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"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
Kitsap TriBabes
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How does an Ironman get their morning coffee? They SWIM for it!
Dane checks out the bike course

9:19 - Good Morning!!! Did you hear me squeal? It is 6:00 a.m. and Mike Reilly just said to the 10,000 person crowd "Welcome Ironman our youngest competitor is 19 year old Dane Ballou!" If I suddenly stop texting it just means I have lost battery. So, please check the Kitsap Tri Babes Facebook page!

9:40 - Chrissie Wellington just lit the canon for the pro male start ... Drums in background ... Pro female canon just went off ... Age groupers getting in water ... Dane doing well!
9:46 Mahalo Pink Ohana ... Thank you pink family for getting Dane to this amazing beginning!
10:03 - And they are off ... The canon was a little behind Mike Reilly's (MR) "gogogogogo" rally ... A little confusion ... My guess is that Dane will worry on that all swim!
11:34 - He has finished the first 10 mile out and back and is headed out to the Queen K Hwy for his 51 mile trip to the Hawi turn around ... He is very focused! Can't Tell how he is feeling.
11:23 - 3 minute transition
11:23 - Looking good headed out on the bike!
11:07 - 1:04:55 swim youngest female beat him by 3
10:27 - Team DANEger doing their job! Andy Potts first male out of water in 49 ish
Split times:
Swim - 2.4 mi - 1:04:47
Bike:
5.3mi - 5.3mi - 15:02 - 21.15mph
6.4mi - 1.1mi - 5:11 - 12.73mph
30mi - 23.6mi - 58:21 - 24.27mph
45.2mi - 15.2mi - 42:20 - 21.54mph
60.5mi - 15.3mi - 51:09 - 17.95mph
75.3mi - 14.8mi - 40:51 - 21.74mph
90mi - 14.7mi - 43:37 - 20.22mph
112mi - 22 mi 1:18:26 - 16.83 mi/h
20.03mph over 112 miles
Run:
3.1mi - 3.1mi - 1:00:01 - 19:21/mi
5.2mi - 2.1mi - 23:39 - 11:32/mi
7.3mi - 2.2mi - 25:12 - 11:43/mi
10.3mi - 3mi - 49.27 - 16:28/mi
13.1mi - 2.8mi - 1:12:28 - 25.52/mi
16.4mi - 3.3mi - 1:16:21 - 23:08/mi
17.7mi - 1.3mi - 34:31 - 26.33/mi
19mi - 1.3mi - 37:17 - 28:40/mi
22.3mi - 3.3mi - 1:06:50 - 20:59/mi
25mi - 2.7mi - 56:40 - 20:59/mi
26.2mi - 1.2mi - 17:56 - 14:56/mi

Swim: 1:04:47
Bike: 5:34:57
Run: 8:40:22
Total: 15:23:58
2:22 - Just saw him at Hawi turnaround ... that is his back wheel on the right side of the picture ;) Thank goodness he didn't fall - it was a super tight corner! Made it to turnaround 4 hours into race time; 61 miles down on the bike!!! Good News: he is meeting his bike goals! Bad news: he got a one minute bike penalty for what we don't know. It is still to be assessed in T2 ...
4:46 - Just finished bike!!!!