September 30, 2016

Life after Ironman…

 

…has been cray cray. The very next day after the race, Scott and I headed north a few hours to the beautiful Door County area to celebrate our anniversary for a couple of nights at the most adorable bed and breakfast. Double S Lodge is decently new and is worth every penny if you are looking for a relaxing getaway with lots of fabulous amenities.

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The Double S Lodge is a hideaway located on the stunning Door Peninsula in the village of Sister Bay, Wisconsin. The B&B is just a short walk or bike ride away (which they provide free of charge!)  from boutique shops, restaurants, parks and wineries.

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At the lodge, each morning the owners provide a farm lodge breakfast with all local and fresh ingredients, a happy hour with delicious wines, beers and cheeses and a campfire with s’mores and whiskey tasting in the evening!

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We loved our time in DC and honestly didn’t do much but relax, eat and drink. I hardly even took any pictures! On our way back to Madison we made sure to stop and see our friends and their beautiful new babies in Appleton. It was so fun to catch up with some college buddies!

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We were home for less than 24 hours before we were off to California (more on our trip to Carmel next week)! I had to head to San Francisco for work, so Scott and I decided fly out a few days early and take advantage of the sunshine and beaches. The entire time in California went by way too fast, but it was a blast , even when I was “working”.

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But the festivities didn’t end there! As soon as I arrived home from San Francisco, I was off to La Crosse, WI for my best friends bachelorette party! Mariah is getting married in just a few short weeks and I am so thrilled to be her matron of honor!

To end the two week long eventful schedule, that Sunday Scott and I saw one of our favorite bands, Lake Street Dive, in Madison! It was another late night, but well worth it. They are the best!
And that brings us to this week where I have been catching up on lots of sleep, work and life 🙂 Back to reality!
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September 28, 2016

Ironman Wisconsin Recap: The Run

 

Transition 2 was faster than the first which was expected. A volunteer helped with my bag and I changed into a fresh pair of socks (which felt like a million bucks) and my running shoes before I was off to run a little ol’ marathon!

For the most part, I felt okay coming out of transition. It took my legs a few minutes to realize I was off the bike, but didn’t necessarily feel all too heavy or tired. My coach warned me about being too happy and anxious to get off the bike to start running which would result in some faster than normal miles, and he was so right. With sooo many fans screaming your name and feeling way too excited I could see how this would happen very easily, but I kept myself in check and tried to slow myself down which I think really helped me in the long run (no pun intended).

Going into the marathon portion of the Ironman, my goal was to run at a steady 9:30ish pace (keeping my heart rate around 140-145) the first half and see how I felt when it came to the second half. I felt okay through the first 10 miles, plugging along and drinking water and eating a bite of food (a pretzel, orange, potato chip, anything) at each aid station. At around mile 12, I saw my friends and family on the crowded State Street which was the BEST feeling ever. I seriously think I smiled the entire run because of them.
At the turnaround you could grab anything out of your special needs back but I didn’t feel the need for anything so I bypassed the area and just kept trucking.  As I told Scott the next day, in races people will talk about getting a 2nd wind, but in the Ironman, you get 2nd, 3rd, 20th, and 30th winds.  You have high moments where you feel good and low moments where you feel terrible but you just need to keep going until you feel good again and do your best to pull yourself out of those low moments. For me, knowing I would see my rockstar fan club again was all I needed.
I saw them once again around mile 20, waved and said I was feeling good, but in reality I thought I was going to be slowing down a ton and even told Scott that it might be awhile until the finish. But, all of a sudden I got my last and final wind, looked at my watch, and realized I was going to finish this marathon under 4:15 whether my mind and body liked it or not. Here we gooo!
The toughest miles for me were miles 21-24, which seemed to take forever. But with two miles to go, I became pretty emotional and thinking about the finish line made those miles go by extremely fast for me. Coming around that last corner and seeing the bright lights of the finisher’s chute ahead felt amazing.
Nothing compares to the finish line of an Ironman. Nothing. 
Immediately after crossing the finish line, I was caught by the finish line catchers (they were actually two of my teammates!) who reminded me to stop my watch and helped me get my medal, tshirt, remove my timing chip, and get in line for the picture.  I was on cloud 9 and felt really really good. Before I even hugged my family and friends, I made my way to the food tent and loaded up a plate with pizza. Real food, yes!
 Thank you, thank you, thank you to ALL the volunteers, spectators, fellow athletes for all your help and encouraging words–you make this race possible. Thank you to my family and friends for coming to watch a whole day of Ironman–it wouldn’t be the same without you. Thank you Scott–I wouldn’t have made it to the start line without your encouragement and support. And thank you to my triathlon tribe–you make the training fun, remind me I’m not insane and keep me going.
Total Run Time:
  • T2: 5:46
  • Run: 4:10
  • 9:32/mile
  • (I think the coolest thing about these stats is the fact that I managed to pass over 516 people on the run!)
Overall Time: 12:31:58
Division Rank: 25
Gender Rank: 139
Overall Rank: 635
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