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Ironman Copenhagen 2017 Race Report

7 Sep

In hindsight, I’m not sure that 2.5 days/ 3 nights is enough time to get my body adjusted to the time difference. Maybe 1 or 2 more days before would have been good maybe not. I’m not one for just sitting around especially in a city that I have never been to.

Dan tried to get me to relax and off my feet. But running around trying to figure out the bike situation was a big hassle. I had a nervous stomach before that got resolved but I’m not sure that it went entirely went away before the race. I didn’t have much of an appetite and definitely didn’t eat as much as I would have regularly done before an Ironman. I was way more anxious than normal before the race. Maybe it was the bike or the different country or the time zone. Who really knows!

Long story long about the bike:

I thought it would only be $800 to ship my bike. (There was zero way we were taking it on the plane with multiple flights and dragging it around Europe). After a little more research it ended up being $2K to ship it. Well shit! Now what!?

We had 3 plans:
Plan A: rent tri bike
Plan B: rent road bike
Plan C: buy a bike (and then figure out what we would do with the bike later)

2 days before we leave, Dan gets word that the road bike is having some sort of mechanical issues that aren’t going to be able to be fixed by race day! Agh. So plan B was out! He gave us our money back and said he had a friend that owned a bike shop. He may be able to help us out. Dan said we have a tri bike that might work we will keep you posted!

Friday morning: wake up with nervous/anxious stomach ache. Picked up the tri bike. It was too big. Cue: panic!!!!!

So Dan texts Mikkel (the road bike guy) to see if his friend can help us. We get to Capillini and Jan sets me up on a brand new Weiler road bike.

Let me tell you about the bike. It is beautiful. He said we could rent it but if I got any scratches on it we would have to buy it! (The pressure is on! Thinking about how the bikes are racked in T1 and then again in T2). It was a bike that I could ride! So I was happy. I rode the road bike and Dan rode the tri bike back to our place. I did a quick 30 minute shake out ride to make sure everything worked and that I could figure all the gears out! It rode real nice BUT the saddle was not comfortable….AT ALL! It was a stock saddle after all. There was zero I could do about it but hope my ass could handle it on race day!

The day before was pretty annoying. I needed to swim in the morning but we couldn’t take our bikes/bags until the afternoon. So we took the metro to Amager Strand to do re-con for race morning. I did a quick swim. The buoys were out but there was only 1 set. I thought that was a little weird. It was cold but not awful. I had only been in OW once since Victoria. (Hope the swim goes well) 😉 there were a ton of weeds. I didn’t think it was a huge deal but I thought there would probably be people who didn’t like that.

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We went on with our day. Then back in the afternoon for bike check in. More annoying stuff. We had to have our helmet on and fastened before we could go into transition. We couldn’t take it off until we had racked our bikes. Just more walking around instead of resting!

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I definitely didn’t do a very good job of resting. We went out and did stuff. On foot, on our bikes. Oh well.

Race day!!!! I slept ok. I got all of my breakfast down. It was off to the strand we went. They had given us 2 tri tattoos bib #. I didn’t know where we had to put them. I ended up forgetting them and when we got to the beach I asked the “info” desk about body marking.

Me: I forgot my bib number tats
Info man: do you know your bib number?                                           Me: Yes
Info man: do you have your chip on?
Me: Yes
Info man: ok you are good to go!

This was my first triathlon ever not being body marked. It was nice!

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It was chilly. I got into my wetsuit and dropped my bags. That was another funny thing. You had to ask for special needs bags. I guess it’s not that big of a thing here. We just put them in the back of a mini van. It was pretty funny. I saw Dan for one last kiss and I was off for a quick warm up.

Swim: 1:05:36 // 1:41/100m (5 minute PR) bam!
This was my first non-mass start and I was pumped. It was a self seed. At check in you just asked for the color cap you wanted for the wave you were going to swim in. I was in the second wave 1:06-1:11. Then within the wave they broke us down again. I seeded myself in the 1:08-1:10. I was getting closer and closer. Then we got into 6 lanes. Every 6 seconds 6 more people would go. IT WAS AWESOME! No pushing and shoving. I loved almost every minute of the swim.  I got into a rhythm fast and stayed steady!

We swam under 3 bridges and they had the meters marked on each of the bridges. It was kind of nice to know where you were at. I swam well. I drafted some (not as much as I would have liked) but enough. I sighted pretty good. I had a really great swim and it was super fun.

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T1: 6:01
A quick run up the ramp. There were no wetsuit strippers. Grabbed my bag. Here is a big difference in the North American races. There was a small change tent and you only went in to if you were doing a full change. For everyone else, there were benches outside to use. No volunteers to help you. I was fine on my own. I took a bit more time then usual. Liz said to be patient and get my heart rate down. A quick wave to Dan and a long run with my bike.

Bike: 6:25:47 // 17.4mph
I told my friend on a training ride a few months ago, I wish I could just go for a ride and not worry about the work out or the watts. So that is exactly what I was going to do. I was on a rented bike. I wanted to enjoy the scenery. Liz told me to be patient! I was going to be patient and enjoy the ride.

The ride takes you through town then, along the coastline, and then through the rolling hills north of Copenhagen. The only considerable “climb” is Geels Bakke (not sure if that is the road or the area). It wasn’t bad. It reminded me of the climbs on the IMWI course that are lined with people.  All you can do is smile. So fun!  The first loop was great. We did get some sprinkles of rain here and there. But the sun would come out and dry us off.

I was not comfortable on my saddle from almost the beginning of the ride. I was pretty sad. It was not going to be pretty by the end of the 112 miles. I stopped at special needs and I had forgotten I had put chamois butter in the bag for a mid ride stop. Perfect! I got to the next aid station and reapplied! It only gave me relief for about 30 minutes. THEN it started pouring. All I could do was laugh and just keep riding.

Their were lots of spectators on the course and families in their yard cheering for us. It was a really fun course. I think I could have ridden it all day long had I been on my bike. (Lesson learned)

I was nearing the end of the ride. I was all of a sudden starving with nothing left to eat. There was nothing I could do. (Maybe not eating enough in the days leading up to this was finally catching up to me) 😦

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T2: 5:24 (by far my slowest T2 time)
I saw Dan as I cruised into transition. It was a long run to the bags and then to the benches. Again I took my time in there. I downed a whole gel and hoped for the best. It was go time!! Again Liz said to be patient and get my heart rate down. Ha!!

