I have so many stories. I have so much to write about. For now, a few photos and a few words will have to do. I am on vacation in beautiful Hawaii with my amazing family and we're packing up for a day on some tropical beach somewhere off the Queen K.
Saturday was a day I will never forget. So many things went right. And yet, I had to dig deeper than ever before. Ironman racing is a day that is constantly evolving. It's a day that requires extreme confidence and focus. You must prepare your body for months and months but if your mind is not prepared for the challenge, it is over for you. It's a long grueling day. When all is said and done, I absolutely love it.
Trying to find words to describe my WHY is tricky. Why do I do this? I will tell my story over the coming days but you might need to read between the lines to understand my why. It's in there. If you listen carefully, you'll get it.
Here's how the day turned out in numbers.
Overall time: 10:26 7th in my age group, 4th American finisher in my age group.
swim 1:04, bike 5:37, run 3:34
I finished a full hour faster than when I raced here in 2009. I was only 7 min behind my time in Lake Placid a few months ago. To say I am happy and satisfied with this is an understatement. I'm absolutely ecstatic with my performance. I finished with pride and a smile just like I promised my Dad I would.
A few photos until I sit for more stories another time.