I hesitate to call this a race report, because I didn’t race. I mean I started and all, but as most of you know I didn’t finish – it was my decision to pull the plug.
Here is the scoop.
I said in my last blog that I haven’t been training. I don’t think a lot of people believed me…so let me first outline my training since May 1:
- May – went for a run
- June – went for a bike ride
- July – swam a handful of times
Yup. That’s it.
That is why I said what I said in my last two blog posts – basically I planned on treating it as a training day.
I was really going to meet up with my friends Jeff & Annie, Kevin & Jennie, and Jon & Beth and Adena and Fran. Talk about the blog world all colliding!! These guys are all so awesome, I am so psyched to have them for friends and wish we all lived a little closer
Some people might not understand that (and I don’t really care) but I just decided to have a fun day – I mean, I figured I could make the swim cutoff, get on the bike and just see how I feel. Mostly I just wanted to have a fun day.
Which is what I did.
I am not going to give a blow by blow description – read Jon, Jeff, or Kevin’s blog for that – they all did the entire race in SPEEDY time. I just did the swim and one bike loop. Here are a few bullet-like points about the course/my day.
- If you are thinking about doing IMMT – do it. What a venue!
- The swim start was kind of funny. There was supposed to be a cannon, but people got in front of the cannon (???WHY would you do that??), so some planes flew over, Mike Riley looked over to the cannons and then just went “GO GO GO” .
- I ran into a green kayak. I started sighting after that.
- Due to the above situation, I’m pretty sure I swam like 3 miles.
- When you are really far back in the swim, the kayaks and paddle boards surround you. I was pretty sure I was the last one out there by the way they surrounded me, it was very weird. But there were really people behind me! I was somewhere around 2 hours I think (1:50 something). Swim cut off is 2:20.
- The run from the swim to transition is about 6 miles. I could be exaggerating, but not by much.
- Smile a lot and put your positive attitude out to people, and they WILL cheer their heads off for you. Promise.
- I LOVE the crowds at this race – holy crap. They lined the streets in all the towns I biked through shouting “Bravo! GO GO GIRL GO”.
- I think the bike course is challenging and beautiful – I did 1 loop in about 4:15 – that is long for me for that distance compared to the past (56 miles), but again, I didn’t train. The hardest section of the course is the 12 miles/20 kilometers heading out to Lac Superior (aka Lac HELL)– lots of steep rollers the entire way.
- When you are really far in the back of the pack, you get lapped by the pros (on their second loop). You also get to meet a 70 year old who has is a 10 time Ironman – at least I did.
- Adena and Michelle are so awesome – from start to “finish” they Sherpa’d my crap around, stored my stinky bike shoes in their room (I owe you girls a beer for that), and really just made me feel much less alone at the race. Thank you so so much. XOXOX
- I really like poutine, it’s even better with bacon. Don’t judge me.
So I did 1 loop and got to special needs at around 1:20 pm – the cutoff is 1:30. I did the math and figured my second loop was going to be slower than my first loop, and the 5:30 cut-off was a long shot.
I know most of you want to hear that I wanted to gut it out and go for it…but I just didn’t. I was good. I went into it knowing that I hadn’t trained (at all), and knowing what the distance requires (see my IMLP post HERE), I was sure it was time for me to throw in the towel.
I just didn’t have any reason to put myself through it for a race that I didn’t have my heart into.
That’s the thing about Ironman – you need to have your heart in it. If you don’t, you are toast.
Since the new job my time has been really limited, especially when I first started…I still had the heart and desire for this race then, and I was getting some training in. I was just getting back into a training groove and then my grandfather got sick…and I think after he died…I think that is when I really lost my heart and drive for this race. The balloon just popped.
Anyway I guess I don’t need to justify it to anyone… except I have gotten some criticism over this (regarding my swim time, my choosing to stop, etc) and it kind annoys me. I know most people wouldn’t have even shown up –and that is fine.
I guess that would have been the easy way to deal with it. But I had a SWEET condo, I had decided to come, and so then was here…I kind of figured why not? What if I had a really great day and did finish (understand not likely, but what if?)
So that is my story of the race day of IMMT…not what I had hoped for or envisioned a year ago, but a good day nonetheless.
I can’t wait to follow up with some awesome stories about the weekend.