I made it to transition in plenty of time thanks to college roomie Heather (the only time we've seen 5am together after actually going to bed). And then of course I proceeded to waste time doing nothing, be the last pro in the water and almost miss the start. good one.
Once again, my friend Linsey Corbin really helped with my race execution yesterday. She sent me a thoughtful note the night before the race which somehow REALLY stuck with me throughout the entire day. I kept replaying her lines in my head (especially the "Stay positive" and "be stubborn" parts. Here is a piece of it:
"Be smart early on. Don't hammer over those hills. Fuel fuel fuel. Stay positive. Pick it up in the back half of the bike and take some risks on the bike. Do your thing on the run. Be stubborn and keep your head in it."
Swim: 1:01 -2.4 miles
Well, I wanted to break an hour, but the swim went so poorly that I was actually relived to see only 1:01 on the clock. I got a great start (usual), went out way too hard (usual), and then couldn't stick on any of the feet that passed by me. Ended up swimming the vast majority alone, but had a little time dangling on Whitney Garcia's feet before she too dropped me. The swim course was one big loop and the long back 1750 meter stretch seemed straight upcurrent into some chop. Nothing else to say other than I've never been so excited for a swim to be over! I was 7th of 10 pro women but just a minute behind 3 of the girls.
T1 - 4:51
Did you know IM Wisconsin is worth it simply for the transitions? Holy moly. You run up "The Helix" which is just a fancy name for a corkscrew parking garage ramp (albeit designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) . The Helix (and most of the course for that matter) is LINED with screaming fans 4 deep. Tour De France style. So awesome. Both transitions are also really long and you run through buildings and conference rooms, so you can save time by keeping your foot on the gas. I T-1d well and passed a girl in transition.
Bike: 112 miles (5:30 - 20.35mph)
Ok, the bike is hard! My SRM showed just shy of 4,000 feet of climbing and it's all up and down rollercoaster for both loops of the "lollipop" shaped 2-loop course.
|Bike course...photo by Ali Engin|
T2- 1:56...nailed it ;)
Run- 26.2 miles - 2:59:54 (6:51/mile pace)
How the heck did that happen? I'm still not quite sure! I started out running and my Garmin was all fritzy, so I just spent the first two miles settling in (which was probably 6:20 pace oops!). Then on a short out and back, I saw that 5th, 4th, and 3rd place were just minutes ahead. I caught up to Charisa and we ran into 3rd & 4th positions as a mini team.
|Me & Charisa- doin' work|
Thank you to all of the volunteers, the Madison community and especially my homestay Joann. This has been the most amazing Ironman experience and I hope that people from all over the world can come here and appreciate the best America has to offer. A truly American experience and finishing in downtown Madison in front of the capital building tops it off right.
|total cheese, but it's tradition. and Wisconsin, where cheese is appropriate|
So, ended up with a new IM PR on a challenging course (9:38), 2nd place woman overall- my first IM podium, and a sub 3 IM marathon. Was the first time women have broken 3 on the course (I think) and Elizabeth Lyles, the champ did as well, running a 2:59 as well. Only 3 men broke 3 hours running yesterday, including Ben Hoffman who set a course record (8:32) and ran 2:56. Girl power! Triathlete mag article of how the race played out here.
|TGIO (O for Over, of course)|
|The boot...Earned it!|
|Always fun to be reunited with The Biscuit (Hillary Biscay)|
And to my sponsors:
Thank you to Zoot for taking on the local girl and supplying the best gear & shoes out there. My Ultra TT 5.0s carried me to sub 3 IM Marathon- couldn't do it without the shoes. seriosuly. Cannondale- my Slice is the perfect ride decked in SRAM, & Race Day Wheels and my new SRM powermeter.. Thanks to Nytro for keeping it all in working, blinging' order and Studeo DNA for my bike fit & so much more.
*Thank you to Dan Selstad, Rehab United, & MRM for helping me build my chassis, recover quickly and stay healthy-.I use so many MRM products, but I couldn't function without my Hydration Factor & Reload. Rehab United- functional strength 2x/ week, ART with Selstad every other week...the secret sauce! Thank you also to TriBike Transport for making my travelling FAR easier and taking the stress out of travelling with a bike.