Pretty sure he's only smiling because I haven't asked about doing another Ironman yet...
I cannot believe it has been a year since we were here. While training, it felt like race day would never come....and right now, I can barely believe I am about to go check-in my bike.
All ready 2013!
Bike check-in complete!
Experience: I am very fortunate enough to have qualified with my husband to race in Kona 2013. I am also told I was very lucky with weather conditions, and am starting to understand that this week. Having that 2013 race experience taught me that I could push harder than I did and that another year of training could produce even better results. Ironman Cabo kind of illustrated that as well: my swim was faster (granted, it was a wetsuit legal race), my bike watts were better than Kona, and my run was 12 minutes faster on a more challenging course and hotter conditions. One other thing that has been working in our favor in terms of experience is just knowing what to do the days leading up to the race from last year was really nice in terms of stress-relief. Ryan and I knew what to do on what day so that we wouldn't be on our feet or out in the sun too much--something that we definitely did not factor into last year's race. We went to bed super exhausted Friday night and groggily walked to the start line on race morning.
Perspective: having raced Kona 2013, I know not to take anything for granted: from the weather, to properly getting in my nutrition, to barely walking on the run (something that I promise will not happen this year!). I did not really understand when everyone kept talking about how great the weather was and how lucky we were and everything, but I don't think I have stopped sweating since we have arrived! In any case, that is the beauty of this whole Ironman thing... ANYTHING can happen on race day. SO much factors into how anyone will perform, and I saw that at Cabo: I ran down TWO girls who were top American amateur finishers in Kona last year. Race day cannot be predicted in Ironman events, and that is kind of what I like about the sport. Especially since the run is my strength, I know better than anyone that the swim and bike mean nothing: the race is never over until you cross that finish line.
So, this year I am promising three things:
1) I will leave it all out there. Not that I didn't last year, but this year I understand how to pace myself and will not close in a 5:20 mile (by the way--I didn't actually run that fast, but hey if the Ironman tracker wants to show that I can do that pace, by all means, that's okay with me;)). Now that I have two Ironmans under my belt, I know where and when to push harder and will absolutely execute that in my race tomorrow.
2) To finish with no one else in sight. Well, for the finisher's photo I mean.
Thanks for ruining my glory moment, dude
BOTH arms in the air for 2014, Jac...
Let's go EGO!
Lucky does not even cover it