Run: 5:11:51 // 11:53/mile
I was really excited for the run. I was smiling and positive. I tried to go out reallllly slow. My heart rate was so high. It wouldn’t go down. I thought shit I was definitely in trouble. I didn’t even feel like I was moving. I took at least a minute at the first couple of aid stations to see what I could do. The salt tabs weren’t working. The walking wasn’t working. I did start the coke much earlier then I usual do.

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Finally after about 40 minutes I was into zone 3 kind of where I wanted to be but I was I already in a hole x2 (HR + Hunger). I saw Dan and that put an extra big smile on my face. I was still feeling good. I talked to a Danish guy at the end of my first loop. That was fun. He was super nice and we chatted until the next aid station.

The second loop was pretty good too. I’m not sure where it really started to fall apart. Maybe Mid 3rd loop. I had some stomach distress and unlike in Victoria where I just ran through it, I actual stopped. I knew I would feel better and I did. I think in retrospect that is what hurt maybe my cadence or my momentum going forward.

Maybe I was too hungry or my heart rate was too high on the bike. (that was my only gauge since I obviously didn’t have a power meter). Something was off. Maybe it was the jet lag or the time zone or the rain!  I definitely don’t want to make excuses. I think I went into a funk and couldn’t dig myself out!

By mile 19, I couldn’t take down any more gels, I just couldn’t do it. I was eating crackers instead. I took another bathroom break…what was happening. Agh! Then it was raining. I saw Dan a few more times. He tried to get me going but nothing was really working. I was walk running just trying to salvage the rest of my race. I definitely gave up mentally a bit too.

I was pumped to finally get my 4th loop bracelet. Only half a loop to go. It was mind over matter….you have to get moving. Then it was pouring. Finally at the 25 mile mark, just go and get this done with. There was a lot of self talking.  Trying to pump myself up!

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And just like that after passing the finish line 4 TIMES, I finally got to go down the chute. As fast as my day started, the day ended. Ironman #6 in the books and my second fastest one to date.

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I’m thinking Ironman Copenhagen 2019…who wants to go?!
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Victoria 70.3 Race Report 2017

29 Jun

We had 8:30 ferry tickets out of Port Angeles Friday AM.  That means it was a 3am departure from Portland.  Zach, Dave, and I were on the road.  Good news was we hit zero traffic. #earlybirdgetstheworm  We had a pretty easy drive and ferry ride.

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Good bye USA! Hello Canada. Eh?

At least we got there early and did all of the regular stuff.  We had breakfast. Hit the expo early.  The weather was cool.  I was a bit nervous it would be too cool on race day.  We checked out the lake and drove the bike course.  Which I don’t usually like to do but it was Zach and Dave’s first half Ironman and that is what they wanted to do.  I was just there to enjoy the scenery and the ride.  I actually thought it was nice because there was some technical turns and the climb at the end of the ride was nice to see before hand. (It was a different bike course than it was in 2015)

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It was certainly a LONG day with such an early wake up call.

We met up with Nik and Devin for a carb loading dinner which was fun.  An early night for all of us!

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Saturday came and went with a quick ride and swim, racked bikes, lots of relaxation and time to reflect.  The water was amazing.  Perfect temperature.  I was ready and roaring to go.

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I’m pretty minimal when it comes to packing.  (This was a test run for Copenhagen.)

Race day! 3:30 AM came quick

Transition was fast//quick warm up//I got seeded in the middle of the 30-35 minute group.

Swim: 32:20 1:40/100 meters **2 minute PR**

Elk lake is amazing.  The water temperature was warmer than the air temp so it felt great getting back into the water. I can’t even express to everyone willing to listen that I love the self-seeded starts. CDA last year was awesome.  This year was even better.  We got in the water.  There was no pushing and shoving.  I got in my groove fast.  I sighted well.  I drafted a ton.  The buoys came and went fast.  The temperature was perfect.

This was probably my most enjoyable swim to date.    I don’t think that I could have executed it any better.  I got out of the water and had to do a double take on my watch. 32:xx.  What?!  It is obviously going to be a great day.  The swim set me up for a great race!

T1: 3:06

I had a sweet spot in transition thanks to being an AWA. (so there are some perks) 🙂 so I was in and out pretty quick.

Bike: 3:12:22 17.5 mph

Definitely the most disappointed about the bike.  I really shouldn’t beat myself up.  It was harder and more technical than when I did it in 2015.  I had a plan.  I executed the plan really well. (So I thought)  I stayed hydrated and stayed on top of my calories.  I didn’t want to go out too fast.  I really wanted to be able to run afterwards.  I enjoyed the scenery and had a really great ride.

The climb at mile 45. I had saved up just a bit for.  I passed a bunch of people and felt really good. The decent down was fuuuuunnn!! Scary but fun!  It made the climb worth it.

I felt like I gave it my all.  My overall time is not on my bike screen.  I thought it went by pretty quick.  It had to be a decent split but as I got off my bike and lapped my watch, I saw the 3:12 and thought….really…that slow…how could it possibly have been that slow. This is my strength!

T2: 2:07

I had to mentally get into.  I couldn’t let the bike get me down.  After not having the ride of my life, I couldn’t dwell on it, I had to go out and run! It was time to see if the heart rate training was working.

Run: 2:21:36 10:48/mile

The good: I ran the entire way for the exception of the aid stations.  I have never run the entire half marathon of a half Ironman.  I was pretty proud of that.  I thought I executed the run pretty well.  I was supposed to be in zone 3 for the last 9 miles.  I was running as fast as I could.  I was enjoying the shade and the scenery.  I was happy for the most part.  I just kept thinking.  Just keep going.  Keep it up.  You got this!! I’m always a little sad that a lot of the people who I passed on the bike, can just pass me on the run like I am standing still.  That is what I get for being somewhat fast in the water!

The bad: I had some stomach distress at mile 9ish.  I don’t think that it really hurt my time at all or anything for that matter.  I have never had stomach problems before and especially on race day.  I think it was mostly a fluke but who knows.

I also was trying to do math those last 3 miles.  Could I get close to a 2:15?  I thought I would be close but obviously my math was not adding up correctly!! ha!

I was happy for another finish.  I was happy to be done. I finally looked at my watch to see the overall time.  6:11! What?  How is that even possible?! I was sad!

