Extremely favorable weather conditions propelled James to an unbelievable finish today. His elapsed time was the second fastest of the 505050, and his moving time was as close to his elapsed time. as I’ve seen yet. He was on fire today. Check out the max bike temperature compared to some of the other days. A good tailwind, and great group to ride with him in Maryland resulted in some extra sleep for James tonight!
His recent string of strong finishes in under 14:45 (all but one since day 19) is in part due to the groove James has found in his run. His efficiency, his movement, his walk run strategy have really come together. The last 3 marathons have all been under 6 hours elapsed time. To put that in perspective, his marathon time in Day 1 was only 7 minutes faster. The first chart below, showing daily elapsed run time, says it all. Note the trend since Day 16. He’s saving 1-2 total hours in time each day from this decrease in marathon time.
As I mentioned yesterday, I sent James’ latest bloodwork into Dr. John Post. John is a legend in the endurance sports world as an athlete and medical expert. He has agreed to consult with James when necessary. It’s a huge win for Team Iron Cowboy. John and I worked together when I was at TrainingBible Coaching, and he helped me co-author Triathlon Science. I would list John’s credentials here but if I did your screen would explode, so instead check out his website. John is known as a respected on-line contributor, giving straight answers at places like Slowtwitch.com. John was actually a little surprised that the drug testing was done as well. That said, he thought it lent an air of seriousness to the effort. He echoed the previous doc’s interpretation noting a few values slightly out of the norm but nothing worrisome. Good news for James! John also does not think that any further blood work is necessary unless a symptom arises that warrants it.
Day 27 Swim
Day 27 Bike
Day 27 Run
Day 28 – Delaware
Day 28 Splits
Sunny asked me to comment more on James’ recent blood test. I’m really not qualified. Short of posting the actual results here, Dr. Rob Chen, who drew the latest sample, had this to say:
As you can see, there are some minor findings of significance. The BUN is slightly elevated to suggest mild dehydration. The Albumin is also mildly low. He can probably benefit from increasing his protein intake. The Calcium level is a little low, but is a measure of “total calcium”. The more accurate measurement of biological calcium is tested under “ionized calcium”, which is usually very tightly controlled by the body. What this means is that you can have a total calcium level that’s a bit off but the true functioning level is fine. No real way to know for sure unless you specifically run the ionized calcium test. Usually not needed unless there’s a concern for parathyroid insufficiency. Bottom line, no major concerns here, except perhaps to hydrate better and up the protein intake to combat the level of breakdown from his exertions.
This echos Dr. Post’s assessment as well.
I find it incredible that after 25 straight days (the day the blood was drawn) of an Ironman, that James has nothing of major significance. Of course, a CMP test can only indicate so much, but he’s doing something right. Diet, pacing, his training plan, recovery, increased sleep…it’s all come together for a string of outstanding days.
James reported to me earlier today that he would be able to get 7 hours of sleep tonight. Sweet dreams, James!
James lives with his wife, Sunny, and their five children in Utah. After breaking several Guinness World Records, James wondered if he had truly found his mental and physical limits. He knew there was more. Experience firsthand the remarkable journey of James Lawrence and his family.