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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
Ironman North America
80F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 15h 29m 19s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Slept like a log. Got up, got dressed, and got out the door. Chris and I took the shuttle from the Clarion over to downtown Madison. And then walked to Monona Terrace.

Wandered around, saw CindyK, saw Robyn (Trixie's friend) and did my best to keep myself calm, lighthearted and collected. Hooked up with Katie (KTpitbull) and Pete (Scraps) and decided to walk over to the swim start.

There were thousands of people EVERYWHERE. It was like the TASTE OF CHICAGO. Or Friday night at the U of I bars. Just wall to wall people, and you had to turn sideways to get through. Chris and I got separated.

Thought I'd be able to find him at the MORNING GEAR CHECK, but I he wasn't there. Got stuck behind some barricades and couldn't get out. Saw Schmize and Coach Brett and Holly, and they said they hadn't seen Chris, but if they did, they would tell him to stay put.

So, I wiggled my way out from behind the barricades and went down by the water. He was no place to be found. I was getting panicked. I didn't want to start this epic long day without seeing Chris and giving him a good luck kiss. (And getting one for myself!)

I milled around down by the water, and turned around and saw Chris. I was sorta freaked out and panicky, so I immediately broke down and started sobbing. I was happy and relieved to see him. I was just so scared on some level that I had to just see his face before starting the day.



He walked me down to the swim start, we kissed, and into the water we went.
Event warmup:

Swam out a little ways, and seeded myself... someplace. I still don't know for sure where. I thought I was in a good spot, but I don't think I was.
Swim
  • 1h 17m 3s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards
Comments:

Wow. This was an absolutely brutal swim. I had heard things about the Ironman swim starts... and I was afraid of getting kicked in the face. What I really should have been afraid of is getting sledgehammered from behind.

I got hit over the head several times. Clawed over, pushed down, and I took either an elbow or a foot to my right eye. Thought for sure I'd have a black eye once I took my goggles off. But I didn't.

After one particularly intense bop to the head I decided I'd had enough for a moment, so I made my way over to a kayak and hung out there for a little while. I used that opportunity to take a breather and and fix my wetsuit pull cord thingy which had come unattached and was wrapped around my arm.
What would you do differently?:

I think I inadvertently attempted to swim the buoy line. Started toward the front and right on the buoy line. For some reason I thought it looked like a straight shot and it would be a good idea. It was not.

Although, I'm not sure where else I would have wanted to start. I had a straight line, and my sighting was good. I just got repeatedly clobbered.

Interestingly enough, I swam a 1:17 on this course on 8/22 at the OWS race. I swam a 1:17 in the washing machine, too. So, whatever. I didn't expend much energy.
Transition 1
  • 11m 44s
Comments:

Running up the helix was a trip. The whole thing was lined with spectators, blowing horns, ringing cowbells, shouting, cheering, screaming! It was... awesome!


What would you do differently?:

Not much. My wetsuit got stuck on me... so it took several tries for the stripper to pull it off. That took time... and then I couldn't get up easily because my knees don't bend... I required 2 volunteers to hoist me up like a crane. (!)
Bike
  • 6h 34m 28s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.04 mile/hr
Comments:

My plan was to go easy for 40 miles. See how I felt. And then handle myself accordingly. Made sure I got my nutrition going, as I'd practiced, and stuck meticulously to the nutrition plan. I'd read that if you felt good, you should be eating almost constantly on the bike.

And eat I did.

I had 3 bottles of Infinit
2.5 Powerbars
A bag of crushed Oreos and FigNewtons
A RedBull
A Gatorade
A couple of banana pieces... like 3 or 4 maybe?
2 bottles of water.

I felt like a million bucks. Seriously I couldn't believe how GREAT I felt, and how much easier the course felt on race day than it felt when I rode it on 8/22. I was seriously discouraged on 8/22. But I guess a little rest goes a long way.

Hooked up with CindyK fairly early. She was cruising. Also hooked up with my friend Irish Peter and our other friend Vik. Rode with them for a while.

Made lots of friends out there, chatted, had fun, was relaxed and happy. Stayed in the small chain ring for the whole deal. I was SO afraid of pushing my knee too far or causing further problems, I thought I'd just play it safe, and the SCR seemed to be working out speed wise.



On the ride back, I saw djdavey (I recognized his mohawk) sitting on the side of the road. I shouted out "Hey DJ are you OK?" and the woman (volunteer?) that was sitting with him said they'd already called for help.

Kept going... riding along without a care in the world, heading back into Madison, when I got stung by a bee! I ran into him and he struck my right arm. He immediately STUNG me (Ow!) and then the little jerk flew off, leaving his disconnected pulsating stinger in my arm! I picked it out.

