Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kona 2013- Where to begin?


First, I must say that I'm glad I told you about the new boy because omitting the significance of Saturday for me (& Luke) would be nearly impossible. This, however, will be my last Luke-gushing post and I'll return to the regularly-scheduled struggling-pro slash "look at me I'm riding my bike in california" usual business around here.

Luke wasn't picked in anyone's top 10 here in Kona. Except mine. And his. And a couple of other friends & family who have seen his form take shape over the past few months. I knew he could be top 5 based on his already known swim/bike abilities combined with the run that nobody knew he could have. I've run with Luke nearly every day of the past 4 months of his prep. Whether side by side on the treadmill, stride for stride on the trails, or across the oval a couple hundred meters behind him. I don't know much, but I know the boy can run the pants off of me, and I'm not bad for a girl. I know that at the end of a 2.5 hr progression run, he'll battle to try to drop me (I try not to let him) and usually he succeeds. I know that often when we run together, he is just cruising, and I am fighting to hold on. Basically, I know just how run fit he is. I backed & believed in his run. But more importantly, HE backed & believed in his run. Now, on the day, he didn't spit out a 2:45 marathon or anything, but a 2:57 after the strongest swim/bike combo in the field is nothing to laugh at. Especially as he's never come close to breaking 3 hours in Kona.

October 12, 2013 was a pretty proud (and anxious/nail biting/exciting/excruciating) day for me. I watched Luke lead the Hawaii Ironman for many hours until mile 16 of the run. After mile 16, I watched him hold on, keep it together, and run strong to finish 2nd in a time of 8:15:19, less than 3 minutes behind winner Frederik Van Lierde. Post race, I saw a boy not only fulfilled with his accomplishment, but a new believer that he, in fact, could win this race one day soon. It's amazing what can happen when you believe in yourself.


Luke Cheer squad (hats say "Go Luke") Jaque, Kirsten, Me
Watching parts of the race on my computer when I couldn't be far out on bike course. Luke in the lead at mile 85.
Running down Ali'i drive- Photo credit: Aaron Brougher


finish!
Soaking it in....

at the awards banquet
riding off into the sunset....

14 comments:

Katie said...

SO SO awesome! I was stoked to see him running down Palini in second when I was heading up. Congrats!

thepumpkinsdiary said...

Very cool, Beth!! Congrats to Luke - looks like you both are VERY happy :)

Jennifer Harrison said...

SO awesome is right!!!!!! He looked great! Nice to meet you & Luke. :) Enjoy now!

Dolly said...

Wow what an exciting day for the both of you! Congratulations on finding happiness and love again!

sunshinekir said...

stunning, beautiful and so dang fun to spectate, cheer and watch Luke go in person!!!! Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Hope you're enjoying every minute xxxooo

sunshinekir said...

stunning, beautiful and so dang fun to spectate, cheer and watch Luke go in person!!!! Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Hope you're enjoying every minute xxxooo

Alison said...

Umm... you're "not bad for a girl"? I'd say you're a pretty awesome runner for any human!

sunnyrunning.com said...

I saw that and I was like oh man, Beth must be going nuts!

velolassie said...

Throw another shrimp on the barbie mate!! ha ha. Happy for you both, even altho I only know you through the virtual world of blog reading/stalking :)

stefan ray said...

Uh, what happened to Amanda?? Haven't heard anything about them splitting up. That is sad.

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GoBigGreen said...

That was amazing and i am sure it was super super stressful and exciting for you. HE IS LUCKY to have you by his side Beth!

Robin said...

Congrats to both of you!! It takes a village.

Kim said...

It was so cool to get to meet you both and hats off to Luke for an AWESOME day!! It takes two to get that done! Can't wait to see you rock it in Dec!! Hope training is going really well!