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Ironman Coeur d’Alene – race report

June 25th, 2008

What a seemingly epic journey it’s been, just getting to the start line has been a victory in itself – healthy, happy, excited to race at the starting line. I came into the 2008 season holding onto recent memories of some disheartening performances in 2007. Heading into this race, I was needing some forward momentum,… something to boost my confidence and give me reason to believe that I can do well at this sport.

Ironman Coeur Body Marking

In January this year, I took a step back to evaluate why my right foot was going completely numb in races. And was the reason why my right foot was injured at IMC last year any part of this?

To make a long story short, I felt like I needed to address this issue. I ended up consulting with an Ironman/sport focused Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in Calgary, Dr. Jason Ahlan of Paradigm Health (www.paradigmhealth.ca) . Since February, I’ve been using his (and amazing nurse Shawn) services on a regular basis. With his analysis, there has been so many issues health-wise that have been missing pieces to my overall health, ultimately affecting my maximum physical and mental potential.

For those interested, more specifically, Dr. Ahlan has been giving me prolotherapy directed towards my lumbar facet joints. This has been amazingly beneficial in reducing lumbar nerve root irritation. This has reduced a tonne of tension and tightness that was increasingly getting worse in my lower limbs. I’m so much better now after going through his treatment protocol. Thankfully, I raced last sunday for the first time without my right foot going numb. This is such good news for me, and the prospect of having healthy longevity in this sport.

Ironman Coeur d'Alene Swim Exit

I had a great swim. It was good to see that the swim base I worked on throughout the winter had paid off. I sat in with Michael Lovato, and Jim Vance, enjoying their draft. I started the bike in 5th place.

Ironman Coeur d'Alene Bike

I really enjoyed the first 1/2 of the bike. I was really keeping my efforts controlled,…I felt like I was taking the first half very conservatively. I found myself in 3rd place by the 95 km marker. Comparing myself with Viktor Zyemstev who I was biking with for the first loop, he pulled away on the uphills, but easily catching back up on the flats/downhills and windy sections.

With 40km to go, I could feel that my bike endurance fitness wasn’t there. I just didn’t have the energy to go. Mike Neill then passed me like I was standing still. I was happy for him,…but I was concerned about my current energy status.

By the start of the run, I was on survival mode. Walking every aid station, grabbing hydration, I was in need of a serious boost of energy.

Ironman Coeur d'Alene Run

With 10km to go in the marathon, I finally got the boost of energy I needed. I picked up the pace, and finally was moving again. It was too little, too late — I was far off the pace set by Tom Evans who won,…but felt proud overall for gutting out an 8th place.

Ironman Coeur d'Alene Finish

Here’s a photo of Jonathan Caron and I after the race,…he’s a good friend in the sport, and I very much respect his opinion and objectivity.

Ironman Coeur d'Alene Scott and Jonnyo

I’m happy overall with my race. It wasn’t the race I was believing I could have, but it was a learning day. The momentum is shifting for the better, and hope that things continue to improve.

Ironman Coeur d'Alene Scott and Allison

Thanks Allison, my wife – for your amazing support.

Scott