CT3 Race Rally Reports
CT3 Athletes Share their accomplishments and challenges
Every race has a story to tell that begins well before the finish line. CT3 celebrates the journey from "can I do it?" through the exultant "I did it!"
As a former figure skater, I already live daily with the regret that comes from giving up on your goals too early, and I didn’t want to reach the day I could no longer race triathlons without having tested my ability to do an Ironman.
Three weeks before race day, I received a text message from my friend in Mexico, Alan, who is one of the best long distance runners I know; we have a text group with our friend in Boston, Antonio, who was going to be our host and tour guide. The text said: “I have 2 spots for the marathon for us, are you in? I need to know today.”
What’s the difference between 56 and 23? Coach T. At the 10k mark I was 56th. At 13.1 mi. I was 53rd; 30k 46th; 23 mi. 37th; 26.2 mi. 31st; I finished 23rd. Pacing and endurance are everything!!
Alarm was supposed to go off at 4 a.m. I couldn’t sleep past 3:30 a.m. Breakfast of 2 packets oatmeal and a banana (standard) with a big glass of Nuun. Out the door on time at 4:45 a.m. Parked by 5:20 a.m.
As “A” races go, Ironman Arizona 2017 was a memorable adventure that was worth all the challenges of the year it took to prepare. I am grateful beyond words for the patience and support of my coach, Taneen (Coach T), and my family. I hope they feel as great about the race as I do.
The 800 meter sign sat on the right side of the marked course, at the base of a hill. It was like many hills before it on this day, only this hill had the Texas State Capitol building sitting at the crest. My quads burned to the point of numbness and I couldn’t remember the last mile where I could feel the bottoms of my feet (the pain receptors turned off at mile 20, I think). By that distance—about 25.8 miles—it hurt too much to walk, so I jogged, or rather grinded up to the top of that hill. At the crest, I was faced with another hill, only this on had a “400 meters to go” sign.
What do New Zealand, Indianapolis, Key West, Los Angeles, Austin, and Vienna, Va., have in common? They were all racing and training destinations for CT3 athletes during the off-season—or, as we prefer to call it: “winter racing and training season.”