Ironman Lake Placid

Good Morning!! I am working on a full recap from Sunday’s Ironman, but wanted to share the news (in case you aren’t on twitter or Instagram)…

I am an Ironman!!! =)


Few more feet until finish line!

Sunday was a long day, but one that went amazingly smooth for almost the full 140.6 miles.  I finished in 13:04.  The swim was slower than I had wanted or anticipated, but man, it felt GOOD to be finished with it and to feel the ground on my feet.  The bike was awesome.  My laps were almost even split and BOTH were significantly faster than the one loop I did during my training weekend a few weeks ago.  The run started off amazingly – my legs were not dead and I was maintaining about 8:30 pace (I started walking through aid stations at mile 4 to ensure I was drinking at least 2 cups of water so my mile splits were around 9:00).  Unfortunately, pretty serious stomach cramping began just before mile 10 and I couldn’t eat anything for the final 16.2 miles.  Even worse was that at times it was so painful that I couldn’t run – I was bent over in pain.

But, I couldn’t stop smiling.  I’ve never enjoyed a race as much as I did on Sunday. I high-fived spectators, smiled at everyone I passed on the road, and chatted with the other athletes on the course.


That smile was plastered on my face for most of the bike and run!

I will get the full recap up as soon as I can {hope to have it up maybe tomorrow} – lots to say and share about my first Ironman!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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    2. I’ve been hesitant to comment out of fear that I’d appear like some crazed fan girl but I must say, your blog which I’ve been reading somewhat obsessively has me adding complete an iron man to my bucket list. Congratulations on your amazing race! I’m so looking forward to your full recap.

      • HAHA. Your comment had me laughing so hard I almost choked on my drink. Hehe. LOVE that you are adding an IM to your bucket list. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. But also the most rewarding. Without question. It’s something that will change your life!
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    3. Michele! I was tracking you all Sunday. Silently (and not so silently) cheering you on, praying for you, thinking positive thoughts, repeating mantras for you and when I saw the pic of you at the finish I cried. I seriously felt so, so proud of you! I still do! I’m amazed at the way you set a goal and went after it. It inspires me so much. Huge, huge hugs to you! xoxo
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    4. WOW!! Congrats on your accomplishment! Hope you are getting some rest and recovery. Glad it was a good experience for you — and you DO look super happy!

    5. Congratulations! That is quite an accomplish especially with having stomach problems. Way to go. Looking forward to hearing the details of your awesome day.
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    6. So happy for you! You are an Amazing Athlete, woman and mom! Wish I could meet you in person someday-let me know if you are coming to Philly so I can watch! Love you and so proud of you!!!

    7. I”m in awe!!! That’s just awesome, I can’t imagine completing that distance right now and having such a young one at home too!!! Kudos!!!!

    8. Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment! I love the photo of you crossing the finish line with such a big smile, you look incredibly happy and proud. Can’t wait to read the full recap! Hope you are enjoying some well deserved r & r! :)
      Karen @karenlovestorun
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    9. I applaud & bow down to anyone who completes the Ironman… so awesome & incredible!!! You should be on a high for awhile after this one!!

    10. Congrats to you Michele! I thought about you all day Sunday. You are simply incredible! I have tears in my eyes for you just reading this!

    11. You are so awesome, Michele!!! Huge congrats on such an amazing accomplishment! That photo of you finishing is amazing. Such a big smile! Enjoy some rest time!
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    12. Congrats! You are one incredible mama! I always get motivated to dream big when I read your blog!