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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
Ironman North America
Total Time = 13h 36m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 57/116
Pre-race routine:

Well I will first say I wasnt even going to write this because i have a pretty shitty attitude right now- but oh well....

I was feeling really nervous the few days prior and didnt sleep much and didnt feel like eating much either...not really the best was to go into an IM.
Also for those of you who dont know I have been anemic all season and have had a tough time with my training. I pretty much got the time in but my work out quality was lacking. I didnt have a ton of confidence but with the taper nad the blood level finally going up I did actually believe things would go well and I had a chance to pull off a decent race. Ha!

Anways my friend Terri stayed with me the night before and drove me down and hung with me all morning (thanks girl!!)
Event warmup:

race morning I went from nervous and anxious to feeling fine to feeling freaked out.... whatever- Steve came along and made me chill out and take some deep breaths.
Ok- whatever Game on.
Headed to the water to try to get to my secret super starting place
Swim
  • 1h 24m
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards
Comments:

Well I didnt actually make it all the way to my super spot cuz I went in the water so late. So I started about 10 people away from the red bouy and about three deep. Holy shit did I get the crap beat out of me! I still have a scrape on the back of my neck and I believe I bit my lip so hard I tasted blood. Not that it got me freaked outmuch- i mean I dont like it- but it doesnt really affect my swim I didnt think.
I just kind of went with it..... I figured just get thru the swim then the day will be fun.
I swam almost 260,000 yds in training this year because I was unhappy with my swim time last year. A lot of good that did.... I was two minutes slower....WTF? I think I even swam a lot straighter too.
I guess I did not put near enough effort into this swim. Damn.
What would you do differently?:

ummm...swim fatser. get into position earlier.
Transition 1
  • 06m 20s
Comments:

Well after my crap swim I had to make up time somehow. The volunteer is SLOWLY trying too unknot my bag- I grab it and just rip it open and dump the shit out. yeesh...this is a race lady!!
Grab my stuff and go- I am pretty good at running with my bike shoes on :)
My bike was way on the opposite end from the bike exit...... yeah that was agood 400 yd run!!
What would you do differently?:

Ummm.. I had my garmin in my bento box.. I forgot to put it on my wrist so I had to do it when I was riding...umm... Im not very coordinated when it comes to that! So I would say put the garmin on.
Bike
  • 6h 13m
  • 112 miles
  • 18.02 mile/hr
Comments:

Plan was to go easy the first 30 miles then take it up to Z3 and then by mile 80 I could push hard all the way into town IF I felt good.
I knew from the first hill it was not going to be my day. I felt week and I wanted to cry (this is how I felt in training ALL summer...ugh). I also had to pee. So I peed on my bike but it just wasnt very satisfying:) SO I got to where the special needs bags were and had a volunteer hold my bike wheile I went... I figured maybe if I stopped and got my head back inthe game Id be OK.
I did feel a little better and as soon as we got to Mt Horeb I picked up the pace. Iactually felt OK and started passing some people. I was kind of evil.... Id pass someone and say something nice...like "nice bike" and say to myself "ha! Se ya later bitch!" hee hee. Once I strted to pick up the pace I wasnt passed by one single girl (yeah I know the fat ones were so far ahead of me after the swim)
Finally I see Josh he says "tamintor" Ha so we passed each other back and forth all the way to the helix. I really thought I still owed him an ass kicking since he ditched me for TTT.
All in all the bike was just OK...Z3 felt Ok- but I never really felt like Z4. bummer- I know I could do this course averaging 19 on a good day. I am positive.
Once again the support out there is incredible.... the crowds just make you smile. I knew so many people watching I loved it.... you guys have no idea how great it is for us to see you out there cheering.
Well I was only about 5 minutes fatser then last year..... not near as fast as I should be.
My nutrition was smack on though. It was hot and I felt fine...no cramping, no stomach issues.... I was a little salty though...mmmmmm:)
I had 5 1/4 bottle of infint, 1 clif bar, a banana half, and maybe 3 aerobottles of water.
HR ave 151....top of Z2
What would you do differently?:

ummm... bike faster
Transition 2
  • 03m 51s
Comments:

yeah this went pretty well too.... if I would have ran in and out it would have been even faster.
What would you do differently?:

run?
Run
  • 5h 47m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 13m 14s  min/mile
Comments:

Well I went out in hopes that I could have a decent run and still pull off a decent time. I felt pretty good. I was suppose to take the first couple miles slow to get the hr down....so I did...by about mile 2ish I started the I cant breathe thing. Its sounds like asthma but an inhaler does nothing. I am pretty sure it is just the anemia thing still hanging around ( I am hoping because otherwise I have a real problem I need to figure out). I was like screw this- I am not running/walking 26 miles like this.....that is just dumb. I said Id rather be quitter then a loser (nice attitude- huh?)
Then Josh comes along....convinces me to walk with him. I say fine. But I was quitting at the turn around. It was sort of fun running or walking.. hey we have a pretty speedy walk...with him. A lot of people recognized us from the movie...too funny. We didrun some and when we did run it was probaly a decent pace.... it just didnt last long. We were actually faster then a lot of the runners:)
Anyway I decided I would finish with him- however freakin retarded I thought it was to walk most of the IM marathon.
Oh well.... what can I do? I actually feel like it was my race and did what I could- I had no control over the shit my body went thru this summer so I am trying to not let it bother me.
I am glad I finished- it does set a good example for my kids. Thanks Josh.
It was fun seeing everyone out there.
I even had sort of a you rock HTFU note from Steve in my SN bag... would have probaly been a lot more motivating if I had been running and having a better race.
What would you do differently?:

I dunno.
Post race
Warm down:

eat.
I will kill this course one day... I promise.

