I am an Ironman!!! =)
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.