Ryan had to be all set up in transition by 6:30 am so while he was getting his bike/shoes etc set up, here are a few shots I snapped before the race started:
Here are just a few pictures of the swim to give you an idea of just how many people there are and just how insane they all must be!! Actually, this swim start is NOTHING like Ironman, Wisconsin. That is a sight I will never forget. I liken it to what I imagine the scene in the water near the Titanic would have looked like moments after the ship went under. That was truly an amazing sight to see!!
Here were a few of him coming in and out of transition from the swim to the bike. As you can tell, it's really hard to get a good picture of him where he is A. looking at you B. paying attention and C. making a reasonable face....jeez! You would think he was more concerned about something else!!
See, I told you it was hard to get a good picture. Or, maybe, that's what a "good picture" looks like after you run a half Ironman in 103 degree heat!!
I think, more than anything, this race was a real wake-up call for Ry as far as is training goes. Two years ago when he did Ironman he was WAY less busy with work. He had the hours to put in for the training. And, I think having never done one before, he was far more neurotic about getting his training in and making sure he was doing it by the book. Today when I asked him how he felt about this race he described it like this:
"It was soul crushing. I feel like that race chewed me up and spit me out". I asked him if he wanted to blog this post as I'm sure you all would find it more interesting from his point of view, but he said no. I asked if he had any words to say about the race and all he said was "It was F-ing HOT!!"
All in all, he is home safe and feeling tired, but overall not too bad!! 1.5 months to go before the real deal!! I have a feeling I will be seeing a lot less of Ryan over these next few weeks as he will be doing a LOT more training!
UPDATE: Here are his race times. I can't seem to get the formatting to work correctly on this so the last number in each row is his Division Rank and the second to last number is his overall rank throughout the race. We believe there were about 2,000 racers for this race.
|TOTAL SWIM||1.2 mi. (35:55)||1:53/100m||425||55|
|TOTAL BIKE||56 mi. (2:47:51)||20.02 mph||532||81|
|TOTAL RUN||13.1 mi. (2:32:14)||11:37/mile||837||106|