Sunday, June 27, 2010

The moment you've all been waiting for...

Are you ready? Have you been waiting on pins and needles all weekend? What’s that? You have no idea what I’m talking about? Ugh. Great. Just great. Well, in case you forgot, today was this:

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That’s right! The Iron Goddess was today! I’ve noticed that I have a lot of new readers (Welcome!), so if you’d like to read more about my Iron Goddess journey, you can click here, here, and here.

Now, let’s get right to it! Yesterday afternoon we drove to the race location to pick up my packet, and check out the course. This is where I discovered that the running portion of the race was um, trails. Trails, as in a dirt path one person wide, up and down steep hills, and one tree rut after a-freakin-nother. Great. The last time I ran on a trail was in 8th grade, which was 17 years ago, but who’s counting?

After seeing the course and all the hardcore lesbian tri-athletes, I freaked out a little and threatened to drop out. But, then we had an ice cream bar, and all was well with the world. Until, we got to the hotel where our rooms weren’t ready and Shawn discovered something was wrong with one of my bike brakes. But, then we found a bike shop to get it fixed, went to dinner, and all was well with the world. Until, we waited over 45 minutes for our food only to have my food be completely wrong and had to deal with a douche bag manager who thought making jokes about his glass eye was funny.

Ugh. Joe’s Crab Shack in Ann Arbor is two thumbs down, way down!

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When we finally got back to the hotel (after our nearly 2 hour dinner shenanigan) we all went swimming and my Dad got me a Long Island Iced Tea from the bar. He said he thought it would help me sleep, but I honestly don’t think I slept a wink! Does that happen to everyone before a race?

I woke up at 5 Sunday morning, and felt surprisingly good. I got to the race location around 6:20, so I could set up my transition area, and then I spent the next 2 hours freaking out. I was hungry, I was thirsty, and I had to go #2. The #2 thing is possibly TMI, but I’m throwing that in there for Tyly :)

Now before I get to the pictures, let’s review. The Iron Goddess was a Triathlon and Duathlon. I did the Duathlon, which was a 1.5 mile run, 10.6 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run. My original goal several months ago was to finish under 1:30. Then, within the last month, I changed it to 1:25. Well, today after I started I changed my goal again.

How do you think I did? I’ll give you a hint. In the words of my husband “You made that race your bitch.”

Shawn and I before the race:

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Me with my parents:

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View of all the athletes (560 were registered):

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The start of the Duathlon:

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There I am:

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Coming in from the first run:

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Ok, this is the only leg of the race I screwed up. Do you see that girl in the orange in the last 2 pictures? I asked her what her pace was at the beginning because I wanted to use someone to pace myself. She told me 8-8:30/mile. So, I thought “Sweet!” That’s the pace I’ve been practicing at, I’ll stick with her! Wrong. My time for the first 1.5 mile run was 13:31, which is a 9 minute pace/mile. Damn It!

Getting my bike gear on in the transition area:

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Getting on at the mount line:

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(Do you see that guy checking out my ass? Busted!)

Coming back in from the bike ride (and looking totally hardcore):

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My bike time was 35:42, which was almost 5 minutes faster than I’ve ever done practicing! That’s an average of 18 mph.

Heading out on the last run:

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Here I come!

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(Do you see my Dad on the right hand side waiting to give me a High 5?)

Finished! My overall time was 1:15:51! The goal I had set after I started was 1:20, so I totally beat it! The time for my last run was 24:56, which is a pace of 8:18/mile.

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(Just in case you can read the clock, that time isn’t accurate because that was the time from when the very first heat started.)

The girls and I after the race:

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So, how did I place? Drum roll please…

I got 1st place in my age group, and 4th place overall in the Duathlon!

There were no medals for the top finishers, instead the top 3 finishers all got a necklace which has a charm on it that says “DU.” Here I am getting my necklace:

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Thank you so much to all of you who have encouraged and supported me on this journey! What’s next?!

49 comments:

Erin said...

That is simply amazing. GO YOU! wow I am impressed and You sure did make that race your bitch. Love that your husband said that. I was cracking up.

* Tyly * said...

Holy cow, you DID make that race your bitch - BIG TIME! 1st place?! WOW! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

And really though, do you blame the guy in the gray for staring at your ass? Heck, I would have stared at your ass too!

I'm SO freakin' proud of you!!!!

Glad you didn't have the poop issues I did, and I can't wait to see what's next. I'm so, so happy for you!

Lil' Woman said...

Great job!! Shawn was right, you did make that race your bitch!! :)

Charbelle said...

OH WOW YOU ROCK!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Such a great recap!!

Christa said...

That is AWESOME! Congrats!!! :)


P.S. I did get that cover up at Target!

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

OMG that is so fantastic and awesome!!!! I am so jape for you!

Also, might I add that you did not have a hair out of place throughout the entire time? Where is the medal for that???

Hillary said...

Amazing!!!

Just so you know, I am never going to race with you again, my ego couldn't take it!

Claire @ Completely Claire said...

Way to go! It always feel so good when you finish a goal! After my first half I felt sooo good!! It makes you want to keep going! Congrats!

Sara said...

That is really great! Yay you! What an accomplishment and you should be proud of yourself. :)

Jenny.Lee said...

You are a ROCK STAR!!!

Amanda M. said...

Holy crap, Tami! That is so freaking awesome. I am SO SO SO SO happy for you, girl!!! YOU ROCK. 'Nuff said. ;)

Amy Lynn said...

