To put things simply-this weekend was everything I wanted it to be and so much more!
Katie finished her Ironman!!!!!
I won the Aquabike!
And two of my lava teammates also shared the podium with me, Chrissy and Carolyn! We swept the Female 25-29 Aquabike podium. And Julia also got fifth!
Carolyn and I (holding Chrissy’s award as well).
My only goal this weekend was to win. And I did it. The swim start was a little interesting…they never shot the gun so they just told us to go. And I started swimming and nobody came with me. It was a little disconcerting being alone out in front, but I just kept going. I had to dodge tons of swimmers in previous waves. Came out a little slower than I would have liked (1:02). It was basically a ping pong table out there in the Russian River.
The first loop of the bike was gorgeous. It was cool and all the vineyards were in a misty haze. That quickly evaporated on the second loop as temps scorched. Rumor was that it got up to 105 on Chalk Hill. Not sure if I believe it, but hell might have been cooler than it was on Saturday.
Smiling on the bike.
Overall, I really just could not be happier. It was awesome seeing Katie go through her race. It’s an array of emotions and challenges going through an Ironman, and she conquered them all-including the heat. It is a day that I will never forget and I got to share it with so many amazing people. Winning was just the icing on the cake. Thank you all for your unwavering support and cheering. Thank you mom for coming up this weekend and being there for both Katie and I. Thank you Terri for organizing this whole weekend and being the best cheerleader in the world. Thank you everyone who came up to cheer from close and far! And congratulations to everyone who competed this weekend!!! So many people accomplished serious goals: completing an Ironman for the first time, completing a half Ironman for the first time, the longest swim of their life, the longest bike ride of their life, and the list goes on and on. I am surrounded by some truly supportive people and I love you all. Thank you!