It wasn’t the race I wanted.  I really did follow the plan and I left everything out on the course.  I can’t be that sad!  The plan didn’t really have time goals, only efforts.  Liz analyzed my data and my watts were too high(not by much) and the run was mostly in high zone 2.  I didn’t execute it as good as I thought! Maybe next time.  I just hate to be a slave to my watch.  I would rather enjoy the race than worry about those things too much!! That is why I wouldn’t make a good elite athlete. Among other things!! 😉

2 things to add onto that: I only had 3 outdoor rides before this race.  I think that is one thing that really hurt me not being able to train on hills.  I do think I would have been able to run faster if the run was not a trail.  This was just the tune up right?!

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I saw Devin and knew Nik had finished.  I waited for Zach and Dave to finish.  I texted Dan right away and he couldn’t believe that I was done. I said that is what happens when the race starts at 6am!!

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We had a nice time post race. No pictures. What is wrong with me!  We met a bunch of friends out and shared war stories!!

The ferry ride home was much more exciting.  Maybe because we were all more awake than the first time around.

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Onward to Ironman Copenhagen. 52 days. **gulp**

Shamrock 15k 2017

3 Apr

This was my 10th year running the Portland Shamrock 15k.  One of my favorites every year.  It is usually raining, windy, and miserable but this year….it was clear and sunny.  BUT this year they changed the course!  What?!  I was really mad…how dare them change the course.  They said it was flatter and faster than before.  I don’t think so.  It used to be flat, up, up, up, and then down, down, flat.  This year it was up, flat, down, up, up, down, down, up, down, flat.  Different.  I think I could like this course but I think that it will take a few years.

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I didn’t really know what to expect.  I have been consistent with my heart rate training.  I feel like it is hard to gauge if it is “working” or not.  Every weekend since RNR AZ I have run parts of the course.  Up and down Terwilliger.  Sometimes hill repeats…sometimes steady zone 2…and if I was lucky I would get to run in zone 3…which actually happened more and more as the weeks went on.  Ilana ran with me most of those weeks.  Each week got “easier” and “easier.”  Just more comfortable running uphill staying in the right zone!!

Sunday came upon us quick.  It was time for Shamrock this year.  I had a very welcomed recovery week leading up to the race.  I felt relatively good.  I was excited.

The loose plan was to stay under control and steady for the first 5k.  The middle 5k I could speed up but not get crazy.  The last 5k let it rip!  I didn’t have to look at heart rate or pace.  Liz wanted me running on feel.  Ilana and I “joked” about trying to average about 9:45s.  I thought there was zero chance of that….but you never know!

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Sunday morning we had a “leisurely” morning.  Our race didn’t start until 8:50 and we live close so I was meeting Ilana at 8:30.  The race usually starts at 7 or so.  It was really late in comparison to past years.

We ran into Sherrie on the way down there.

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We found Ilana and said good luck to Scott (who was running the half—starting 30 minutes later).

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We positioned ourselves in a great spot.  We got into the corral in a different area this year and we ended up being real close to the front on accident.  It took us about a minute to get through the start line.  It was nice not having to fight the crowd.

Now we all know the The Pancakes aka Dan and Leslie have a loving and friendly competition.  (Just keep that in mind)

We started off and not as conservatively as I would have liked but it turned out just fine.  Dan was running with us which was fun.  He was in and out of our conversation.  We were on a steady incline for the first 3ish miles.  Dan got in front of us at the aid station and Ilana asked if I thought Dan would be able to keep up.  I said I think that he might slow down once we start going up Capital which was pretty soon, about a quarter mile away.  I didn’t really know.  He seemed to be doing good.

We get up the hardest part of the course.  It was hard but we got through it.  Sure enough Dan was out a bit in front of us as we crested the hill.  We heard the bagpipers playing at the top.  Something that didn’t change this year.  The course was just opposite how we usually ran it.

We started cruising down Terwilliger at a pretty fast clip.  I was feeling pretty good.  Ilana was keeping track of the time.  I looked at my watch when the mile split came up.  It didn’t mean too much to me as I wasn’t really trying to focus on a pace.  She said we were doing good and the pace was “fast.”  We got back in front of Dan but he passed us at the bottom of the hill.  I pointed to Dan and said he was going to take off.  🙂 He didn’t though.

We must be close to mile 7 now.  AND we were about to go back uphill.  I was definitely starting to feel it.  We weren’t slowing down so it was getting harder and harder.

We finally got to mile 8.  We had some downhill at this point, which was awesome.  I took a quick glance at my watch.  We were at 1:17 and some change.  WHAT? I was definitely in PR territory.  I just had to keep it together for less than 15 minutes.  Ilana said we can definitely get to 9:45s.  BUT we were already busting a move.  We were running fast.  Definitely out of my comfort zone.  Hallelujah that Ilana and Dan were by my side…it was a race to the finish and I definitely would not have done it without them!

I saw the Oiselle cowbell corner and they were cheering for me.  I could barely wave but had a huge smile on my face.  The last .4 was hard.  SO HARD!!  We went for it.  Dan went ahead,  Ilana and I followed.  I left EVERY.THING.ON.THE.COURSE!  I PR’d (only 40 seconds but it was so awesome) and went sub 90 minutes for the first time.  I was so excited.  I thought I might puke just for a second when I went over the finish line.  I had PR’d and I wasn’t even trying for it.  I told Liz I would be happy with 92-95 minutes!!  Totally pumped! Shamrock 15K 2017 1:29:43 (9:37 pace)

Dan won the Pancake trophy yet again but it was a fun race!  BUT I took home the PR.  The weather couldn’t have been better either!  Until next year! #livelucky

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The Storm: IMWI 2016

18 Sep

Sunday morning! Race day!!  I got up at 3:45 to eat breakfast and then went back to bed until 5.  I didn’t sleep but tried to relax.

We were out the door at 5:30 sharp.  The logistics to getting to and from the lake/Terrace were difficult in my opinion.  Everything was so spread out.  I knew my 10 minutes of transition time would be a stretch goal.  Dan dropped me off, and I had no idea where to go first.  I saw 2 people walking with bags then they split off. I followed the one that had the special needs bags.  I dropped them off and met Erin, who I knew would be volunteering at the run special needs, I didn’t think there was any way I would find her but I did. It was fun meeting her and chatting for a few minutes.

I went to my bike to fill my aero bottle and put my nutrition on it.  I hadn’t gotten ribbon or sunscreen for my gear bags when I dropped them off the day before so I went into those 2 rooms and did that. Erin had told me to head down to the lake at 6:30.  I headed outside, there was too many people everywhere in the Terrace and I didn’t really know where to go.  I put on my wetsuit and walked toward the lake.

