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PostPosted: 07/31/03 - 16:43    Post subject: You asked for it-Ironman RR!
Box of GU $24.95
Wetsuit $249.95
Entry Fee $397.00
Becoming and IRONMAN
PRICELESS



Well I did it…I am an Ironman! On Sunday I completed the Ironman in 14:14:04.
Swim 2.4 miles 1:26:17 Bike 112 miles 7:39:54 Run 26.2 miles 4:41:48

Thursday: Steve and I picked up Mike and drove to Lake Placid. Other than the downpours we drove thru the ride up was pretty uneventful. As we got closer to town we noticed a lot of Ironman signs up on houses and on shops along the highway and Main St. Our condo was in the perfect spot. A 10 minute walk into the center of town and to the start area but away from all the hype.

Friday: Mike and I swam one lap on the course to get the feel of the water and to see how sighting was. Then we walked around the expo with Steve and checked ourselves in. The Ironman event is the most organized event I’ve ever been too. The athletes all have bracelets with their numbers and the volunteers have different colored bracelets depending on their assignment. After we got our bracelets, various numbers, 5 different bags and our timing chip we went to lunch with Steve and back to the condo to relax. Chuck and Laureen arrived in the afternoon. We were so happy to see them and after we chatted with then they went with Steve to lunch and for a run in the afternoon and Mike and I rode our bikes on the run course. Then we drove the car on the bike course. Chuck brought a CD that our friend Kristen made for us (excellent song list!) so we listened to that while we made dinner.

Saturday, Mike and I had to get our transition bags and bikes down to the transition area today. It probably took me an hour to get all my stuff organized. Clothes for hot and cold weather, gear, food. Way too many things going on in my head. It was frantic and I nearly cried from the frustration of making sure I thought of everything. dunno We had 5 bags to deal with: swim to bike, bike to run, dry clothes, special needs bike and special needs run. I’ve never done this before-how the heck am I supose to know what I needed? I way overpacked and I had way too much food. Steve, Chuck and Laureen went off to see the Gorge and to Whiteface Mountain and we checked our bikes in and got rid of our transition bags. After we checked in I relaxed a little. At 2:00 we had an athletes meeting then we went back to the condo for the night. We had a great dinner (salad, pasta, chicken and bread) and played some Yahtzee then went to bed around 9:30. I probably woke up 3 times in the night and every time all I could hear was the howling wind. That made sleep difficult.

Sunday: I woke around 4:45. The wind was still whipping Evil or Very Mad (or as the weathermen in Lake Placid would say “it was Breezy”). I had a cup of coffee, a bagel with peanut butter and a banana. Steve, Chuck and Laureen all woke up and sat with us while we ate listening to the CD that Kristen made for us. I got dressed, took off my wedding band (I thought my fingers could swell too much today) and Steve and Chuck drove us down to the bottom of the hill. Mike and I walked to the transition area tearing up a bit. I was so nervous and anxious. I just wanted to start the race. I knew once we started I’d calm down. We checked our bikes, put our water bottles on the bikes, checked our transition bags (I added a short sleeve jersey in my bike transition-very happy I did that), got body marked, I pulled on my sausage suit (wetsuit), dropped off our special needs bags and walked to the start line. Mike and I hugged eachother good luck and before I knew it the cannon went off.

Swim: We started in the way back right of the start. All I wanted was to get into a nice groove and not get hurt. I got hit a few times on the legs and feet at the beginning. Once I hit the first turnaround buoy somehow I ended up right on the buoy line. (There was a line under the water directly under the buoys so sighting was very easy.) I was slightly more abused swimming in closer to the line and I ended up boxed in a few times. I got to the halfway marker ran out of the water and back into the water (around 42min). The 2nd lap was a bit more relaxed. I even saw some of the divers that were under the water. I was boxed in a few more times and couldn’t escape the “splasher and kicker” who was swimming beside me. I took in a little bit of water swimming next to him. I got out of the water in 1:26 (1555th). I got my wetsuit stripped off and ran with it to the transition area. On the way I saw Steve, Chuck and Laureen…hooray!!!

