At least 10 Nova Masters swimmers participated in the 2010 Ironman in St.
Slater Fletcher (10:02:24) 3rd in 25-29 age group. Qualified for Kona!!!!
Larry Davidson (11:20:44) – 5th in 50-54 Gary Clendenin (12:34:18) – 6th in 55-59 Matthew Wedin (12:36:23) Jeff Rhodes (14:17:04) – Broke his collar bone in a crash at mile 109!
Quinton Berry (14:17:04) – Walked the Marathon with injured Jeff Rhodes Scott Callender (14:17:04) – Walked the Marathon with injured Jeff Rhodes Monique Fletcher (14:26:00) Rene Rodarte (14:52:59) Christine Masterman (15:01:25)
Read the story about Jeff, Quinton and Scott:
Here’s what Christine Masterman had to say about her race:
I had an amazing time in Saint George. Jason and the girls, and parents came out to support and cheer me on all day. It was really cool! I felt like I had a great swim, they said the water was around 58 degrees, but I don’t believe it was. The day before when I was dropping off my bike it was really windy and cold and the water temp was 54 degrees. I have a hard time believing that it rose 4 degrees over that day since it was so cold! I think the Ironman people said it was around 58 degrees, for more of a psychological reason; they would have had many people freaking out if they said the water was colder.
During the swim I could feel the hypothermia setting in because my fingers were going numb and separating when I was trying to keep them close together. I tried to make fists to pump blood into them but it didn’t seem to work. I just kept telling myself to swim faster to get out of the cold water. I was so happy to see the swim finish!
My swim was 1 hour and 11 minutes! What I wasn’t prepared for was how I would feel once out of the water and not having feeling in my fingers and being so cold. My transition was over 18 minutes because I had a difficult time getting my bike cloths on. I had a volunteer help me, but I was shaking so hard and uncontrollably it just took time.
I was happy with my bike time. The course was really hilly and I knew I had to pace myself to do the run afterward, so I did my bike in 7 hours and 42 minutes. I was amazed to see other people’s times, they really crushed it!
But I still felt like I had a good bike time! As for the run, I started off good but then the steep down hill came and I started having IT band issues. My right knee started really hurting and I knew I had to stop running on it. So I powered walked the last 18 miles of the race. I looked at my time and knew if I kept between a 13 1/2 and 15 minute mile pace I would have plenty of time to finish.
My goal was to finish this Ironman in the 17 hours. I knew it was a difficult course and set no expectations. I had been out here before and knew the bike and run course were going to be hard so I was very excited to have finished in 15 hours and 1 minute. I would love to do another Ironman, but I think I’d like to do a flatter course next time!