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Joshua SAYS:
Good morning! Ironman Tahoe …
Good morning! Ironman Tahoe is complete. Together we raised $3,300 for 'Stand Up to Cancer' in a 15 weeks! I want to thank you for your support. Below is a race report on my journey in Tahoe; one that was far more difficult than I ever expected.
The weather was bad for the race. The winds were 35mph across the lake. By Saturday night, the temperatures fell to 27 and the snow began to fall.
By race morning, everything was bitter cold. The lake water was in the 50’s. The fog covered the lake, making it impossible to see all the buoys of the swim course. The lake was crystal clear, cold and surprisingly fast. I set a personal record on my swim with a total time of 1:38 minutes.
The bike course started well, a mostly flat to downhill, covering the first 30 miles at 19 mph. Then the climbs started. A lot of climbing…over the next 7 hours I climbed 7,300 vertical feet with some 4 mile stretches averaging 3 mph. You would have to stop at the bottom and take off 3 layers of jackets because of the heat generated. At the top, you would have to layer back up because the 43mph descents were so cold. In total, I spend just over 8 hours muscling through the bike course.
What was going to be a flat fast run course was changed last minute to a “light” climbing course…in the amount of 1,198 feet of climbing!
Shortly after the run started, the sun began to set and the freezing temperatures quickly returned. By mile 10 it was dark and a string of flashlights and visor lights could be seen for miles winding down the valley into the dark abyss as temps fell into the 20's. No one was prepared for the temps. It was so dark you couldn’t see the hand in front of your face. The altitude, climbing and cold took its toll on my body and I was forced to walk. I knew it was going to be close and mustered a few miles of jogging to build a cushion. 6:13 minutes after I started the run; my hypothermic body made the finish. I crossed the finish line and was carried straight to medical.
Over the next hour I laid under a mountain of blankets with hot saline bags to bring my body temp back to normal. 16:24 minutes. I completed the toughest Ironman course in history.
I want to thank you for your support over the past 15 weeks. It was an epic day…the toughest physical-mental day of my life. It was your support that kept me going. It was your support that will make a difference in someone’s life that is struggling with cancer.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Josh – 2x Ironman
5 years ago
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Joshua SAYS:
Matt, Your donation means a …
Your donation means a lot to me. I really appreciate you supporting my cause to fight cancer. $100 is definitely worth a race day pic. ;) I am a man of my word.
6 years ago
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Matthew Jones
Matthew Jones
Des Plaines, IL United States
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