I knew from previous bee stings that I don't usually swell up right away. I knew it wouldn't have much of an effect on the rest of my day, but it would eventually become an itchy, burny, and swollen problem. And it has.



Ouch!
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Maybe push a little harder? I don't know. I felt awesome, so I really don't think there's much I could have done differently on this ride. Probably my favorite bike ride of the year.

If I could bottle how I felt on the bike and sell it, I'd make a fortune.
Transition 2
  • 09m 18s
Comments:

Just gave my bike to the first person who asked for it, and took off into the changing area. Running in my bike shoes.

In the change room I saw MissKelly and LisaC. They helped me, along with this other volunteer, Mia.

I forgot to take Advil.
What would you do differently?:

Take some Advil.
Run
  • 7h 16m 47s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 16m 40s  min/mile
Comments:

Well, here we go.

I knew going into this thing that my run was undertrained. Mostly because my body and joints take FOREVER to recover from long runs. And then I broke my toe. And then my right knee started to act up... so there were a number of variables going into this "run".

If I was feeling good, I was hoping to hold 13:30/average per mile. Otherwise, I would do as well as I could for as long as I could, and then walk the rest with a purpose.

Managed to do alright through about mile 10 or 12. Was starting to get REALLY sore in the feet, in the knees, in the shins... everywhere.

Degenerated into a 50 steps of walking + 50 steps of running plan. And that worked for a while. Except I kept losing count.

Saw so many people out there... it was amazing! And awesome. My sister, my friends from HBFC, the donkeys, djdavey and crew, Trixie, my sister again, my brother in law, Kelly and Lisa. Tony Goggs. It was never ending. I felt like I knew someone everytime I turned around. It. Was. Awesome.





Me and my sister.



Greeting Lisa from HBFC. I was so excited to see them!

Saw Chris around mile 2ish at the aid station. He stopped and gave me a kiss. He was really sweaty.

Saw him again at his mile 25. He came up behind me, tapped me on the shoulder, and gave me another kiss. I smacked him on the butt and told him I'd see him in 14 miles.

There was a guy behind me who said: "Was that your husband?" I said: "Boyfriend." He said: "That was so cool!" And then I joked and said: "No, I just met that guy!" Heh. (This doesn't sound as funny now as it was on Sunday... hmmm... perhaps I'd had too much Gatorade)

Anyway, I finally decided it would probably be better for me and my body and my joints if I just kept a steady "fast walk" pace. About this time, AmyJo caught up with me... like around mile 14 or 15 or so. I was so happy to see her. We walked the rest of the way together. The sun went down. We continued to walk. We chatted a bit, laughed a lot, cried a little, and we just kept walking with a purpose.

After dark, it was like dawn of the dead out there. Darkness, and people walking with these glow necklaces around their necks. Sometimes the only thing you could see in the distance would be 4 or 5 glow rings coming your way. It was too dark to see the people they were on!

Surreal. To say the least.


What would you do differently?:

Not much. It was what it was. It was pretty much exactly what I expected. I'm glad I didn't go any easier on the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Came across the finish line. Immediately saw Chris, who obtained a VIP pass from Bob Stocks (THANK YOU!) so he could be behind the finish line area for me.



Then hung out with the BT gang, saw KT and Scraps. Sat on a curb. Needed 2 people to help hoist me up afterwards. Basked in the immediate post IM glow.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Defective joints and lousy running skills.

What's a girl to do?

Event comments:

I know many people think these IM branded races are "rip offs"... but I have to say... I paid $550, and it was worth every single penny. The whole thing was a first class event. Well organized. Well run.



Just. Plain. Awesome.



I'll do it again. Just need to get these knees figured out.




Last updated: 2008-11-03 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:17:03 | 4224 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: X Terra Sleeveless. (I hate this wetsuit!)
Course: 2x around an oval (or rectangular) course.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 11:44
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
06:34:28 | 112 miles | 17.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
My Garmin wouldn't detect my HRM. So I have no HR data.
Wind: Some
Course: A "stick" and 2 hilly loops.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 09:18
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
07:16:47 | 26.2 miles | 16m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
No HR data for this either. I actually turned my Garmin off around mile 6.
Course: I have no idea what this course was like... seemed like we went all over creation.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2009-09-16 9:07 PM

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2009-09-16 9:14 PM
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AWESOME JOB WHIZZZZZZ!!!!!! It was great seeing you out on the run and I am so glad I got to see you come across the finish! What a great weekend, it was fantastic meeting you and Chris finally. I am already looking forward to the next time!
2009-09-16 9:23 PM
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I had fun reading that. I'm sitting here with a big smile on my face. It had everything! Drama, action, romance, you name it. Great job! Congratulations, IronWhizzzzz.
2009-09-16 9:26 PM
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Congratulations Whizzzz!!!

