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Race Report 1/2 Ironman

Sunday, June 14, 2009


What an incredible day yesterday! I did my first ever 1/2 Ironman. It's a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run.

The race had a 2:00 PM start which is different than any of the other races. It sucked especially yesterday. No kidding, it was beautiful all morning and then at 2:40 when my race began, it got windy and started down pouring.

I didn't like it much either, because I was a nervous wreck ALL day. I can't sleep the night before a race either. I'm like a kid going to the first day of school. Way too excited. I didn't know when / what to eat and we ended up sitting around a long time. I kept going back over and checking my bike stuff, etc... My brother and husband seriously laughed and thought I was nuts.

So... Finally 2:40 came around and it was my turn to start my race. The water was COLD, COLD, COLD... They said it was 64, but I'm not so sure. Just as we were getting in, the waves started to pick up too.

So the horn blows! I kick off and feel something float off my body. It's my timing chip!!! Ahhhh... I was thinking what am I going to do? I knew of course that I just needed to keep swimming and figure it out afterward.

It was a typical triathlon start: Getting kicked, hit, bumped, and swallowing some water in the beginning. I was able to find my way, and this is the first time I really did NOT freak out in my wetsuit at all. Yippee for that!!! I was definitely more worried about the "coldness" and the waves.

So... I finish the swim. My husband said I was the 2nd one out of the water in my age group. I asked a volunteer right as I got out or rather told him that I lost my timing chip. He was super helpful and told me who to run over to. The lady was super sweet too! She asked my name, and put on a new timing chip. Pretty simple, and I didn't lose too much time either.

My favorite part about this swim... I ran up the ramp, and they had people stripping your wetsuits. It was AWESOME!!! I sat down and BOOM! They pulled it right off. Wish they were at every triathlon.

Next: The bike 56 miler.

I took off on the bike feeling excited, but I quickly realized my number was totally hitting my leg and irritating it. I tried to move it, or crumple it. It mostly worked. The bike course had a lot more hills than I thought too.

About 6-7 miles into the bike, the rain began and... it did NOT stop for the next 5 hours. At times, it was really coming down too.

I felt really good the first 28 miles. My brother started 10 minutes behind me, and I kept expecting him to pass me, but he didn't as quickly as I thought. So... I knew I had a good speed going.

But... as the race went on and the rains continued, I was really getting COLD. I was sick of getting nailed by the rain too. I had to take my glasses off, because they just kept getting fogged up.

I remember the last 10 miles so excited for the bike to be done and really thinking that it kicked my butt! The cold, the mileage, all of the bike. The bike was definitely much, much harder than I had anticipated.

Finally... The run.

I was really nervous about the run. I felt hammered, I was freezing, and my knee has been still having IT~Band issues.

I started off, and I was surprised that I was starting to really warm up, and I wasn't so cold. The first few miles I was really going strong. I kind of knew that I was going faster than my pace, and that I better slow down a little especially after my marathon experience.

The first 6.5 miles... I really did feel pretty good, all things considered, but I knew that my knee was really starting to ache, and that I had 6.6 miles to go.

In my head I really just kept track of the time left, and I knew I could do it. My pace really slowed. I think the first 1/2 I was holding almost 9 minute miles, but the 2nd half I had slowed to almost 10 minute miles.

The last 1-2 miles really hurt. I just kept going... I knew I could do it. I pushed through, and I came across the finish line to a cheering husband, daughter, son, mother, father, brother, and a few others. I was truly overcome with emotion. This was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I was mentally prepared to go slow and easy, and for me... there just is no such thing. I feel like I almost always give it my ALL! And today was no exception.

Thank you to all my friends and family who've supported me. This was a dream come true. I am an IRON~Girl. Well... a 1/2 Iron~Girl.

Overall Time: 5:47:48
I placed 20th out of 98 in my age group.
I placed 83rd woman. WOW!

Split times:

Swim: 34:35
Bike: 3:05:25
Run: 2:02:35
Transitions: 5:13

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SAMMIE_GIRL 8/12/2009 4:39PM

    I got to experience my first HIM this past weekend. Reading your report - WOW! Awsome times! I am hoping next year I come within an hour of your time!

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KAYAKID 6/16/2009 1:20AM

Wow!!!!!! That all I have to say. You did so well and what shape you must be in. I have just started running and I am looking to train towards a HM and look at what you did. You are such an inspiration. I am sure you were jumping up and down after completed this feat.

After this what's next? What could you do after this that would even compare..... Good luck to you. Did I tell you that you were Awesome. Keep me up to date at what you are doing. thanks for adding me as a friend.

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ZIRCADIA 6/15/2009 7:45PM

    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!! First things first -- when I got notice that you added me and I looked at your page I was like, wow, we really DO need to be friends!!! :D LDS Ladies (I'm LDS too I'm just not in the team), first marathon in 2009 (planning for Thanksgiving or beginning of December, will decide in August), and Triathlons?? (Ok so I haven't done one yet, but it's one of my long term goals and secretly a long term to do a half Ironman!!!!) :D

Then I read your AMAZING 1/2 IronGirl race report and you FREAKING ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!! :D What an amazing time for everything, I'm just in awe. :) SO INSPIRING!!!! :D Thanks for finding me so that I could benefit from the extra inspiration floating around your success. :)

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1HOTMAMA6 6/15/2009 7:44PM

    Congrats girl! I don't swim, and i think i can jog a 20min/mile, and my backside hurts after 15 minutes in the saddle! You are amazin!

