Tue, 11 September 2007
The day started like most other race days. I try to get in some calories with the nerves running high. I make sure everything is packed and I check my list that I put by my car keys. The list was short for Ironman as most of my gear was checked the day before. I grabbed my water, food and phone.
I was out the door at 4:15am to pick up a future Kona winner - Tyler Stewert. She flew in from San Francisco to be with our team in Madison for the week with Scott from BMC. She is so amazing. You need to check out the results from the Lake Placid Ironman to see what Tyler can do. WOW. Anyway, with Tyler in the car, I made my way to pick up Michelle. She seemed as nervous as me, so it was great to have all the nerves all in one van. We chatted on the way to the race, until we saw the Monona Terrace. I turned to Tyler and Michelle and said "this is why this race is so great." It was still dark, but the terrace was lit up. I have not seen all the Ironman sites, but this has to be one of the top.
In Verona I stopped and was filling my bottles with NUUN and Carbopro. I was literally standing and I heard the sound you hate to hear. BLAST! Oh no. A flat. NO. Please NO. Just for kicks I had looked at my time. I was averaging 16.7 mph. I had NEVER done that on this route on a 112 mile day. I was rested, trained well and now a flat. I took my time changing the tire. I thought it is better to take the time to change it right. I was in the middle of a very busy transition area so I had plenty of company while I changed the tire. I even got a huge applause after the change. I started to ride when I noticed that I forgot my tubes. I thought about it for a few minutes and decided to turn around to get them. When I arrived back at the location they were gone. They had tossed them in the trash so I had to get them back. I put them in my back pocket and was finally on my way again after a 15 min delay.
Category:Ironman Wisconsin -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT
Mon, 10 September 2007
It was a good day!!! I will post the details soon.
Category:Ironman Wisconsin -- posted at: 7:35am EDT
Tue, 4 September 2007
(Track race day with Stu here!) We have a team going to the race that will be taking pictures, reporting and just having fun. Check it out now, during the week for updates and on race day!
Category:Ironman Wisconsin -- posted at: 10:20am EDT
Tue, 4 September 2007
What does that [M]"Dot" mean?
It was my day off. Nothing to do. Just relax, eat and think about the upcoming holiday weekend. I decided to walk to State Street. For those that are coming to Madison, I'm sure State Steet will become your favorite spot. I'm so excited about Ironman that I decided to walk to the run turnaround. As I walked closer to the spot, I saw 2 kids run to the middle of the street and jump on the "dot." The one little girl looked at her dad and said "Hey dad, what's the dot for?" I'm not sure what the dad said, but all during my lunch I asked myself that same question.
"What does the dot stand for?"
1) It's a journey for sure. No question about it.
2) It's about spending time with family, friends, and all those people I have not yet met during the week.
3) It's about the cannon that starts the day.
4) It's about the necklaces that my kids bought at the 2005 Ironman. I didn't finish. They gave them to me. I plan to give them back at the finish of 2007.
5) It's about Cancer. Yep. I would NEVER have started triathlons if my daughter didn't get sick.
6) It's about friends. Close friends.
7) It's about State Street.
8) It's about training alone.
9) It's about training in a group.
10) It's about training with a newbie.
11) It's about road rash.
12) It's about eating dirt (or being willing to do so).
13) It's about the crowds.
14) It's about the feelings you get at mile 20.
15) It's about the guts you have at mile 21.
16) It's about telling people you've done an Ironman.
19) It's about the fantasy of eating a BigMac the week after the race.
20) It's about a Coach that believes in you more than you do at the start of the season.
21) It's about a Coach that holds you up on "One of those days".
22) It's about the people that think what you are doing is just crazy.
23) It's about the thought of seeing your family scream on race day.
24) It's about doing this list again, and coming up with 24 completely different entries (#25 never changes).
25) It's about seeing your children and wife at the finish line. This one doesn't change!
If someone you loves runs and jumps on that dot..... what will you say?
Category:Ironman Wisconsin -- posted at: 9:55am EDT