2013 Ironman Coeur d’Alene

2013 Ironman Coeur d'Alene - DONE!

2013 Ironman Coeur d’Alene – DONE!

I’m burnt. I’m really burnt. At the race on Sunday I distinctly remember coming out of the transition tent and seeing volunteers with gobs of sunscreen on their hands ready to quickly apply some. I chose to run to my bike. That was a mistake. A really bad mistake.

Right now, my lower back is blistering due to the sunburn and I can’t put any pressure on it without fluid leaking all over…gross right? Luckily it hurts so much that I can’t feel any muscle pain from the race. That’s a positive, right?

Side note: I remember doing Mount Baker 5 years ago with Shawn. He was wearing a hat, neck cover, sunglasses, nose cover and kept applying sunscreen. Me? I had my trusty sunglasses that would protect me from everything. The result? A terrible sunburn to my face that kept me awake for 4 days and resulted in multiple people not recognizing me right away because my face was so swollen. You would think that I would learn from this lesson, but clearly I need reminders from time to time.

Shawn - setting a perfect example

Shawn – setting a perfect example

Me, oblivious to the effects of the sun

Me, oblivious to the effects of the sun

So, I have my reminder to apply sunscreen. This should stay top of mind for at least 5 years…

Traveling to Coeur d’Alene and chatting with friends before the race, everyone wanted to know my goal for the day. I told them that I was there to test out my nutrition, especially my doubled electrolyte intake plan. I told them that I was not going to cramp during the race and would take in enough water and electrolytes to prevent this from happening. I told them my swim was going to be slow. When they laughed I said, “no really, I’ve been in the water 6 times in 2 months, it’s going to be a train wreck, but I’m going to get it done!” I told them that I was going to bike hard and wanted a bike split faster than 5:15. I told them I wanted to run 3:20 or faster.

What happened? Well, I met my goal of a slow swim and missed my bike and run goals. Thankfully, I also had zero cramping because of the quantity of electrolytes I consumed. For anyone else that struggles with a high sodium sweat rate (mine is 1500mg per liter of sweat), this ended up being 14,920mg of sodium throughout the day. For Whistler, where I expect it to be quite a bit hotter, I plan on taking in at least 18,000mg. My favorite way to get in electrolytes is through H2Prohydrate.

Overall, I had a great weekend. The organizers did a stand up job, the volunteers had smiles and were very friendly, I had great company and the weather cooperated. Enough said.

Thank you to Will, Noah, Shane and Stephen for some great runs over the last few months, Richele and Rich for many great bike rides and Coach Bjoern.

Next stop, Ironman Canada!

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9 Responses to 2013 Ironman Coeur d’Alene

  1. Nice, I am only wearing that gear because I have been where you are before too many times. I had a burn from Lake Placid on my lower back that was visible for a year. Now get back in the pool! Have fun.

    • RWP says:

      Thanks Shawn, I’m hoping to make this experience my last. My plan for the next couple of months is 3 swims per week, which should get me back to a 1:12 swim. Thanks for reading!

  2. ken hamilton says:

    Mr. Watts, a fabulous day in CDA. and the ouch of the burn,,,,, well we will know better next time. Heal fast and back in the pool.

  3. azasada says:

    Great job Watts!

  4. richele says:

    Let’s try something different for Whistler….SWIMMING! 🙂 Nice work. I’ll send over a bottle of aloe for you!

  5. Dave says:

    RWP – I also did the race this year and am suffering a nasty burn like you. Frustrating because I had a good race and this is the only downer on the whole weekend. Unlike you, I had the sunscreen girls lube me up. They just missed a 2×6″ spot across my exposed shoulders and 5 hours in the aero bars results in a blistered burn. Doing neosporin and gauze now. Good luck at Whistler…..that’s ambitious having just done cda!

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