Oh man, how did I get here. I was about to start my 5th Ironman race. I vowed to never do a mass start after Whistler.  What was I getting myself into!!!

Got into the corral in a good spot. Happened to see Jon, Steph, and Laura. It was perfect. Not sure how we found each other! I think our toes hit the water at about 6:49.  We definitely didn’t want to be in there that early. But it was what it was!!

Swim: 1:10:10 // 1:49/100m

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{photo cred: Erin}

I really didn’t want to be in the mix like I have before. I really wanted to stay out of the washing machine effect. I was over it. I seated my self far from the buoys. I thought far enough. Not so much. It was rough and dirty!  I just kept telling myself I was far enough away from the buoys that everyone would cut over and I could get some space. Not so much.  The buoys were coming and going pretty fast.  I got around the first buoy pretty easily and the second too.

The long stretch was coming up.  Just keep calm.  Just keep swimming.  I moved a little closer to the buoys but I still wasn’t right on them.  It was still packed and rough.  I think that the swimmers that can’t keep a straight line would be on my right and then they would see the buoy, cut over to get close to the buoy, and then cut back across me.  So every time a buoy would come, it would get rough. I would find some clear water or catch a draft.  It was a non-stop cycle for 1700m.  FINALLY, I got to the next buoy. That is a long stretch! 🙂  I had wished I would have studied the map a little bit better. I was a little disoriented and got off track a bit.

It was over. The brutal (probably the most brutal) swims I have ever done was over. Not sure why that was. I had read in past reports that IMWI typically had a not so rough swim but they were obviously wrong.  (**I did hear from everyone I talked to that it was brutal for everyone**) I was pleasantly surprised when I came out of the water at 1:10. I thought for sure it was longer than that!!

T1: 7:37

The long haul to transition. Long run up the helix which was kind of fun but super annoying. The spectators are awesome. They line the runway!  All I could do was smile. Put my shoes, helmet, and sunscreen on.  Then another long run to the bikes and through all the bikes to finally mount them.

Bike: 6:50:16// 16.38mph

Definitely my most disappointing part of the day.  I am not quite sure what happened.  I don’t even want to analyze it either.  I think it will make me more sad.

I knew I needed to be conservative on the first loop, which I thought I did but maybe not enough.  The second problem was I dropped my chain at about mile 25.  In all the years I have been riding bikes, I have dropped my chain once. ONE TIME EVER.  I am usually really careful.  Again not sure what happened. After that point, I was nervous that I would do it again.  I stayed in the small chain.  I wouldn’t get the speed down the decents like I normally do, to get some momentum up the next hill.  I soft pedaled way too much.

It was frustrating.  It was what it was.  The next problem was the roads were rough. Bump after bump.  I thought the roads that we ride on regularly were rough. Oh no we have it good compared to the roads the race was on.

The spectators were amazing on the big climbs. They were lined with screaming spectators. There was big talk about the “Barlow” climb. It was new this year as they had to change the course due to construction.

I knew it was at about mile 35.  I think the anticipation with worse than the actual climb.  It was a stair step climb. Each pitch was harder/steeper then the last. There would be 3 of them.

I saw Erin on the 3rd and final one.  It was hard but I got up it like a boss.  Erin got an awesome shot of me.

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The rough road definitely took a toll on me.  I was pretty miserable and loosing it a bit mentally at about mile 80.  I would do some self talk and it would be better.  I would try to get some food down. That was difficult at this point too. I got my snickers down pretty easily and wished I had another one of those instead of the cliff bar I was trying to get down.  I was sick of the orange Gatorade too.  I wish they would have another flavor just to mix it up.  I took a gel at about mile 105 in hopes that would help.  I think the caffeine helped and that got me through the end of the bike.

Up the helix to finish off the bike. I had never been so happy to get off the bike before.  (I didn’t know what my time was because I had messed up my watch)

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T2: 3:43

Pretty uneventful. I had a great volunteer that traded out my shoes and sprayed sunscreen on me.  Just like that I was on my way to run a marathon.

Run: 5:01:52 // 11:31/mile

Well the BIG goal here was to keep it slow and keep it “running” for as long as possible.  I saw Erin once again right off the bat.

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Honestly, the run was my very favorite part of the day.  I had forgotten about the awful swim and the awful ride.  The spectators were AMAZING.  You hear that the spectators are amazing…but you can’t imagine until you are running the race.

The run course goes by the Capital and through downtown. There are a ton of out and backs.  I saw Dan 6 times. It was so much fun!!! I got to see the rest of my support crew 4 times.  I saw Steph and Jon’s family multiple times.

The first time I saw Dan (about mile 1), I told him that I was never doing this again, EVER!! 5 times was enough. 😉  You get to run through Camp Randall Stadium(where the Badgers play). It was definitely more fun then I thought it would be.  I saw the rest of the support crew about mile 7 after the first time conquering Observatory hill.  You have an awesome view of the lake.  You should have seen the sail boats.  There had to have been a 100!! That was tough.  But I got up and over it pretty quickly.

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Still smiling. You run another out and back through downtown but pass through this spot again so when I saw Dan again.  He ran with me for about 90 seconds.  I asked what my bike split was and he told me.  I was sad but I didn’t let myself get too down.  I still had 17-18 miles to go.  I was running great and I was still happy!!

My favorite spot to run through was over by the lake on the trail.  Base Electrolyte Salts had a tent blaring music.  We ran by them 2x and could hear the music 1 other time on each loop.  That was a huge energy boast.

I saw Steph at about mile 10-11.  We talked for a few minutes.  She passed me looking good.  I hadn’t seen her all day.  I saw Laura and Jon a few times.  I made it through the half way point.  Feeling better than I ever have on an Ironman run before.  Going by the Capital and the half way point was so fun and uplifting.  I saw the crew at about 14.  He said I was in front of Steph again.  I said I never saw her.  (It turned out she stopped at special needs and I didn’t)

I was definitely in it. I was mentally in it.  I was having a great run.  I thought I could definitely do a sub 5 hour marathon.  I couldn’t believe how well I was doing. Back by the stadium, the crowds, Base Salts, up and over Observatory Hill, I was getting it done.  I saw Dan one final time at about 20ish.  I was still feeling good!  I was encouraging the first loopers, talking with some the second loopers, just having the run of my life. Well almost!! 🙂

At about mile 23…I was tired….I was still happy and smiling but I was walking a little bit between aid stations.  I couldn’t believe I had gotten through 23 miles of only walking the aid stations (and Observatory hill).