Great race, well executed and your race report shows the fun and joy you had out there.

How special to race with Chris, know so many folks racing and have family and friends there cheering you on.

Awesome job....Ironman!
2009-09-16 9:50 PM
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Congrats Whizzzz!! Your smile says it all!! You are an Ironman girl!

2009-09-16 10:05 PM
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I loved your race report! You were tough in training, even when obstacles seemed to pop up. You persevered and you were awesome on race day, both in physically getting through the race and in how you approached it mentally. Your smile says it all. I'm so glad I got to be part of the whole experience with you!


2009-09-16 10:16 PM
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Awesome job out there!  Very impressed with the quantities of food you put down on the bike.  I think the energy of the day and the people around you made that bike some much easier and enjoyable for you.  That, and your tapir. 

Well done!!
2009-09-16 11:53 PM
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Awesome job and congratulations! Glad to see you enjoyed it as much as you did.

2009-09-16 11:55 PM
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It was fun walking with you and AmyJo down on the lakeshore path area.

Amazing job, Whizzzzz!  I'm very proud of you!

CONGRATULATIONS, LAURA!  YOU ARE AN IRON(wo)MAN!!

2009-09-17 6:14 AM
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Great report Whizzzz.  I am so incredibly happy for you and all your accomplishments.  It was funny seeing you at the swim start.  I had literally just wished Chris luck and turned around to see you urgently looking for him.  You are an incredible athlete and a fun person to be around.  I look forward to watching your progresss and I hope we can do this together again in 2011.  Congratulations Ironwhizzzz. (I liked your tattoo idea you floated by with the curls)

2009-09-17 6:32 AM
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Whizzzzz, AMAMZING race report!!!!  Hope I can have that much fun next year!  Loved the smile on your face all day!!!


2009-09-17 7:37 AM
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  I'm so happy I was there to see your first IM.  You were so smiley throughout which was a pleasure to see as I know it's not the most comfortable thing in the world to do!! Funniest part of the whole race for me? After watching you come down the finishers shoot alone knowing all that screaming from the crowd was for my whizzz, and after giving you your medal, (thanks Bob Stocks) you finally recognized it was me and you said...."can I have some gum?"  Uh, sure.

Not sure why this is itallicized....but it is, so there.
2009-09-17 7:44 AM
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Awesome race and race report.  Your attitude was great all day.  But not just all day, all season long.  Yes, you respected the distance, but you had that calm confidence.  The little breakdown before the race was probably necessary in a way?

You definitely got your money's worth and had a wonderful day.  Congratulations!

Damn Bees!
2009-09-17 8:00 AM
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Congratulations IRONMAN Whizzzz!! 

BTW, you weren't "undertrained" for the run.  You trained as much as your body would allow.  Your run plan was based on how much you trained, and you executed your plan.  What more can you ask for (besides bionic legs)? 

2009-09-17 8:45 AM
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One of my highlights of my day was when I was volunteering on the run, spotted you and said 'Whizzzzz, looking strong!' and you turned your head, had no idea who I was, but you smiled and giggled.  I just got a kick out of that. Congrats. on an awesome day.
2009-09-17 8:57 AM
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That was just awesome to read.  Sounds like the only way the day could've been better was if they had sushi at the aid stations.  Congrats!!!  (BTW- love the visor).


2009-09-17 9:10 AM
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Yaaaaay Ms. Whizzzzz!!

2009-09-17 9:19 AM
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Congrats Ironman. Tough day out there for everyone, but you exemplified the Ironman spirit - keep moving it forward. Sounds like you and Schmize have done something to pi$$ off the bee population - seems they are gunning for you.

Your finish line photo is great - smiling, good runner's stride, looking like you had FUN!

Glad I got see you twice on the run course.

2009-09-17 9:32 AM
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Hey!  Now that I've got a picture, I saw you out there!  Nice job - way to finish!!!
2009-09-17 9:33 AM
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Awesome race and awesome report! Congratulations!

2009-09-17 9:43 AM
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EEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWsome job out there donkey!!!  you did great!!!!



2009-09-17 9:53 AM
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Way to go Whizzz! You really rocked it out there. Way to kerp the knees in check and kerp ot moving. You. Are. Awesome!
2009-09-17 10:04 AM
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congratulations on becoming an Ironman! I think it is incredibly cool that you and your sweetie can share this sport all the way to the Ironman level.

2009-09-17 10:11 AM
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YAY!!! You are such a rockstar. Your RR is getting me excited for my next go round. Eeeek!!! Thanks for being so motivating!
2009-09-17 11:18 AM
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Congrats IronWhizzzz!!!!!  When I saw you on the run you sure looked to be enjoying yourself.  Not only did you have a great race, you get the award for best use of pics in a race report, EVER!!!!
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