WoOoOoo!!!!! YOU GO GIRL! I'm so proud of you for making that race your bitch! You kicked ass :) (with a nice ass!) hahaha... good shit.

Kelsey Claire said...

So you look way to good after that race. I mean really! You are amazing and I would stare at your butt too! I can't wait to see what is next!

Shell said...

Wow, you did make that race your bitch! Way to go!!!!!

Tracie said...

YEAH!!!! I'm so impressed with you! CONGRATS!!!!!

MrsDixon said...

Oh my gosh! You did so great!!! I felt kinda emotional and excited when reading this.......that's been happening a lot lately. Anywho, then I remembered your reference to #2 and the tears dried up! lol ! Great job!!!!

Heather said...

WOW!! Way to go!! That is an amazing accomplishment. Hooray for you!!!

Shannon said...

Girl you are some kind of awesome! I'm a runner but can't imagine adding biking and swimming to the regime! New to your blog, looking forward to following. Have a great week! Oh and I hear ya on Joe's. We had them in Florida...yuck!

Practically Perfect... said...

Yay!!! I was so excite for you! That is a fabulous time (Obviously! First in your age group and 4th overall! Wahoo!) and you look awesome :-) Seriously - how do you look so great after all of that?!

And that Joe's Crab Shack manager sounds creepy!

Practically Perfect... said...

Oops - Just realized that should say "excited", not "excite", ha ha!

Paige said...

Dang girl!! Go you!! That is so wonderful! Not to mention you look totally awesome after all of that!

purseblogger said...

Congratulations girl! You are amazing! I so wish I was up to doint that. :)

blueviolet said...

You tore that bitch up!!!! You are a wonder among women and I bow down to your hardcore-ishness.

April said...

Good for you!! that's amazing ... and you looked great :)

Melissa said...

You are incredibly awesome! CONGRATS!!!

Mrs. Pick said...

Congrats girl! I agree with your hubby! You did make that race your bitch!

Meghan said...

You are my inspiration, lady! That is an amazing time! You are a total badass! Congrats! You should go drink several Long Islands in celebration!

d.a.r. said...

Holy CRAP!!! You did SO fantastically well, I am so impressed and inspired by you, Miss Speedy!

Congrats Iron Goddess!

Llama said...

Wow! You are amazing! Ohhh, how I've missed you!!
Congrats!

Ashley said...

That is awesome!!! I am getting ready to turn 30 in September and I am so out of shape!! This post is a great motivation. Congratulations on such a great accomplishment!

Taylor-Made Wife said...

yay!! I actually did think about you and your race this weekend. So kicked some serious ass!How did clipping in and out go? I'd be worried that I'd be in such a hurry that I'd rush to clip out and bust my ass.

I loooove the thumbs down picture in front of Joe's!

Great Job Lady!

MommyLovesStilettos said...

AWESOME!! Congrats!

I just did my first 5K last month and I can't wait to get myself to a point where I can do something more!!

Heather @ Gerber Days said...

Congrats to you!!! You make it look so dang fun! I can't wait to participate in one of these! I need to start looking for one in my area. You rock girl!

Btw... great pace too! You totally rocked it!

Erin said...

So proud of you! I knew you could do it. ROCK ON, TAMI!!!!!

Nikosmommy said...

Holy Cow! You rocked that race! You're obviously a total athlete. Amazingness all around.....

Wiggle - said...

Congrats on your amazing accomplishment and being an Iron Goddess! I really enjoy your blog!

Corrie and Phil said...

Next time you'll have to register for a race that has prizes for top finishers. You rocked it! Way to go!!!

Exgf said...

I just found you from "Practically Perfect".... I love that you are so active! I compete (well complete because the only person i'm in competition with is myself) in triathlons. I'm about to start training for my first (and undoubtedly last) half iron-man!

i love your blog and just became a follower :)

You are such an inspiration!

Jenn said...

Wow Tami, That's great! Congratulations! I'm training for my first ever triathlon for July 25th. I'm a little nervous, but excited. You look fantastic. High five and hugs to you! :-) {hugs}

~ Jenn

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Sorry I've been MIA lately. But sista, you are a ROCK STAR! And you look like so much like your dad! Is that one of those hardcore lesbian chics at the registration table?

Lindsey and Thomas said...

So sweet! That's awesome that you got first!! And you are a totally a 1/2 and 1/2 mix between your mom and dad looks wise. Great job! The pooping thing before a race is so normal. I went 5-6 times race day morning. And at the race start there wasn't a porta pottie so I just ran out a bit into the woods and pee'd. Great job! I totally want to do one now!

Heidi said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That is fantastic.
I love that picture of your dad reaching out to "high-five" you! I bet they were both very proud.

The Mommyologist said...

That is so awesome!! Congrats! You go with your Mom Sexy self!!

Laura and Ryan said...

CONGRATS!!!! That's awesome! And- you looked HOT doing it!

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

heeeeeey, i'm fucking impressed!!! you did a great job and i want you to know that my quesadilla and i were cheering you on from the comforts of my sofa.

Jessica said...

Ahhh!!! You go, girl! I am so unbelievably excited for you!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

GIRL!!! You totally rocked this! Seriously, congrats to you! It must have been the best feeling to cross that finish line!

And your dad? So.Freaking.Cute. with his high 5:)

Sara said...

Woo hoo!! Congratulations!! Awesome job Iron Mama!!

Random Musings Of My Life said...

yay!!! I dont even know you and this made me cry!!!

YOU GO GIRL WITH YOUR BAD SELF!!