IM China. 11:08:10. 8th pro woman.
1:29 + 5:35 + 3:55 = an ironman PR by exactly an hour, 1 of 3 women to go under 4hrs in 110+ heat.
1st time under 6hrs on the bike and under 4hrs on the run!
Jeju Irondistance, Korea. 11:21:56. 1st pro woman.
1:28 + 5:48 + 3:55 = first prize money, first win.
Embrunman, France. 12:11:51. 5th pro woman
1:05 + 7:25 + 3:33 = huge swim and run PR's. huge prize $$$ = 2000 euros
bike was extra hilly and extra long (188km vs 180km?)
GreatMan irondistance, Korea. 9:55:20. 1st pro woman, 2nd overall (only 1 guy beat me)
1:07 + 5:09 + 3:33 (run includes T2) = first time under 10hrs, huge bike PR
IM Florida (2wks later). 9:54:27. 10th pro woman.
1:18 + 5:00 + 3:27 = first USA pro race, first double IM in 2 week-span
IM Cozumel (3wks later). 10:37:16. 8th pro woman.
1:05 + 5:28 + 3:58 = first pro race where I imploded, stumbled home and still in the prize $$$
IM Malaysia. 10:20:32. 5th pro woman.
1:18 + 5:20 + 3:37 = went off course on the bike, but still, first time called up to stage
IM China (2wks later). 14:37:23. 6th pro woman.
1:11 + 7:37 + 5:40 = media darling who got sick race morning and really shouldn't have raced.
too stubborn to quit...slowest IM ever?
IM St. George. 11:04:28. 7th pro woman.
1:17 + 6:02 + 3:34 = tough & hilly course...amazing badass run.
IM CDA. 10:42:37. 12th pro woman.
1:22 + 5:46 + 3:29 = horrid swim and mechanical probs on bike. still a stellar marathon despite wanting to poop during this run but holding it in.
IM Lake Placid. 10:22:30. 9th pro woman.
1:14 + 5:28 + 3:33 = dropped chain and blew up last 10-20mi on bike...
IM Louisville. 10:44:47. 6th pro woman.
1:12 + 5:30 + 3:53 = blew up on bike, IMPLODED on the run. ouch.
IM Wisconsin (2wks later). 10:34:43. 8th pro woman.
1:15 + 5:30 + 3:39 = felt Louisville in the legs during the run, my only paycheck for 2010 (measly $500).
IM Arizona. 10:04:39. 12th pro woman.
1:06 + 5:16 + 3:34 = fastest race all season after 2-month swim focus and minimal bike & run training. Mom came. hooray!
IM Texas. 10:50:50. 17th pro woman.
1:26 + 5:17 + 3:58 = head not in the right place, mentally checked out 10mins into swim.
IM Korea. DNF.
1:02 + CRASH.
The things I used to do, just a short while ago ASTOUNDS me. I'm packing for Louisville and racing on much less training than I've done in my past pro triathlete life. I figured I need to put it down on paper (or electronically?) because I never gave myself enough credit for how awesomely ridiculous I was.
After an epic 2009, I was disappointed at the end of 2010 for hardly making any prize money and not even improving on my race times. Now I look back and can't believe I raced 8 ironmans in one year. Of course I would have bad races. But throw out the bad splits as the outliers (IM China bike + run, the bike at St. George, bike mechanicals at CDA, imploding on the run at Louisville) and what am I left with?
Bikes of 5:16, 5:20 (going off course), 5:28, 2x 5:30's.
Marathons off the bike of 3:29, 3:33, 3:34 (hilly), 3:37 (uber hot), 3:39.
(Swims were always all over the place and more indicative of my mental state rather than fitness.) For the most part though, pretty solid and consistent. And how did I do 8 Ironmans in one year? Amazing! If anything, I probably would've gone faster if I actually focused on a few races and not lived out of my suitcase bouncing around every few weeks, which the travel sponsor had pointed out several times. Live and learn.
The name of the game for this weekend is...MUSCLE MEMORY. It will be Ironman #22, I've done all the training I can so let's see what my body remembers. MUSCLE MEMORY!!!