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  • Livin' The Dream
    by Ed Merrifield
    Published - 05/18/12 - 10:49 PM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Erik Sorenson
    Erik Sorenson
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    (St. George, UT) - Erik Sorenson competed in the Ironman with a time of 14:13.34. "What an amazing and exhilarating experience this was. May 5, 2012 was my first Ironman. I have previously competed in 5k, 10k, ½ marathon, marathon, sprint triathlon and Olympic triathlon events... The Ironman is a true test of endurance, mental capacity and nutrition".

    Erik said "race day weather forecasts looked absolutely perfect. The high was supposed to be 82 degrees with 9 MPH winds predicted, very nice". "At 7AM, the cannon went off and all 2000 swimmers started to swim". He said "I was kicked, punched, knocked around and swam over during the start of the race. This was all welcome being that I knew what to expect and I had experienced this before". At one point ..."my goggles nearly came off from being knocked in the head but I adjusted them back on...” Erik said about a quarter of a mile into the race..." that I was passing the buoys at a super fast rate. I was cruising through the swim and felt amazing! A few seconds later, I felt what I thought were boat wake waves coming from behind me but soon noticed something wasn’t right." Erik learned later that conditions on the lake had gone from calm to "nearly 30-40 mile per hour winds in the matter of a couple of minutes". He said "since at first the wind was behind me, I didn’t notice it that much but soon the waves started to grow. As I made the first turn, a 90 degree turn, the wind was screaming and so were the waves. The white caps would rise and the wind would carry the water off the top of the wave and spray it. This effect made it feel like it was raining." He was amazed to find out "many of the swimmers were not swimming but were looking around in shock at the conditions they were in. Swimmers were scattered everywhere and looked disoriented". He had to swim in three to four foot waves at a "corrective angle because of the wind and strong current". Erik ended the swim "to loud cheers" and "I was excited to be out". "I noticed my swim time was 1:41, 30 minutes longer than it normally takes me to swim that far".

    After getting out of the water he "sprinted" to his bike..."and mounted at the bike entrance and was off. I immediately noticed the wind and soon turned directly into it. The wind was strong, making the bike super slow". He said his "strategy" was to ..."fuel the first part of the race. I felt good despite the strong headwind. I made it the first 20 miles to the first loop where we would climb 2400 feet on each of the two loops. I made it to the first aid station and kept fueling up. I had to down 400 calories per hour and did so through GU, Chomps, Perpetum, Bonk Breakers, Pre-race caps, Ironman Perform and sodium pills". Erik said winds of 30 to 40 MPH were against him ..."up the hill through Gunlock and up to Veyo...we turned up the wall and SR-18, the wind was at our back (over 50 MPH) making the downhill super fast". He said "on my second loop, I saw my family near Snow Canyon High School and stopped off to say hi. They were all wearing their Team Sorenson t-shirts, they were a great support". About mile 70 Erik said..."I felt some fatigue coming on. I immediately stopped at the aid station and fueled up with Ironman Perfom and popped a sodium pill. Within 5 minutes I felt great again. By about mile 90 I was ready to get off the bike. Normally I would do this ride in 6:30 and it took 7:40 that was a long time to be on the bike. The wind slowed everything way down. Once I got to the top of Veyo, I knew it was all downhill from there so I used my aero bars and cruised down SR-18 to save the legs for the run". By about mile 90 I was ready to get off the bike. Normally I would do this ride in 6:30 and it took 7:40 that was a long time to be on the bike. The wind slowed everything way down. Once I got to the top of Veyo, I knew it was all downhill from there so I used my aero bars and cruised down SR-18 to save the legs for the run."

    Support for Erik and others was evident along the way. He said "It was fun coming into town because it was a big party". "I fueled up the first 4 miles or so and started to feel great, in fact, I was worried that I felt too great so I slowed down and pace myself so I wouldn’t hit a wall. The course was downtown and consisted of 3 loops. Each street had sort of a theme and the volunteer support was amazing. Each area was so unique that I had a blast. A ton of runners…water, hoses, food, Ironman Perform was everywhere it seemed. I ate grapes, I took GU once each hour and the miles seemed to come off quickly". Nearing the end Erik said "the final loop went by very fast and the crowds were awesome. People were dancing, grilling, singing, and music was everywhere. I came down to 1 mile left and picked up the pace to around a 7-7:30 minute mile and soon I could see the finish line. I turned the corner and felt this amazing feeling of excitement, accomplishment and pure adrenalin. A true high. I ran through the finish line area and it was lined with people screaming! I saw my family and friends and gave them high 5’s. I was so excited as I ran across the finish line in 14:13 and I raised both hands in the air".

    For more on Erik's Ironman competition go to:

    http://socialsorenson.blogspot.com/

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