Monday, August 20, 2007


70.3 miles. It was long. It was hard. But I never wanted to stop and never felt like I needed to. Here's the short story...more to come very soon but bear with me, I'm finishing my job, marrying off my brother and moving across the country in the next three weeks... LOTS going on!!!

1492 people started the race, interestingly there were 1017 men and only 475 women.

1461 people finished the race (the last finisher was Dick Hoyt with his son Rick).

I finished 1411/1461.

1.2 mi. in 40:04 minutes

T1: 5:51 (had to do hair and makeup)

56 VERY WINDY miles in 3:48:41, avg. speed 14.7 mph, serious nutrition issues

T2: 3:05 (skipped the makeup this go-round)

13.1 mi. in 3:00:23, average jogging/shuffling/walking pace of 13:47 min./mi.

Total time: 7:38:02
Overall age group: 96/106
Overall women: 431/475

The great thing about these numbers...NO WHERE to go but UP, baby!!!

Report to come as soon as I can get to it... I stood next to race winner Desiree Ficker in the ladies' room before the race and she was just chatting up the gals in there as if she were one of us!!! I love this sport...

Signing off...very sore and badly in need of a NAP. ;)

Friday, August 17, 2007

Timberman HO!

Sorry for the lack of posting...I've BEEN posting. In my head. You just can't see it. And I have so much to write that NONE of it has made it here yet...

Well, as you can see in my sidebar, the countdown clock is almost to zero and the time has come to toe the line for my very first half ironman. I'm as ready as I'm gonna be so at this point it's about stretching, sleeping and not doing anything stupid with the diet. I felt a little panicked earlier in the week but I think now I've just decided that I'm LUCKY to be able to participate, to have gotten to the starting line, and that I'm just going to enjoy the day. So that's the plan. To get to the finish with a smile...

The different thing about this race for me is the amount of support I will have from fans. Team IronTom will be out in force, both racing with me and cheering alongside and I'm super excited to be part of such a strong, supportive and wonderful group. If you're headed to Ellacoya, look for lots of red team kits!!! I'm #1287.

Catch you all on the flip side...

Be safe...