is a wildcard for me.
I know this distance, having run 5 stand alone marathons.
I have felt great after 26.2, and I have felt like dying after 26.2.
I know how it can break you down and expose your soul.
I know you can feel like Wonder Woman one mile and like a waddling Roseanne Barr the next. How you go from wanting to run forever to wanting to crawl into a hole. The mental ebs and flows of running this distance are known to me.
I guess that doesn’t mean much, because what I don’t know is what it is like after swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112 miles.
So it will be interesting to find out.
Run Time estimate: 5 hours + –
Total Finish Time Estimate: 15 hours +- (or anything under 16:59:59)
It is pretty easy really. Go to http://ironmanlive.com and enter in either bib #312 or my name, Mandy Farrar. You could probably also search by city, state and find me, as I am fairly confident that I am the only one from Caratunk, ME racing Ironman Lake Placid.