|Coeur gals in their Smith sunnies!|
|Post race smiles at Snooze|
I got into town on Thursday night and was lucky enough to stay with Coeur Teammie, Kristin for the first two nights and then with Sonja, who had flown in from CA to be my Sherpa. Mark was in the UK working and let's be real, he only likes to come to IM in tropical locales ;) Pre- race was fun as there were SO many Coeur teammates racing that we got to have a dinner before the race and breakfast after. I got to catch up with old teammies and meet new ones.
I ended up staying at a hotel on Mill street so was able to walk to transition race morning which was nice...post race walk=not so nice! Sonja and I walked down to transition and I met up with BFF Jess who had made a BIG 'ol batch of salty balls so was giving me half a recipe. I planned on eating half balls, and half Gu wafels with PB smooshed between it (it has become my new training food LOVE). I walked over to my bike after meeting with Jess put my stuff down and get to work on setting up my nutrition and pumping tires. And then I go to get the salty balls and they are GONE. Just gone. I saw a gal walk by and pick up a bag, but thought she must be picking up her own stuff as it never crossed my mind that someone would pick up MY stuff that was oh so close to me and obviously not trash or abandoned. Cue the panic. I had packed about 600 other kcals so would be way short and depending on on-course nutrition if these things didn't reappear. I found Jess and we searched and Sonja was on stand by telling me not to panic and that we would figure it out. Jess and I gave up and then all of the sudden, Jess had them in her hand, saying they were next to the dumpster at the end of the row. Awesome. OK, well at least I had my nutrition, but it didn't have me in the most relaxed pre race mood ;) See pic below with me middle right with eyes closed, cheeks blown out to the max while everyone else is smiling...
|Current status is...Pic by John Nickerson|
Swim: 58:36 vs 58:19 LY
After pushing my way to the front of the start queue, I found Kristin and a few other familiar faces and it was time to go. Though we started at the front, they were really restricting the flow into the lake with barricades and letting about 2 people in at a time. I found clean water immediately and just wanted to stay ON it as I knew that I would need as much of a lead as possible coming out of the water if I wanted to have a chance at winning and qualifying to Kona. Each time I found feet I asked myself if this draft was fast enough and if not, swam around and found the next set. The sun didn't come out the entire swim
Bike Nutrition: half recipe salty balls, 4 Gu Wafels with PB in-between, 7 bottles of BT Nutrition Hydration and water....oh the water in that dry environment...you can ALWAYS drink more in AZ.
Bike: 5:14:56 vs 5:14:21 LY (notice the theme yet?)
|Pic by Nick Weiler|
|Pic by Nick Weiler|
Run nutrition: one scoop of pre-load as I hit the run and then 5 gels, coke and water at every aid station, a 5hour energy around mile 13 and then glucose tabs during the last 10k. Total kcals using an estimate of 2oz/coke per aid station (let's say 20 of the 26) is 966 or 276/hour.
|Running to the finish. Pic by Sonja|
I think we all feel like this, but I'll still say it. Why is it that what I can do in training doesn't materialize on race day for my marathon? I can do my long runs at IM HR averaging 7:40...so why can't I even just seem to manage a 7:55 pace? I'm not asking for 7:40's (yet...don't get greedy), but come on Hailey. Maybe I just don't push hard enough? I didn't have a HR monitor so no idea what my HR was and I was comfortably uncomfortable. Mark always says I hate being uncomfortable so maybe that is the next things to work on. Being uncomfortable running for long periods of time.
|COKE! WATER! Pic by Nick Weiler|
|look at those high knees...not mine! Pic by Nick Weiler|
Then we headed to awards and I accepted my Kona slot. I can't believe this will be my 8th time on the island. There's no place I'd rather be on the 2nd Saturday in October.