Rainmaker…you are an Ironman

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More details later, but without a doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.

The deets:

Swim: 1:06:43
T1: 2:53
Bike: 5:29:12
*Note: One less happy 6-y.o. who T-boned on his bike against my bike at mile 110 of the bike.  I won (minus the wounds).
T2: 1:46
Run: 4:08:45

Total: 10:49:19, Overall Position: 249, AG Position: 15

And with that…time to go to a buffet to eat!

Thanks again everyone for all the comments, e-mails and thoughts – I really appreciate it!  I really truly do.


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  1. WOO HOO! You truly did make that course your bitch! Can’t wait to read the full report. After you rest. And party! Congratulations!

  2. Anonymous


  3. holy shit. 10:49?? you’re an animal!!!! no wait, YOU’RE AN IRONMAN!!!

    congrats, man, so proud of you. can’t believe you’re already signed up for the next one!!!

  4. SLB

    Absolutly freekin’ awesome, I am so stoked for you…can’t wait for the report!

  5. Nice job! I can only hope to do as well..

  6. Congratulations Ray! Nice job all around. Looks like all your transition practicing worked out pretty well too.

  7. holler!!!! congratulations Ray!!! you kicked its butt!! I am super impressed.

    now please eat a lot and relax :)

  8. All the long Tuesday runs and longer Sunday rides paid off! 15th in AG, what a powerful effort! Congratulations!!

  9. Great job Ray!

    When you get rested send me your email address and I’ll send you a quicktime video of you finishing from Ironman live, if you don’t have it already.


  10. You are unbelievable – I am in awe!

    Congratulations IRONMAN! All that training really paid off for you.

  11. JEK

    I cannot wait to hear all about the race details but in addition to rocking the course…your transitions! HOLY SMOKES you are quick!

  12. Congratulations I knew you will broke 11 hours

  13. joshb

    Congrats! Crazy good time as well.

  14. Bob

    Way to go…looking forward to hearing all about it! Congrats!


  15. Rockstar!

    Recover well.

  16. What an outstanding time!!! Sub 11 and with an accident in the mix.


    Holy Moley – and CONGRATULATIONS!

  17. CONGRATS!!! Super first ironman race.

  18. Congratulations!

    How did you get atacked by a first grader on an IM course?

    Sooooo, about the tattoo …..

  19. Congrats!!! And 15th in your age group? WOW!

  20. You did it! You beat it up and stole its lunch money! and a 6-year-old’s bike in the process!

    I dunno, from where I sat, you made it look pretty damn easy.


  21. Ray, I am so so so so so proud of you. I couldn’t wait to get back home and check your blog to see how it went. Now I’m smiling ear to ear. :)

    You really did a freaking awesome job of kicking serious ass out there. You have so much to be proud of.

    Enjoy the rest and HIGH FIVE MY FRIEND!

  22. Absolutely awesome, Ray! Incredible effort.

    Can’t wait to read the report.

  23. You did fantastic! Great effort, great time!

  24. CONGRATS!! Looking forward to your race report :) Eat up!

  25. Very solid time, dude. You’ve got Kona in your future, I predict.

    Eat up, get your rest, and be proud of your accomplishment!

  26. So…did you hang around to see if you got a roll-down slot to Kona???

    You are going to give those guys who have been doing IM for a while a complex. Here you come shashaying onto the scene and you nearly stole the show. The squirrels need to be afraid my friend, very afraid. If the 6 y.o. was not safe around you, the squirrels haven’t got a prayer.

    Can’t wait to hear all about it. Congratulations!!!

  27. Wow – what an amazing finish time. I was off the grid until last evening and looked forward to seeing your finish time. I look forward even more to reading your report.

    Take care.

  28. checked you on line… i seem to think you were gonna go in the 11’s…but to rip off a sub 11 as you lose your ironman virginity….wow wow wow….

    you rock ray……

    congrats!! look forward to the report!!!

  29. Congratulations! What an awesome finishing time! I can’t wait to read all about the adventure.

  30. Can’t wait to hear the race report!!Congratulations! You are an Ironman!

  31. Nice time! Congrats on the race and the long journey. And glad you overcame the wreck.

  32. LOVE the new header on your blog! That is a great picture. Is that from IM Canada? Who took it?

    Can’t wait for the race report…

  33. Oh yeah… a HUGE CONGRATS IRONMAN!!!!

  34. Ray,

    Smokin’ for your first time!!! It looks like Ironman is your event!

    I was watching for my wife to come in online and saw you cross the line.


  35. Stumbled across your blog and wanted to wish you congrats – an awesome time!

    Ironman Canada 2006/2007

  36. Liz


    (Everyone else pretty much said everything I could say so I’ll just stick with yay.)

  37. Great work out there Ray – good seeing you on the bike and great work putting together such a solid day on your first outing!

  38. Hey Ray –

    That was me who yelled your full name at the start of the run – we were up at IMC cheering on some friends who were racing. Glad to see you had an amazing race – despite some nutrition issues. IM is no small feat – congrats!

  39. Hey Brother … Really enjoyed reading your blog posts (stumbled upon them at random really ) … Funny, honest and right on the money! I debuted at IMC this year too! Congratulations! I’m sure I’ll see you out there … Samo