Hey Duncan and Scott thanks for the recent posts..... Great to see Duncan in Kelowna. It was a good day.
Congratulations SCott on IMC! .....I didn't see you out there .......maybe I was too focused or bothered!
The Olympics ...were awesome to watch....I watched more this yr than in previous....b/c it was usually on when my kids were alsleep and I should have been! Simon is a stud......to come back 8yrs later and win a silver medal (after his gold) He's definetly a great race horse. The commentator was Barrie Shepley....SImon's first Coach ....prior to Joel and Lance (who he won Gold with in Sydney) .He probably felt the need to say something coach like....I just tuned him out and watched the racing......thinking 'it's just Barrie".
IMC ....it was a gret day in Penticton with the volunteers and the crowds....it never cease's to amaze me how that town come's together. I get inspired by the stories and the last finishers......this yr for me it was ....the Heart transplant guy from Alberta and Sister Madonna Buder...that women! 78yrs old.....I can't complain of my aches and pains! ...and finshing with my eldest daughter Analiese (5yrs old).
IMC for me was an interesting experience....a swim/ and run that I would hope not to repeat! Bike and finish yes! This year I have been marred with achilles isssues preventing me from doing the run training I would normally do for any of the races I have done. ( heck I come from a running background!) ,so, the run for me was a painful experience....but I had my heart set on doing this race again this yr.
The swim was rough this yr (last yr I found clear water from the 1st bouy, and I started in the same spot) ....so, No Scott ! I got dunked and smacked around right until the turnaroud at the boat .....when I finally got some clear water and I kept thinking.....why? Your're out here all day guys! What's the point of this? ....anyway, it certainly woke me up!
I arrived in transtion about 1min slower than last yr which fueled my fire for the bike.........I had a great ride .....IMC's ride is one of most spectacular rides in all the Ironmans around the world.......it's great scenery and this yr's bonus was having Steve King on Richter. I used Kevin Cutjars advice on how to break down IMC's bike ....use heading out to Osooyos as the "warm up" (60k)Then, the "ride" (90k)starts in Osooyoos and focus on getting over Yellow MTn strong., then the last part is downhill , so focus on your legs for the run ....it worked ....i got off the bike and felt good.
The ladies in the change tent asked me "do you want your singlet and shorts? " ( I always put that stuff in just in case and never use it!) It for some reason sounded like a good idea....I thought at the time....so I quickly changed into running shorts ,not knowing I dropped my blister stuff on the way out of transition . So, I commenced the run knowing full well my achilles would give me grief almost a mental pain barrier that I had to crack to get through the race.....then the advil kicked in , except I kept having to adjust my shorts because of chafing........then around mile 8 someone ran by me and said ....." you know you're bleeding?" I said "oh"...."thanks"......looked down and saw blood streaming down both legs and shoes the colour of blood. Well that was the cracker for me....it was almost like I had prepared mentallyfor my achilles but not torn up legs! so, I spent the better part of the run going through aid stations washing my legs and getting vaseline...the chafing was getting unbearable then thank GOD it started to sprinkle , but, the damage was already done....my rt leg was raw meat......one women ran by and said"ph I got mine today too....don't worry it's not a beauty contest" ........I responded...."I wish that was the problem!". It made me laugh.......funny how you can laugh in pain....then I saw some juggler/joggler dude and laughed more....maybe I was getting a little punch drunk.....but it is interesting how the universe works. So, heading back into town,I continued with my ritual of getting to an aid station sponges! wash legs .....vaseline! I had aid station people running after me " you know you're bleeding?.....do you need anything? " They were awesome. Then finally when the pain just got so unbearable I saw my family and I was overcome with emotion........( Andreas said I couldn't finish with all 4 kids b/c somebody had just dropped a kid at the finish line , that was a goal of mine b/c last yr I finished with Matias & Analiese , not the younger set of twins)
so, Analiese said" Mummy I said I was going to finish with you!" as she ran beside me...."I looked at her and said "OK Bugsy ....lets do this" So, she ran the last kilometre with me...(.I was so proud of her) ...there was a loud roar from crowd and we crossed the line together.
I'm left with a raw/road rash leg that has kept me up 5 nts , but, I'm also left with a memory of finishing with Analiese and the look of joy on her face.......that makes it all worth it Isn't that what Iroman is about? The stories..........there are many.
I still have the desire to finish a Iroman with all 4 kids , so flame continues to burn inside.