This year was no different. This was our 5th (consecutive) trip to the Big Island to race Kona and I could not have asked for a better week. I was the only one racing in our house, and we kept joking that truly the only reason I do Ironman is so that I can be waited on, hand and foot, by friends and family. It was so bad, that at one point, Jess scolded me and told me to sit my rear down and she would get me what I needed. #yesmommy
For those not interested in the nitty gritty, I ended up 5th in the women's 30-34 age group, and 13th amateur overall. Netting me my very first umeke bowl and a shiny new marathon PR of 3:30:59...subtract one port o' potty stop in the Energy Lab and I'm gonna call it 3:29:59 :)
|Saucony shoe pickup|
|Coeur gals have HEART!|
Friday was as calm as it's ever been. Jess and I went for a quick swim, grabbed a latte and then I
I found Mark and Jenny before the start and knew that the rest of my friends and family were watching the start and that I'd see them as I headed out on the bike. The start of Kona is amazing and the energy in the air will overwhelm you with emotion. I almost always well up with some tears before the start, and this year was no different. A year of hard work is about to be put to test and the fact that you can only control so much of the day means that until you get the day under way, you're bound to be a bit nervous.
Pre-swim nutrition: Osmo Pre-Load the night before and morning of, one bottle of Osmo active to sip throughout the morning, 2 eggs with rice, a whole milk latte and then a banana about 30 minutes before the gun went off. ~870kcals
Roka Swim: 1:05:11 good for 8th in the AG
Coeur Bike Nutrition: 14x salty balls, 9 bottles of mango active, 1bottle of coke ~1950kcals over 5.5 hours so about 350kcals/hour which is spot on for me.
Argon18/Enve Bike: 5:34:05 which got me off of the bike in 4th position
Going onto the bike was a mix of the slower swimming men who were now in an aggressive pursuit to catch up to their faster peers and the first 50 or so women out of the swim. The first 10 miles along the Kuakini were still crowded but not as bad thanks to the separation of the amateur starts. I feel like I was too conservative here due to being around so many (nervous) athletes and I did not want my day to end before it even got going by being too pushy here. Once out onto the Queen K, the next 20 miles went by quickly enough, but the drafting along this section was not avoidable. There are so many people on the road just trying to sort themselves out and of course some of them are quite happy to just sit in and enjoy the energy savings and see if they won't get busted. It is ALWAYS frustrating to see other women drafting, especially towards the front of the race as you know that this is your direct competition and that even if they get busted for drafting, a 4 minute penalty is likely worth the energy and time savings that drafting will give them. The thing is, you can do nothing about it and it's best to just focus on what you can control, and that is YOU. So that is what I did. I focused on eating and drinking as it was extremely clear in the morning and it got HOT, fast.
|Smiles in Puako|
Once you make the turn back onto the Queen K, you've got just over 30 miles to go and this is where you typically find a low spot. Thankfully, I was fueled and we had a massive tail wind, so miles 80-90 literally flew by. 20 miles to go and my back was still feeling great and I did not hate my bike. This is good, I think I'm ready to run my butt off. Coming back into town, the energy rises again and you see all of your friends and family. I did a flying dismount and thankfully my legs were working and I didn't fall ;)
Muscle Milk Run nutrition: 2 bags of Cytomax energy chews, glucose tabs for the last 10k (like a pixie stick in tab form), water, and COKE! ~250kcals/hour
Smith Optics Run: 3:30:59
I hit the run, ready to RUN. I have been working SO hard on my run over this last build and KNEW that I was capable of running sub 3:30 (see porta potty story at top of page). I also knew that if I wasn't in too much pain coming off of the bike, that I would be able to run well from the start and be able to fight for the bowl that I had been dreaming about during workouts.
|Happy girl with shaka's!|
Was it really true? Was I going to end up in bowl position (we watch F1...can you tell?). I always smile when I run down Ali'i, as each completed Ironman is a victory in and of itself, but last Saturday, the smiles were even bigger than usual. I crossed the line in 10:16, good enough for 5th in the fastest women's AG and 13th amateur female. A podium finish at the World Championships AND that bowl!!! That was worth all of the vino abstaining, early nights and workouts that didn't finish themselves!
|Coach Finally Relaxes|
|Sonja and I with our bowls|
|Love my girls!|