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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
United States
Ironman North America
72F / 22C
Sunny
Total Time = 14h 33m 13s
Overall Rank = 1543/2060
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 97/151
Pre-race routine:

I need to start this out by saying THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to my most absolutely awesome husband Erik. YOU ARE THE BEST EVER! :)

Planned to be up at 4am, but was up anyway at 3. Tried to eat a ton of food, but just couldn't get down as much as I had planned. Sipped GE, got my stuff ready. Said good bye to the family. Walked to the race site, and left the house at 4:45am. The sun was up already!

Checked my transition bags because it rained overnight. My bike stuff had gotten a little wet, but wasn't bad. Went through everything in my head and got ready.
Event warmup:

Um, none.
Swim
  • 1h 46m 38s
  • 4224 yards
  • 02m 31s / 100 yards
Comments:

Started out with Kelly as the cannon went off. Started swimming and the cold water didn't really bother me like it did the past 3 days.

I don't know why I cannot get faster in open water. I've gotten faster in the pool, but not in OW.

I definitely started wide to the right, and there was a moving buoy on the 2nd lap which sucked, but hey, just keep swimming, right?
What would you do differently?:

Find people who can swim straight to draft!
Transition 1
  • 08m 38s
Comments:

Wetsuit strippers rock. Ran to the changing tent, and could not stop shaking. Probably cold...I was in the water a long time. ;) The volunteer that helped me literally had to dress me. I couldn't do anything!
What would you do differently?:

Get sunscreened! I forgot that small detail. But I bike with arm coolers specifically to keep my arms from getting fried, so that helped.
Bike
  • 7h 10m 49s
  • 112 miles
  • 15.60 mile/hr
Comments:

The bike hills were steep! Challenging course. It was interesting that I passed a bunch of guys going up every hill, and the same guys passed me on every downhill. And it was always the same group of guys!

I felt good on the first lap of the bike. Drank enough. At about mile 50, I started getting nauseous. Then had trouble keeping down fluids and my clif shot bloks (which I forgot to bring with me to CdA...thank you to coredump for picking some up for me at Fleet Feet!). Stopped to pee 2x on the bike. 2nd lap was tougher, plus the headwind all the way back to town SUCKED!!!
What would you do differently?:

Not be nauseous?
Transition 2
  • 08m 11s
Comments:

Biked in, stopped, handed bike to some dude who asked "do you have everything you need from the bike?" I stopped, ***TMI alert!*** (you've been warned), grabbed a tampon out of my Bento Box, looked at the dude, who looked back at me and said, "Nice."

AND NOW I FIND OUT THAT THE DUDE WAS FREAKIN HAZMASTER! AND DR.LEAH WAS THERE TOO. Embarrassing, in a kinda funny way.

To the changing tent (with a port a john break), changed clothes, got sunscreened this time, and ran.
What would you do differently?:

nothing.
Run
  • 5h 18m 59s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 10s  min/mile
Comments:

Got to see a bunch of the BT crew on the course. There were times I felt out of it...just weird. I ran fine until about mile 15 or 16. Walked every aid station for about 30-60 seconds. Had GI issues at mile 17 and hit the port a john, but there was no TP! Had to have TP, so I walked to mile 18 at an 18 min/mi pace, IF you know what I mean. I had very inconsistent pacing for the entire marathon. 9 to 18 minutes per mile! Crazy!

Changed socks with the special needs bag and put on a long sleeve shirt. I was shivering even though it wasn't cold. I have 2 blisters on my left foot.

Felt like absolute sh*t from mile 18 to 25.5. Could only drink coke for the last 6 miles. I tried to eat a banana at one point which made me dry heave and spit out the banana. Ick. The spectators were amazing and really really helpful. I walked a lot on the 2nd lap in that time frame. Just before the last turn, Crazypop ran up next to me and said "Come on, let's go." And he started sprinting. I made it for maybe 30 seconds and told him to go on because there was no way I could sprint to the end. As soon as he went ahead, Lilia (devotchkatata) ran with me which was so cool! Thanks Lilia! Then I ran into the chute which was the most amazing part of the day. I was SO happy after hours of misery at that point! I felt absolute joy at that moment. Grinning from ear to ear!

I knew that Shannon, Wendi, Laura, and Drew were catching people after 9, and some strange man caught me and helped me a few seconds until I was swarmed by the BT crew! YAY!
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. I think it was just fine for my first IM.
Post race
Warm down:

Met up with Kelly again...so cool to start and finish the day with her. She helped me get food and signed me up for a massage, which was excellent! Couldn't eat much. Walked home with Erik and Tara and then passed out on the bench at the kitchen table for a bit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nausea.

Event comments:

I missed my girl Stacie lots :( But it was Stacie along with my family that got me through this day! THANKS!




