Ironman Lake Placid 2011
My Ironman journey began 13 years ago when I was a Team in Training run/walker in 1998. I remember thinking to myself, "I would love to do that race some day." The day finally arrived on July 24, 2011.
The Swim-2.4 mile
When I stayed out of the fray and swam wide away from the buoys I was able to get a nice stride and was barely touched. I remember at one point finding a guy that had the same stride as mine and stayed right behind him. If I felt his kicking bubbles right in front of my face and my finger tips barely at the back of this feet I knew I was on the right path and kept my face down. The first loop was a little tricky to navigate and I didn't entirely feel comfortable but I felt so much better and swam faster on the second loop and was even able to hug the buoy line so I could keep my face down the entire time.
When training for Ironman my bike suffered the most. Unfortunately I missed several key rides and I didn't have the miles on my legs like I should have. So going into the hills of Lake Placid I was intimidated. My coach wanted me to go slow...slow...slow and if I felt good, to slow down even more. This was to save me for the run and NOT make it a miserable experience. When I was training, a group of us went to Mountains of Misery. The course is insanity and I only did 62 miles of this ride but it totally taught me a valuable lesson about climbing and helped me mentally when tackling the logistics of Lake Placid.
The bike course is two loops and when going into it I was prepared to go slow and suffer a little. Other than normal aches and pains, I felt the first loop went well and wanted to get the second loop over with. I started to feel a little tired during the second loop and the mental monster had to be talked out of my head. I remember a IM veteran saying to me earlier in the week, "you're gonna love to get rid of that bike at the end of the 112...." ELATED! Love my Red Rover Fuji but I was ready to throw that bike to anyone that would take it.
The Run-26.2 miles
-The run consists of two loops and when I got off that bike and transitioned in the run (3:37), my game plan was to run at a comfortable pace and walk the aid stations. I was so relieved to get off that bike that the 26.2 miles seemed like a welcome relief. I started out slow and felt really good, I even talked and cheered people on at the first loop of the marathon. When I hit the 13.1 mark my body started to feel like I was coming down with the flu. I felt achy from my neck to my feet, my stomach felt fine but every part of my body started feeling like I was coming down with a serious infection. I started to not feel my feet anymore and started walking more and more and more......I started to walk the hills and the aid stations, when I start back into town on the second loop I knew my IRONMAN journey was about to be over.......
~You couldn't wait to wake up on Christmas morning...
~You actually caught the icecream man when you thought there was no chance...
~The boy that you liked in school actually smiled back...
~You climbed the highest tree when no other girl in the neighborhood could...
~Picking the cutest puppy in the litter..
~Getting THAT bike on your birthday you begged for for 6 months..
~Giving birth to your children..
Yeah, it felt like that!
Run Time -5:17:36
Thanks to the following people
- My Children-Emily and Jay
Long training days....nights. Thank you for being patient when Mom had to "go for a run," "I have a long bike ride," or "I need to swim this morning." Seriously, my children were a rock solid support system for me. I appreciate their love, support, and patience with their IronMom. Thanks to Jaybird for riding behind me on all those long runs, I loved looking over and seeing your smiling face or hearing you say, "Mom drink!"
- Keith Alston
WE did it Coach!
All my dear friends, family, and clients....thanks for putting up with me this long year! I appreciate all your comments, hugs, and words of encouragement.
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