Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The American Triple T - Race #4

Finally, the half ironman, the last day, the last race of the American Triple T Ohio. You know the distance, no explanation needed. The morning was significantly different than either of the previous days. For the previous races, everyone was all keyed up, anxious to get into their race order making sure that everyone was sequential. Sunday morning, no one cared. It was chip timing, afterall, go ahead, I don't need to get into that nasty water any earlier than necessary. Maybe the top 10 guys in line were keen on their starting position, otherwise, no one cared. No one could believe that we had a half iron to complete. We couldn't either.

Swim was a good one, cold, murky, gross but just fine time wise. Transitions were funny, at this point, because most people just strolled into and around transition. The hustle was gone. One event down, two to go.

Bike, holy CRAP! Two loops of the same thing to make up our 56ish mile ride. I have never had a bike split this slow until this day. As far as team drafting was concerned, not that big of a deal, I was just grinding my gears for everything I had...knowing that I had to come back and do it one more time before I even got to run. The beauty of a two loop bike. I did find the best bike food ever - mini golden oreo cookies. After a full day of gels, tremendous gas and horrendous ass, I couldn't stomach one more gel. We both moved on to food (if you can call an oreo food). It was glorious. The ride was pretty and we enjoyed it the FIRST TIME around. We got lots of comments like - you're having too much fun, there's my party people - stuff like that. Yep, we were trying to make the best of it. I don't even think we started cussing too much until loop two when we knew we had to do it again. I can only describe the ride route as every crappy hill in Nashville all linked together to make one, ass kicking bike ride.

After we strolled into transition, got dressed again, it was time for our two loop run - of the same thing we've done all weekend long. The fear, the dread, the rocks in my shoes. OK, we started to discuss a strategy because actually running the whole thing was not even going to be realistic at this point. Tilghman says, let's go 2-1, run 2 minutes walk 1 minute. Perfect. Wouldn't you freakin know it - every 1 minute walk ended on a flat and every 2 minute cycle was on an uphill. DaYum IT! Next, why don't we try to run every flat and downhill and walk when ever the fire road changes pitch. Excellent! This seemed to be everyone's plan. There was no getting around it, walking was going to be involved for us.

We cheered on our new friends, Speedo Cowboy (the guy in a teeny speedo and cowboy hat), Dora Dude (the guy that wore Dora sunglasses last year), the MSU guys who had the worst team kit ever (green shorts, never, guys and I went to MSU), Ironmom, Canada (scared my poor little friend from Canada when I yelled - Go Canada and then proceeded to let out a roar of a belch, he actually stopped and turned. Sorry Canada, that was not intentional and no dig at your homeland) ... really, it was the most all for one and one for all race I've ever been a part of. While I'm sure the top guys and teams were keen on their times and splits, everyone else was just working toward a common goal. To get this freakin' run over with!!!

I knew once we hit ~10 mile marker we were home free. You know what that means, running downhill! Yep, I didn't want to say it but I knew we were home free at that point and it was glorious. Finishing was never in question, how fast was. We loosely discussed what we thought we'd hit the finish line in between me chasing Tilghman up a hill and hollering at our comrades. At this point, we didn't even know where we were in the team standings. No clue, truly and not even concerned. As we made our way 'out of the woods' and onto the last ~.5 mile on asphalt, we saw them. We saw the women's team from the previous day that passed us heading into the woods for the second loop of the run. As we cheered them on (and meant it), the other part of us had a little extra skip in our step. Yep, we made the right decision, I should say Tilghman made the right decision for us on the previous day's races. Let them go, she said, we'll see them again. ...and we did.

We didn't have an ounce left of get up and go so we just ran it on in to the finish. We have never been so happy for each of our slowest half iron times in history. Truly, I was thrilled. I was thrilled not to be moving any more, thrilled to be done and just laughed my ass through the finishing chute because I can't believe we did it. We conquered this bitch.

There's so many other thoughts that I have about this race but here's what I know for certain:

This is the hardest race I have EVER done, hands down (YES, harder than ironman).
This was one of the most fun races I have EVER done.
I laughed so hard all weekend long that my face hurt.
Getting up for a half iron on the last day sucks.
The race doesn't start until Race #3 and #4.
I'm made for pacing (as is Tilghman).
I hate sprints.
I was THRILLED that I brought my road bike instead of my TT bike. Would have been nice to have some clip on aero bars, though.
I don't ever need to do this again.

