Well, I finished my first ironman! I'm happy I finished! I confess to being a little conflicted about coming in WAY off my time, 16:15 -- a whole 2 hours more than I predicted. I guess my engine just wasn't that powerful. Now I know :)
the goal on anyone's first IM should be to finish.
right now you should be ecstatic about completing and conquering the tough IM St. George course, regardless of time... there were a lot of people that didn't make the bike cut-off, not sure how many didn't finish the run.
you're one IM up on me!
good job! be proud of your hard work!
if you do another, you've now got a firm goal to surpass... :)
Congrats on finishing your first IM not to mention a challenging one! And no matter if it's your first or 10th IM, there's no shame in having a goal to just finish:)
CONGRATULATIONS! You are now an Ironman, regardless of your finish time :)
Would be interested in hearing more detail on the race and the course - Heard that there was over 14% DNF's.
And as this was your first - it is a PR!
A few thoughts:
1. Congratulations! Finishing an IM is one of those things that tends to stick with a person. They are all tough, and St. George appears to be tough even by IM standards. Right now, you probably just feel drained. But wait a while and you'll start to really enjoy your accomplishment.
2. You still did better than the few that DNF'd and the many, many people that don't even attempt an event like this.
3. Think of it this way, you've left yourself plenty of room to PR your next one. ;)
So now what? One and done, or was that the start of an addiction?
Be happy you finished. I heard from tons of people that it was all about finishing, and goal times went out the window once they started to attack that course. Freezing water temps, big climbs, both on the run and bike course. You always go into Ironman races with a list of goals, and the first one is just to finish. In a race that long so much can happen. Congrats, no one can take the fact you are an official Ironman.
Congrats. This was my first IM too. Not only did I finish but I beat my goal by 20 minutes.
Tough but scenic course. I have heard it said from some seasoned veterans that it is the toughest in the US. The run was probably the killer for most.
At the award ceremony they said that 260ish people DNFed. 14% of the participants. They say that makes it the second highest DNF rate ever. I think it is Lake Placid that holds the record at 20%.
Thanks for the encouragement.
More on the course for those who are interested.
1) It was BEAUTIFUL!
2) The water was cold, 59 degrees but I had a good wet suit, no booties, no fancy cap, I was fine. For the bike, I put on a LS jersey and a wind jacket to stay warm.
3) the bike was three parts: 22 miles of rolling hills, then two 45 mile loops. Again, beautiful scenery, but there was some wind and one really steep, knee aching hill. Too bad the @ 9 mile downhill had headwind, but down is down. The last few miles of the bike did a silly through town run with one more small hill.
4) the run-- lots of rolling hills and some silly loops to add distance.
Overall a beautiful but challenging course.