I needed to use the restroom and I finally found an open one at about mile 24.  I knew my goal time was out of the window so I thought who cares if I stop for a minute.  A couple of thoughts came to mind:  If I sat down could I get myself back up?!! Barely! What about pulling my pants back up. That would not be on easy task either! I succeeded though!

I was so close and so pumped to be almost done.  Every Ironman finish line is amazing and this one was one of my favorites.  I was so happy and so happy to be done!!!

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Final time: 13:13:48  Definitely not what I was hoping for or what I thought I could do but it was OVER and I was pumped!!! What a day!!! I would never do this race again.  But I will say the spectators were amazing and I am not sure that I would have done as well without them!!

I can’t thank Dan, my mom, aunt, and Sheryl for making the trip and being awesome spectators!! They were just as tired as I was!! Until next time!!! 🙂

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Coeur d’Alene 70.3 Race Recap

5 Jul

Dan and I flew to CDA Friday night, and got in much later than we were supposed to.  We got to bed ASAP and just like that it was Saturday morning!

Stephanie, Laura, and I went for a quick spin on the bottom loop of the course.
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Just to get our legs moving. It was crisp! We had a nice little ride and then I came back and did a transition run. I ran down by the kids race, which is always super cute!

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We walked our bikes down to transition, got checked in, got our bikes checked in, and took a pre-race photo.

Dan and I went to lunch at Calypsos, a super cute coffee shop that is right downtown. I had remembered it from 2010 when I was there for training/IMCDA ’10.
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Look at how cool the clouds looked. I would have died for that cloud cover on race day!

RACE DAY! Typically race morning, up too early, in transition to early, wait around, and wait around, then 6:15 it was all of a sudden: GO TIME!

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Quick pic and quick warm up. The announcer said it was 62 degrees. I do believe that was bull shit. It felt more like 57 or 58. It was definitely colder than anything we had swam in this year.

SWIM: 34:08 1:46/m
The swim was a rolling start. I had never done a rolling start before. I really liked it. It was very civil. No shoving and pushing. I got in the water, started to swim not a whole lot of contact. I swam pretty straight. I did a little drafting. I warmed up pretty quick. My goggles were a little wonky and that could have been a big problem but it didn’t seem to hurt me too much!

TI: 4:43
Now I am very fast in transition…typically but this transition was ridiculous. We ran I don’t even know how far to get to transition on the sidewalk with no mats no less and then all the way though transition. That was a good 2-2:30 minutes wasted!

BIKE: 3:02:56 18.37mph
The bike is pretty brutal. Lots of climbing. I felt pretty good. Rolling hills for the first 15 or so miles. Then the long climbs started. What goes up must come down. It was windy. Not awfully windy but enough to piss me off(that does not take much)! 🙂 Let me tell you going down these long descents (FAST) in aero, was SCARY!! I was pretty proud of myself. Finished the bike and was happy it was over.

T2: 3:11
Again, not as fast as I would have liked, same as T1, we dismounted our bikes, and ran along transition to other entrance(where we came in from the swim), to finally get into transition to run through it. Not ideal or even necessary!

RUN: 2:18:10 10:32/mile
Well it wasn’t the run I wanted to have. It started ok. I saw Dan and friends pretty early on. It was already hot and the crowds were great! I’m still not even sure what happened. I didn’t think that I had started too fast. I thought my nutrition on the bike was pretty right on. It just wasn’t my day. I saw friends all along the course which is always super fun. Erica past me at mile 5, totally rocking the run as usual!
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{Just trying to survive the run}

I “gave up” mentally too early on the run. I started to walk too early. I saw Darrell a little past mile 9 and he was already on his way back. We hugged and reminisced about IMCDA 2010! I felt like I still had forever to go!! It was never going to end!!

I got it done finally! 6:03:28 Dang! Not the sub 6 that I know what I am capable of!


Quick story: IMCDA 2010 I ate this giant ice cream cone the day before the race:
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I’ve always said I missed that sub 14 (by 2 minutes) due to this ice cream cone!

Well I ate this ice cream cone(a much smaller one) after the race this year. Maybe I should have eaten it before. Maybe it would have turned out different. Maybe not! 🙂
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I can say with full confidence that I will never race in Coeur d’Alene EVER.AGAIN!

Blue Lake Triathlon 2016

25 Jun

Well this race was 3 weeks ago. I figured I better get some sort of recap on paper before my next race(tomorrow)!!

Blue Lake is always the unofficial start to triathlon season. Everyone has been training through the winter and spring and very eager to get the first race underway.  I of course was excited because its one of my favorites.

I’m going to keep this brief since its been a while since the race, and the details are fuzzy!

We all thought it was going to be warm in 2015. Which is was and it was going to be hotter than it was last year. Ugh!!  We got to the lake it and was already sunny and warm.  (think: putting on a wetsuit while sweating: no fun!)

GO TIME! Swim: 0:27:49/ 1.42/meter

I wasn’t super pumped. I did quite a bit of drafting off of Laura, who is a stronger swimmer than me. She sights well and easy to follow. I felt like I was swimming pretty good. I had a strong start to my swim training this winter but for whatever reason my swimming hasn’t been awesome since mid-May. The sun was in our eyes the entire way out so seeing the buoys were difficult.  I thought once we turned around that should be better. But there was only 1 buoy on the way back and it was orange. The exact color of the caps in the wave in front of us. Awesome. At this point I lost Laura. But somehow we finished at the exact time!

I would say overall, the swim felt good. I had accidentally not started my watch, so not sure how  straight I swam. I was disappointed in my time cause I thought I should have been more in the 25-26 minute region. I have heard that everyone thought their swim was slower than they thought it should have been so maybe it was long!! (I will go with that) 🙂

T1: 2:20 I was screwing around with my watch cause I had forgotten to turn it on but I was back before anyone on my rack!

Bike: 1:11:49 20.77mph

This was fun. definitely my favorite part. I saw Nik and Greg a couple of times. Mark eventually passed me. I saw none of my girlfriends which I always like cause I know they will always pass my on the run! I gotta keep my lead as long as possible 😉

I kept my watts in check. It was pretty uneventful. With about 6ish miles to go, I did play cat and mouse with this older guy who did.not.want me to pass him. Then he was talking to this other guy and I tried to pass them both. They were not having it. I was pissed. I ended up passing the younger one and came in right before the older one. It was probably good. It kept my mind off the last couple of miles!