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JENSFITJOURNEY 6/15/2009 10:01AM

    I am truly in awe....

First of all let me say how proud I am of you! I haved dreamed so many times of what it would feel like crossing that line of a 70.3...and YOU DID IT! Reading your blog, my heart was racing! LOL! I was so excited just reading about your experience, and I cannot imagine what it was like for you! Your swim time is AWESOME - well for that matter your whole race was FANTASTIC - your times --- girl, you were ROCKIN! That bike sounds hard and your time for 56 miles, that is an incredible time, and your run - OH MY WORD! Your half time is SO GOOD not to mention you just swam 1.2 miles then biked a hard 56 miler and STILL pulled just over a 2 hour half....SO amazing!

Again, I am in awe, not only did you complete an half ironman but you were a STRONG competitor!!!

I want you to know that as I train for my next tri, which is a mini- mini - mini version of what you just did...LOL....Well know that I will be thinking of you and how well you did as I swim, bike and run towards that finish line!

You are one of the few people who can say that have completed an half - ironman! Enjoy this moment!! SO happy to have been able to share in your victory! Thank you for inspiring so many of us to keep reaching and working hard for all that we dream of! To me, 70.3 seems so far away from where I am now, but you have motivated me to keep dreaming and someday I WILL cross that line!!

Blessings to you and again - WELL DONE!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYGAL2011 6/15/2009 8:23AM

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WOWOWOWOW!!!!! What an inspiration you are for us ALL!!!
Amazing Iron WOMAN!!!!!!!!!
I look forward to the day when i can FINALLY achieve walking faster and moving faster!!!
thanks for sharing your wondeful achievement here with us~
God bless
your friend

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H3HOUND 6/14/2009 10:49PM

    Awesome report! Very inspiring, you rock!

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RAINRUN 6/14/2009 8:20PM

    GET out! I would have freaked if I lost my chip!
Good for you to push threw!
2nd out of the water you rock!
Keep it up!

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WBOYACK 6/14/2009 10:33AM

  WOW! I think you are a whole IRON - GIRL! It sounds so exciting! Thanks for inspiring me!

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BRUIN2 6/14/2009 9:49AM

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YOU DID IT!!! You are an IRON GIRL!!!!

What an amazing experience! And kudos for no freak outs!! You totally rocked it - TOTALLY!!!

I hope that you are feeling great today - hope the IT band and the knee can settle now.


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HELENGUNTHER 6/14/2009 9:36AM

    Great job! Hard to believe the race didn't start until 2 PM...very strange. Great splits, and a great race. Awesome!

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RHALES199 6/14/2009 9:21AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Way to go, IRONGIRL! WOW!
I had no idea the race didn't start until 2pm.... wow.... I don't blame you for being a nervous wreck (I would have been). Sorry about all the rain..... yep, it was pretty nasty!
I had my own adventures w/ a bike race yesterday, I need to post a blog about it!
Way to go, girl, great job! you're doing awesome!

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I'm a 1/2 Irongirl

Sunday, June 14, 2009

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SABAIFITNESS 7/3/2009 9:26PM

    How awesome are you!

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KAYAKID 6/16/2009 1:06AM

    Wow! Your Awesome!!!

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    70.3 BABY!!! YOU DID IT!!!!!

SO happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRUIN2 6/14/2009 9:49AM

    Awwww!! Look at you!!!!!

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CALGALFOX 6/14/2009 8:35AM

    A picture is worth a thousand words!


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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Who are your heroes? Why? What attributes do they possess that you admire or would like to emulate?

I have truly been trying to just be a nicer person to those around me that I love, come in contact with, work with, etc...

Then, I just really started deeply thinking about who my heroes are?

My list began with:
Mother Teresa

Then I thought about people in my community, from church, teachers, police officers, soldiers and those serving for our country, mothers, fathers, foster parents, etc, etc, etc...

I really started thinking about what characteristics these people possess and it is definitely NOT there physical characteristics!!!

It is certainly more inner beauty and self~less~ness...

So... why do I worry about external beauty and my physical body. How can I focus more on my soul and being a more beautiful person inside.

My goals are simple:
Be Nice...
Help others...
Be calm and patient with those around me...
Listen to my kids, husband, friends, and family...

Clear my mind...
Enjoy my exercise

And... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE myself and others.

It's nice to exercise, eat healthy, take care of my external body,

but it's more important to work on my inner beauty and let that shine through from the inside~out. Love those around me, be patient, kind, and understanding.

Be like Jesus...


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ELFITZPA 6/10/2009 5:46PM

    Thank you for such wonderful thoughts...

