Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Where to Begin...Triple T, me and T

Honestly, I don't know WHERE to begin. There were four races in three days, 12 hours of travel and countless hours spent in between. On a 1-10 scale of hilarity, we were at an 11, no questions. You would know this, of course, if you were 'one of us.' There were a few, along the way, that were able to take our shit. Was it over the top, YES, was it too much to handle, mostly YES, was it riddled with F bombs and inappropriate comments, DUH, of course. If you didn't know Team Hammer Time by the Prologue (Race #1), you certainly knew us by the end of Race #4, day 3...in fact, we were nicknamed Team Awesome by some of our competitors or comrades, as it were. Thanks guys, we try to keep the fun alive, even in the darkest of hours.

This race report is going to take at least four, maybe eight entries to capture it all. So much was packed into such a short period of time. It was only three days but I feel like it was a weeks worth of activity...and good times...and laughter. Please, if you don't know this about me (and Tilghman for that matter) it's got to be fun. If it's NOT fun, I stop.

Before I get into the details, the nitty gritty, the nicknames we had for our competitors, comrades and races details, a few words on the American Triple T OHIO, experience...

This is, hands down, the hardest thing I have EVER done. Maybe I didn't give Ironman a hard enough 'go' but the American Triple T, OHIO (not to be mistaken with the North Carolina 'version' but you can't actually say you've done Triple T until you've done OHIO, IMO) is the hardest, most challenging physically, mentally and everything in between, that I have EVER done. With that said, you will now know why I will ridicule you if you tell me you've done Triple T...NC, yeah, sign up for OHIO and know what it's really like. Holy crap!!! That's like the guy who says - yeah, I've done Ironman Boise. Uh, NO, you haven't since there isn't an Ironman Boise. There might be a little 70.3 there but it ain't NO ironman, just saying.

Yeah, yeah, Ohio is flat, UM, yeah, no, not so much, not Portsmouth, Ohio. Not the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains for crying out loud. Not the Boy Scout Camp Oyo that we rode through where I yelled and cursed every camper in that place (sorry BSA). Anyway, yes, I will wear that on my sleeve because that race was a BITCH.

We left for the race with much less fan fare than Ironman...yet knowing it was going to be harder and logistically challenging. We were traveling with no sherpa just Goofy and Goofier to fend for themselves. Upon our arrival in Portsmouth, we discovered that this area had just been hammered by rain for the last few weeks. The water was high, the ground was soaked and there were trees down in the area. Just take a gander at our swim start locale...


...and this is just the beginning.

I will work on my many race reports for this one and catch up with everyone soon. This has been the focus for so long that I'm not sure what to do with myself. As we said all day Sunday, I'm so sore, my fat hurts. Thanks to everyone for all the messages and well wishes. This one is going to be a wild ride.

21 comments:

Diana said...

I can't even imagine what those 3 days were like-maybe a close resemblance to what "hell" is??

Glad you survived, look forward to the "dt dew spewing from the nose" reports!

In the meantime.....rest that sore fat!

FLATOUT JIM said...

MMM Mud bath. Sounds like a fun way to start the day. I can imagine the muck oozing between my toes.

San said...

I side with Diana, glad you came out alive and with your good humor working.

You are my eternal HERO! 4 races in 3 days?! That's .. that's ... ah, sorry, I'm speechless.

Take some good rest, enjoy time with your puppy and take your time to recover!

Kim said...

Yes you're a fucking rockstar. And I can't wait to read every post you write about it.

Get started woman.

p.s. um congrats btw!

Keith said...

What to do with yourself??? Put your feet up. Get your fave drink. Make hubs bring you a constant supply. Beg borrow or steal a lap top. Then write!!!!!! We're all dying of suspense out here, wondering how Goofy and Goofier made out. Which is which, I wonder? Or do you take turns?

Of course you had fun. Wish I could have been there to watch. Wait, I'da been Sherpa'd. I know it.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Lol, Ohio isnt flat, this is from someone who rides in it.

I was there, looking for you and some other people I knew coming into T2, I didnt see you.

Congrats, this is a beyond a tough race. Its on my bucketlist. Not ready just yet for it. I admire anyone who does it.

Tilghman Carroll said...

I just awoke from a coma...that race completely took it out of me, I get tired breathing right now!

Soooooo much fun with you, what an epic weekend!!!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Congrats Missy! Can't wait to read the RR'ssss!

kristen said...

You rock girlfreind! I can't wait for all the gritty details. Eat, drink, and be merry. Congratulations you just went down as the baddest most rockstar freind of mine.

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

Woo Missy. I can't wait to read all about it. Glad you are back to tell the tale.

Amanda said...

OMG. Your race report is already WAY better than mine. It was awesome seeing you out there. And I'm soooo looking forward to the hilarity of these posts. And I want to hear the nicknames.
You guys got an award, btw...a plaque, I believe. And your names were announced at the awards ceremony. Congrats!
And about the pain, in the shower, atttempting to wash the race number off my arm, i was nearly in tears. my muscles hurt to the touch. eek!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I love it!! This is what triathlon needs... SURVIVAL THON!!!

Molly said...

More more more!!! Can't wait to read the rest!

Beth said...

That set up looks more like a mud wrasslin venue than a triathlon swim start. YIPES!!!

Lookin forward to all the dirty details :)

Bill said...

Wow, just one look at that muddy transition out of the water and I know these will be epic race reports. Congratulations on what I can only imagine was a challenging 3 days.

Wes said...

WTH? Is that a Muddy Buddy? :-)

Julie said...

AWESOME to see you survived! That race start looks so disgusting and chilly -- Brrrr!

Can't wait to read all about the races -- you are one hardcore babe!!!

Jon Gilchrist said...

WOW @ "even my fat hurts" i CANNOT WAIT for your race reports....and bravo for getting thru the tuffest mofo you've ever danced with...Micky would be very proud!

Dave said...

can't wait to hear the rest...

MCM Mama said...

Congrats on surviving! Can't wait to hear all the details!!!

Melissa said...

Wow. That is one big muddy place! I can't wait to hear all about the weekend! Glad you survived :-)

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