To say the race was a disappointment is an understatement. I finally felt like I had wrapped my head around the intricacies of Ironman racing and had prepared well for this race. I do not think I can say I was wrong, but I did learn that to race an Ironman you have to be at 100% and not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. The toll is takes on you in all the aspects is so much. You can fake it for an Olympic for 2 hours and even for a half, but the task of completing an Ironman takes so much more.
My race report is: I swam in 3rd for the entire race on Paul Matthews feet who was on Barrett’s feet. It was quite a slow swim, but there was nothing I could do about it as I could have gone to the front and then would have had those guys on my feet. I started the bike and felt great for 45 minutes, and then I started to feel worse and worse and by 40 miles I was done, physically and emotionally. I finished the bike, slowly pedaling the last hour and a bit. I got back and my mom who was helping me out at the race said just go for it on the run. So I ran, quite fast for a bit and then at mile 8 my legs just stopped and I was done. I could not even run anymore. So I stopped. I did not want to drop out, quit, or stop, but I had to I just had nothing left and I did not want to walk for 18 miles. So I stopped and went and hung out with my mom.
It was a tough few weeks leading into the race and I learned some lessons about what place I need to be in going into a race. I think driving to the race was a bit too much of me physically. I think moving out of our summer house in Boulder and closing it up was a bit mental. I think the hurricane slamming into our house and friend’s houses in Florida was a lot mental and emotional. Add into that that I spent 5 days on the couch two months ago with cellulitis in my foot and was on anti-biotics for 19 days and my body still has not recovered physically from that.
Neal and I decided that I am going to take a week off and then ramp back up for my last few races of the season. Coquimbo 70.3 in Chile which I am so excited for and then most likely Austin 70.3. Some people fear time off (and I am one of those) but then there are times when time off actually recharges your batteries. I will feel much more comfortable once we get back home to Florida, but that will not happen until our power is back on and the traffic of other people returning settles down (oh and they start bringing gas back to the gas stations!). So, time for some resting and hopefully relaxing very soon.