2011 Memorial Hermann Ironman Lonestar 70.3 - Galveston, TX
Pace the Race!
That was my mantra for this race. Race day marked exactly 40 days until Ironman Texas. The 70.3 was not my "A" race of the season, so really racing this event was not an option for me. It was to be just a "long training day."
|Checking in my bike- wristband checked|
As, I told Jason at CookTrainEatRace, I apparently got my money out of the race last year- but I'm also telling you this, because crazy improvement is possible! Holy cow! An hour in a year- I would have fallen over laughing if you told me that was possible last year. I was happy with my finish last year. I finished! I had a smile on my face when I was done and then I decided to drink the Kool-Aid and go for an IM. I went into this race with no expectations (ok, maybe some secret ones), but I had no idea that I was going to drop that much time off my race and not even "race" it!
|The cute sign my mom made! :)|
My mom was my support team for this race (and has been at almost every one of my marathons, tri's, etc) so she was with me all morning, which is always great. She keeps me calm and we pretty much talk about everything, but triathlons! I was also able to call and talk to my little girl and she wished me "Good luck running, mama"- she's 2 1/2 and I was missing her like crazy, so I was so happy to talk to her!
Pre-race fueling was a little difficult. My swim wave was second to last. We didn't leave the dock until 8:35am. That's about an hour and a half later than when most races start, so I was getting hungry before I could even begin my normal pre-race feuling. I didn't want to start too early and then be starving during the swim or eat too much. I stuck to my Oatmeal Raisin Clif Bar and a banana.
|Jellyfish? Wetsuit burn? I don't know.|
It freaking hurts!
|Finish Line Set-Up|