|2012 Ironman Florida streaming video|
Kimberly Mayben finished first in 13:13, then it was Marriner Smith's turn in 14:14, and then Tommy Smith in 14:47. What a great day for a race. The weather in PCB was partly cloudy with a low temperature in the mid-60’s and a high around 80-degrees. The results seem to indicate a good day for racing as many of the top age-groupers posted faster finish times than in 2011. I was especially interested in the male 50 to 54 age-group. My 2011 finish time of 10:49:25 placed me 321st overall and 13th in that age-group. That same time in 2012 would put me 301st overall and 20th in my age-group. Age-Group placement being more important as that's where the Kona slots come from.
|Kimberly crosses the finish line|
I was disgusted with myself, and furious with World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), owners of the Ironman brand. The whole process was messed up. All my training partners had gotten in except me. I did what anyone would do in a situation like mine. I fired off a message to the WTC on Facebook.
I’d already taken more time than I should have. I’d have to do something else. I called work and told them I was on my way. On the drive in I called my Ironman Florida 2011 buddy Chip. He said I could still register for Ironman Louisville or maybe I could get a foundation slot. An Ironman Foundation slot is basically just like a regular slot but it costs you twice as much.
I’d left the house with my computer logged into my Active account. Susan was going to keep trying. By now thirty minutes had passed and it was a lost cause. A flurry of sad text messages ensued, happy that they’d made the cut and sad that I hadn’t.
When I got to work I tried to register one more time. I saw that foundation slots were available. Thirteen hundred dollars ($1,300) to torture yourself, that’s a lot of money. Six hundred and fifty dollars ($650) is a lot of money too.
I selected register. Just then the phone rings. It’s my wife. She’s in and well into the registration process for me. I waited a minute as she continued not wanting to release my slot. I told her to just answer the questions with a red “*”. Two minutes later she completed the process and I was in. Once she received the confirmation I released my slot.
The subsequent texts and Facebook posts were positive. The crew was complete. I was in too! The next year is gonna be awesome and I have the best wife in the world!
I took some screen captures the following day to help me figure out what had occurred. The image below shows a bogus "Ironmsn Florida" page on Active.com. Note the "s" where an "a" should be. I'm pretty sure it was not the same event page holder on Active.com on Sunday.
|Bogus Active.com Ironman Florida registration page|
|Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation slot registration page|
|Trek Speed Concept Ironman entry|
|Trek Speed Concept Ironman entry details|
3400 slots - On-site Reg. slots - MMRF slots - Trek slots - Foundation slots = ?
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