We had 8:30 ferry tickets out of Port Angeles Friday AM. That means it was a 3am departure from Portland. Zach, Dave, and I were on the road. Good news was we hit zero traffic. #earlybirdgetstheworm We had a pretty easy drive and ferry ride.
Good bye USA! Hello Canada. Eh?
At least we got there early and did all of the regular stuff. We had breakfast. Hit the expo early. The weather was cool. I was a bit nervous it would be too cool on race day. We checked out the lake and drove the bike course. Which I don’t usually like to do but it was Zach and Dave’s first half Ironman and that is what they wanted to do. I was just there to enjoy the scenery and the ride. I actually thought it was nice because there was some technical turns and the climb at the end of the ride was nice to see before hand. (It was a different bike course than it was in 2015)
It was certainly a LONG day with such an early wake up call.
We met up with Nik and Devin for a carb loading dinner which was fun. An early night for all of us!
Saturday came and went with a quick ride and swim, racked bikes, lots of relaxation and time to reflect. The water was amazing. Perfect temperature. I was ready and roaring to go.
I’m pretty minimal when it comes to packing. (This was a test run for Copenhagen.)
Race day! 3:30 AM came quick
Transition was fast//quick warm up//I got seeded in the middle of the 30-35 minute group.
Swim: 32:20 1:40/100 meters **2 minute PR**
Elk lake is amazing. The water temperature was warmer than the air temp so it felt great getting back into the water. I can’t even express to everyone willing to listen that I love the self-seeded starts. CDA last year was awesome. This year was even better. We got in the water. There was no pushing and shoving. I got in my groove fast. I sighted well. I drafted a ton. The buoys came and went fast. The temperature was perfect.
This was probably my most enjoyable swim to date. I don’t think that I could have executed it any better. I got out of the water and had to do a double take on my watch. 32:xx. What?! It is obviously going to be a great day. The swim set me up for a great race!
I had a sweet spot in transition thanks to being an AWA. (so there are some perks) so I was in and out pretty quick.
Bike: 3:12:22 17.5 mph
Definitely the most disappointed about the bike. I really shouldn’t beat myself up. It was harder and more technical than when I did it in 2015. I had a plan. I executed the plan really well. (So I thought) I stayed hydrated and stayed on top of my calories. I didn’t want to go out too fast. I really wanted to be able to run afterwards. I enjoyed the scenery and had a really great ride.
The climb at mile 45. I had saved up just a bit for. I passed a bunch of people and felt really good. The decent down was fuuuuunnn!! Scary but fun! It made the climb worth it.
I felt like I gave it my all. My overall time is not on my bike screen. I thought it went by pretty quick. It had to be a decent split but as I got off my bike and lapped my watch, I saw the 3:12 and thought….really…that slow…how could it possibly have been that slow. This is my strength!
I had to mentally get into. I couldn’t let the bike get me down. After not having the ride of my life, I couldn’t dwell on it, I had to go out and run! It was time to see if the heart rate training was working.
Run: 2:21:36 10:48/mile
The good: I ran the entire way for the exception of the aid stations. I have never run the entire half marathon of a half Ironman. I was pretty proud of that. I thought I executed the run pretty well. I was supposed to be in zone 3 for the last 9 miles. I was running as fast as I could. I was enjoying the shade and the scenery. I was happy for the most part. I just kept thinking. Just keep going. Keep it up. You got this!! I’m always a little sad that a lot of the people who I passed on the bike, can just pass me on the run like I am standing still. That is what I get for being somewhat fast in the water!
The bad: I had some stomach distress at mile 9ish. I don’t think that it really hurt my time at all or anything for that matter. I have never had stomach problems before and especially on race day. I think it was mostly a fluke but who knows.
I also was trying to do math those last 3 miles. Could I get close to a 2:15? I thought I would be close but obviously my math was not adding up correctly!! ha!
I was happy for another finish. I was happy to be done. I finally looked at my watch to see the overall time. 6:11! What? How is that even possible?! I was sad!
It wasn’t the race I wanted. I really did follow the plan and I left everything out on the course. I can’t be that sad! The plan didn’t really have time goals, only efforts. Liz analyzed my data and my watts were too high(not by much) and the run was mostly in high zone 2. I didn’t execute it as good as I thought! Maybe next time. I just hate to be a slave to my watch. I would rather enjoy the race than worry about those things too much!! That is why I wouldn’t make a good elite athlete. Among other things!!
2 things to add onto that: I only had 3 outdoor rides before this race. I think that is one thing that really hurt me not being able to train on hills. I do think I would have been able to run faster if the run was not a trail. This was just the tune up right?!
I saw Devin and knew Nik had finished. I waited for Zach and Dave to finish. I texted Dan right away and he couldn’t believe that I was done. I said that is what happens when the race starts at 6am!!
We had a nice time post race. No pictures. What is wrong with me! We met a bunch of friends out and shared war stories!!
The ferry ride home was much more exciting. Maybe because we were all more awake than the first time around.
Onward to Ironman Copenhagen. 52 days. **gulp**