The bike course is a very beautiful, but quite technical, course. In hindsight, I still need a lot more practice on hills and technical things (not just riding outside… but specific work). Other than that, I cannot really explain what went wrong on the bike. I felt good. My watts were good. The weather was good. My times were slow. It didn’t, and still doesn’t, make sense. Not just a few minutes off, but 25–30 minutes off. Based off predictions, calculations, and even comparing numbers to others on the same course the same day. It’s as if my brake was stuck in the brake position as I rode (although I could have sworn I did check my bakes in the morning!). My coach and I are still trying to figure it out, so I have no meaningful educated guess at this time.I do know I did not get enough calories or water on the bike. I was so afraid of what happened in Texas, that I went to the other extreme and under-consumed. Though I think this only affected me after mile 80 on the bike, when the water I just picked up launched on some railroad track and set my nutrition and hydration off for the remainder of the bike, it greatly impacted my run. The crowds on the hills there are AWESOME!!! At times it felt like the Tour de France, riding up a hill lined thick with people on each side all screaming as you ride by at 8 mph. My run was ugly. Without that food and drink at the end of the bike, I started out bad, and things just got worse. However, again, the people on the course are just awesome. I am so sad that this race is not on the pro circuit next year. Thanks to Kyle’s Bikes and Discount Tri Supply for setting me up with all the gear one needs for such an adventure, to Zoom Performance, to Krueger Chiropractic, and of course to Chris and my parents.
Full results from Ironman Wisconsin can be found on Ironman.com. Photo credits: Tami removing wetsuit by Tim Runyan, all others by Brayden Girdler.