Ironman Texas: Tami's Race Report

Tami Ritchie ran in Ironman Texas.
by Pro Triathlete Tami Tami Ritchie ran in Ironman Texas.It is very hard for me to write this race report for Ironman Texas. It feels like the same story over and over. Why can’t everything just go right (or as right as things can go in a roughly 10-hour race) and I have a good race that I’m happy with? It’s easy to have a pity party and get frustrated. And I think I did, for about two days. But then I got my head on straight again, and used another subpar race result as more fuel to the fire. You know all those sayings... Fall down nine times, get up 10. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Kelly Williamson, the women’s winner, wrote a blog about her win and many of the struggles she had leading into Ironman Texas. I particularly like the quote she started with and hope that maybe someday I will have a similar story to the one she tells.
Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. – Jacob August Riis
Would I like it to one day end in an overall win? Oh, heck yes! But right now I’m focusing more on hoping all these struggles will one day lead to a great race (whatever place ‘great’ happens to be on that day) and I will not feel one ounce of disappointment and that I raced the very best I possibly could have, up to and beyond what the training has shown.

Ironman Texas

Tami did well on the bike at Ironman TexasThe swim was good. It was wetsuit legal and I got a really awesome wetsuit hickey. The bike was good. There's still plenty of room for improvement, but I am improving! I’m obviously not quite where I want to be on the bike, but the times are closer and I’m not coming off the bike out of the race any more. So, there are some good take-aways from the race! The bad take-away from the bike was that I closed my tongue in one of the sports drink bottles and it really hurt for days after.

Tami Ritchie had trouble with the run at Ironman TexasThe run was good for roughly the first half. My Garmin didn’t start working for over 6 miles, so I really had no idea what pace I was running, but at mile 13 I was able to see the time of day and work backwards to figure that I was at about 1:40–1:42 run time. I was set up for a run time right where we had been hoping and it would have led to an overall time right around where we were hoping. But then my GI system had it’s own agenda and I spent a good chunk of the middle of the run in and out of porta-potties and just waiting for my stomach to settle so I could put in some hydration or nutrition. It did get a little better, and the last seven or eight miles I was able to run again. Not quite as fast as the first miles, but close. I suppose you could look at that as a good thing, "hey you worked through it and continued, didn’t stop, blah blah," but right now I’m still too bitter to look at it that way. But, like I said more fuel to the fire for the next race!

Finish time: 10:05:55. Place: 19/21 in the women's pro field.

Focus Forward

It probably goes without saying that one of the main focuses going forward will be nutrition on the bike and run to avoid this. It could be minor tweaks, or we might just wipe the slate clean and start all over. One thing I want to be certain of, that my other goals continue to move forward as well. For example, say in a few months I could repeat Ironman Texas. Same course, same conditions, an exact replica. I of course would want to hit what my goal was on May 17th, but I don’t want to aim just for that because I have not done that yet. I know training wise I was capable of 9:45ish. I have yet to prove it, but I don’t want to hold me back from setting higher goals. Anyway, there you have it. Up next, Ironman 70.3 Kansas. As always, huge thanks to everyone involved in any way in my training and racing! Without such wonderful people, not only would I not be able to do this, but it would not be so enjoyable! Full results from Ironman Texas are available on
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Christian Baughman
8 years ago at 7:37 PM
Tami, you are seriously stoking that competitive fire! Your frustration with knowing you have a better performance in you is allowing you to train harder and push further - I think that's the definition of a competitor. I know I'm not the only one of your fellow triathletes who is completely inspired by your drive for success! Kick some butt in Kansas next month!!!
8 years ago at 9:08 AM
Sweet Race Tami!! Inspiring others to continue to reach their goals as well!!! Thanks for the tip in the pool 3 weeks before IM Texas!!
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