Ironman Debut in the Lone Star State: Part 1

Timothy O'Donnell Uncategorized

Wow. Why didn’t anyone tell me those last 6 miles hurt so much? I mean seriously, even Rinny didn’t mention it to me…maybe it is some kind of Ironman rookie hazing. Despite the unexpected pain at the end of my run I am very excited with my Ironman debut performance. With an 8:09:50 I finished 2nd this weekend at Ironman Texas and claimed the title of 2011 Ironman US Pro Champion. At the end of 2010 I made the decision to retire my Olympic aspirations and start chasing my dream to win in Kona. Many people close to me were surprised even shocked with this career shift. But my recent performances at ITU races like my podiums at US Pro Nationals showed me to be a legitimate contender for a spot on the US Olympic team. Still something inside me was saying it was time, time to put all my energy into one goal the Big Show in Kona. The Ironman World Championships is the pinnacle of our sport and demands the full attention of any athlete in order to succeed. I knew it was time to give it my full attention. The lead into Ironman Texas was much like …

Ironman Debut in the Lone Star State: Part 2

Timothy O'Donnell Uncategorized

My alarm was set for 4:30AM but I never heard the buzzer go off.  My excitement already had me up and ready to go.  I ventured over to the race start with Rinny and Cliff in the car and the Foo Fighters playing in my Yurbuds.  Having the support of Rinny and Cliff at the race was instrumental to my success, I can’t think of anyone else I would want in my corner!  My body felt good and my mind felt focused.  I entered the water ready to race. The gun went off and I immediately locked into race mode, all nerves left my head.  I was able to get good position and while super swimmer John Flanagan pulled away I lead the lead pack of 10.  I stayed in the front of the swim pack and exited the water in third.  The swim was the least of my worries for the day, with a slightly shorter swim than at ITU LC Worlds last year it was the only distance in the IM that I had actually raced! A new generation of “mesh” Wi-Fi routers can help you get faster-than-ever home Internet speeds without paying a bigger monthly bill. The …