I will post a longer race report soon, but for now, suffice it to say that I am listed as a DNF for Ironman Wisconsin 2010.
I DID make the swim cut off (2.4 miles in 1 hour 44 minutes. Not very fast, but got it done).
I DID make the bike cut off (in by 5:12 pm which should have been 5:00 pm, (which really should have been less than 5 hours if a) my watch hadn't quit working and b) I had pedaled faster ;-) )
I DID make it to mile 19 of the slog-fest -- I mean marathon. Yep, got there at 10:32 pm. The only problem was that the cut off for mile 19 was 10:30 pm. I missed it by two minutes. Or 120 seconds... or....
My run fell apart for oh-so many reasons:
- Couldn't get my head around eating any thing. Nothing had any appeal except ice.
- Couldn't get my legs to move faster than a walk for about the first 6 miles. A slow walk at that.
- I finally did start running and picked up the pace a bit, but just could not keep the momentum going.
- My brain took me to a very, very dark place and there was no getting out of it. No matter how hard others tried to get me out, I was stubbornly stuck.
And so it went.
But there were many, many bright spots for the day (again, will post more of those later).
And I'll be back in Madison NEXT YEAR to do this again.
I've already signed up, already got my hotel room, already rented my race wheels.
Now I just hope Hubby, my coach and my friends can put up with me.