Ironman Goals

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:

  • Enjoy the day and be grateful for the gift of health that has allowed me to get to the start of an Ironman
  • Be smart, hydrate and fuel well, slow down, then slow down even more
  • Do not end up in the medical tent
  • Finish before 16 hours and 59 minutes
  • Hear Mike Reilly say those 4 famous words to me in the Finisher chute

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5 thoughts on “Ironman Goals

  1. Yeah, and to make things even worse there wasn’t much of an acclimation period this year. Temps sort of went from the 60’s to the 90’s in just a few days, but it is what it is and we deal with it however we can. If it’s any consolation, I would think that if it does get that hot, everyone else will be going a little slower too. Good luck Beth, stay cool, stay safe,

  2. Good luck!! It will be a hot one this year which is really unusual for this area. I’ll be cheering everyone on from water/aide station #1. Stay cool and stay safe. Oh, and have a great time!

  3. I can’t even believe that forecast. IT’ll be intense racing an Ironman in that heat, especially at this time of year before many people have had time to train in it.
    I love the goal to stay out of the medical tent- so much smarter than pushing too hard for a few minutes.
    Enjoy every minute of the race, Beth! I’ll be checking in throughout the day and cheering for you!

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