Grandmas Marathon, the place where these 37 marathons started. 19 of those are The full monty version. It’s where this crazy roomate named Drew wanted to start running and we would venture down to the lake walk and run till the next light pole as we were bOth out of shape. That was then, this Grandmas Marathon day I had other plans. To take that Fargo Marathon PR and erase it with a new sub 3:50 marathon.
Coming off 5 days of reSt from IRONMAN Wisconsin 70.3 I had no iDea what i had left. The plan was to hang with the 3:45 pacer for as long as i could. To be honest, i diDn’t think i would survive and pictured myself hitting the wall about 18 miles in. Having ran 8:30 miles at Madison, i figured i could Push Hard to the half way point then liMp in if needed with a 8:45-9:00 mile pace.
While that seemed like a logical game plan, i managed to run pretty eVen splitS the whole race. It was an awkward cool and humid morning with plenty of fog and mist coming from Lake Superior. As i ran past fellow runners thier hair was just dripping with moisture and I’m sure i was too. Mentally I broke the run down into 3 mile segments which I’ve done all spring with my runs taking a Cliff Blok after each 3 miles.
The miles kind of Flew by uneventfully till mile 20. If you have ever ran grandmas, you know what happenS then. You come into the city limits I guess on LondOn Road and the college aged kids take over. Lets just say the beer was flowing at high rates even thou it was 10am! Once you get past the beer gardens you get the joys of Lemon Drop Hill. It’s just an overpass over I-35 and to me not even the worse hill on the course. As you make your way to the DECC and Amsoil Arena, you also go down a steep road and then climB an overpass again. The Step downhill paired with the quick rise of the overpass really kills your mojo at what is probably mile 25 and some change. Luckily, there are piles of people cheering you on anD you just feed off the energy.
Well, it was either the energy from the lake, the crowd or the fact I wanted that PR BAD! Mile 25 was at an 8 minute pace and mile 26 was 7:50 paCe bringing me to the patio of Little Angies in 3:46:02. It was a great day and an end to a crazy stretCh of events. A maratHon, 70.3 IRONMAN anD another marathon in 30 days. While some call me crazy or stupid, to me, I’m just having fun! Only thing that would have made this stretch better is if Sherpa Kia wouldn’t be working crazy hours and could have been there. I guess I’ll plan a race on your weekEnd off ;)
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I ONLY SIGNED UP FOR A 70.3 THIS YEAR SO MADISON WAS THE ONLY IRONMAN I GET TO EXPERIENCE IN 2018. THAT IS, UNLESS I VISIT KONA AGAIN...ANYWAYS, MADISON IS A GREAT TOWN DESPITE THE GENERAL NEGATIVE FEELINGS TOWARDS WISCONSIN. I MEAN THEY DO HAVE SOME SOLID CHEESE AND GREAT BEER! AS FAR AS IMS GO, THIS IS PROBABLY THE CLOSEST ONE AND IT’S EASY TO GET TO. NO MESSING AROUND WITH FLIGHTS OR BIKE CASES, JUST HOP IN THE TRUCK AND GO. I STAYED AT THE SAME HOTEL AS I DID FOR THE FULL WHICH WAS A SOLID FIND BY SHERPA KIA AND JUST HAPPENS TO BE WHERE I RAN INTO MATT FROM BASE. I GOT CHECKED IN AND TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE HOT TUB AND FOAM ROLLER, IT WAS GLORIOUS.
SATURDAY ROLLED AROUND AND IT WAS TIME FOR ATHLETE CHECK IN AND BIKE CHECK IN. I WOKE UP EARLY TO MAKE SURE I GOT EVERYTHING SQUARED AWAY BEFORE THE RAIN AND STORMS ROLLED IN. AS OF THAT MORNING, US ATHLETES WEREN’T SURE IF WE WOULD BE SWIMMING OR NOT DUE TO ALGAE SO I ELECTED TO ACTUALLY ATTEND THE ATHLETE BRIEFING. WITH THE LATEST TEST, THE DETERMINED THE WATERS WERE “SAFE” FOR US TO SWIM IN AND IT WAS GOING TO BE A FULL 70.3 RACE! I RACKED UP STEALTH AND HEADED BACK TO THE HOTEL.
SIDE NOTE: PEOPLE COVERED THIER BIKE SEATS WITH PLASTIC BAGS TO “KEEP THEM DRY” WITH THE INCOMING THUNDERSTORM. LIKE YOU REALIZE WE ARE WET FROM THE SWIM AND JUMP ON OUR BIKES RIGHT?
TO KILL SOME TIME I MADE A TARGET RUN AND STOPPED AT THE VERIZON STORE THEN TOOK IN A LITTLE 3 MILE STEAMY RUN. AROUND 6PM I WENT ACROSS THE STREET TO DOOLITTLES FOR A CHEESEBURGER, FRIES AND A BEER. THAT WAS MY FUEL OF CHOICE AND IT WAS AMAZING!
LIKE NORMAL, I DIDN’T EXPECT TO GET MUCH SLEEP THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RACE BUT THE THUNDERSTORM MADE DAMN SURE WE DIDN’T GET MUCH SLEEP. MORNING CAME AROUND AND I GOT READY AND ATE THE NORMAL BAGEL, YOGURT AND APPLE AND WAS OFF TO OLIN PARK. THEY HAD SHUTTLE BUSES FOR US BUT IT WAS ONLY ABOUT A 1/2 MILE WALK FROM WHERE WE PARK SO I WALKED BECAUSE IT WAS ACTUALLY EASIER. TURNS OUT WHEN I GOT TO TRANSITION WITH MY BIKE PUMP IN HAND IT WAS CLOSED. I GUESS THE LIGHTNING IN THE AREA MADE THEM CLOSE THE PARK. AT THIS POINT I WAS ALREADY SOAKING WET FROM THE RAIN AND WE WERE LET INTO TRANSITION AROUND 5:15A AND WE DID OUR THING. WE WERE SCHEDULED TO START AROUND 7A AND T1/2 CLOSED AT 6:30 SO WE ALL MOVED OVER TO THE SWIM START ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL.
