Welcome back to Ironwoman Wednesday! Over the past few months, I have been linking-up with Jamie at From Couch to Ironwoman and Michelle at IronwomanStrong on Wednesday to talk triathlon as we trained for Ironman Louisville. We talked swim, we talked bike, we talked run and much more…
Today we are back as 3 Iron(wo)men! Yep, WE DID IT! All three of us finished Ironman Louisville on Sunday and heard those 4 amazing words: YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!
My race recap is going to span across at least 4 posts, because there is just so much to tell you. At this point my words and emotions are still all jumbled. I am happy, I am exhausted, I am in disbelief at the ease at which my mind tackled the race, I am mad at myself for not executing my nutrition plan correctly, I am amazed at the strength my body showed me, I am excited about future races, a ball of tears about Sunday’s race and most of all I feel extremely proud of myself, Michelle, Julie, Jamie, Jamie’s husband, my own rockstar husband, and every other person who gave their all on Sunday.
Ironman Louisville gave me everything I could have ever dreamed of for a first Ironman.
If any of you dream about completing an Ironman, DO IT! I guarantee you, you will not regret it. Every minute, even the darkest ones, were amazing and I am so happy Pablo and I pulled the trigger and decided to sign up.
So let’s start at the beginning…
On Wednesday, Pablo and I headed for our last pool swim pre-race, then we packed up the car and headed to Kentucky with his parents. We were pleasantly surprised with the townhouse we rented. It’s spacious, well-kept, 3 blocks from 4th Street Live and 1 block from the run course! If you’re doing IM Lou, let me know and I can share the house details with you!
After we unpacked the car , we headed for a 4-mile shake out run. While it didn’t feel super hot (it was 7:30pm when we went out), I was sweating buckets in no time and I knew race day was going to be a brutal one.
Thursday we headed to the Ironman Village, checked in for the race and attended the athlete briefing.
Friday was an official 100% rest day. We did some stretching, stayed hydrated, prepped our gear bags and had some fun taking pictures. Then we headed to the athlete banquet where we met Jamie and Mike, watched some inspirational videos and sat with a 74-year-old who would be completing his 17th Ironman, how’s that for inspiration!
Saturday it was time to get in our last workout: a 15 min swim, 15 min bike and 15 min run. We joined the open water swim and battled a fierce current, which we luckily would be swimming with instead of against on race day.
We saw Jamie and Mike while training. Seeing them on their bikes while I was running was awesome and I knew seeing them on the course would be a major motivational boost. I tried to find Michelle at the underpants run, but didn’t see her, although I did see this awesome dog:
We finished prepping our gear bags and headed to transition. My parents were supposed to arrive around 6pm, but as we left transition they called to tell me they had missed their last connection. I almost had a meltdown, but luckily there were 3 other flights they could catch and they got on one that would get to to Louisville by 9:30pm.
I headed to bed and waited for them to call. When they arrived, we checked in quickly, I gave them the rundown of the course, their Sherpa gear and then it was time to really go to bed, because in a few short hours race day would be here!