T2: 1:43 I got back before anyone on my rack. Booyah!! Of course they would all pass my on the run. I saw Dan and my coach for a quick high-5 leaving transition.

Run: 1:02 10:04/mile

First of all, I have been working on my run and I’m most sad about this. I haven’t averaged over a 10:00/mile at Blue Lake since 2010. (I had to look that up) It was hot. There was very little shade. I just wanted to get through it. It was very mental. I wanted so badly to walk but I didn’t. I just kept moving forward. I didn’t look at my watch. I just wanted to keep steady and that is exactly what I did. Erica passed me about 1/2 way through the run and Laura past me seconds before the finish. I was happy to hear the announcer say I had finished!

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2:46:13 not my fastest and not my slowest!! Fun day, always a fun race. Good practice for a hot race. Definitely an A+ for mental strength!!

 

 

Rolf Prima OLY Race Report

6 Aug

Well since I am the worst blogger on earth. Here is my race report from my race that was 12 days ago. 🙂
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Dan and I headed down to Cottage Groove (~100miles south of Portland) Friday evening and set up camp at about 9:30. We hit the sleeping bags pretty quick after that for an early morning wake up call.

Saturday morning. All the regular before race stuff. Dan was doing the sprint and it started at 8. I did the olympic and it didn’t start until 8:30 or so.
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Gotta love small races. Check in was easy. Set up was easy! Short portie potty line!
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I have a problem pumping up my tires because of my wheels. It is kind of a problem but I thought there would be a mechanic there and they can always fix it. Well there wasn’t one so I was going to suffer with low pressure. I don’t think it was awful but what if the pressure had been better! Who knows! Really the only bad thing about a small race!

Dan went down to the start. I finished up getting my wetsuit on and chatted with Heather.
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We cruised down to the water and the first sprint guys were coming out of the water. Who stops right next to me…Jesse Thomas…and asked if he was going to win. (I thought he was supposed to be racing) We chatted for a bit and Lauren (Fleshman) and their son came over and we chatted for a bit longer then it was time to go swim.

Swim! (28:08) It was a little chopping. It wasn’t as big of a deal as it “looked!” but all in all it was a pretty good swim. I tried to do some drafting and pushing hard at the end. I came out of the water about 27:30 but you have to run up the ramp to transition so that added time.

T1! (1:24) Fast! Another benefit of a small race!

Bike! (1:15) I wanted to push hard and that is what I did. Heather passed me at about 3.5miles and we leap frogged and talked for the bulk of the ride. It was fun. Flat to mild rollers. I loved the course. The weather was perfect. It was cool and cloudy exactly how I like it on race day!! I had just gotten a new Garmin and had not set it up! #rookiemistake #stupid I really had no idea how to gauge how I was doing on the ride. But I thought this is just for fun!! Again a little slower than I would have liked but felt good.

T2! (:56) I saw Dan cause he had already finished! Fast!! It would have been faster but I couldn’t find my place in transition. Not sure what I was doing! 😉

Run! (59:39) It was still cool outside. I was pushing it from the beginning. It was hard. It was flat. I was using up a lot of mental strength on that one! Maybe I had biked too hard or was running too hard right off the bat.
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I was cheering on everyone in front of me and then everyone in back of me after the turn around. I had a really fun time but it was hard!! Right about mile 4 I got a side stitch and i slowed down. I walked for about 10 seconds and then I walked through the aid station at mile 4.5. It felt better after that! At about 5.5 maybe you can see the finish line. Maybe closer than that because I think I saw 56 mins on my watch and really wanted to come in sub 1hr! I pushed and made it!!!

Another reason to do small races. The race director says everyone names as they come across the finish! They had lots of food, massage and a raffle.

I found Dan and Heather. We went to check results and Heather had placed 2nd in her AG and I had placed 3rd. WHOA!! Gotta love small races.
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I won a Blue Seventy transition bag!! I am wondering how much it is worth and what I can sell it for!! 😉 It is nice!!

We stayed for the awards! It was fun!!!
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Another race bites the dust!! I will definitely be back!! I am just afraid that it will probably be hot the next time!! Blair and the Best In The West Crew does an awesome job of putting on a great race!

We went into Eugene for lunch and dessert!! We made a big fire when we got back to camp. We ate dinner, played cards, and made s’mores!
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Have you every camped before a race?

Victoria 70.3 2015 Race Report

26 Jun

I bet you never thought I was going to write this! Every night I think about writing it! I had to binge watch Orange Is The New Black first and foremost. It was amazing.

On to Victoria! June 14, 2015.

3:20am. YES! You read that right! With a 6am start time you have to get up early! It was early! But worth it to be done by noon!

Regular pre-race. Breakfast. Shuttle. Body-marking. We got to transition way too early. But the time went fast.
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Swim: (goal <36mins; actual 35:38) I had a quick warm up before they called everyone out of the water. The water was the perfect temperature. It was warmer in the water than the air temp.

My wave got swimming at 6:15. Pretty good start. The course was 1 loop rectangle. The buoys came quick. I was sighting pretty well. Once we started back toward the beach the sun was in our eyes. It definitely wasn’t as bad as Blue Lake but it was not easy. I got off track between the 2/3 buoys. Not sure what had happened. I felt relatively good. I didn’t think it was that fast but I got out of the water in 34:xx. I was pumped. The mat was up by transition instead of by the lake so the run to transition was “apart of” the swim instead of transition.
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Overall I was happy with my swim and faster than I thought!

T1: (1:59) Quick and painless!

Bike: (goal 3:10; actual 2:58) The bike was rolling. Super fun. Mostly shady. I loved this bike. It is definitely my type of ride. No big climbs. You are either going up or you are going down for the most part. There was 4 aid stations which was a bonus. (There are usually 3 on 56 miles.) My only complaint was there were a couple of stretches of crap road. IMG_4552
The new bike drafting rules are ludicrous! On a looped bike course there is inevitable drafting and I don’t mean on purpose drafting. I didn’t see much of that. I don’t think that there were as many marshals out as usually because there were no pros at this race.
I went out harder than I wanted to but I really wanted a good bike split. I pushed it early and after the first loop I thought I was probably in trouble with a 1:28 split. I kept pushing though and had a fun second loop too with only a 2 minute difference.
Overall ecstatic about my bike split!

