#fbf 1997 IMKona...one of the most special memorable days. My goal was to podium. No coach. Power meter. Tri bike. Just a gurl who had a big dream. At mile 18 in the run I saw 4th place gal. I sat behind her to regain composure and passed her. Gawd, she came with me and I could hear her breathing. I thought I would die out there on the King K. I dug deep and held her off by less than a minute. Standing on that stage was so gratifying and I was so nervous! Wishing everyone in Kona an amazing day. Enjoy the experience. Getting there is hard, have fun. I’ll be cheering for all from the couch! -
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DNF. Yes, “Did Not Finish”. It’s great to post our finish pictures with a medal around our necks, but does a DNF define who we are? This is not easy for me to post. I’m not new to athletics having completed many ulta-distance Ironman’s and runs…but this is not about the past but my most recent journey.
Unable to run anymore with a knee replacement I yearned for a new goal, something to push my limit. Maybe you can relate to the first race you ever did or are training for now. My goal was to finish Hoodoo500, a 300-mile solo nonstop bike race in Utah. Voted the most scenic and most challenging ultra distance cycling event. It was both.
My homework was done. Riding 6-days/week up to 26-hrs/wk in the saddle with lots of climbing. My coach had my nutrition and training dialed in. I was trained, tapered and fueled just right. I felt confident I would finish, just get to the top of 10,000 feet. Knowing I have had trouble in the past with altitude and spent the week prior in Tahoe (6,200). Having talked to my trainer and cardiologist, my goal was if I felt short of breath to stop, regroup and get back in the saddle. Mentally and physically everything came together until 7,500-feet. By 8,500 feet I was swerving across the road in the dark with my crew following me. I stopped more and more frequently, finally pedal-pedal-coast. I had no air, I needed an ozegen tank on my back instead of a Camelback. My breathing became increasing more labored; I found it difficult to speak and was not hearing/processing my crew asking me simple questions. Our pre-race talks were to keep me on the bike. I wanted to finish. My crew, husband and brother, did an amazing job of keeping me hydrated with F2C Nutrition, fed and motivated. They encouraged me one last time to just try again. I was only able to ride a couple hundred yards. It wasn’t about digging deep, mentally and physically good but 14:30 hours into the race at 175-miles I realized my dream was not a reality. I had A-fib a few years ago and a cardiac ablation recently, possibly contributing to the altitude sickness.
Feeling fortunate so have such supportive friends with positive feedback “Sorry to hear about
#tbt . Vinenan Ironman 1997. Road to Kona. Oh to be young with estrogen! Those were the good old days. Racing just isn’t the same today. We were a tight knit family and friends. I miss those days. They really made me who I am today. Even with my knee replacement and unable to run I would not take back all the Ironmans in countries around the world. Today I Live The Dream. I’m older, slower but just as passionate and dedicated. We all can accomplish what we want with hard work snd dedication. Make it happen snd remember all the family and friends along the way.
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The Death Ride finish! 129-miles, 15,000 feet of climbing 5-passes in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Started in the dark, then cloud cover, heat and thunder showers at end. Last time 2005, pre knee replacement and younger! At times I had to dig deep from the altitude affecting my A-fib. A test of endurance but also a mental game in my head with racing heart and feeling nauseous. Stopped. Caught my breath and pedaled on. F2C Nutrition before, throughout and recover from this incredible ride. All smiles to see my hubby at the end.
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