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Ironman France: No Regrets

Monday, June 27th, 2011

For the first time in my career I stepped off the bike and was in the game! I wasn’t just participating in Ironman France, I was finally in the thick of things having arrived into T2 with the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th placed athletes. I had played every move up until this point perfectly! I fumbled quite a bit getting my shoes on and once out of the transition I realized that my fellow competitors were gone up the road. I didn’t think it would matter because I truly believed and felt this was going to be my day to run like so many know I am capable of, I quickly started to rethink think my run strategy at just 5km in when the heat of the day was already taking its toll on me. By 10km I had lost a place falling back to 11th when I started to cramp in my legs thus forcing me to walk the transitions and take in as much fluid as I could. At some points I would come around and find my rhythm and think, “well, if I can keep this up I will run 3hours, and that should put me top 8!” Soon after I put in a surge, the nausea would return with cramping in the hamstrings. I played every game I could think of both mentally and nutritionally but theses were only temporary solutions, like putting a band aide on a bullet wound.

Photo By Pierre Moulierac

Bananas would help for a bit as well as spending a few seconds standing under the cold showers on course but all in all from kms 10-42 it was the toughest running I have done in my life! After crossing the finish line I spent a good hour and a half vomiting in the bushes while fighting cramps all over my legs before finally being taken to the medical tent to get an IV, thank God for that as I don’t think I would have been able to ride my bike back to my home stays house!

Thinking back I don’t have any regrets nor are there any excuses. For what ever reason, and it is not mental, I melted on the run today! I swam and rode my heart out, at 2 hours into the bike I swallowed a bee, which stung the inside of my throat on the way down…I didn’t care as today was to be my day….But after 3 hours and 25minutes of torture on the run I lay in agony not of victory but defeat!! There needs to be a discussion about why I seem to crumble when the temperature rises into the 90s but this is not an excuse as others ran wonderfully out there!

Two years and 4 months ago when I first met Brett Sutton and he agreed to give me shot on the team, he said that it was going to take 3 years to make me a real Ironman athlete. He asked if I was willing to put that amount of time in…Well, here I am closer than ever before but I thought today I would be writing to say that I beat his time prediction but you know what? We don’t call him the “Doc” for no reason as he is usually right 99% of the time. And I am coming to grips with the hard truth that it will in fact take the entire 3 years until I have successfully put together the Ironman that we have been working so very hard towards!

Over this 28 month period, many people have come into my life that would have never if it were not for Team TBB and our growing network of fans and athletes. Some are disappointed tonight not in me but for me as they have followed my progress and some too believed today was to be my coming out party!! I have received some wonderful messages and I thank you guys for your thoughts and positive energy! It is coming my friends I know it, just going to have to be a bit more patient that I like to be…. Thank you so very much for following me as the climb up the mountain is getting steeper and steeper as I get closer to the top……
My home stay host, Pierre, asked me last night if I will return to Nice for a 4th time next year?? I responded, with, “Yes! I must come back to Nice, even though it puts me through so much pain, I will figure this race out!” He said I was crazy Thank you to Pierre and his family for having me once again this year! I very much enjoy my time with you all and for the second year in a row I arrive to your home post race defeated but you treat me like family and that is nice to come home to when you are shattered like I was this evening!!

Rapperswil 70.3

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Last weekend I traveled up the road towards Zurich to race in the Rapperswil 70.3.  The hopes were to have a strong swim/bike in preparation for the upcoming Ironman France.  I think I accomplished both with my 14th place finish.  Even though I didn’t think too much about the run until I got off the bike I was a bit disappointed with my 1:18 split as I am in much much better shape than that.  But overall it was the perfect prep race for the course in Nice!!

My swim was fairly average, I was pleased to swim with a group, and there were times where I felt the pace was too easy so I think a good sign that maybe quite possibly my swim is finally starting to show some improvement…..27:44 swim split.

Onto the bike it was as hard as I could from the start!  I didn’t care much about what was to come next I just wanted to push for 2 + hours and that was what I did.  The course was up and down with some pretty steep parts at times  which made for some tough ascents but fun descents.  All the locals came out to cheer on the climbs and in the small villages we road through so it was never really boring at all!!  Bike 2:17  I was most pleased with my bike effort for the day as it was the first time I have gone flat out like that on the bike for the 70.3 distance.  I believe another sign of improvement and a much much better ride than I had in St. George!!

Off the bike and onto the run it was very much an up and down half marathon…There were times where I felt fantastic and other times where I needed to be sick in the bushes.   Even though it was not my swiftest run I did negative split it and was getting stronger as I went!  It was a hot day in Rapperswil so again perfect prep for Nice.

I returned Sunday night and it was straight back into training the next morning!! Now here I am less than 2 weeks from my next Ironman and once again feeling in top form, just as I did before St. George!  I do believe however with these 2 races now under my belt that come next weekend the racing cob webs are gone and I stand a very good chance of having my best finish in an Ironman to date!!!

I need to thank Manuel and his family for having me stay at their home for a night!! Your home is nice and cozy!  I always say that I never sleep as well anywhere in the world as I do in Switzerland and your home did not disappoint!  Also  thank you to Celine for giving me a lift back to Leysin and congrats to her and Manuel for finishing their first 70.3 race!!   I am so glad I was able to travel to this section of Switzerland as it is such beautiful part of this country.  I very much look forward to racing more in Europe this summer as racing in the states pales in comparison when it comes to spectator support on the course and sheer appreciation for the efforts that each athlete is putting out!!!  More to come in the weeks ahead!  Thank you for reading!!