T2: (1:29) Quick and easy. I did stop for sunscreen. I usually have my own spray but I thought it was going to be more overcast. I left transition in ~3:37. I was like really….I couldn’t really believe it. I honestly thought there was zero chance of a PR until I got to this point. I had 2:22 to PR…BUT I had not started to run yet! 🙂

Run: (goal <2:20; actual 2:17) I wouldn’t say this was flat. Not super hard either. It was 2 loops. It was a nice trail. Aid stations were pretty good. A lot of shade. This was huge!! I started out conservatively. I had plenty of time. I was smiling and positive! People were blowing past me and I didn’t care. (I usually don’t) I thought we will see how the first loop goes!!
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This was after the first loop. I had run a 1:08. I could see the PR now. All I could keep saying in my head was “keep it together for 6.5 more miles…keep it together for 6.5 more miles…don’t f*ck it up”…over and over! I steadily ran. The kilometers were going by much faster this loop than they did on the first loop. I was passing people now. All the fast people were gone and finished! It was hot in the sun. I felt like I was going faster but in reality wasn’t!!

With a 3 second negative split run I had kept it together for an epic 70.3 race.
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I was leaving Canada with a 4 minute PR! What? What?
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Final time: 5:55:12

The second best part of the entire day was the ice cream cookie sandwich that I got post-race. It was so delicious. It was gigantic. I even shared with Dan. Which almost never happens. 😉 The saddest part of the day was I couldn’t even finish it!!!
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Ironman Canada: The Run

1 Aug

Lastly the run! Usually my least favorite part of the Ironman BUT this one was different! I actually loved it!

Run: (goal: 4:57-5:07; actual: 5:01) Well I made it through the swim and bike. The race starts here. I was to start out at 11 minute miles. That was plan A! I was out of transition. There are so many spectators and cheering. It is hard to start slow. I saw some friends and they got this shot!
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I did not want to think about the fact that it felt like a thousand degrees and I had to run 26.2 miles. BUT I had a huge smile on my face. I was excited still. I was knee deep into my 4th Ironman. What was happening!!!!! I also thought ok I am going to be out here for 5 hours. Don’t think about 2 hours from now. 3 hours from now. Mile 18 or 20 or 22. Just keep focused. Keep eating and drinking. Keep moving forward and that is exactly what I did!

I looked down at my watch after I had rounded that first corner and passed most of the spectators! 10:15! Fuck! Slow down. Slow down. Slow down. I did! There is a ton of spectators in this area because we pass through it a couple of times. It was hot. I have done this before I have to start slow because there is no going back when I start walking later. I had to keep it together for at least the first half before I wanted to move to plan B. It was so hot. Basically the entire course is rolling hills. I thought just get through the first half and it would get cooler.
They had changed the course from last year. When we were there 6 weeks ago the old course was still posted and that is what we trained for. I was super happy with the changes. Way more spectator friendly.

There is a section from mile 2-4ish and 14-16ish around Lost Lake that was awesome. It was rolling on a trail and mostly shady! After that first go around I saw my mom and aunt cheering. Finally for the first time today I got to see them!

I saw a ton of other spectators I knew. There were so many people from Portland that their spectators were all over the course. It was so much fun. I was taking in my Gu. I was taking in more Perform. Gross! The aid stations were kind of wonky. There were 2 or 3 sets that were real close and then toward the end of the out and back loop there was 2 miles without aid. I was a little mad about that. I saw friends coming back. I saw the girls after I made the turn at the out and back. I thought they would be passing at any time. I just kept moving forward. I slapped lots of hands of friends and spectators.

I felt relatively good for the first loop. I use the word good loosely!! I don’t think that I could have done anything better or different that would actually make me feel good!! 
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I was getting tired. I was still happy. I was definitely still smiling. I was getting this done. I was more excited because it was getting cooler or at least there was more shade. I knew I could start taking in the Coke on the second loop and I was actually pumped for that. Maybe more because I was not having any more Perform!!

I saw my mom again and she said that Dan had gotten off the bike so I was super happy to hear that. Not that I was worried but he was a little worried about making the bike cut-off! I saw Jeremy a little while later and he said that Dan was about 15 minutes ahead of me. I was going to try to catch up but we will see how long that lasts!!!

I was getting around Lost Lake for the second time. I was now “running” but really slow and trying to limit myself to walking for only 15-20 seconds at a time. There was a ton of people walking and I encouraged them. Said they looked great, nice job, keep moving forward, etc! You never know who is on their first loop or second loop.

I was cruising right along. Back by the spectators. Back by the aid stations I was now familiar with. Saw friends who were on their way to fast finishes! The Coke was good. It was more shady. I didn’t like any of our plan B, C, or D’s! I just kept moving at the pace I was going. I was mostly running with probably 2 walk breaks between aid stations but 11-12 minute miles. Nothing fast but I was happy and doing way better than I thought I would be doing!

Dan had made the turn around and was on his way back and I saw him there for a quick second. I was gaining on him but not very fast. I made the turn around. Not a whole lot left!! Could I keep it together for 5 more miles?! 5 more miles?!!! I saw the girls again we were coming home!! I was still talking to people. Some people were on their first loop and wondering if they would finish. I was very positive and encouraging!! I was just having so much fun!! I couldn’t believe I was still happy!

I finally caught up to Dan with about a 1 mile(ish) to go. Right where my fam was sitting. It was perfect because she got a picture!! I gave Dan lots of encouragement and left him at his special needs bag.
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I saw Jeremy one last time. I was so close but so far away!!! I made the final turns into the village and then out of the village to the final stretch down Blackcomb. I was done. I gave lots of high fives and was happy I was done before dark!!!

I crossed the line in 13:06:02!! It was not a 12:59:59 but I could not have asked for a better day! I was super happy that I stayed mentally with it. I smiled. I had fun. I had such an amazing day!! I waited for the girls to finish. Talked with them for a bit. Went home and showered and back to where my mom and aunt were sitting to wait for Dan!
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Thanks to Dan, Erica, Laura, Stephanie, Kat, Anne, Nik, Jeremey, My mom & Aunt LaVon, The Weinsofts, all my other friends competing and their spectators, and to all of you who have read my good and bad training logs and have given support and virtual cheers!!

Ironman Canada: The Bike

31 Jul

Here is the next installment of my race report! If you missed the swim: you can find it here!!

Bike: (goal: 6:35-6:57; actual: 6:45) I was off to ride 112 miles that I had ridden just 6 weeks ago! I didn’t want to get caught up in all the people riding fast and passing me. I was going to go my speed and not worry about what everyone else was doing.