I almost signed up for 2010 but got to the front of the line and decided I wasnt going to sign up for a tough race until I know I can race to my capabilities again.

Event comments:

There is NOTHING like IMWI..... nothing




Last updated: 2008-09-17 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:24:00 | 4224 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/116
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 06:20
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
06:13:00 | 112 miles | 18.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/116
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind:
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 03:51
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
05:47:00 | 26.2 miles | 13m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/116
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course:
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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2009-09-15 5:49 PM

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Master
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2009-09-15 6:14 PM
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Elite
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You controlled what you could and didn't fret over the s%it you couldn't. After all you and I have worked on and through this season....you did a pretty freggin good job out there. There was absolutely NO WAY to prepare for the heat this race dished out short of moving to Arizona for 3 months. I have not spoken to anyone who had reached or beaten their expectations for this race day...it was just freggin' hot. I mean, hell, Terri and I were sweating bullets just chasing you and Josh around the course that day. HOT.

Let's work on our secret plan I texted you about and we'll blow the doors off anyone brave enough to go up against the Taminator.

Like I said, you are an amazing mother and it really shows in your kids' attitude towards you so a little family time next year without an IM race is a good idea.

2009-09-15 6:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Wisconsin
You did a great job on the race Tammy. And finishing when things are tough and not going your way shows a lot more strength and character as an athlete then only sticking with the good races. I'm proud of you.

So now go enjoy your time off!
2009-09-15 8:26 PM
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You crack me up.  I know you well enough now to get your sense of humor.  All in all, it was a great race once you consider the year you had.  You knew something was wrong (anemia) and went on to fix it.  Not sure there was enough time to get the quality you needed once you found out the problem.

Bottom line is that you are a strong athlete with a strong will.  I think walking that mofo was tougher than running it last year.  Seriously.

Lets give 'er hell in 2011!
2009-09-15 9:14 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Wisconsin
You handled everything that was dished out to you and that reveals your strength. How rare is it that an IM goes as we expect or hope?

You are an amazing athlete.

It is tough that IM is just one day a year after so many hours of training to be ready and lots of stuff can happen out of our control.

Enjoy your time off and I can't wait to see how you do when you come back and kill this course.
2009-09-15 9:26 PM
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Iron Donkey
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Subject: RE: Ironman Wisconsin

Can I have your crappy race? PLEASE?

You could at least gave me the finger when you went past.

YOU ARE A(nother) IRONMAN!!



2009-09-16 1:26 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Wisconsin
I think you're awesome. I love that you wrote a report even though you felt like about it.  I'd be ecstatic (sp?)  if I could do any part of an IM as fast as you.  Feel better.  You're still Supergirl.  You didn't quit.   Congratulations Ironman x2 - I know the next time you will kill it the way you want to.
2009-09-16 5:33 AM
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Master
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You are so amazing!!! It takes a lot of strength and guts to stick it out, when it would be soooo much easier to sit down and stop going forward. Your day didn't go perfectly, but you found ways to adjust (see ya later b$tch- I love it!!) and in the end, you accomplished something that the rest of the population can't even do in their wildest dreams. Congrats, superwoman
2009-09-16 6:07 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Wisconsin
Tam--Think of it this way, you got this time feeling like total crap, not being able to breathe on the run. Just think how you will fly in your next IM once you get that figured out.  You have it in you.  I know you do.
2009-09-16 8:55 AM
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Master
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Subject: RE: Ironman Wisconsin

Way to DTFU and finish that bastard.  Congrats on your second IM finish.

2009-09-16 9:55 AM
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Master
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Subject: RE: Ironman Wisconsin
Gee this report has almost as whining as my High Cliff race report did. Which means I get it. You work so hard (and you have!) only to see little/no improvement.  I am so glad you did not quit! (but next time would it kill you to take a sponge from me? ) It was a tough day for everybody. Lots and lots of walking from some very talented and strong people. I know you are not a quitter and you will back to kicking azz at all your races next year!


2009-09-16 10:36 AM
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Screw it!  Were going to kill this course in 2011.

2009-09-16 11:55 AM
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2009-09-16 12:08 PM
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Way to stick with it.  Good job Tammy.

2009-09-16 3:07 PM
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like "nice bike" and say to myself "ha! Se ya later !"

Hehhehe.  I'm the same way.  Nice on the outside but a vindictive a-hole Hulk on the inside.    I pass someone I am lovin' every cottin' pickin' second of it.  Of course, in my case it's much rarer than it is for you, so I can feel better about myself.

I'm impressed with how you and everyone had to fight, and DID.  I sweat out a billion pounds just cutting the grass on Sunday.  Good job T.

2009-09-18 8:39 AM
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Champion
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I know this sure wasn't the race you hoped for, Tammy, but to me this one was even more impressive because you stuck it out long after you wanted to give up. To me, that's a large part of what being an Ironman is all about. Once again, you showed you had what it takes to go The Distance.


2009-09-18 1:53 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Wisconsin
Hilarious.  Glad you DTFU'd and finished it out.  Congrats, two timer!


P.S.  Eat my dust, sucka pants!
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