At every IM I have done i’ve learned something new. Sunday was no different.
1) The first 60 or so minutes of the bike leg gets paced as if bike ride is 60 minutes long. I’ve only done 4 IM’s as a pro and usually come out of the water way off the back, so I just do my own thing. In CDA, I came out of transition just ahead of Matt Russell and Matt Hanson after a very hard solo swim. I knew these two were going to come around me so I tried to be ready for it and go with them. I got into my own head as I was seeing power numbers that are Olympic or 70.3 range and backed off the pace and they were immediately up the road. I have the training miles to ride 112 miles really hard. Now, I just need to do it.
2) Once you’re inside the top 10 Ironman staff is at every 10 mile marker giving you splits to the leader. That is, until, you’re 20 minutes back, then they just smile and wave.
Once off the bike I thought we were finally going to have a break from the wind. No such luck. I ran by Courtney and she gave me the conformation that I did indeed get my ass handed to me on the bike. I was 13 minutes down to 8th place. I was 99% sure that of the 8 guys up the road, 7 of them would just put even more time into me. I felt terrible starting the run, probably the worst I have ever felt coming off the bike (besides IM Texas 2013) And then this song popped into my head – I knew I was about to be over my head and everyone looking at the athlete tracker was about to know too! Then I just decided in a split second – I am going to run as hard as I can until I blow up and hopefully – that puts me close to the finish line. At the turn around back in town I was 4:30 out of 8th place. Then all of a sudden, there I was, in 8th place. I managed to hold on by a thread the last 55 minutes, mostly due to the fact that I had 425 mg’s of caffeine starting to work its magic.
All in all it was a great trip and the final few minutes of IMCDA are unreal. When you spend hundreds and hundreds of hours training solo, then you take a left hand turn onto Sherman Ave and the road is lined with people going HAM for you, even when you’re 45 minutes back from the win its a really cool experience.
My arms are out do to high to highfiving people! The things you do mid bonk..
Thanks to Greg from QR for the pictures.
Thanks to everyone for all the help! Everyone at QR, Normatec, Powerbar, Shimano, Fuelbelt, Rudy Project, Fast:Splits to everyone at QT2, my wife and anyone who sent messages, you guys sure know how to make a bum pro, feel pretty pro!
26 days till the next one…….