Monday, May 24, 2010

Auburn World's Toughest 1/2 Ironman

As Meatloaf says - Two out of Three ain't bad.

New Orleans 70.3 and Gulf Coast were the two and...yeah...this is three :)

Auburn Worlds Toughest Half Ironman

This course is the real deal x 2...and then some.

VMS client #1, Paul Cantin and I did this last year and we decided to do it again this year.

It is REALLY strange to do a race two years in a row and have the EXACT same thoughts at the same times...REALLY!!!

I had a PR - personal record - yes - this was my overall SLOWEST 1/2 Ironman EVER!!!

I actually went 20 minutes slower than last year which was 5:35ish - I finished in 5:54 and change.

56 miles of riding - 5800' of climbing and a blisteringly fast pace of 15.96 MPH - OUCH!!! I had to stop and pee and had a flat so I guess that accounts for 2-3 minutes but I split 3:31 on the bike :(

Auburn Worlds Toughest Half Ironman

This is from the plane at 30,000' and you can still see the hills.


1st thought - I should be on a tri bike - not sure why I choose to make this mistake again - not smart.

2nd - there is no way to train for this in Florida - this is NOT for us - this is serious hill climbing.

3rd - Man is it pretty here - the course is SPECTACULAR!!!

Auburn Worlds Toughest Half Ironman

The night before the race it rained and the sky offered up a fantastic rainbow.

Drew and Bone were able to come along on the trip just like last year and they were cheering on Paul and is always nice to have friends and family at races...

Auburn Worlds Toughest Half Ironman

In the end, as always, I am happy to have finished.

I start my 2 week mid-season break today...actually I started last night :)

Auburn Worlds Toughest Half Ironman

If you want more "race report" - check out the video below...

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