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Celebrating 5 years of Ironman participation


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PR!

Sara has finished, and with a new PR!! 13:31:31! Congratulations Sara! You are a fourth time Ironman (Ironwoman)!

More later! I’ll leave you all with a few pics of the sunset, and the ever-smiling Sara!

Sunset

Sunset

More sunset

More sunset

Ironwoman!

Ironwoman!

 

Congratulations!!!


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#Latepost

Yes, I hash tagged the title. Inappropriate, I know.

So due to some late updating from IronTrac (ahem), and our attempts to see her out on the run, I haven’t been able to post until now. Sara finished the bike in 6:50:56!!! Awesome! I was able to see her on her run back in on the first loop and she was psyched to hear that.

She’s currently on the second loop of the run. We’re hoping to catch her on her way back through town and set up camp by the finish…

More soon(ish). Likely next update will be the wrap up.


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Halfway through the bike!

Well Sara and friends are just powering through the bike course! I’m happy to report the temperature is idyllic for racing today, and the rain was light and brief. We may see some rain again later, but so far so good.

Sara came through town around 11:05am looking strong and smiling big as always. I wasn’t able to get the best picture of her, but Dan Aukes snapped quite a few great shots as the girls came into town. I cannot take credit for these shots. I had some semi-decent iPhone ones, but these put me to shame.

Sara spots us

Sara spots us

Daphne waves

Daphne waves

Taking the corner

Taking the corner

Sara Hohenshelt heading towards us

Sara Hohenshelt heading towards us

Sara Hohenshelt taking the corner

Sara Hohenshelt taking the corner

Sara taking the corner

Sara taking the corner

Sorry these aren’t exactly in order! Thanks again to Dan for the images!

Sara’s pace on the first 30 miles was 19.65 mph and she completed this in 1:31:37. For the next 26 miles she maintained a pace of 15.10 climbing and had a time of 1:43:20. Nice work Sara! We’ll see you in a few!


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Swim done, onto the bike!

Sara is doing great! We saw her somewhere between 745-750am smiling as usual. She completed the swim in 1:12:26, and spent 8:41 in transition.

One note – the IronTrac and ironman.com’s athlete tracker are both (quite a bit) behind. Bear this in mind if you are watching live.

Hoping to catch Sara on the first bike loop in a few hours! Will try to keep you updated with pics if possible.


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They’re off!

Best-friend Mona here serving as your guest blogger for the day! I’ll be trying to update periodically.

First and foremost let’s talk weather. The weather situation is a bit tentative at best. Forecast calls for rain in the afternoon through the evening. This is starting to remind me of spectating at the 2008 IMLP! I’m still hopeful the rain will hold off. This was the view this morning as Sara was getting marked.

Sunrise over Lake Placid

Sunrise over Lake Placid

That’s about all for now. Sara has shared some of her racing goals with you all, and again I’ll be updating as I can. If I can make one recommendation to any of you tracking more than one athlete – you MUST download IronTrac ($0.99) for the iPhone. You can input several bib numbers and track to your heart’s content.

I will leave you with a few pictures for now.

Snow in Lake Placid... always...

Snow in Lake Placid… always…

The bike transition yesterday

The bike transition yesterday

This morning en route to drop off special needs bag

This morning en route to drop off special needs bag

Sara, Sara and Daphne

Sara, Sara and Daphne

Swim Start

Swim Start

Off they go!

Off they go!

See you all in a few hours! Race strong!

 


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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!