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Celebrating 5 years of Ironman participation


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Signing off as guest blogger

I wanted to sign off as guest blogger for now (thanks Sara!), but not before acknowledging a few things about the sport. Last night as I blogged Sara’s finish, I was a little too dazed to do so properly.

Triathlon is an intruiguing sport – to many who don’t compete, the idea of a spring seems difficult; and Ironman seems impossible. Crazy, even. “Wait, she’s swimming how far? Biking… 112 miles? And then a MARATHON??? All in the same day?”

Yes.

I clearly remember the first time Sara mentioned she was considering doing IMLP in 2008. Though I’m not a triathlete, somehow the idea didn’t seem far fetched. Maybe it was what I know about Sara’s own drive that made me feel that way, and before long I could see just how seamlessly her training fit into her life. The commitment a triathlete puts towards every aspect of their life is impressive to me. You have to train properly to avoid injury and to prepare, while at the same time balancing that with other aspects of your life that may not be tied to tris.

What you are all capable of is inspiring and incredible. I know the months that go towards training, and the intense dedication you all exhibit. When I think of Sara racing, I can still see the big smile on her face each time she came through town in 2008’s IMLP. That genuine commitment and love for the sport is even more clear when you see how many Ironman finishers sign on for other Ironman races. Ultimately, I’m trying to express what a humbling experience it is to be part of this sport, even as a supporter. You all make it look effortless, and fun.

Signing off here now. Again, congratulations to Sara and all the other Ironman competitors and finishers from IM Canada! I look forward to hearing and reading Sara’s account of race day!


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DONE!!!

Congratulations, Sara, you are a TRIronman!!! 🙂

Final time for the finish 14:02:00 (I forgot to mention this last night when I initially posted). Awesome!!!!!

Many thanks again to her parents who were updating live as I was from a distance. Congratulations to Sara and all the other Ironman athletes today!


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Bike Sum Up

The weather may be a bit tricky out there. When I checked the temperature in Penticton a few hours ago it was in the high 70s (the high was forecasted for 93). A few hours later, it read 82 degrees. Not ideal weather for IM!

At last post, the weather currently in Penticton was 84.

I hope all the athletes are staying well hydrated and strong!

Back to the bike – she’s now completed the bike portion and is already well on her way running! Her time for the 69.5mi of the remainder of the bike course was 4:37:03 at a pace of 15.05mph. Overall, the bike total is 7:03:11. Making great time!

I’ve also heard from her parents in Penticton who have managed to see her and sent this text: “Just saw Sara transition from bike to run – she is strong”

We’re still cheering over here in NYC!! Wearing my red jersey proudly! Go Sara go!!!
I’ll update everyone again midway thru the run!


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Updates

Tracking Sara (again bib #2534) on www.ironman.com for IMCA!

I’ll be posting information on Sara’s times for the swim, bike and run during her IM. The swim will list one time, and both the bike and run are split into 2 parts. There are also transition times from her swim-bike and bike-run that we’ll follow!

Sara’s parents are in Penticton today cheering her along, and we’ll be in touch hopefully as well. From what I understand, the course doesn’t round back through town several times like in IMLP, so we’ll see whether they are able to snap a photo of her along the way!

Another practical matter – what did Sara decide to wear? While the “Organ Donor 4 Life” shirt got much consideration, practicality won out for such a long race. Why? Well, best to wear a shirt/tank designed for the long haul. In other words: POCKETS. She needs plenty of pockets to keep her energized throughout the race. Also, as I attempted to point out in one of my blog comments, chafing could be a concern with a shirt not specifically designed for such activity (granted, this is a concern regardless!)

So in lieu of Sara wearing her shirt to further her cause, Andrew and I are doing so in place of this (as you can see above). Her parents may also be sporting the red threads and will be making the cause very visible during race day. In NYC, however, we’re mostly bound indoors due to the (now slightly downgraded) Tropical Storm!

Sara will be wearing a black tri shirt during the bike, and her red GGTC tri-shirt during the run.

Meanwhile, I’ll be back with more updates after the swim: