September 22, 2010
Hallelujah! I did it, I won my first Ironman 70.3!! I can't explain how exciting it was to 'break the tape' and even better to be able to do it with Randy right there with me!
I went down to Cancun with confidence after a really good training block and finally starting to feel fully recovered from surgery. I knew it was going to be stinkin HOT and HUMID, so I had done some heat acclimazation in the weeks leading up to the race, thank goodness for that! In the days leading up to the race, more and more names started to appear on the startlist, the race line up was looking tough. Rather than focusing on who was going to be there, I shifted my focus to what I was capable of doing. If I went out and did what I was capable of, I could be in the mix.
Race morning started of dark and early. As we were setting up tranistion it was pretty windy and there was a bit of sprinkling rain. I hoped I'd made the right decision to use my disc. (Glad I did!) Since it was already pretty warm, I did a super light jog and then headed down to the water early. I wanted to do all of my warming up in the water to stay cooler and still get loose. Before I knew it, it was time to line up at the start. Let's get going!
I had a quick start: a mix of running, dolphin diving, and floundering around but quickly took the lead and got to the first bouy and started to find my rhythm. The water was warm and my swim felt a bit off...I just felt like I was slugging through mud. Tried to keep my focus and effort high so I could get a good gap on the girls that would be chasing. Out of the water, run on the beach, then run through Wet 'n Wild, then to transition. I totally took off in the wrong direction and the crow was yelling for me to turn around, opps! Finally go where I needed to go and on my bike. I just put my head down and trusted my legs would do their thing. The course seemed pretty shaddy and not too hot at the start, but it slowly warmed up like an oven. Then the wind picked up and I was pushing the pace solo. On the second lap we started to mix in with the age-grouper and it was great to have bikes to chase! I knew the other ladies were chasing hard so I tried to keep the pressure on the gas. What an exciting T2: the crowd was going crazy! I tried to carry all that energy out on the run course with me. The run was 2 out and back loops and thank goodness there were aid stations every kilometer! As I was coming out of transition the sky got really dark and I was like, sweet, its gonna rain! It rained for a little bit and then that was the end of that...it just sparked a wave of humidity and the heat was rising. I focused on running from aid station to aid station, trying to keep my cadence up and rhythm relaxed. I wanted ice so badly at the aid stations, I kept yelling, "Hielo, Hielo" and they would say "Agua, Agua"....they didn't have the ice there yet! Finally I went through one station and the bucket all the water bags were in was full of ice, so I made a quick stop to put a handful of ice in my hat and in my short...ya gotta stay cool out there!...and I think that shocked the kids working there! I finally got my method down and it was a relief to see the water/cooling oasis every little bit. I kept the pressure on all the way home because ya never know what will happen...but boy, it sure was fun to turn the corner and see the finishing shoot! I was so excited and had the hugest SMILE on my face...I had done it! What an awesome day!!!
Enjoy the slideshow....
Dang, they sure do get excited about triathlon in Mexico! Not only did we have a podium ceremony at the finish line, but there was also an awards ceremony at the host hotel that evening. It was pretty exciting to be able to stand on top and say a few words :) And I got a sweet trophy and triathlon painting, so cool!
Randy and I just got back from quick but FUN trip to Cancun! We flew out on Friday and arrived to the hot and sticky weather of beautiful Cancun. We got checked into our hotel, the all inclusive Royal Solaris, and then jumped right into race stuff...packet pickup, driving the course, building my bike, getting a few workouts in... Randy enjoyed the delicious foods, while I would vicariously taste everything he tried while I munched on bland (non stomach irritating!) rice, pasta, and bread. But don't worry...after the race, I ate like a champ and tried everything!!! We didn't have alot of time to hang out, since this was a "business trip" afterall! Post-race we headed down to the beach and wouldn't ya know...the storms rolled in...those darn hurricane rains sure do seem to be following us this year! It cleared up a bit and we couldn't help but jump in the ocean and play in the waves, such a good time! Then on Monday before heading to the airport we decided to drive downtown in search of the plaza market. Well, we never actually found the market but did have a bit of an adventure...Randy was driving and I was navigating and I told him to take a left and before we know it we are in the middle of a riot/demonstration traffic jam! We look to our left and there are the local police in the back of a truck with thier humongous guns up and ready! Then some motorcycle cops go whizzing by us on the sidewalk. Thank goodness we only had to go about a block (at snails pace of course!) before we were able to turn off and get out of there. Such a relief to make it to the airport in one piece :)
September 11, 2010
September 8, 2010
Huge THANK YOUs to Terry Davis and his Tri-California crew for putting on a phenomenal event and to Bear and his girls for hosting Randy and I...we had a blast with ya'll!! Hope to be back again soon.