Be careful out there!
Archive for October, 2010
This was my 4th Ironman in one year, actually my 4th Ironman since mid-March. My 5th in 13 months, and my 6th in 5 years. You do the math.
I am 2 days after the race, and I can still barely walk. Yesterday we had several “to-dos” before noon, and I wanted to swim a bit to loosen up. B figured we’d just knock it all out at once, but I knew that we wouldn’t finish everything in time just because it took me a few minutes to move 100 steps. So, I was very sore yesterday. I flopped around to ‘try’ to loosen up. It didn’t work.
I was so sore I could hardly sleep and dreaded getting up to pee in the middle of the night. I woke up this AM and Brandon ran, but I left about 5 minutes later to bike. He ran about an hour and I didn’t catch him until his last 5 minutes…I was riding ‘that’ slow. I was so upset today as I could barely fit my feet in my bike shoes. My feet and legs have never been this swollen after an Ironman before! At least I am not alone since Julie Dibens tweeted that her feet were fat too! I replied and asked if her toes looked like those ‘little smokey’ breakfast sausages like mine!
Back to Austin tomorrow. I am sure that flight will help the fat feet as well, and they’ll probably be the same size as my quads by the time we touch down in Austin.
Stay tuned for a race report in the next few days. But, you know by now that I was 11th.
Well I am finally headed to Kona tomorrow morning. Yes, I am probably the last competitor arriving in Kona and that’s the way I roll. Get in, get ready, race, and go home.
This will be my second time to race Kona. My first time was in 2005 as an age grouper. It was my first ever Ironman and even my first marathon. I qualified at the Buffalo Springs Half Ironman and it was a big step for me to take the slot. Afterall… I was a sprint freestyler in college and my swim events were anywhere from twenty something seconds to under two minutes. Anything over two minutes was considered a distance event to me. Now I was going to sign up for an event that would take me over ten hours!
Hawaii 2005 was definitely an experience that I will never forget…and it took me 4 years to recover from it and want to race another Ironman which was Wisconsin 2009.
So 5 years later I am headed back to the Big Island to race as a pro for the first time and I’m looking forward to it!