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Archive for April, 2007

Mechanical meltdown

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

First off,…I want to thank my family and friends who made the trek to Arizona to support me.  I am SOOOOOO lucky to have such great people helping me.  We had a great week in Arizona, and everything was perfect for race day!  

All in all, today’s Ironman experience will be chalked up as a character builder.  A ‘fatal’ problem happened at the beginning of the bike – the metal buckle that is used to tightened my shoe fractured.  This effectively made the strap useless, making it impossible for me to generate force by ‘pulling up’ in the pedal stroke.

Despite this, I decided to give the bike a go anyways.  I wanted to see if I could still pull off a decent bike time,…then test my legs on the marathon – I thought that there might be still hope to bring myself to good position.  Despite my best efforts, the simple truth (that I refused to believe at the time) was that my pedal stroke was not efficient nor effective.  Halfway through the marathon I decided to pull the plug,…I’ll rest up my legs, recover, and regroup for the next race.

Pre-race talk with Allison.

Prerace

The best support, cheerers I could ever hope for!

Curry in a Hurry

T1, when my troubles happened.

Broken cycling shoe

Allison with my coach Peter Reid.

Peter and Allison

Making the most of the situation.

No shoe strap

Somewhere between mile 0 and 13.

Running at IMAZ

Pete really helped me feel good about the day.  His experience and knowledge of similar things happening to other pros put things in perspective and kept things objective.

Can't win 'em all

I was so happy for my good friend Jonathan Caron.  It was his first time breaking 9hours!  He finished in a time of 8:50:56,…in 6th place.  Congrats Jonnie!

Scott and Johnny

Best!  Thanks everyone!

Scott

Ironman Arizona taper week training

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

This is a video Brent made with snippets of my training last week. The beginning includes swimming with buddy Jonathan Caron.

Scott

On deck.

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Today is the day before Ironman.  I got in a short swim, bike, run just to go through the motions, and make sure all equipment is in order.  I had a moment to talk to Peter, and introduce Allison – it was their first meeting.  Just when I thought I had learned enough of what I need to know,…he gave me a tip for the bike course.  Allison and I thought it was clever,…the man is full of gems. 

Ironman is like life,…there is no end when learning about it.

Everything is in order now,…it’s time to rest, and focus on a big task ahead.  Best everyone – thank you my friends for reading, and all the support via cheers, and well wishes!

Scott