Still no official IMFL pictures as I am sifting through all of the unassigned photos looking for pictures of me and Mike, but here are a couple from our own camera that I can share.
My parents came to help with all of the logistics, gear, and be our cheering section. This was their first Ironman experience and it was super fun to have them there. It was tough spectating with the cold and windy conditions, but they came prepared and had a great attitude all day (and night) long.
Here I am with my mom around mile 5 of the run:
Having someone waiting for you on the course is the best!
Here I am with the parents after the finish:
They are glad that I am not dead and I am glad to see their lovely faces and the jacket that they brought me. :)
I just realized I never told you how I did- Whoops! I think if you bother to read my ramblings that you deserve to know how I did. Here is a partial recap and I’ll go into more specifics later.
The swim and T1 were cancelled, so I’m going to say that I came in first for both of those things. :)
Bike: 6:34:57 (17.01 mph) This was almost 40 minutes slower than last year but the wind this year was insane. The female winner this year also won last year and she biked 20 minutes slower and she had a stronger bike leg this year. I also had an extra 14 minutes of time that I was not moving over last year. It was so windy that I couldn’t fill my bottles or eat while moving. I had to stop to remove layers and I had other “personal” reasons that I had to stop that weren’t an issue last year. My Normalized Power was 10 watts higher this year and I was on the bike longer, so this was an improvement on the bike even if the time didn’t show it. Division Rank: 31/100 (number that finished the bike. There were a several more that started that did not make the bike cut off but the results are not showing them currently. The bike DNF rate was twice what it was the previous year.)
Run: 4:45:51 Last year I ran 4:31:02 and I was hoping to have a stronger bike but then match this marathon time. The extra time on the bike, the shivering for 90 minutes waiting for the start, and the extra effort on the bike took some of the pop out of my legs during the second half. I ran the first half in 2:14 which was good. The second half I found myself going slower. I walked the water stops as usual and ran everything else, but my pace just slowed. The amount of willpower that it takes to keep running is indescribable. I just tried to keep a pace that I thought I could mentally handle for the rest of the race. If I thought I could PR then I could have suffered and pushed myself harder the second half, but with the lack of a swim time and the longer bike time, I was satisfied that I was still running and wasn’t hurting. Division rank: 21/100
Overall Division Rank: 21/100
Total time: 11:28:38