Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. – Jacob August RiisWould I like it to one day end in an overall win? Oh, heck yes! But right now I’m focusing more on hoping all these struggles will one day lead to a great race (whatever place ‘great’ happens to be on that day) and I will not feel one ounce of disappointment and that I raced the very best I possibly could have, up to and beyond what the training has shown.
Ironman TexasThe swim was good. It was wetsuit legal and I got a really awesome wetsuit hickey. The bike was good. There's still plenty of room for improvement, but I am improving! I’m obviously not quite where I want to be on the bike, but the times are closer and I’m not coming off the bike out of the race any more. So, there are some good take-aways from the race! The bad take-away from the bike was that I closed my tongue in one of the sports drink bottles and it really hurt for days after.
The run was good for roughly the first half. My Garmin didn’t start working for over 6 miles, so I really had no idea what pace I was running, but at mile 13 I was able to see the time of day and work backwards to figure that I was at about 1:40–1:42 run time. I was set up for a run time right where we had been hoping and it would have led to an overall time right around where we were hoping. But then my GI system had it’s own agenda and I spent a good chunk of the middle of the run in and out of porta-potties and just waiting for my stomach to settle so I could put in some hydration or nutrition. It did get a little better, and the last seven or eight miles I was able to run again. Not quite as fast as the first miles, but close. I suppose you could look at that as a good thing, "hey you worked through it and continued, didn’t stop, blah blah," but right now I’m still too bitter to look at it that way. But, like I said more fuel to the fire for the next race!Finish time: 10:05:55. Place: 19/21 in the women's pro field.