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Thursday, June 28, 2012

the long and winding road

When I started this blog a year ago, I had only completed 1 sprint distance triathlon. Since then I have completed an Olympic distance and a half Ironman. This has been the final destination the entire time.

Set in one of the world’s most iconic tropical locations, Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns will take place on Sunday the 9th of June 2013.

IRONMAN Cairns is a gruelling iron-distance triathlon that features a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike leg that travels one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia towards Port Douglas and a 42.2km run that included the Cairns Esplanade before finishing in the heart of Cairns.

Ironman Cairns Sunday 9th June 2013

How to Enter: Entries will open online at 11am AEST Tuesday the 17th of July 2012.

I am very hopeful that I will get into this race and that in less than a year from now I can say that I am an Ironman.


Song: The Beatles, The Long and Winding Road

Monday, June 25, 2012

I hurt myself today to see if I still feel

I haven't really been doing that much since Honu. I hiked a bit the week after with my brother on the Big Island and went on 2 40+ mile bike rides but other than that I am in sloth mode. I ran a few times and felt like total crap.

I didn't make it to masters swim one time this past 3 weeks and thought that it was still a good idea to do the first North Shore Swim Series race. The Sangria at the finish line was my motivation. It was a 1 mile swim and the first time I've ever swam on the North Shore. It was AWFUL. I have never been in so much pain. I was so nauseous and the conditions were pretty bad. It was 46 minutes of absolute torture. I was actually praying for a jet ski rescue, but since no one came to my rescue I finished the race. It is really amazing what you can do when you have absolutely no choice. I am for sure going to make it to the masters swim now.

My friend said he has never seen someone so white coming out of the water. I really thought I was going to collapse.





I think the break is over and now it is time to get back to my diet and training schedule. There are 3 more progressively longer swims coming up so I need to get back into shape so I don't want to die like I did this Saturday.

Song NIN, Hurt

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

2012 Honu 70.3 Race Report

I apologize for the extreme delay in my race report, but I took a week off to hang out on the big island after the race and then I came home to a broken router so my entire weekend was spent unplugged.

So the big news, I am a Ironman 70.3 finisher! I'm super proud to be able to say that especially after reading things like this:

One after one they came in and told us they’d never seen race conditions like this. “I had to stop to put water in my water bottle at the aid stations,” Ironman World Champion and Kona veteran Laura Sophiea said. ”I’ve done over 300 races and this was by far the toughest conditions I’ve ever experienced.” “I’ve never raced in conditions like this … With this wind there were points where you were running on the spot,” said runner-up finisher, Australia’s Greg Bennett. “It was, without a doubt, the most brutal thing I’ve ever done.”

Originally from: http://ironman.com/events/ironman70.3/honu70.3/armstrong-and-corbin-take-honu#ixzz1wtGrOkjE


Here's my breakdown of the race:

The swim 53:19: The swim was really good for me. I'm not a super strong swimmer so I will take any swim time that has me making the time cut. The water was super calm and except when I fell running to T1, it was a great swim.

The bike 4:04:57: Awful. I wanted to do at least 30 minutes better than what I did. The winds were really bad at 30-40 MPH and it was 90 degrees. I got pushed into the road at least 3 times and many people were crying. I almost gave up once, but knew my brother would make fun of me forever. I'm just happy I finished it.

The run 2:15:54: Overall not a bad run. I ran the entire way and felt pretty good. The only problem was it was freaking hot and seriously right next to lava.

My overall time was 7:25:30. Not the best time out there, but it is a finish and I will take it! Here are some pictures.

My amazing support crew after the race. Angie, Bryce, David, and Katie. Having them there before the race, during, and after were priceless. It was so good to see their smiling faces and Angie with her signs. I will have to post more pictures of the signs later,


Thanks to my brother for getting the VIP badges!



Pre race, me and my training friend Loren



Rounding the finish with a big smile on my face because I'm seeing friends and family!



My fans!



This might be my favorite picture ever. That's my brothers arm that I am running towards!