Sep 14

Ironman Wisconsin: Prerace

Saturday was my day to lay low and relax before the big day. There was a couple of things that needed to be done, but relaxation was the key.  I started off the morning by packing up my gear bags as they need to be dropped off at transition along with my bike.

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Promptly at 10AM, we headed over to transition.  As we left the hotel we were bombarded by the Madison Farmers Market. Holy cow! It was the largest farmers market we had ever seen. It circled the entire Capitol and went down some of the side streets as well.  Maneuvering my bike around it all was crazy. We eventually got through it and I dropped my bike off.

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I quickly found my spot on the rack and got my bike situated.  It let some air out of my tires to keep them from popping in the hot sun and made sure that I was shifted into an easy gear.  This is the first race where I had to pre-rack my bike the day beforehand and it was kind of weird to just leave it there.  I saw lots of other Cervelo bikes out there; mainly P2s, but some P3s and even P4s as well.  I was definitely the odd man out with the lack of deep dish wheels or a disc wheel though.  I’m really liking what I am reading about the upcoming wheelsets from FloCycling, but that is a topic for another time.

After the bike drop off, I headed inside to drop off my transition bags.  Ironman Wisconsin is unique in that the transition rooms are indoors.  The gear bags go in one room and you get changed in another, so during the race you pick up your bag in one room and then move on to the next.

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After that, I headed to drop off my special needs bags only to find out that they weren’t supposed to be dropped off until race morning. Rookie mistake!  Oh well.  Back to the hotel we went – special needs bags in hand.  On the way back we stopped at Subway to grab lunch.  I quickly settled into the hotel room with some college football to watch.  After lunch, I got a text from Alexa when she was dropping off her bike so I headed back out to meet her again.  Jennie came with me because she wanted to check out the farmers market.  On the way out, I bumped into Skip, a guy I rode with during WIBA.  We caught up for a bit before I found Alexa. 

After chatting with Alexa, I headed off to find Jennie in the massive farmers market.

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When I found her, she had already bought a bouquet of flowers.  I am surprised that the flowers are all she ended up with given the fact that she had to pass by stands full of pastries

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and freshly baked bread.

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It all ended up being a bit overwhelming so we retired back to the hotel room again.

I actually took a bit of nap while watching football which surprised me that I was able relax.  The atmosphere of the whole city was so intense that it was hard to calm down at times.

Before we knew it, it was time for dinner.  We had a 4:15 dinner reservation at Francesca al Lago based on the recommendation from multiple people. 4:15 was awfully early for dinner, but considering that we would be up less than 12 hours later, it was safer to eat early than late.  Jennie and I each ended up ordering the lasagna and it was delicious.  Overall it was a great restaurant and we’d both recommend it.  Jennie, however, is a bit biased because within 5 minutes of sitting down, they gave us a basket of fresh baked bread.  And then, after the first basket was gone, they replaced it with a second one that was even fresher.  Needless to say, she was very happy.

After dinner, we headed back to the hotel for the final time.  It was nearing time for the kickoff of the ND/Michigan game.  Jennie and I quickly suited up in your best ND cheering gear.

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As the game, let’s not talk about that. haha. I turned off the TV and went to bed after the 3rd quarter with ND up 24-7 and the Michigan offense playing like crap.  At midnight, I woke up and checked my phone to find that they blew it and lost in the final seconds 34-31. I was shocked to say the least.  Thankfully, I fell back asleep.  4:00AM would be here in no time.

Next up, Race Morning and The Swim!

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  1. Jeff Irvin

    Congrats Kevin on a great race!

    That is cruel and unusual punishment having all those delicious looking pastries outside your hotel. I would’ve gained like 5lbs before the race!

    I woke up on sunday morning and ESPN was rerunning the ND/MI game and I was hoping you failed to check the score before the race )-:
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  2. Lisa

    The flowers she picked up are nice, but no pastries? How could she walk by the pastries and not buy any?
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  3. Derek

    Good call letting the air out of your tires. It was pretty crazy sitting in T1 just before the Pro’s arrived some age groupers tire blew….just sitting there! IM mechanics were on the scene with a tube and pump and got it fixed within 5 minutes….then they had a team of roving volunteers checking everyones tires while everyone was swimming! pretty cool. One of the benefits of Ironman

    That farmers market!

  4. BDD

    Due to your race, I forced myself not let you know about the score, though if you saw 10-15 tweets or texts coming from me, you wouldnt have to check your email (on the same note, I already admitted that we should have lost that game) though I see you didnt let you deter you with the MSU video

    I am excited to read the rest of the report!!!

    Cheaper wheels, I been researching the crap out of this company


    you cant beat these prices, I do not know of anyone personally that has them though
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I’ve looked at the Planet-X wheelsets as well. Great price, but I am hesitant to make the switch to tubulars. More out of ignorance than anything. The FloCycling wheelset is going to be clinchers with an $800 price point for the set – 60 in the front, 90 in the back – so they should be fairly comparable to Planet-X. I’m wondering how long (if ever) it will take for the big names (Zipp, SRAM, Hed) to start to lower their prices with more and more competition.

  5. Jon

    He didn’t use deep dish wheels and still went sub 6 on the bike. BAM!!!
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    1. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

      Jon – funny you pointed that out because after I saw the picture of his bike I thought immediately that he went sub-6 without deep dish….what a f’n stud.

      Great start but can you email me the rest as I can’t take it anymore. I refreshed my phone and computer more than you can imagine. I would guess my refresh RPM was round 8.
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      1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

        Hold your horses!!! haha

        I’m hoping to do do one a day so hopefully I can get The Swim out tomorrow morning. Maybe I’ll work on it tonight just for you 🙂

  6. Matt Oravec

    Loved this. Good stuff man.

    Shocked you guys didn’t buy half the racks of food from the farmers market 😉

    It wasn’t until race day that we understood the special needs stuff too.
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  7. Matt Smith

    Those flashy new red tires really put the finishing touch to the ensemble. Thanks for the tip on the Fly wheels. I’ll be keeping my eye on them as they just start up. I’m going to enjoy reading your race report as it comes in. What a great day for you!
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  8. Mandy

    It is funny, I wish I thought about it, but I did the EXACT same thing with bringing the SN bags the day before and had to walk them back. I totally forgot about that until you mentioned it.

    I remember from watching…The Journey? I can’t remember but that movie about the 3 triathletes doing IMOO that the transition was inside. I didn’t know that was unique until I went to IMLP. I guess they are all a little different.

    Part 2 please??? 🙂
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  9. elizabeth

    oooooo can’t wait to hear how the actual race went!!
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  10. Kristin @ Lazy Marathoner

    I had a hell of a time eating at 5:30! As you know I went to bag and bike drop later so I don’t think I ate lunch until 2:30. I managed to stuff it all down though 🙂
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