I completed the IRONMAN and my hip was great!
Just after completing the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead, or commonly referred to as a half IRONMAN, I began my training for the full 140.6 IRONMAN Arizona. The event is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26 mile swim.
Due to the distances, I ramped up my training to an average of 20 hours-a-week, starting in July, until two weeks before the Nov. 24 event in Tempe, Arizona.
Reviewing my training logs – for swimming I did approximately 50 miles, the majority of which was at the Battle Creek Y pool. My biking consisted of close to 1000 miles, utilizing a bike trainer for the bulk of this training, and I ran almost 500 miles. I concentrated heavily on running and averaged 30 miles-a-week with one week over 40 miles.
The reason I have listed the mileage is that my hip replacement, by Dr. Burkhart, endured every minute of every mile and I never lost a day of training to fatigue or soreness. I had zero issues with my hip joint.
On race day I was able to complete the swim in 1:41. Water temp was 61 degrees and the air temp was 48 degrees. This was the worst part of the race. Onto the bike, I was doing pretty well until mile 80 where I had to stop and change a flat rear tire. This cost me more than 30 minutes. (Several tires were being changed on the race course due to cactus needles.) I went on to complete the 112 miles in 7:16. The run was completed in 6:45.
My takeaway – I could have pushed myself during the course in the bike and run. Due to getting 17 hours for a finisher metal, I opted to enjoy the race and slow my pace down. I think it was the right decision and did complete the race in 16 hours and 4 minutes. Even with a new hip, I take precaution in trying to not overdo my pace and keep it slow and steady.
My future plans are to do two 70.3 IRONMAN races in 2020. I don’t have any full lRONMAN races in my near future due to the large amount of time it takes to dedicate to this event. I will say that I’m confident in my hip, going forward, and will continue to do these endurance events.
Again, thanks to Dr. Burkhardt and Bronson Orthopedic Specialists. They were top notch and I would recommend them for any orthopedic needs. Without them, I would not have been able to complete my goals!