My Mother is probably one of my biggest heroes. She's been through so much and had the odds stacked against her from a young age. Yet she always seems to break through the barriers and accomplish what she has to. I wish she didn't have to work so hard or experience a lot of the tough things she's been through, though I know they've all helped make her who she is.

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NANCYBFULLER 6/5/2009 12:39AM

    My heroes are my father.
My grandmother.
My pioneer ancestors.

I have some people I admired from afar. I remembered my ward chorister as a young child. Today I am a ward chorister.

And you are right. The reason why I admire them is not how they look, but how they make me feel when I am around them.

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WBOYACK 6/4/2009 11:01PM

  Thanks! I needed your wise words.

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BRUIN2 6/4/2009 8:19PM


What wonderful thoughts - thanks for sharing!!

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Enjoying My Workouts...

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Someone in my triathlete group posted a new topic titled Enjoying My Training. I've been thinking about this a lot too. I have really been enjoying my training the last few weeks. Thank HEAVENS, because after my marathon in March, I had not been enjoying it.

I've learned a HUGE lesson the past few months. To just keep exercising even if it's for 20 minutes here and there. The motivation most likely will come back. Plus just jumping on the elliptical for a few minutes sure makes me feel better.

The last few weeks, I have really wanted to get up or outside and exercising. I really haven't been following a structured plan or making myself feel like I HAVE TO DO IT! I just do it, because I WANT to do it and I LIKE IT!

Yesterday, I went on a bike ride alone and made it to the top of a steep climb. I was really proud and excited and even realized that is was hard, but not that hard.

This morning, I did one of my typical swim workouts: 5 x 500 with 30-60 seconds rest in between. I tried to make each 500 just a little faster and was happy that my last 500 I did it in 7:14:38!!! Woo~HOO! On Sunday, I was lucky to hold 7:30:00 about 1:30 / 100 yards. All in yards right now. We have a local 50 M pool, but I'd have to pay to swim. I am hoping to get in more open water swims with a friend this summer too. That will help so much getting used to the wetsuit STILL...

I only have 2 more teaching days of school left. WoW!!! Then, in a week and a half my Boise 1/2 Ironman, then it's some relax and vacation time.



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RHALES199 6/4/2009 9:25AM

    looks like you're doing pretty good girl! I'll be keeping my eye out for you up here in Boise emoticon emoticon

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WBOYACK 6/3/2009 11:25PM

  Wow! You are inspiring.

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BRUIN2 6/3/2009 6:21PM


Keep rocking it!!

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Olympic Tri and More...

Monday, May 25, 2009


I can't believe I haven't blogged since the marathon ~ Hell blog. LOL. I sure had a huge mental and physical let~down after that marathon. It really shocked me. I guess because things didn't go as well as I had hoped and the training was tough. I look back on it now... and I learned so many lessons. I am eager to do another marathon one day, but not for at least a year, because my brother and I signed up for a FULL Ironman triathlon.

Yes! That's 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a marathon 26.2. CRAZY!!!

So... I'll be doing a marathon next year, but in a different way.

I am so proud of myself for continuing to exercise the past 2 1/2 months. I thought about dropping my 1/2 Ironman in June because I felt I was NOT training appropriately, but in the last month I did 2 Olympic Triathlons. Although... one turned into a Duathlon because they canceled the swim due to the wind and high waves.

The Olympic Tri I did just last Saturday really went great! It was still a little tough and in my 1/2 Ironman I will need to slow my paces on my bike and run to be able to finish. I have been a lot more careful about my nutrition and hydration during events because of the terrible marathon experience. I KNOW I was very dehydrated during that race.

I had a wonderful teaching year. This class truly has been one of the best classes I've ever taught. What a JOY! Such a sweet group. Only 2 weeks of school left, then summer playing.

I don't have many events planned yet for the summer. Just my Boise 1/2 June 13. It's exciting actually to have a wide open summer.

Thanks to all my Spark~Buddies who've kept in touch as I've been MIA... It means a lot to know people are thinkn' of ya!!! I hope to be back consistently posting, because I do find this super motivating.

Have a great Memorial Day!!!

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MARTINIGAL413 5/26/2009 12:03AM

    You are such an inspiration! Keep up the amazing drive!

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ASPENJULES 5/25/2009 2:17PM

    Amazing how things can get away from you, isn't it?

I'm so glad you're doing so well now, and that your Oly went so well. It's good to learn things, both from our successes and our failures. I am SOO impressed that you're signed up for an IRONMAN!!!! Where will it be held? You are my hero - I hope someday to be able to do half what you do. I don't know that I will ever attempt a full marathon, let alone an ironman, but I'd like to do a half someday, at least once.

YAY for a good school year and a good bunch of kids, AND summer playtime in two weeks! Let's both see if we can stay in better touch, shall we? Oh, and THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL NEWS about your hubby!!! You should have heard me squeal when I read your message - the whole family had to ask what was going on. You have all of our most heartfelt congratulations. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRUIN2 5/25/2009 10:33AM

    WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!

That's so crazy exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!

So excited to hear all about the summer 1/2 and of course, next year's full!!!!!!

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