Well. Here I am. I have a ten part post planned, but I can't write it all out right now because I only have my Iphone. Do you know what a pita it is to type out a post with one finger? Still, I wanted to check in and say wahoo! I had a great race! And I ran that god damn marathon!
To run the marathon in an Ironman you really must execute the rest of the race correctly, and that is, simply put, not easy. I did the swim and bike according to plan- which is what I am most proud of. Let me tell you, it is not easy to hold back on the bike and let other girls get ahead of you that you know you could get. You have to have faith that you will get them on the run, knowing that even if you take it easy on the bike the run is still going to take every ounce of will power and fight you have.
My run was great for the first 15 miles, and then, as it does for everyone, it got wicked wicked hard. I was unbelievably bloated, I was so sick to my stomach that I couldn't keep down gel, and my farts were getting very close to Not being benign little stinkers. At mile 25, with just half mile to go it happened-- I started barfing and couldn't stop-- and the farting was, alas, not farting anymore. But I sort if recovered, made it through the final half mile, and then collapsed and spent the next hour hurling in the med tent. Ah well... At least I know I did what I set out to do: I literally ran until I collapsed! (I'm proud.):)
My splits were 1:05 for the swim ( very rough and cold!)I finished 3rd AG so even though it was slow I was pleased with that; 5:56 for the bike which is what I could pull out given my wattage caps (I was 11th AG coming off the bike), and 4:04 for the marathon, which is slower than I wanted but still in the ballpark of what I had anticipated. I finished 8th AG, so I did run a few fading girls down. Yay!
8/145 for AG, and I think 42nd female including pros, and 29th female not including them. No kona yet, but I will get there! I will write a more detailed post when I'm not composing on the phone. I've got some stories! Thanks for following me.