FitOldDog’s 2016 Louisville Ironman Race Report: Success Or Failure?

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2016 Louisville Ironman: FitOldDog OK with his DNF.

FitOldDog, happy the day after his DNF at the 2016 Louisville Ironman race. How come? Read about it in my newsletter!

I must admit, I really enjoyed this visit to Louisville, DNF or no DNF. I especially appreciate camping, at these races.

2016 Louisville Ironman, FitOldDog camping along the way.

I do enjoy camping for these Ironman races. Great spot, all alone, on top of a wooded hillside. On the way to the race.

I was really surprised about the cutoff time being reduced from 17 to 16 hours. I was informed of this at the pre-race mandatory briefing, the day before the race. I guess I missed in the athlete guide!

This seems to discriminate, somewhat, against older athletes and some first-timers.

DNFs may need more help after they turn in their chip, than finishers. We just wander off into the dark, of DNF Limbo. This seems to be a risky policy.

My times weren’t too bad, apart from the run. At least I had a decent swim time – better than 2013. Was the Ohio river moving more swiftly for this race, I wonder?

2016 Louisville Ironman with FitOldDog

Funny, I don’t remember the course being so hilly. Guess I was younger and better conditioned, back in 2013.

I’m making plans for 2017, based on advice from my Ironman son, Nigel, as stated in my newsletter, as follows:

A kind lecture, from my son, Nigel,

“I’ve got to tell you the obvious, Dad!”

2016 Louisville Ironman

With my Ironman Triathlete son, Nigel, after he finished the Texas Ironman a while ago.

  1. When I see someone unable to run off of the bike, I know they are not sufficiently conditioned for the run. How many long runs DID you do, DAD!” OK, I concede. Not enough!

  2. “You need a coach!” OK, I’ll have to find an inexpensive one, if I can!

  3. “Choose a flat course! Why don’t you sign up for the North Carolina Ironman, which used to be Beach to Battleship? It’s a Kona qualifier. It’s in your neighborhood. And you can train on the course!”

Now I have my Ironman plan, for 2017!

Thanks, son!

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I also enjoyed my trip home!

2016 Louisville Ironman, sunset on the way home.

 

Comments

  1. I’ll help
    U train for the long runs and you can help
    Me with the swim!! Congrats!

  2. Sue Hunter says:

    You’re still my hero Kevin! 🙂

    • Hi Sue, that’s nice of you, but I don’t feel like a hero. Just an old guy putting one foot in front of the other. I do like living, I must admit. Good to hear from you, and I hope Lisfranc is a thing of the past! Kind Regards, kev

      • Sue Hunter says:

        Hey! Other than a little arthritis starting to rear it’s ugly head, that foot is doing well! Love seeing your posts!

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