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a quickie post race recap from your favorite superstar « Jocelyn Wong's Blog


a quickie post race recap from your favorite superstar

this is not quite a race report because I don’t yet have any photos and what is a race report without awesome photos?

…as predicted I had the BEST RACE OF MY LIFE.

first time under 6 hrs on the bike. 5:35. a negative split too! 2:50/2:45

first time under 4 hrs on the marathon. 3:55.

first time under 12 hours in an ironman…and almost under 11 too!! 11:08.

a full one hour improvement from my previous best Ironman (12:08) and 1hr 36mins faster than last year’s Ironman China (12:44).

oh! and first time finishing in BROAD DAYLIGHT!!! WOW!!!

I even had my own bicycle escort in the last 2k of the marathon!!

what blows my mind a little is that I had the 3rd fastest marathon of all the women (and 7th fastest amongst all the pros including the boys!!). I just did my special bomb-proof little shuffle that me and Coach have been working on. It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t break 4 hours, that was my goal and I kept an eye on my watch to make sure I was on pace. My secret goal was to break Belinda’s run course record from last year (3:53) and I just missed it by 2 minutes!

The heat didn’t bother me very much. I was very surprised to hear it was even hotter than last year, because I completely melted last year. I ran with my Camelbak in the marathon and I think that helped a lot, I poured a bottle of water over my head and body at every aid station and stuffed ice in my sports bra. Good thing there’s lots of room for stuffing random things in there. The volunteer girls thought that was hilarious.

The volunteers, spectators, and policemen all loved me. They could tell I was obviously Chinese and I had such a big smile on my face for most of the marathon that they would go crazy and cheer for me EXTRA! that helped a lot too. It made me go faster!! I felt like a hometown heroine.

My swim was bad, I got trapped in the current and swept downstream, but I find it funny that everyone keeps telling me how gutsy and courageous I was to keep going the way I did after such a bad swim. What were my options, really? to go bad in the bike AND bad in the run also? no way!! Coming out of the water and seeing 1:30 on my watch, I thought “I can only go better from here.”

thanks for all your support!! congratulations to everyone out there yesterday.
I love China!!
a very happy Wongstar

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