Race Commentary via my watch splits:
Swim: 41:11 - Felt great in the water, it wasn't too choppy in Biscayne Bay and the water was warmer than the air, esp with the rain and wind! The water felt crowded and I need to work in my sighthing, I definitely swam an ext a 100 meters, I was zig-zagging all over the place! T1: 4:39 - This was a disaster, the transition was in a courtyard with granite tile, which when wet and with bike shoes on was super slippery. I ran carrying my shoes and put them on before I went out at the exit. I forgot that I had to wear my number on the bike, so ran 2/3rd of the way out, then put my bike on the side and ran back for my number, then ran past my bike...basically everything not to do in transition I did in this one!Food: 1 squeeze pouch of sweet potato baby food (swimming makes me starving!) Bike: 3:24:25 - I felt good for the first 10 miles, cruising around 18-19mph througout the city. At mile 15 my right knee started hurting, and out on highway 27 the wind starting picking up. This bike was harder on my body than the Poconos bike for me, it was long and flat and borning with cars in the lane next to you the whole way. It was about 28 miles out then cross over and come back the other side, somehow there was only a stretch of about 3 miles with a tail wind, that was glorious while it lasted! If I keep doing long races I need a different bike with a better fit - I was able to get a water bottle at each aid station and a half banana at one, and got no flats or crashes!Food: 3 water bottles and 1 coconut water filled water bottle, 4 power gels, 1/2 banana T2: 3:14 - I felt terrible off the bike, and finished almost in tears, I stretched and took a little extra time to get myself together before I went out on the run.Food: 1 squeeze pouch of mango, orange, banana baby food
Finished! Whew, I was glad to be done, at the end I saw my Aunt (who we have been staying with in Florida) about 1/2m from the finish, rining the ironman cowbell and cheering for me! It was awesome to see a familiar face and helped me keep pushing through to the finish :)
Official Race Stats:Number of Finishers: 1,858 Number of Females: 369 Number of Males: 1,486 Average Time: 5:51:19
#1 Woman -Pro: Leanda Cave - 4:13:35
To read a recap of the Pros, check out the write up on ironmanlive here .
2887 Laura Pappas
Age Group: F30-34 Age Rank: 35/75 -- 47% Gener Rank: 165/367 -- 45% Swim Time: 41:13, swim rate 2:09, swim rank 957 T1 4:45 Bike Time: 3:24:22, bike pace 16.4mph, bike rank 1874 T2: 3:12 Run: First 3.5m - 26:59 Up to 6.8m - 27:59 Up to 10m - 29:24, Total Run 1:52:43 Overall Time: 6:06:15