Half IRONMAN Muncie
Thanks for a good, safe day of racing.
The body just wasn't responding like I'd wished even after drinking my Pediasures. The pain and tightness in the back was at it again even after some regular, consistent massages and chiropractor visits the last month.
Race morning, water temps measured at a blazing temp of Mercury's surface, though the race crew said it was 82.6F, a hot day was in store right from the start. Got in some always needed laughs with call the police it's Elise Hawkins and Julia Pritchett and Travis Hawkins
Rolling start was great for this venue as compared to previous years wave starts. Had my Michigan role model, Roman starting right behind me, it was time to go. Swim felt slow as the back immediately was George Washing-done with racing. Struggled to get up to speed and had to mentally fight with settling into a recovery pace. Pass a swimmer get passed by another swimmer. Pass two swimmers get passed by three swimmers. Relax, turn the thrusters on when you get on the bike.
Exit the water, sprinted up the long hill past many others and got in and out of transition clean. Flying mount onto the bike and we were off. Out on course caught riders right and left and then waited for the always impressive Thierry Guertin to make his way right past. Saw three draft packs and many bad moves by riders. Got caught between many bad moves, but most importantly, stayed upright. Couldn't push the legs to close a few gaps, but stuck to a pace I was comfortable with. Back to transition and made some errors running back in where I stumbled, lost my footing and tripped.
Cut the cord and just flipped on cruise control for the run. Stretched out the back walked and stretched some more then settled into a pace for the rest of the day.
Worst part of the day was being denied when I asked if I could boop a dog. Heartbroken fur sher. But we did get to pet another doggie later on, made up for that first one.
IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga
Be sure you have a 5-hour energy to read through it all
Watt a great race. The venue, volunteers, the swim, the bike, the run, the heat, the humidity, the support and all the pent up anxious and nervous energy to be among these incredible athletes of all ages, genders, abilities, backgrounds. Everyone had a story, everyone had a reason, everyone had their profound calling voice and motivation to show up and be present at the race this morning. Lots of first-timers, lots of veterans, lots of pros, and tons of the best Sherpas and support crews having a hard day baking in that sun to watch their athlete cone out of the water, the bike and down that finisher chute. Shoot! Such a spectacle to watch and witness such an awesome display of world-class athletes from the first cannon shot to the last footstep across that line. Y'all are amazing and y'all deserve all the applause and high-fives you can handle. Awesome sauce for sho!
Wasn't feeling full-on for race readiness. I felt only about 75% there. Swim felt good until the hallway point when a back injury from a car accident last September kicked in. My back seized the day wanting to do a reenactment of Frodeno's WC seize.
I had back problems, but they're behind me.
Pulled a bit and let it sort itslef out back there and got back to kicking. Transition felt good, bije felt alright, still a month of work to feel closer to 💯, but I'll take the 24.4 average. Miles 23-32 and 48-56, the back was back to future part 3. Affected all power output and even though I could still ride, just couldn't push the heavy gears I wanted to close gaps. Though there were plenty of draft parades sitting behind me loving the tall body to sit behind.
To T2, judgement day, (best of the Terminator series), got off the bike in pro fashion to head out for a run. "I just felt like running", the inner Forrest Gump voice said. (Finished below)
Dat hair after swimming.
Good, fast swim this morning:
300 swim steady with 3/5/7 breathing pattern
3x100 (swim/drill/kick/swim by 25)
4x50 build to 90% :10 rest (each 50 gets faster)
4x25 build to 90% :10 rest
200 (100 build to 90% rinse and repeat)
4x100 (steady race pace - 70-80%)
4x50 all fast :20 rest
200 (50 fast / 100 race pace / 50 fast)
4x100 (steady race pace - 70-80%)
4x50 all fast :20 rest
200 (150 steady race pace 70-80% / 50 fast 90%)
4x100 build (each 100 gets faster, start at 70% effort)
4x50 all fast :30 rest [here's where my shoulders quit, on the very first length]
Threw in an extra 400 to make it 4000 totes magoats
To the socks that set these legs free. The moment I pulled these stars and bars on, I felt nearly invincible. I started by riding a stationary bike and went so fast I rode right through the wall and ended up on the street in traffic bypassing other cars leaving streaks of red, white, and blue wherever I ventured. Like Moses did to the Red Sea, everything seemed to move right out of the way. I felt like I had the super star power from Mario Kart '64, but it was given to me by our forefathers. At one point, I saw Teddy Broosevelt riding a buffalo waving the American flag in one hand and the liberty Bell in his other, ABROham Lincoln flying on an eagle firing missiles and shooting a minigun off into the sky. There was no stopping this magnificent power. My vision became better, I rode through rivers and could breathe underwater. Physics, biology, chemistry, algeBRO, none of it mattered as I speed away at 1776 mph. I even saw George Washington bench pressing his own monument. I have never seen so much freedom displayed before. Best workout of my life. I was sad when I became a true mortal, the socks were taken off, and all was back to normal. Merica