Race Coverage

A True Legacy of Winning Ways...

RBM_shea.pngBy Ruth Brennan Morrey (ruthbrennanmorrey.com - posted Dec. 1, 2016)

Two years ago to the day of Ironman Arizona, I put my PhD to good use as a counselor at an Inheritance of Hope (IOH) Legacy Retreat in New York City. IOH is a nonprofit organization that serves young families who have a parent facing a terminal illness. Retreats help shape a legacy and create lasting, unforgettable memories for families. It is an experience that changes everyone, sick or not sick, families or counselors. Retreats provide humbling lessons on perspective taking, recognition of life treasures, and intentionality with our children. We shouldn’t wait until we are sick to start doing these things—I remind myself of this daily and can always be better. So, it was IOH’s influence that led me to make a decision to spend a little extra money to coordinate a special trip for my 9-year old daughter, Shea, to watch her mom race Ironman Arizona on November 20th....

Rockin' the FKT...

mike_hike.pngBy Mike Ward (mikeward.cool)

Hike Date: September 1-9, 2016

Trail: Superior Hiking Trail

Trip Plan: Canada to Wisconsin, ~310 miles. Finish on the 9th day. Average of 34 miles per day. Solo, unsupported.

From Fastest Known Time archive (FKT Proboards): “Unsupported means you have no external support of any kind. Typically, this means that you must carry all your supplies right from the start, except any water that can be obtained along the way from natural sources. This approach has also been termed “alpine style”. The longest trip I’m aware of using this style is Coup’s 20-day thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. For most people, carrying enough food for more than a few days to one week will be prohibitive. Unsupported also means unaccompanied! (i.e., no pacers) Further note: Some people get really crazy about what does or does not fit into “unsupported”.” ...

"Thank You, Body"....

1_AZ.pngBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

Keep fighting.

Ironman Arizona Race Report - This sign – held by a woman at mile 10-ish of the marathon – sums up my IRONMAN Arizona. I fought so damn hard all day long, but punching that second trip to Kona just wasn’t meant to be this past Sunday. Was there a smidge of disappointment? Of course. But, there were plenty of lessons learned, and it was a solid day building some serious mental fitness....

"This is Hard. But I Can do it."...

DANI_MIAMI.pngBy Dani Vsetecka (4iowasisters.blogspot.com)

Miami 70.3 Race Report - It’s always easier to write a race report for a race where everything clicks. But all races - especially the tough ones - provide an opportunity for growth and are just as important to reflect on. Ironman Miami 70.3 was an incredible experience and a lot of fun, but I definitely feel like I left behind some unfinished business.


First a little background.  Following a half-marathon PR in June at the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon in Duluth (easily one of the best race experiences ever) and the Rochesterfest Road Mile less than a week later (easily one of the worst race experiences ever), I found myself faced with stress fracture number six....

My First DNF...

img_8522.pngBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

RACINE 70.3 RACE REPORT - 1. About 30 minutes before race start they told us not to walk down the beach to the swim start.  We were soon told the race would be delayed until at least 9:30 and to go seek shelter due to an incoming storm.  While this was unfortunate I can say that the storm was intense with torrential downpours and I was happy not to be out on the bike when that rolled in.


2. The race was changed to a duathlon, completely cutting the swim, a bike shortened to 31.5 miles and the full run and we’d start at 10:20.  I had gone back to my hotel to stay...

Sunscreen & Bra Waffles....

23_kona.pngBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

 

Hawaii Ironman Race Report - Where to start! It’s been a month(!) since Kona, so ample time for race reflection – both while sunning on Kauai’s incredible north shore and while back at home in the real world (of mittens and brushed running tights!).

Overall, Kona didn’t disappoint. The concise race report: 140.6 miles of fun, smiles and so much gratitude. During the race, I repeatedly reminded myself that I was, in fact, racing Kona (someone still pinch me, please) – a goal realized thanks to countless hours of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. I wouldn’t have it any other way....

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