Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ironman!

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So many race reports from last weekend, I love it. A HUGE shout out to my local, Excel peeps that killed it this year in Kansas at the Ironman 70.3 sponsored race. Ahem, three, count em, three went sub-five hours...since that is something I will never see, I'm totally impressed. I believe everyone achieved their goals and it was great to watch it develop. Lynne is as strong as I've ever seen her, swim included! Kevin, my fellow Spartan, did not relive NOLA 70.3 by partying his way through the NCAA championship games with a killer bike split of 2:27 and Ashly's run split was 1:36, enough said. I haven't talked to Vickie or Dana yet but they both had exceptional races as well. I think all of them (and many more) are all getting ready for their A race for the year...IRONMAN.

In a sick and twisted kind of way, I miss it, the Ironman training, that is. While getting ready for my half this year will take time and effort, it's most certainly not the time and effort involved in getting ready for an ironman. I want to PR this half im and am going to give it hell (still never to see sub five hours but I digress) but there IS something satisfying about doing a seven hour brick on a Saturday. Sick, yes, twisted, yes, fun all at the same time, yes. There's nothing better than stopping at the country store for a refuel or water pick up and be asked - how far you ridin' today? Oh, about 115, and they drop their coffee in their lap....and then you get to go home and run. Ah yes, the joy and pain of it all. I say I miss it now but I am also not delusional. I vividly remember thinking, this is insane, I'm never doing this again, WHO trains 25 hours a week, has a full time job and has to eat and sleep too, family, friends? At ~15 hours a week training, I feel like I'm on easy street. I haven't hit my long rides yet, but 4:30 hours is not 6:30 hours with your arse in a saddle and those crazy ass 20/2/20/3/20/4/20/6 bricks are not on the agenda either. It is exponentially greater, physically and mentally. The mental game is a post all its own!


So this is for all that are doing IM CdA this coming weekend - I know how hard you've worked, I know you have put in the time, I know this is the big prize. I'll never say the race is easy but it is not nearly as hard as all the work you've put in to date. Maybe towards the end of the run you'll be thinking WTF? but that's OK, I'm not so sure we're meant to run 26.2 under any conditions, let alone at the end of a 112 mile bike ride and 2.4 mile swim. Stay calm, don't get jacked up, don't worry about that which you can not control. Sunday is YOUR day, the day you've been preparing for, for months on end. I hope that you enjoy it and take it all in. And if you're feeling down or discouraged at any point during the race, just 'hear' the voice of Ironman, Mike Reilly, as you cross that finish line...I'm telling you, there's nothing like hearing him say those words. I can hear it now - Here comes Jennifer Hulbert from Franklin, Tennessee, YOU are an Ironman! Yeah, it never gets old either and I still have to think about it now when "I just don't wanna go any longer." I can look at this picture and still hear his voice.


I will not wish you LUCK because you don't need LUCK. Sunday is your day. Give it hell, race hard and get the sticker. Yeah, 140.6, baby, 140.6...it's just a a long way, I don't care who you are!

Go Ben, Sarah, Tilghman, Marit and RBR!

OH, and P.S. don't worry if you get passed on the bike...this is what happens to everyone who blew it up on the bike and did not leave enough in the tank....they're walking and you're still running, shuffling or something that looks close to running anyway;)

17 comments:

Chloe said...

Nice post!! And yes, give it hell everyone who is racing this weekend!

I love blowing past 'hard core male age groupers' on the run after they gave everything on the bike. Suckas.

Dave said...

I love endurance athletes...always have...and I really have a special place in my heart for you IRONMEN...Maybe one day I will obtain that moniker, until then just striving for running a 100 miler...

Diana said...

I love the last picture! You have just the right amount of "smirk" on your face as you get ready to pass the dude!

Carolina John said...

that all seems insane. all of it. why are we insane?

Molly said...

LOL! Great last picture, made me giggle :)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Amazing post, gave me chills!! the last picture is definitely great.

kristen said...

Cool post -- and to anyone doing CdA:

Have fun and cash in all those loooong workouts! Give it hell!!

Tilghman Carroll said...

Thanks MIssy!!!! I LOVE that pic of you passing that dude...I am going to keep that in my mind the whole run!!!

JP said...

Great pics, I love the"run to the light" finish photo.The look on your face is killer, you are in the zone,tacking that dude down coming out of the neighborhood and heading for the "hell park"
The 140.6 is no joke.Some people say I did an Ironman and come to find out "their" IM was 70.3 with the IM stamp. NO you didn't do an IM you did a HALF. Half of everything,training, time away from family,blood, sweat, tears.I'm not taking anything away from 70.3 don't get me wrong,that distance is for real, but until you finish 140.6 don't call yourself an Ironman.
PS. Don't wear your finisher metal the next day to all the post race events. Trust me people will know you raced by the way you are walking.

Al's CL Reviews said...

That last pic is great!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Good luck, People Soon To Be Of Iron!

Benson said...

Great post.
Motivating.

Wes said...

I'm glad I didn't get prescribed any of those crazy ass bricks :-) Sub-5 is NOT out of our reach! Ha! Let's do sub-6 first!! (at least for mwah!)

Amy said...

Man, I teared up just reading that. And got goosebumps too. Thanks for posting (I know it wasn't for just me but it hit home).

Good luck on your HIM. To most of the population a HIM is still unreasonable. We often forget that when we have other triathletes as friends.

Susi said...

loved that post - will remember it for my HIM this weekend. the last picture is brilliant! ha. i was going to pound the bike this weekend...but maybe not as much now, tee hee...

aron said...

you ironmen/women are just amazing :) i cannot imagine the training and committment that go into it but like you said i am sure its addicting!!!

ShirleyPerly said...

Love that photo of you about to pass that guy!

Yes, I say to myself "see ya later" to many who blow past me on the bike :-)

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