Ironman Heartbreak

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Sunrise on race day.

What a weekend it has been. As I walked down to the race start yesterday, 3 minutes before the gun went off for the start of Ironman Lake Tahoe, they announced that due to the smoke from the King Fire, that the race was cancelled. There’s currently 87,00 acres burning and it’s only 18% contained. It’s the first time they have ever cancelled an Ironman on the day of the race. Most people were shocked, disappointed, and heartbroken. Mostly, I just felt relief. No words can describe how sorry I am to all the people who were about to embark upon their own unique Ironman journeys. Not all were so lucky to have already completed one. What I can say is that you have the potential to do an Ironman and no one can take that away from you. They cannot take all your hard work, dedication, time and sweat you put into preparing for this day. It’s just one day. You can be an Ironman and no matter what it takes, if you want to make it happen, it will.

Most importantly, I need to thank my IronCrew for coming to support me this weekend. Mom, for taking care of all the shopping, lots of cooking and sherpaiing. Katiepants, for securing the sweet pad we stayed in, making the best banana and chocolate chip pancakes and for her amazing skills in her drinking cape! Julia, for making the best signs ever and for providing comic relief to everyone. Matt, for coming all the way from Indiana, and calming me down when I was a mess. Terri, for making the long trek up to see me even after the race was cancelled. Virginia, for coming all the way to Tahoe despite the smoke! Dad, for coming up to the lake twice and for breakfast after the race was cancelled . And to everyone else who came up to support all the athletes.

My Ironcrew:

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With that, it is my decision to take a step back from the Ironman distance. As you all know, I have recently moved across the country and decided to embark on a new career path as a swim coach. With this, I have also decided to start training with my new coach, Craig Paement. Craig is a highly educated and experienced coach, and he also happens to coach the 2014 Olympic Distance World Champion, Ian Boggs. I am excited to train with Craig and get some seriously valuable one on one coaching and on the other hand, get to train with some really fast people in group work outs. I really need to reignite my passion for training and get back to a constructive schedule. Ever since my knee injury back in March from Ironman New Zealand, I really lost my confidence in what I was doing. It seriously made me doubt what I was doing and what I was capable of accomplishing. I need to realize that I can do this, and I think Craig is the person who can push me to my full potential.

Together, we are going to lay out an effective training plan to build some speed back into my work outs and really improve on everything. Not only swimming, biking, and running, but transitions, nutrition, core, testing and so much more that I have never had access to before. I am excited for this opportunity and what will happen next.

With the cancellation of Ironman Lake Tahoe, athletes were given a few options to have a credit towards another race. So I have decided to compete in Ironman Coeur D’Alene 2015! I’m going to dial my training back and focus on some speed and then ramp back up next year. It’s not in the cards for me right now to dig in and do more training at Ironman volume. I’ve been in Ironman training mode since May 2013. I’m freaking exhausted and I need a break and some fun!

Thanks for a memorable weekend! And remember kids, don’t play with fire.

Truckee on the day of my race:

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9 thoughts on “Ironman Heartbreak

  1. Wow! It is interesting how things work out, isn’t it? I think it’s great that you are going to focus on swim for a while – I recently have chosen to focus on yoga for a while (over running), and I think it is going to make a seriously amazing difference in my life. So glad you got to pick another race to compete in next year! All the best for your new path swim coaching! 🙂

    • Yeah for me it really worked out. But I knew a lot of people who were doing it as their first race as I can’t even imagine that moment being taken away from you. All the hard work and training leading up to that moment, and it just gets taken away. Most people had a pretty great outlook on it. Life will go on and racing will continue! Thanks for your kind words 🙂

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