My Ironman journey began 13 years ago when I was a Team in Training run/walker in 1998. I remember thinking to myself, "I would love to do that race some day." The day finally arrived on July 24, 2011.
The Swim-2.4 mile
I know people have written about how awesome Lake Mirror is, but seriously it is the best place I've ever swam in open water. You might be wondering, "were you in the blender mix of people during the swim?" Uh....Cough.....HELL NO! I was worried about having a panic attack during the swim portion, all the touching, pulling, tugging, etc. I stayed in the back and when the gun went off I waited a couple of minutes to watch the fray leave and let the crowd of swimmers go ahead. I remember some older gentlemen say to me, "stay with us-you'll have a great swim if you just wait." Thanks guys, I did!
When I stayed out of the fray and swam wide away from the buoys I was able to get a nice stride and was barely touched. I remember at one point finding a guy that had the same stride as mine and stayed right behind him. If I felt his kicking bubbles right in front of my face and my finger tips barely at the back of this feet I knew I was on the right path and kept my face down. The first loop was a little tricky to navigate and I didn't entirely feel comfortable but I felt so much better and swam faster on the second loop and was even able to hug the buoy line so I could keep my face down the entire time.
When training for Ironman my bike suffered the most. Unfortunately I missed several key rides and I didn't have the miles on my legs like I should have. So going into the hills of Lake Placid I was intimidated. My coach wanted me to go slow...slow...slow and if I felt good, to slow down even more. This was to save me for the run and NOT make it a miserable experience. When I was training, a group of us went to Mountains of Misery . The course is insanity and I only did 62 miles of this ride but it totally taught me a valuable lesson about climbing and helped me mentally when tackling the logistics of Lake Placid.
The bike course is two loops and when going into it I was prepared to go slow and suffer a little. Other than normal aches and pains, I felt the first loop went well and wanted to get the second loop over with. I started to feel a little tired during the second loop and the mental monster had to be talked out of my head. I remember a IM veteran saying to me earlier in the week, "you're gonna love to get rid of that bike at the end of the 112...." ELATED! Love my Red Rover Fuji but I was ready to throw that bike to anyone that would take it.
The Run-26.2 miles
-The run consists of two loops and when I got off that bike and transitioned in the run (3:37), my game plan was to run at a comfortable pace and walk the aid stations. I was so relieved to get off that bike that the 26.2 miles seemed like a welcome relief. I started out slow and felt really good, I even talked and cheered people on at the first loop of the marathon. When I hit the 13.1 mark my body started to feel like I was coming down with the flu. I felt achy from my neck to my feet, my stomach felt fine but every part of my body started feeling like I was coming down with a serious infection. I started to not feel my feet anymore and started walking more and more and more......I started to walk the hills and the aid stations, when I start back into town on the second loop I knew my IRONMAN journey was about to be over.......
~You couldn't wait to wake up on Christmas morning...~You actually caught the icecream man when you thought there was no chance...~The boy that you liked in school actually smiled back...~You climbed the highest tree when no other girl in the neighborhood could...~Picking the cutest puppy in the litter..~Getting THAT bike on your birthday you begged for for 6 months..~Giving birth to your children..
Yeah, it felt like that!
Run Time -5:17:36
Thanks to the following people
WE did it Coach!
All my dear friends, family, and clients....thanks for putting up with me this long year! I appreciate all your comments, hugs, and words of encouragement.
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