Well the season is now over, and I am looking forward to doing some of the things that I don’t normally have time to do – hang out with friends, shopping, mountain bike riding, and of course cookie baking!!!!
The past couple of weeks have been jam packed with racing. Normally I am finished my season after Hawaii, but this year I had decided that I would not only do the Xterra race the week after IM but I would then follow that up with a ½ Ironman race in Tempe Arizona. As a member of the Multisports.com Crew, we would be heading to Tempe to do a short presentation associated with the Soma half Ironman. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to check out what the course for the upcoming Ironman race in April would be like. Well it was one of those “sounds good at the time”, or “looks good on paper”, but actually doing 3 races in a stretch of 15 days, and all of them being difficult races was soon becoming a reality and I wasn’t sure that the body was going to react. This is something that I had never done before (and certainly would not suggest to anyone else) so I really didn’t know how I was going to feel when it came down to the 3rd race – the half ironman. I suppose in a way, this was a blessing in disguise, as I had zero expectations, and was ready to take on whatever the day dished out.
All in all, the race went well – I felt surprisingly good up to about 1 hour into the run – then I felt like I was back on the lava fields in Kona doing the Ironman shuffle. It really goes to show what the body is capable of doing. As I said this is not something that I would ever suggest to anyone – it is really pushing the limits of what the body can endure. Knowing that it is the end of my season and I can now take some down time and do nothing made the whole journey tolerable and strangely enough enjoyable!!!
I must extend a special thank-you to all of my sponsors that have supported me over the past season to get me to the starting line:
Saucony Running Shoes and Apparel – keeping me running strong and looking good
K2 Bikes – providing me not only with the best looking bike – one that rides like the wind
Ironman Nutrition – fueling me for optimum performance both during racing and training
Oakley – the coolest sunglasses around
Profile – state of the art bicycle components
Roger Freeman MD – great advice and support to keep me medically sound
Team Ironman – created by Ironman North America to give exposure to a team of professional athletes
Reynolds – Wheels and Forks -light and fast
XTerra Wetsuits – the fastest and most comfortable suits on the market
Speedplay Pedals – the best pedals
Fizik Saddles – the most comfortable saddle I have ever used
You can also check out my Ironman Hawaii post race report