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Boulder, Colorado
United States
5430 Sports Corp.
Total Time = 6h 58m 57s
Overall Rank = 828/999
Age Group = Female 55-59
Age Group Rank = 2/6
Pre-race routine:

Oh man. I slept like a baby but still, when that alarm went off at 3:15 AM, I moaned and groaned. But then I jumped out of bed because my "A" race day was finally here and I was excited. The weather was overcast and I must have said "Thank You Lord" a bazillion times for that little gift of mercy.
Swim
  • 49m 54s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 35s / 100 meters
Comments:

I was in the first wave after the pros. Not my favorite place to be but we don't get to pick ... do we! The start was straight into the rising sun. I couldn't see a thing. My goggles leaked. The younger, faster, more competitive age groupers were on my heels in no time. Lots of body contact. Trying to sight is always a nightmare without prescription lens. It was easier to just go with the flow of the bobbing heads ... so to all those wearing pink, yellow, and blue caps ... thanks for pulling me in!
Transition 1
  • 02m 55s
Comments:

I had a great end of the row spot in transition right under the "Wave 2" sign. Easy to find and close to the bike in and out. I'm just not fast wiggling out of the wetsuit but I did the best I could.
Bike
  • 3h 20m 52s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.73 mile/hr
Comments:

I was surprised at how fatigued I was from the swim. It took me nearly 5 miles to feel like I could breathe again. Hwy 36 is mostly climbing but then you hit that sweet downhill on St. Vrain Road where I did 40 mph. There was one change in the course where right in the middle of our only long stretch of flat we had to make a right turn, go 0.6 miles, and make a hairpin U-turn on a narrow two lane street with no shoulder, just pea gravel and then an immediate incline. I thought for sure we'd all hit the ground together but we got through it. Alot of people unclipped. I stayed clipped but ran over in the pea gravel both loops and forgot to gear down in prep for the incline. I was doing some mighty powerful praying as I came through there. To top it off, there was an aid station just 100 yards after the turn so just when we got going again we had to maneuver around those slowing down for bottle handoffs. The silver lining is that Susan and Ted were handing out bottles and cheering. There's nothing like a friendly face to give you a boost when you need it.
Transition 2
  • 04m 7s
Comments:

T2 wouldn't have been so long except I had to make a porta-potty stop.
Run
  • 2h 41m 11s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 18s  min/mile
Comments:

My family, friends, and coach were on the sidelines waving and cheering and giving lots of support. It's just what I needed. I found a pace I could handle and tried to hold it for the whole 13.1 miles. I walked the aid stations. By the second loop I was ready to sit down with something cold to drink. I had to walk part of the hill. I was tired of GU and Gatorade. The trail was rocky and my feet hurt. I wanted to be done. A friend of mine is always saying "Every Mile is a Smile" so I made that my mantra and repeated it at each mile marker. When I hit mile 11 I was smiling. I didn't have much in the tank but I pulled it out and borrowed a little from tomorrow ... I was almost home and I wanted to get there as fast as I could. I saw my coach cheering as I came in and stopped to give her a big sweaty hug. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her. My husband and sister and friends were at the finish line. I did it, I did it, I did it. I really did it.
Post race
Event comments:

My first HIM. Every body part hurt but it's that good kind of hurt. The mental part was tougher. Starting in the first wave, after the pros, put me in a position where I did very little passing but got passed quite often. Those young fast kids were flying by me all day long. Struttin' their stuff. I love them for it. I was trying to strut mine too. I had to keep reminding myself to race my own race at a pace I could handle so I wouldn't blow up. That was difficult at times. My goal was to survive and hopefully cross the finish line under 7 hours. I did it. I'm pretty dang excited about that.

I have to mention two ladies I saw briefly during the race. One, a 61 year old, pedaled effortlessly past me on the bike, leaving me in her dust. The other, a 60 year old, quietly moved ahead of me somewhere around mile 10 of the run. I never caught her. Old in years but young in spirit. I want to be just like them when I grow up.




Last updated: 2007-10-31 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:49:54 | 1931 meters | 02m 35s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 838/999
Performance:
Suit:
Course: Rectangular, counter-clockwise, starting east of the public swim area, and finishing directly north of the transition area.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 02:55
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
03:20:52 | 56 miles | 16.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 877/999
Performance:
Wind:
Course: Two loop course. Leave Boulder Rez and make right turns on Jay Road, Hwy 36, St Vrain Road, 75th St, Diagonal, back to Jay Road. A few little turns in there but that's the main course.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 04:07
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:41:11 | 13.1 miles | 12m 18s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 815/999
Performance:
Course: Two loop course. North on 55th, pass Monarch and go halfway to Niwot Road, turn around, east on Monarch to the Canal Road and south around the Rez to the transition area.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2008-08-11 9:15 PM

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2008-08-11 9:59 PM
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Congratulations Becky!!!!  You did so great.  What a great attitude too   Way to go on a super strong race!
2008-08-11 10:07 PM
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And **I** hope to be like you when I grow up!

 

Congratulations. Great job! 

2008-08-11 11:46 PM
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Congrats! I think we had parallel races, except you rallied more on the run than I did. What a fantastic performance and first half ironman...
2008-08-11 11:47 PM
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Dang Becky...wow excellent first HIM.Great work all around...very proud of youHardware..sweet~
2008-08-12 6:46 AM
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Congrats, what a great achievement. I usually limp around the next day so when people ask me what happen I get to brag about the HIM for an hour. Then I walk away without the limp.
Good job.


2008-08-12 8:13 AM
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Congrats - you did great!  And you are setting a good example/high standard for the rest of us.

Enjoy some rest!

2008-08-12 9:50 AM
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Wow, Wow, Wow!  Gosh you've come so far in 2 seasons!  I remember "meeting" you all in our mentor group w/Kathy G and being so envious of your Ruby  Come to think of it, I'm still envious!  You have such an amazing positive attitude Becky!  Awesome race, congrats on the hardware and completing such a huge challenge! And I bet all those younger racers were taking note of YOU while they whizzed by.  Great stuff! 

 

2008-08-12 2:48 PM
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Congratulations Mom. An HIM is a huge accomplishment and you stayed strong and did awesome.

I'm so proud of you!
2008-08-12 6:22 PM
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Congratulations finishing your 1st 1/2 IM.  And good job keeping to your plan when getting passed by the "young fast kids". 
2008-08-12 6:41 PM
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I love your race report! You did awesome! Fantastic!


2008-08-12 9:03 PM
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CONGRATS!!!!!

Your my hero.  Nice job out there. 

So Las Vegas in Dec and then what?  Your race looked awesome.  I love Hot Air Balloons I may have to make my A race the 5430 next year.

Congrats again.


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2008-08-13 6:51 AM
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Awesome, awesome, AWESOME!!  Great work out there ... first HIM **and** hardware?!  That's crazy good!

Be proud of yourself!  Not many people can claim to be a Half Ironwoman!! 

2008-08-13 10:05 AM
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Great job on your first HIM!
2008-08-13 4:55 PM
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Great job!!!  And FYI:  I want to be just like you when I grow up
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