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Lake Placid post-race check-in

this was a grimace/smile hybrid charging up the hill while finishing the first loop of the run.  (courtesy of Sebastian from SLS3)

this was a grimace/smile hybrid charging up the hill while finishing the first loop of the run. (courtesy of Sebastian from SLS3)

Hey Wongstar fans,

It usually takes me a little longer to do my official race report so I thought I would do a brief check-in with some before & after pictures. Today after awards me and Ben are going to ride the bobsleds (!!!), then I am going to NYC for a couple days to meet up with my good friend Carolina to chill and relax before heading to Delaware for some solid training at the new TBB USA headquarters. I’m taking the choo-choo train into NYC from here, so that’s a nice 7-hour journey and will give me a chance to write up my RR.

waiting for the school bus

waiting for the school bus at 5am

Here’s me and Ben on race morning waiting for the shuttle. Yes, I’m in my jammies as I’ve only packed 3 pairs of pants for the summer tour. 2 pairs of jeans and my PJ’s.

The race itself I am happy with overall. They didn’t let pros swim with wetsuits and I came out in 1:13, crossed the mat in 1:14. Not too bad for no wetsuit and faster than most of my wetsuit swims this year! I was very happy with my bike ride after having mechanical issues in CDA and felt it was more reflective of my bike fitness. I bonked on the run but was able to smile through a lot of the marathon with so many spectators yelling for me. Like the guys in the speedos:

I think the guy with the star was pointing at it while cheering for me.  Its like a superstar speedo.

I think the guy with the star was pointing at it while cheering for me. It's like a superstar speedo.

Helped trick my body into thinking I wasn’t hurting so much! But I was actually for the most part very happy during the race and afterwards. Even though it’s painful, racing an Ironman is still one of my favorite things to do ever!  It is funny that just last August, not even 12 months ago, I was over the moon going 3:33 at Embrunman.  I went 3:33 yesterday and I thought my run sucked monkey balls.

Of course it was great seeing Amy on the course tearing it up with the lead bike on the run, so far ahead of the rest of the girls. Go teamTBB!

with the champ after her pee test

with the champ after her pee test

I also bumped into the famous Shingo Tani when he blew by me in the marathon. Unfortunately he got 2 flats on the bike so I was confused why he was behind me to begin with on the run. He says to tell Hiro and Maki hello! He also told me I got skinnier. I knew I always liked him.

one of my favorite Japanese guys, other than Hiro and Maki ^_~

one of my favorite Japanese guys, other than Hiro and Maki ^_~

Ben had a great race and broke 11 hours in his first Ironman! He was one of the 1,000 wetsuit-clad age groupers that passed me during the swim but somewhere on the bike I passed him back and it was great seeing him during the marathon at every turnaround.

Ben Snare, you are an Ironman!!!

Benjamin Snare, you are an Ironman!!!

Finishing an Ironman is the best feeling ever! Lake Placid was my “Super Sweet Sixteen”–my 16th Ironman finish and 5th one this year. The longer version to come, in the meantime thanks for all your support, I love you all! :)

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