I was in the porta-potty for quite sometime, maybe 8-10 minutes. And it gets better! When I was finally finished I went to stand up and both of my quads cramped because I was sitting so long. I was literally pulling myself up by the side rails in the crapper because my legs wouldn't work. I was afraid I was going to be stuck in there! At this point I was laughing because, well, it was damn funny.
I managed to get out of the shitter and hobble the 200 or so yards to the aide station. A medic rubbed some biofreeze on my quads and I was go to go again. I ran about two more miles and had to make another stop in a porta-potty and then another. Loop one = 3 porta-potty stops!
The second loop was bad because now I had this pain in my stomach. It felt like a knife was being rammed into my ribcage and I was afraid to trust a fart. The harder I ran the harder it was to breath and the more the pain in my stomach hurt.
I shuffled on until about mile 7 and decided to try some soda at the next aide station. I figured it may make me burp. I chugged two cups and kept moving forward. About a mile later I started to burp and the GI pain started to be not as bad!
Between mile 9 & 10 I was running at a decent pace now and let up a big burp. I tasted this burp and things were getting serious because one more was coming and it was going to be so much more than just a burp. At this point I jumped to the side of the course and headed right for a big bush where I proceeded to projectile vomit all over this bush. It was awesome! It had to look like a scene I remember from Family Guy:
And if you are reading this and were one of the horrified spectators who witnessed this massive display of vomiting I sincerely apologize.
Anyway, after the vomit incident I ran it home feeling like my normal self? If only that would have happened at mile one?
Distance - 13.1 miles
Time - 2:14:12
AG Rank - 103/307
Overall Rank - 683/2200
My Grade - D
Reason - This is a hard one to grade because I have no idea where these GI issues came from? My PR for a 13.1 run is 1hr 34min. I run 1:45's on my slow long run days. However, I feel like I spent as much time in the shitters and walking from the stomach cramps as I did running. Not good times here folks!
Overall I was pleased with the swim and extremely happy with the bike. I stuck to the plan on both and my results were perfect. My fitness levels for the bike and swim are exactly where they need to be 6 weeks out from Ironman. This is very encouraging!
I am concerned about the GI issues on the run because I have no idea what caused them. My breakfast and pre-race nutrition were no different than any other morning. My bike nutrition was spot on and in-line perfectly with what I have been doing in training. The only difference was Gatorade vs PowerBar? My diet was not great the three days leading up to the race but it wasn't awful either?
As I sit here I am thinking I possibly had to much liquid (aka - Gatorade) on the bike. Over the last couple of months it has actually been hotter in training than it was on the bike course. This leaves me to believe I may have had more to drink than what I needed and since my sweat rate probably wasn't as high that I might have taken in way too much? Who knows for sure but I am going to try replicate this over the next 6 weeks so I can figure it out. Maybe even dehydrate myself a couple of times to see what the minimal amount of liquid needed. I am actually glad this happened now as opposed to on Ironman day and if it was the Gatorade then I don't have to worry because it is not on course for IM.
Another positive that I can take away is that my legs feel like a million dollars today. Since I ran such a slow 13.1 miles my legs are not beat up at all. That means I can get in a nice ride on the trainer tonight!
Galveston 70.3 Final Results:
Distance - 70.3 miles
Time - 5:47:05
AG Rank - 103/307
Overall Rank - 683/2200
My Grade - B
Overall this was probably one of the best times I have ever had during the course of a race weekend. Good friends, good food, good times and a chance to race on a really good course. With all the problems I had on the run (with runs) my final time was actually pretty good.
It was awesome spending time with Jon and Kelly - they are so much fun. It is so cool when you meet another blogger you follow because it is like you have known each other for years and it was this way with Jon. We are all going to do a race again soon ( Rev3 Cedar Point , right Jon?). Make sure to check out Jon's blog , he set a PR at this race and I think this is only the tip of the iceberg in his potential in this sport.
Also hung out with Trakkers Teammate Mike Moore @TheIronBar . Before and after the race. Mike had a good race as well. He'll probably have a RR up soon so stop by and check it out!
Here is a final pic of Patrick and I post race standing by his truck in our VIP parking spot!!!
Thanks for Reading,