T1: I got my bag and ran into the women’s changing tent. I’m never very fast at transition. I had to switch my number from the back of my sleeveless to the back of my short sleeve, got into my shorts, socks, shoes, gloves, arm warmers, helmet, glasses on, now what should I eat??? I took a GU flask, 2 cliff bars and a PB&J sandwich. Off I went to my bike. Hooray! (T1 time 14:02)

Bike: My first thought was “well, it’s windy and kind of cold but at least it isn’t raining”. When I rode out of transition I saw our little cheering section – Hooray! I didn’t want to go off too strong because I knew the last 12 miles on each loop would be uphill. So off I went-it was a little uphill for the first few miles and then there was a 6 mile downhill into the town of Keene. It was one of those hills that have the truck signs that say “trucks, use low gear”. What I like to call a white knuckle downhill. The downhill combined with wet pavement makes for one very slow descent, for me anyways. I think the highest I got up to was 33mph. Fast enough for me. At least I made it down alive! The next 12ish miles were relatively flat with a nice tail wind (Mike and I decided this would be when the “buffet” would open and we would each eat a little something-something.) For me the something was a cliff bar and PB&J. On this section there was a girl whose bike fishtailed and she was down in the road. So I stayed there until help came and I went off again. The course turned left and there was a nice 3 mile climb-with a headwind. I heard various reports that day saying the winds were 20-25mph. Shocked No wonder why I was so slow…must have been the wind. Smile There was a 14 mile out and back and this is when I saw Mike-Hooray!!! Then the fun began. About a 12 mile uphill – headwind- RAIN!! I was worried about getting cold but somehow I stayed warm. I may have been slow but I passed people on the uphills-they just passed me back on the downhills. After lap 1 I went to my Special needs bag and refilled 2 of my water bottles with Accelerade (mmmmmm), took a new GU flask, some peanut butter crackers, and downed a pop tart. I saw Steve, Chuck and Laureen when I went around to start lap 2 – Hooray!!!

Lap 2 was more of the same but a little slower. It felt like the winds were stronger and the rain, when it started, was more like a Downpour! UUGGHHH Mad Usually, I hit a wall around 65 miles on a long ride but I didn’t during this race. This ride reminded me of a training ride we did with our friend Peter in the pouring rain for 60 miles. Who knew that ride would prepare me for this? I took 4 pee breaks in the 2 laps and had bananas at each of those stops and I think that may have helped. I made sure I ate and drank enough too. On the 2nd lap the last uphill didn’t seem as bad. My hamstring and calf were starting to cramp but I just had extra GU and finished off my Accelerade and that seemed to help. Came around into T2 and saw Steve – big ole smile for him!!! And then I saw Chuck and Laureen walking towards me – Hooray! Bike total 7:39:54 (1531 overall). Slow but I was done with that!

T2: I passed my bike off to a Volunteer and my transition bag was handed to me and I went into the changing tent. I actually sat down. I couldn’t get my bag open so I had to wait a few minutes while a nice volunteer got the knot out for me. There was a note from Steve and I read it, Changed, bodyglided, took some advil, ate fig newtons, fuel belt on with 4 bottles of accelerade and I was off and running. (T2:12:04)

Run: When I exited the transition area the crowd was awesome!!! Our 3 biggest fans were there and I gave them a huge smile and ran down the street waving to the crowd. Mr. Green Hooray! I wanted to make sure I ran the 1st half at a nice conservative pace. When I rounded the corner on Main Street Heather Fuhr was running up the hill right at me. She was only a foot away from me. (She ended up winning the Women’s race). Got to the 1st mile marker around 9:50pace. “Slow down there little lady”. I timed my miles only to make sure I wasn’t going too fast. My plan was to walk the “snack bars” (aka aide stations) and walk up the big hills. The first snack bar I ran thru because I still had fig newton in my system. At mile 2 I had to go to the bathroom and waited for a porta john and nothing happened. Kept on running. Around mile 2.5 I saw Mike-he looked great and we High-5’d eachother. So cool! We were both on our way. Around mile 4 my calves were starting to cramp. Oh boy, not now, I decided to make sure I had GU every 4 miles, plenty of Accelerade and Chicken Broth at all the snack bars. I believe the Chicken broth saved my cramping. Within a mile from then my calves were fine. I started to walk the uphills when I turned back towards Main St there were a few Huge uphills! I told myself when I walked I had to walk with a “purpose” and I had to start running at the top of all the hills. It worked for me. I saw Mike again on the uphill and I came around to Main St and saw Steve, Chuck and Laureen again. Hooray! Gave them a huge smile, had to kiss Steve and off I went to my special needs bag nearly crying. I took more advil and refilled my bottles with accelerade. I went down Main St and saw Mike for the 3rd time on the run. High 5! I wanted to hug him but didn’t want either of us to start crying. He was on his way to the finish. This is when the rain came again. Lovely! Just what I wanted. It was getting dark and was probably in the high 60’s and raining. I made sure I had Chicken broth whenever I could get it. I was afraid to get the chills. I always am the first to get the chills and was surprised I could stay warm. I talked to a lot of different people but made sure to keep moving at my pace. I knew I would make it around my goal of 14hours. I started to get so excited when I came back on Main Street and saw Steve and Laureen. Only 1.5 miles to go. The last mile seemed to go by so fast. I ran into the speed skating oval, smiling the whole time, heard my name and crossed the finish line at 14:14:04. (53 in my age group out of 97 and 1279 overall) Not bad for my first Ironman. Hooray! (Run time 4:41:48. 809 overall) dance

The crowds were amazing, the Volunteers even more amazing. Steve, Chuck and Laureen were amazing!!! Mike was amazing. This was the most emotional race I’ve ever been in. I knew during the race I’d get emotional but I didn’t know how emotional I’d get the days leading up to the race.