Last updated: 2007-06-25 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:46:38 | 4224 yards | 02m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 140/151
Overall: 1930/2060
Performance: Average
Suit: Full plus hood and booties
Course: 2 laps on a rectangular course with a short run on the beach between laps.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 60F / 15C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 08:38
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
07:10:49 | 112 miles | 15.60 mile/hr
Age Group: 95/151
Overall: 1611/2060
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: 2 laps. Flat at first, hilly up north. VERY hilly.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 08:11
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
05:18:59 | 26.2 miles | 12m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 89/151
Overall: 1296/2060
Performance: Average
Course: 2 laps. Through town and along the lake. Nice and flat for the most part.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2008-06-26 2:25 PM
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2008-06-26 2:32 PM
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Great job out there! Way to tough it out...You are an Ironman.
2008-06-26 3:34 PM
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CONGRATS IRONCATHY!!   It was so awesome to see you out on that course, and even more awesome to catch you at the finish!! You looked amazing!! 

I've got pictures of you also that I'll email to you soon.  

2008-06-26 3:43 PM
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Awesome race out there this weekend!  You definitely rocked it.

It was great to be almost neighbors for a week or so. 

Hope to see you at more races!!!! 

2008-06-26 4:00 PM
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Dr.Leah just told me to read your RR...glad I did, great race girl! You are an Ironman! and the TMI, not to worry...it did take me a second to realize what you grabbed off the top of your Bento...one of the other guys standing behind you had his eyes bugged out of his head like you pulled a dismembered arm off your bike. No big deal, I was the one that grabbed Tom Evan's bike, without gloves...he aparently had pee'd on his bike..yuck! Congrats on your race! It was nice sort of meeting you!!! :P

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2008-06-26 4:24 PM
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I'm proud of you!

"I knew that Shannon, Wendi, Laura, and Drew were catching people after 9, and some strange man caught me and helped me a few seconds until I was swarmed by the BT crew! YAY! "

Why ^^^^ that made me cry I have no idea. but it did.  great job



2008-06-26 4:38 PM
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great job out there.. I can't imagine swimming in water that cold
2008-06-26 4:50 PM
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A year ago, I had respect for IM racers, but no interest in becoming one. After reading race reports like yours and others and training for the last 2 months, I want to be what you are today -- an Ironman. Great job on your race and see you out on the course somewhere in the future!
2008-06-26 4:57 PM
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hazmaster - 2008-06-26 4:00 PM Dr.Leah just told me to read your RR...glad I did, great race girl! You are an Ironman! and the TMI, not to worry...it did take me a second to realize what you grabbed off the top of your Bento...one of the other guys standing behind you had his eyes bugged out of his head like you pulled a dismembered arm off your bike. No big deal, I was the one that grabbed Tom Evan's bike, without gloves...he aparently had pee'd on his bike..yuck! Congrats on your race! It was nice sort of meeting you!!! :P

You're a celebrity now!

2008-06-26 4:58 PM
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Iron Donkey
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yeats - 2008-06-26 4:50 PM A year ago, I had respect for IM racers, but no interest in becoming one. After reading race reports like yours and others and training for the last 2 months, I want to be what you are today -- an Ironman. Great job on your race and see you out on the course somewhere in the future!

And don't forget who you're living with, that fast girl, Jazz w/digits!

2008-06-26 5:13 PM
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Congratulations Ironman!! You friggin' rock. Amazing job.


2008-06-26 8:41 PM
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OMG CHICA YOU DID IT!!!!  I'm so proud of you!   {{{{ BIG HUGE HUG}}}}  Sniff snifff.....

I can't wait to see what you'll get up to next!!

2008-06-26 8:49 PM
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Glad I got to share a teeny tiny bit of your experience with you. Did I ever return your small, wet, threadbare towel?

 

Congratulations x 1,000,000,000!!!

 

2008-06-26 8:54 PM
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great job!!
2008-06-27 7:02 AM
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Wooohoooo!!!  That was a great report!  It was great meeting you, sorry we didn't get to spend more time chatting!  Hope to catch up with ya again some time!  Congratulations!!! 
2008-06-27 9:21 AM
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great job Ironman!  Its been a long journey and you finished it off in style!  Very well done!


2008-06-27 10:03 AM
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Great report. That chute is amazing isn't it? Super job Ironman!
2008-06-27 12:39 PM
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Just awesome!  You had a heck of a day.  Way to stay focused even when not feeling well.  THat is Ironman!
2008-06-27 1:51 PM
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I got to see you finish! Very Cool!
2008-06-28 3:19 PM
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Congratulations Cathy!!! Amazing job out there
2008-06-29 1:35 AM
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YOU ROCK!!! 

 



2008-06-29 7:00 AM
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Congratulations IRONMAN!!  You did an excellent job of sticking it out even when it got really tough.  You rock!
2008-06-29 9:02 AM
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Great RR! Way to go Ironman!!
2008-06-29 11:50 AM
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You ROCK!  Congratulations Ironman!  
2008-06-30 1:02 AM
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Great job, Cathy! It was fun to run the last 1/2 mile with you! Gave me a preview of next year.. sort of
You did awesome!
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