I have been involved with endurance sports for enough years to know that come race day ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN and this race proved no different.
I have wanted to compete in an Ironman for years. This dream had been placed on hold a few times but once it was back in front of me I decided that I would give everything to enjoying the entire ride. Training was a journey in itself and I loved it. My coach, Vince Matteo, was absolutely key in keeping me in the game and headed in the right direction. I am a very self-motivated person but having Vince gave me the reassurance that I was doing things right. So much was learned along the way and I only hope to apply those lesson even more in the future.
Just as soon as we arrived for athlete check-in and the Louisville Ironman band was placed on my wrist the energy all around me immediately. Yes I cried and yes the volunteer knew immediately that this was my first. Everything about check in was perfect. Smooth and well planned out. I also participated in the practice swim leading up to race day. Insert more energy from those around me!
RACE DAY –
As soon I entered the lobby my crew was there dressed up in Robin Customs. They are TRUE SUPER HEROS!! Prior to the race we were also interviewed by the local news stations (click here for the video). Again… absolutely amazing and I loved them for all of the excitement and support during the entire day. I am VERY blessed to have them in my life!
I have never been one for very lengthy race reports so here it is broken down –
I entered the water and did my best to just ease into my own rhythm. Louisville offers a time trial start and I took advantage of having just a little extra room. I still was kicked and hot but it was less than a mass start would have been for sure. My plan worked and my swim was over before I knew it. Really enjoyed it!
Bike – 8:05:42
All was perfect on the bike but not for long. At the first aid station, mile 8, a careless rider decided at the last minute to swerve over and grab a bottle taking me out from behind. I was completely separated from my bike and blacked out for a brief second. It all happened so fast. Lots of tears when it was first thought my ride was over. A request for a wheel replacement was called in and an hour later it arrived. I cracked a few ribs in the process as well. So as I began my journey again I had to push what I could keeping the effort to a tolerable pain level. So many details but let me just say seeing my husband and support crew, having the amazing volunteers, and keeping a positive attitude helped me more than tackle the 112 mile route.
Run – 5:17:31
Knowing my ribs were a factor I was very worried if I would be able to run at all. It is amazing how the body works! I left T2 and after a few running strides I realized that pain was no worse than it was on the bike and I could do this. My run was not fast but I RAN. I passed one person after the next. The course was full of walking zombies. So with each aid station I would walk and take more nutrition in and than just make it to the next station.
The Finish – 15:03:05
Hearing Mike Riley announce my name was one of my proudest moments. I dug so deep, kept myself in a positive place during the entire race, and absolutely took in everything around me. I LOVED IT ALL!!!! The crowd was even more than I could have imagined and cheered so loudly. No words can describe it even today. I could write this report a thousand times and still not capture my feelings. When I reached my husband the tears just poured. His support and love for me is immeasurable!!
Thank you all for the support and well wishes. I even had the addition of support from fellow blogger, Suzanne, and having her there was just a true treat. I only wish I could have spent more time with her. She is one great lady!!