I most certainly couldn’t have done this without Steve! pink love He did most of my training with me (other than the swimming.) And he put up with me for many months of my mood swings. Our friend Peter took us on so many long training rides and I really appreciated that-it helped so much! Chrissy and Jeanine were there to make sure I went to masters swim. My friends who I run and ride with in the wee hours of the morning are awesome!

I was surprised I didn’t hit a really rough patch out there on the course. I knew it would be a long day and I’d have to take everything in stride. I may not have been the fastest one out there but I did make sure I was having fun. I smiled more than I thought possible during the 14 hours. When I finished it was still raining but I didn’t really notice it. It was hard to pry me off the cloud I was riding on. I was so proud of Mike and proud of myself to set a goal and achieve that goal. Anything is possible! If I can do an Ironman anyone can!

Today is Thursday. 4 days later. I’m still riding on a cloud of giddiness. fubby When I finished the race my whole body was sore. If you touched me it felt like I was bruised all over. That was gone on Monday. My quads and lower back were sore. Going up and down stairs were tough. Today I’m so much better. A tad bit sore. I swam this morning and it felt good. I can’t wait to get back out there.

I hate to say it. I had such a good time I signed up to do it again in 2004! Yes, I’m crazy! But what do you expect from me?
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PostPosted: 07/31/03 - 16:53    Post subject:
HECK YEAH! That's just way tooo cool that you did that.

thumbs up to the both of you. You're runningforums legengs now~!
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PostPosted: 07/31/03 - 16:57    Post subject:
To my formah winnah teammate I say
[scroll:9bf61ef6ef]HOORAY! Dancing Banana cheers HOORAY! cheers Dancing Banana HOORAY! [/scroll:9bf61ef6ef]

What a huge, huge accomplishment. Truly awe inspiring stuff. You rock in your pants!
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PostPosted: 07/31/03 - 16:58    Post subject:
Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment thumbs up
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PostPosted: 07/31/03 - 17:06    Post subject:
LOVE re-living it via your report..........lets enjoy some downtime, then look out Lake Placid 2004 here we come...of course we must squeeze in the Firmman 1/2 Ironman, BAA 1/2 marathon, Disney Marathon, Boston Marathon, etc. before.

Great JOb there and you earned it with all your hard work.

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PostPosted: 07/31/03 - 17:27    Post subject:
AWSOME JOB

The 2004 race filled up on Tuesday, I'm eying it for 2005 Smile
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PostPosted: 07/31/03 - 17:53    Post subject:
to Dancer!

What an awesome report!

You two are very inspirational.
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PostPosted: 07/31/03 - 20:18    Post subject:
Congratulations. Best of luck next year
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PostPosted: 08/01/03 - 00:47    Post subject:
Congrats Dancer! Hope you do better next year!
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PostPosted: 08/01/03 - 11:07    Post subject:
Wow
wow
wow

You're aaaaamazing. And no rough patches?! Must have been perfect training and pacing. You've definitely found your sport and the toughest one around at that.
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PostPosted: 08/01/03 - 11:31    Post subject:
Official motion to have Happy and Dancer change their status from 'member' to something more interesting like 'Ironman' or 'IM Lake Placid 14:14:04'
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PostPosted: 08/01/03 - 11:40    Post subject:
purple hayes wrote:
Official motion to have Happy and Dancer change their status from 'member' to something more interesting like 'Ironman' or 'IM Lake Placid 14:14:04'
I'll second that
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PostPosted: 08/02/03 - 08:48    Post subject:
AWESOME: provoking feelings of wonder, fear, and respect inspired by something mighty or majestic.

um, that would be you! Mr. Green IRONWOMAN!

congratulations10

hope there's many more in both your futures.
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PostPosted: 08/02/03 - 12:30    Post subject:
Great report and great race!

Again, inspired and awed by your accomplishment!
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PostPosted: 08/02/03 - 14:34    Post subject:
Fantastic Job!
It sounds like you were well prepared and ran a smart race. Keep up training and you will do even better next year.
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