I did it! Second Ironman completed in 7 months on Sunday in Coeur d’Alene. It was the most brutal day of my life racing in 105 degree heat. Like nothing I have ever experienced nor would I want to again. However, in the midst of big challenges, while sometimes on the brink of complete despair and my body wanting to shut down, I found moments of great joy and felt God blessing me.
More details and pictures to come once I get home and recover a bit. I sincerely thank you all for the many Facebook, Twitter and text messages that encouraged me all weekend long. Thank you to my amazing husband and friends that were out there in the record breaking heat just as long as I was cheering me on, you each deserve a medal too. Thank you to my friends and family (my sister that flew in to stay home with my kids) for your support throughout my training and every day of my life giving me the strength to continue on this journey. Lastly thank you to God for carrying me and the other athletes safely through the day, I gave my all for your glory.
This Friday I leave for Coeur d’Alene to race my second Ironman in 7 months. After finishing my first at Ironman Arizona in November, I knew I wanted to do another one, but I didn’t realize it was going to come so fast!
My husband raced Ironman Coeur d’Alene as his first Ironman 2 years ago and we loved how beautiful the area was. So when we decided to pick another race this was it. Another big selling point was that it is typically not too hot at this race vs. most other North American Ironman races. This is an issue for me because heat can dramatically affect those of us with MS, and I’ve been known to end up in the medical a couple times after running marathons in the heat.
As luck would have it, there is a massive heat wave that will be hitting the Northwest just in time for my 140.6 mile adventure this weekend.
Current forecasts show anywhere from 99 – 107 degrees for race day. I can’t even wrap my head around that at this point. As if racing 140.6 miles wasn’t enough, now I “get” to do it in an oven.
Though I’m not going to stress about it. What good would that do anyway? The things I know for sure are that it will be hot (to me anything over 80 feels hot, so what’s a few more degrees?) and I know it will be hard. What I also know is that I am not a quitter and I have not been training hard and sacrificing the past few months just to give up because of the weather.
The good news is that I won’t have any pressure on me to try to go fast and beat my Arizona Ironman time. Heat and pushing your body to go faster would be a bad combination for me race day. So instead, I will be smart, utilizing all the cooling gear and tricks I can think of, and go as slow as I need to and just keep moving forward.
That being said, if I were to come up with some goals, here they are:
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I am still around, even though I have not posted much lately. I suppose family, work, and Ironman training are keeping me a little bit too busy right now. In addition to all of that, I was out of town for 4 out of 6 weekends throughout April and May. Whew, that just sounds exhausting and it has been!
So, how I have been fitting in training for my second Ironman with all of life’s craziness going on? Well, I’m doing the best that I can. With the traveling, it was definitely hard to hit my workouts and it gets old having to plan (and stress) how I’m going to swim/bike/run in different places. What I have come to realize is that I can do the best I can, and the rest I just have to let go of. Sure I’d love more training time, sure I’d love to feel more confident going into this race, but the reality is that isn’t my life right now. The other reality is that I do this for fun and fitness, and to help stay healthy to better fight my MS, and that is what really matters.
I have a few more really long hard workouts to do in the next week, and then I’m going to kick back, enjoy my taper and get ready to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112, and run 26.2 all over again. And with any luck I’ll be a 2 time Ironman Finisher in just 3 more weeks!