Well, my life has been a flurry of excitement for the past few days, so let me start from the beginning… with my birthday! I turned 26 last Thursday and for the first time I can say I wasn’t all that excited about my birthday. Not sure if it was that 26 is a “boring” age or the upcoming race, but my usual birthday exuberance was not there. However, the day couldn’t have been much better! Sticking with our tradition, Jason went out a got me breakfast from bagel station before work (usually we get fast food breakfast, but I was trying to be healthier). We planned a group dinner with the family and friends to a Japanese steak house that evening and afterwards headed downtown for a bit to listen to some awesome live music. It was just a really nice evening with friends and family and I received some really great gifts including the Altra 3Sums (that I mentioned in an earlier post) from my hubby!
The next day, I reached my initial fundraising goal of $1406 and realized that I’m currently the 4th highest fundraiser attending Ironman Louisville!
But I know all that is not what you’ve been waiting to hear about (and it’s not what I’ve been anxious to write about either), so here goes… on Sunday, June 2nd I completed Ironman Raleigh 70.3 in 6:19:23! And I had A LOT of fun!
Leading up to the race, I was understandably quite nervous and anxious. Having never participated in an Ironman event, or a tri with two transition areas, or a tri away from home, I could go on and on… basically, there were a lot of unknowns. I gathered what I could from the information on Ironman.com, packed up everything I needed and we hit the road for Raleigh on Saturday morning around 10am. We arrived around noon and I got checked in right away. Right from the start it was obvious that the volunteers were friendlier and more knowledgeable than your typical triathlon volunteer. We grabbed lunch at Jimmy John’s (along with everyone else in the city) and went ahead and turned in my “Run Gear Bag” before attending the athlete briefing.
At check-in I was given 3 drawstring plastic bags for different gear. In my “Run Gear Bag,” I placed my FiveFingers (yes, I decided not to do the Altras and I think it was the right decision), calf sleeves, headband, sunscreen, pain pills, extra contacts, a Gatorade, and my race belt with my number and 4 Gus. This bag was dropped off near the convention center in downtown Raleigh where I would find it the next day after the bike leg. There was also a blue “Bike Gear Bag” that held my bike shoes, helmet, sunglasses, sunscreen, and some pain pills and contacts just in case. This bag was turned in with my bike later that afternoon at Jordan Lake where I would find it after the swim leg. We were allowed to go into transition before the race started to add water bottles, snacks, pump up tires, and further organize our belongings.
Once all of my race gear was where it needed to be, we checked in at our hotel and rested for a bit. We did dinner at Moonlight Pizza (very yummy!) where I had the linguini fresco – pasta with fresh basil, tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella, and olive oil. Then headed back for bed, I think was all curled up and trying to doze off by 7:30pm with a 4am alarm set for wake-up… To be continued
I know I’m a total tease, but I think this post is long enough. Full race recap to come very soon!
In the meantime, head over to the fundraising page (link below) and donate – no amount is too small. Since we reached the $1406 goal with plenty of time to spare, I added an additional $10/mile for each of the 70.3 miles I completed this weekend. Let’s get to $2109!
To my Ironman Louisville Race for a Cause to benefit the
Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
to honor the 32 Hokies who lost their lives on April 16, 2007.
Learn more here!
Remember, donations are tax-deductible and go toward the VT Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention and benefit research and education to create a more peaceful world.