More to come, other funny stories and our take on the Little Smokies race (the guys that got do JUST do the half on that last day), we were ruthless on them. Oh, and our finishing time was good enough for second place in the Women's Senior Divison. Woot, woot, we were totally stoked.

29 comments:

Velma said...

Great race reports!! We need to get the msu boys new shorts :)

San said...

Congrats on the second place. Finishing these four races is an accomplishment all in it self. But to even make a second place. Amazing.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I KNEW there were trophies involved!! Way to go....

Oh, I know what your are talking about on "glad I did it, but do it again?... been there, done that... no thanks" IMSG falls into the same category

Dave said...

good stuff...grabbing an oreo cookie as fuel tells me you are ready to venture into the ultra world...where pacing is paramount. btw...Karl Meltzer will fuel on gel packs for a full 100 mile ultra...can't imagine.

skierz said...

Way to go! you gilrs rocked and you have bigger cahones that I do for even signing up foer that thing! Awesome race and even better race report!@

LDub said...

loved all the RR!! congrats on being beasts, studs, and the 2nd place.

sounds like 1 gnarly weekend to put down in the records books!

Molly said...

Loved your RR - you two rocked it!!!! So amazing!!!

Amanda said...

you don't ever NEED to do it again, but will you? This was the most fun race I've ever done. And I can't wait to go back...even though I won't be anywhere near these parts a year from now.

Diana said...

So, now what? :)


Congrats on the 4 bang'r and bringing home 2nd!

Wes said...

I have not done Triple T (Ohio) vicariously through you. Crossing this one off my list :-)

Well done!!!

Runner Leana said...

Wow, what a race weekend! Crazy stuff. You two did great! Congratulations!

Kim said...

woohooo 2nd place!!! senior division - does that mean old people? cause youre not old. you and tilghman are amazing!!!

Al's CL Reviews said...

Great race report.
I'm so excited for you that you not only finished but you placed!

Way to go!

joyRuN said...

Well damn, girl! Congratulations!!

Awesome race report too :)

martin briars said...

amazing! i really am impressed by this! i'd love to give this kind of race a go - but i've never seen on in France, i'll start looking around i think!! aaargggh another challenge to complete !!
;:0)))

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Amazing accomplishment Missy ... really enjoyed the RR's!

kristen said...

I believe you when you say this is the hardest event you've ever done. I couldn't even imagine. You rock girl!

aron said...

holy WOW. these are crazy intense, i cant even imagine. i really didn't realize what you were doing until ALL these reports came in!!! you are AMAZING lady, seriously. congrats!!

Erika said...

I was laughing out load at your race report, I have such a visual! Great job~~
Erika

RBR said...

Totally insane! Congratulations on a great race (well, shit races!) Amazing. Reading your report was enough for me I do not need to do this. :)

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Thanks for another great race report! I still can't believe that race...wow! You just totally rock! Congrats on the 2nd place win...woohoo! :)

MCM Mama said...

You guys are awesome!!! Congrats on the second place finish!

Aka Alice said...

I am finally caught up on your journey (all in one reading!) and you are just freekin' awesome Missy.

Gas-X is just genius!

Can't wait for the rest of the fun, but really, I'm exhausted just reading about this...and I bow to you!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

WOW! Just got caught up on your posts, amazing. TOo funny about scaring the Cdn girl, and your description of everyone strolling into transition... I can't even imagine! HUGE CONGRATS to you and the team for getting it done!!! So.... now what?? :D

Sherry said...

Congratulations, Missy! I have to go through and read your race reports. I've been a little MIA lately (I lost my little old man and spirits have been low), but I'm trying to make a comeback. I have lots of catching up to do and your RReports are at the top of my list! Way to go, girl!

Ryan said...

If you thought that was harder than Ironman...try going a little faster next time. Ha! Or, go to St. George.

Congrats on the TT.

Say Hi to Ryan for me won't ya.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats again

ShirleyPerly said...

CONGRATS to you both!!!

That course sounds like a real bitch and to do it 4 times??? Hell, that's just crazy. Which is why I'll only consider doing that new Triple T in NC (besides OH is just too far to drive for me). One question, do you have to do it with a partner? I don't think I can find anyone who'd do it with me.

zbsports said...

Good race report, the pictures are great and look like that the race is tough. Thanks for sharing us detailed race report like this.

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