My friend Scott did this race last year and he said the most important thing to do on the ride is save something for the last 22 miles. It is a climb back to Whistler. There are a few relief points and rolling back into the village but your legs are tired. You have already ridden 90 miles and you still have a marathon to go. That was always in the back of my mind. Don’t get crazy!!!

This was my ride. I was going to have fun. I was going to smile. I was excited to be able to see all of my training partners and lots of friends doing this race. I tried to break up the ride in 5 parts.

T2—>to the Callaghan climb. I just wanted to get out of transition and the road from Alta Lake to 99 pretty quick and efficient. I did that well. I really thought it would be worse trying to dodge people on the ups and getting enough momentum on the downs to get up easy. I think that went well. I got to 99 and I was supposed to start eating. I started eating an uncrustable and drank Perform while cruising through the village. Off to a good start.

The Callaghan climb. Now in practice this was my favorite part of the ride. I was looking forward to it. I started up and was feeling good. I tried to keep my power down and my cadence up. I talked with a few people trying to gauge what I had swam. The sun was out and I was nervous it would get hot fast because it was already getting warm. I ate a Picky Bar and more Perform.

I had a great time on this climb. There are some harder stretches but I stayed focused and positive. I was getting to the top and I saw a few friends flying down. I got to the turn around and I was still happy! I started down. I really thought there would be too many people clumped up and I wouldn’t be able to go down as fast as I wanted. For the most part I was flying. FUN! Most of the 6 pack(my training partners) were right behind me. I was watching for who I knew and who I could scream at. More FUN! I saw Dan and was relieved to see that he had survived the swim.

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Stolen photo that is cute! If they didn’t charge so much I would buy a bunch!

Bottom of Callaghan—>Pemberton. I knew what was coming. Most of this section is rolling hills. My favorite. A few hard stretches back to the village. Once I got to the village the crowd was amazing. I saw no one I knew but a couple of people called out my name. There are so many people lining the course that you couldn’t tell who you knew and who you didn’t know. I was sad that I didn’t see my mom. But I just kept moving forward. The one thing that annoyed me here was: they had made the 2 lane highway 3 lanes: 1 lane for southbound bikes; 1 for northbound bikes; 1 for cars going northbound. So the northbound bikes were essentially riding in the middle of the road with the rumble strips. Just annoying especially when you wanted to pass someone! Got through Whistler to the mostly downhill section with a few uphill sections. Started in on my 2nd uncrustable. The time was flying by. I was still happy. My back was still ok. I was trying to keep my core engaged and my hips quiet.

This is an awesome part of the course because of the downhill but once you go down….

Pemberton Flats. I couldn’t believe I was already in Pemberton. I rolled very quickly through special needs. I grabbed my ½ bottle of slushy Dr. Pepper and the rest of my bars and clif bloks. I was back to moving. I had forgotten I wanted to sit there and drink my few sips of DP but was anxious to get back to it. I thought after I left that was stupid. I didn’t even open the bottle and I didn’t get a chance to stretch out my back! Trying to figure out how to open the bottle at least gave me something to do for a few minutes! (I used my teeth: don’t tell my hygienist)!! The plan was to stay aero and stay engaged by watching my cadence: 88-92. I started in on my Snickers bar and more Perform. I couldn’t tell if the wind was in front of me or behind me. I was positive. I was engaged. I was still happy. I looked at the beauty around me. I also wondered why nobody I knew had passed me yet. I was looking forward to seeing friends again. I was cruising right along. Almost to the turn around. Almost to the turn around.

I was headed home. The girls were still right behind me. I still couldn’t believe it! I ate another Picky Bar and more Perform. Every bottle of Perform got more and more gross. At least it was cold!! It was hot out there too! I started passing a bunch of people. Still feeling relatively good. Again I yelled at everyone I knew and told the people I passed good job. I stopped at the bathroom right before the climb back (at mile 90). I got off my bike (and was not as bad as it was when I got off my bike at mile 80 at IMAZ) reapplied some chamois butter (made a HUGE difference) and I was back on the road.

Pemberton—>climb back to Whistler. Well it was here. I was already at mile 90. I think I was right about 5 hours. I ate a Lara Bar and choked down more Perform. I still felt good. I was still happy. I was mostly excited to do this climb and get off my bike. Right out of the gate there are 2 steep pitches that aren’t super fun even when you haven’t been on your bike for 5 hours! I got through those ok. I passed a ton of people. It was HOT!!! The sun was beating down on us. NO cloud cover. No trees. NOTHING! HOT!!!

I thought I will be lucky to get a sub 7 hour split. It was hard but I was doing ok. I knew I was hydrated. I knew I had been eating and drinking enough. My salt tabs went down easy. I was still smiling.

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another stolen photo!

I was passing a guy about mile 100ish. I heard his tire start wheezing and I thought you poor bastard. It was so fucking hot! I just kept thinking don’t get a flat. Don’t run anything over!! There were people on the side of the road with bike problems. There were people on the side of the road that were obviously dehydrated/too hot/waiting for the sag wagon. I felt bad for all of them. I felt like I was going slow but I knew I would get it down. Just don’t get a flat!!!!!! 

I ate another Picky Bar and pouring water over my head. It.was.so.hot!!!!!!

I saw the sign for Whistler. 10K to go. So close but so far away. At this point most of the work was done. I was chomping on clif bloks just trying to get in the last of my nutrition. I have made the mistake before and stopped eating too early. Losing out on 100s of calories and wondering why I didn’t have enough energy to run!! It was back to rolling hills. I could see the people who were already running. So lucky!

The crowds were amazing the last mile of the bike. I tried getting mental prepared for the run while trying to finish off the bike.

All of a sudden I was at the dismount line with a 6:45 split. I.would.take.it!!!!!

T2: (goal <3:00; actual: 2:18) Another very fast Transition. You basically get off your bike; your bag is right there; you get right into the tent. I had an awesome volunteer who took my 4 items out of my bag. I took off my helmet and shoes. I put my run shoes on. The volunteered sprayed on my sunscreen. I am actually glad she did because I probably would have been to careless and not gotten enough on. She even sprayed some in her hands to wipe on my face even after I told her just to spray it on my face. She helped me with my race belt and I was walking out the door with my visor. I had all of my Gus in my race belt. As I was walking out I transferred them to my pockets and it began.

I had survived the swim. I survived the ride without any problems. I knew I had done everything thing I was supposed to do. I had hydrated. I had eaten all of my nutrition. I paced myself well. I just had a marathon to run!!