race report // ironman wisconsin

And, after nearly 10 months of training, there we were: at Ironman Wisconsin! 

SUNRISE

PRE-RACE 
Up and at ‘em at 4a, race morning started as usual… toast, double shot espresso, Osmo preload, temporary tats and last minute gear check, and Nick and I were out the door at 5a; thank you, Daniela, for the shuttle! Our homestay was only two miles from the terrace, but by the time we arrived, it was swarming with triathletes. After a quick tire check and stocking my bike with nutrition and Osmo active, we snaked through the sea of racers to body marking (note: purchase number tats for the next IM). We met coach Andy and friends Nick + Danielle inside the terrace at a quiet spot away from all the chaos. After some words of encouragement and two stops in the bathroom (no lines in the ladies!), we hiked up our wetsuits and went outside. It was nearly impossible to get to the water (it almost felt like a race to get there), but after elbowing our way through hundreds of wetsuit-clad athletes (get in the water, people!), we made it to Monona.

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SWIM // 1:10:41, 1:49/100m, 20th AG. 
Nick and I swam out to the inside buoy together and positioned about a quarter-way back from the start. The water was calm, and the temp was perfect. After treading water for maybe a minute, the cannon fired, and arms started flying. Nick and I swam stroke for stroke through the second turn where we were separated (the first couple turns were clusters); it was so reassuring to see him to my left on every breath! I swam inside the buoys the entire 2.4 miles and, like IM Canada last year, had no issues with anyone dunking, kicking or ripping off my goggles. The back stretch was a bit long, as I could see the red swim out arch for much of it… so deceiving! When I finally got there, my time registered, and after a brief moment of dang-it-I-was-hoping-to-swim-faster disappointment, I refocused and ran to a wetsuit stripper, pumped to be done swimming. That said, I definitely didn’t swim as hard as I could have. I kept my pace far too comfortable and know to push harder and find some bubbles next time. 

Gear: Coeur Sports Chinese New Year kit, lululemon flow Y braTYR nest pro mirrored goggles and ROKA Maverick Elite wetsuit

Nutrition: banana around 6a and one salted caramel Gu around 6:45a. 

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never give up.

Never give up.

These words, said by a friend a few weeks before the race, carried me through Ironman Wisconsin… through a longer swim than anticipated, 5,700 feet of #bikelove and climbing and shifting and hammering downhill, and 26.2 miles of pounding the pavement when it would have been nice to sit down on State Street. 

Never give up, even when it hurts (because everyone else is hurting, too).

I had really big goals at Ironman Wisconsin. Kona was thisclose, and I won’t lie, it stung a bit at roll down Monday morning when the top three in W35-39 took their spots. 

But, my first podium. 

That feels pretty damn amazing. 

Up here on cloud nine, I’m already scheming what’s next. Fourth fueled the fire. I’m dreaming even bigger, bolder, believing in the possibilities…

Never give up. 

IMWI race report to follow… 

IMWI FINISH

infographic // ironman wisconsin training stats

Ironman Wisconsin is on Sunday. Whaaa?! How did that happen?!

The journey to IM start line number two has been intense and demanding, but most importantly, it’s been a whole lotta fun – punctuated by some AlterG running, getting comfortable with the uncomfortable, a couple TTsone 70.3, drinking all the Osmo, feel + focus, a couple Wisco training weekends, and a happy ass thanks to Coeur Sports’ magical seamless chamois

With that, here’s a little recap of my IMWI training stats… I’m not much of a geek when it comes to analyzing my training data (that’s coach’s job), but I was kinda shocked to see just how much higher my volume was this year compared to Ironman Canada. Yay for lots of swimbikerun!

Infographic designed by my super talented sister, ami, at poppy designs

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feel, focus and… taper!

At Ironman Canada last August, coach gave me strict instructions to swim sans watch. I was a bit reluctant – because data or it didn’t happen! – but in the end, left my 910 in transition. Turns out, it was some of the best race day advice (heck, it’s some of the best training advice). There were no mid-stroke peeks at my pace, no fretting over my overall time. Just complete in-the-moment swim bliss, feeling each stroke and my body as I glided through clean, crisp Alta Lake. When I exited the water, I ran by the clock, completely oblivious; I was midway through the run before I knew my swim time.

Ironman Canada also taught me the importance of knowing what it feels like to bike mountains. Though power was fairly new to me, my Quarq failed on race day, so I went by what I’d always done on the bike: How it felt. The rhythm of each pedal stroke while climbing the Sea-to-Sky Highway and bombing back down. The pure joy of just riding my bike; the spectacular scenery was a bonus. 

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As triathletes, we get so caught up in all the data – and, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love seeing my average watts while biking or knowing that I nailed 25 100s in the pool. But, in the midst of all that data – the watts, the heart rate, the pace per meter or mile – we forget the most fundamental aspect of swimbikerun: How it feels. 

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currently // 08.08.2014

Where has summer gone?! Not quite sure how it’s already August. Nonetheless, it’s been a good one. Here’s what’s been up…

Drinking // all the fluids. I’m usually a really good hydrator and don’t leave the house without my bkr in tow. But, this past weekend (as well as couple other times this summer), I completely failed. Sunday’s brick wasn’t difficult, but whoa, was it hot + humid. Despite three bottles of Osmo active and a bottle of water during the three-hour ride and one bottle of Osmo after (not to mention the Osmo preload before the ride and the water I drank the rest of the afternoon), I completely bonked. The massive headache and puking that evening weren’t fun. Lesson learned: Drink far more Osmo and water on sunny 85-degree days as well all day every. single. day. 

Loving // My sister’s #finleyandlucy photo series on Instagram! She is an incredibly talented photographer (check out her site!), and her subjects… I am certain Finley is the cutest little girl ever, and Lucy, well, she’s a one-of-a-kind vizsla :) They’re too cute to just share one pic! 

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