Coeur d'Alene 2011

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Bouncing Barlist    pirate
27/06/2012 at 15:25

Massive thanks to everyone supporting me over the weekend, its always good to know people are following you.

Brief Report:

Coeur D'Alene is a fantastic race, really big Ironman event with all the trimmings including 'The Voice Of Ironman' Mike Reilly belting it out on the mike and geeing the crowd for yet another hail yea 'YOU ARE AN IRONMAN'.  The support on the course was superb, the Americans really know how to cheer you on.  I ran past so many BBQ's I lost count.

The race:

Well I guess I rolled up under trained as usual, though this time it was a combination of dropping an Iron on my foot, stuggling with various back and hampsting pulls which has pretty much curtailed my training over the last 3 months.

Swim wasnt expected to be much hastle, as usual I started in my favoured position, at the front on the turn side to take the shortest line.  Ive found this to be the best way of avoiding contact as youve always clear water you can head towards while letting the faster swimmers go straight on and leaving the slower ones to beat the $hit out of each other at the back. 

My swim was slow, 1.20ish but the conditions were extremely choppy for a lake, there was quite some swell and it was akin to a sea swim, I also lost time on account of having to stop after swallowing water when I miss timed my breathing and took a face full of wave.

Bike, hmmm, didnt expect it to be a difficult course but as usual id done no research, turned out to be a lot harder than I expected with 3 massive hills each of the 2 loops, massive being akin the the big climbs at Lanza / each being 3 time Box Hill.  It was also quite windy.

Run, just plodded round really, given my prep I was just after a finish. 

If im honest I was well under trained which probably accounted for the slower bike time as well as the course/wind.

Anyone considering a US Ironman I would seriously recommend Coeur D'Alene, its a fantastic location and a beautiful part of America, the locals were brilliant and so friendly.  Coeur D'Alene Resort (Race HQ) is the best place to stay.

PS, I never did see Yogi Bear but I saw a Grey Wolf, lots of Bison and some Antler'd thingies at Yellowstone.  Oh and lots of bubbling mud, steaming sulphur and other cool stuff.  Yellowstone is top tastic

Orca    pirate
27/06/2012 at 15:38

Great report Barley and the very best of luck on Sunday. I just wish I was going ot be there

cougie    pirate
27/06/2012 at 15:42

Sounds fantastic. Great result there Carl - see ya at the weekend. You nutter.

M...eldy    pirate
27/06/2012 at 18:09


Hope    pirate
27/06/2012 at 18:13


Oh no wait.. wrong cartoon!

Well done Coach!

27/06/2012 at 18:17

Do you two know nuffink? 

Or is it only me that's smarter than the average bear, Boo Boo 

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