ON THE LAKESIDE OF OLIN PARK WE ALL REALIZED THAT LAKE MONONA WAS A LITTLE CHOPPY, LIKE WHITE CAP CHOPPY FROM THE STORM. WE WERE WET, COLD AND THEN LEARNED THE RACE WAS DELAYED BECAUSE THE VISIBILITY WAS TOO POOR FOR THE LIFE GUARDS IN THE WATER. AT THIS POINT I HAD ALREADY WATCHED NUMEROUS PEOPLE CALL IT QUITS BEFORE EVEN STARTING THE DAY. AT ONE POINT THERE WAS A STEADY LINE OF PEOPLE TAKING THIER BIKES OUT OF TRANSITION AND GOING HOME. SURE IT WAS SHIT CONDITIONS BUT THIS IS AN IRONMAN RACE, NOT A LITTLE 5K. WHY WOULD YOU GO HOME!?
LIKE ALWAYS, THE SWIM SUCKED AND I AM LIKE TERRIBLY SLOW. THE SHOULDER STILL BUGS ME FROM THE LITTLE OOPS I HAD BUT THAT IS THE ONE AREA I NEED TO WORK ON FOR SURE. WITH THE WEATHER, THE PLAN WAS JUST TO SURVIVE THE SWIM AND GET ON THE BIKE AND HOPE THE RAIN QUIT. WELL THE RAIN DIDN’T QUIT BUT IT DID LET UP AND GETTING IN AND OUT OF T1 WAS LIKE A TOUGH MUDDER. THE WHOLE TRANSITION AREA WAS A DISASTER AND A MUD HOLE. BEFORE THIS RACE I DID HAVE SOME NICE NEW WHITE BIKE SHOES...
THE BIKE, WHAT A BLAST THAT WAS WITH THE COLD RAIN AND SLIPPERY ROADS. WHILE THE BIKE COURSE ISN’T AS TOUGH AS THE FULL AT MADISON, IT SURE HAS ITS FAIR SHARE OF HILLS! NORMALLY BIG HILLS MEAN NICE DOWNHILL SECTIONS BUT WITH THE WET ROADS AND WET BRAKES, I DIDN’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE SECTIONS VERY WELL AS I WANTED TO MAKE SURE I WASN’T GETTING PEELED OFF THE ROAD BY THE PARAMEDICS. ANYWAYS, THE BIKE WAS OK WITH SOME REALLY FUN PORTIONS OF THE COURSE. THE ROADS WERE PRETTY SMOOTH AND WE LUCKED OUT WITH HAVING LITTLE SIDE WINDS WHICH FOR THE PEOPLE WITH RACE WHEELS, WE APPRECIATE THIS! 56 MILES LATER I BACK INTO T2 WITH ABOUT AN AVERAGE SPEED OF 18MPH AND TOP SPEED OF LIKE 32MPH. AT THIS POINT, TRANSITION WAS A SHIT SHOW AND MORE LIKE A MUDDY BOG THAN ANYTHING. PEOPLE WERE CARRYING THIER BIKES AND PEOPLE WERE SLIPPING AND SLIDDING ALL OVER THE PLACE. WITH THE RAIN NOW BASICALLY OVER WITH WE WERE ALL PRETTY EXCITED TO BE ON THE RUN COURSE. AT THIS POINT, THERE WASN’T A CHANCE ANYONE HAD DRY SHOES OR SOCKS AND WE TOOK OFF ON THE LAST 13.1 MILE RUN WITH SOCKS, SHOES AND LEGS COVERED IN MUD. THE FIRST AID STATION WAS BASICALLY A PLACE TO RINSE YOUR LEGS AND SHOES OFF WITH WATER. WHAT. A. DAY.
My run last year was brutal so I knew I had some room to make up time this year. While I haven’t been training a lot, for some reason less is more this year with some more focused training. Coming off a marathon PR at Fargo about 2 weeks earlier I was looking forward to the run. We made a loop around Lake Monona with just some gentle rolling hills. At this point I was just slowly picking off runners and only a handful of people passed me on the run. I tried to keep up with the nutrition but after my disater on the bike the damage was already done!
Side note: I forgot to tell you that this dumbass forgot to put his nutrition on the bike and all I had was gatorade! A 56 mile bike ride with just gatorade, brilliant!!!
So, the 8:30/mi pace for the half marathon was just about everything i had without totally bonking and risking being worthless for Grandmas. If not for Grandmas I might have pushed harder but for me, just wasn’t worth it. With all of that, I climbed the final hill and ran down that glorious IRONAM carpet and crossed the finish line. I must have looked a lot worst than I felt because the volunteers seemed to be worried for me. i was just worried about finding some chocolate milk and food. Turns out there was no milk of any kind which was pure crap since we were in Wisconsin and this race used to be the Milkman triathlon. Way to blow that one IRONMAN. Idiots!
That’s IRONMAN Wisconsin 70.3 for you. In a nut shell it was cold, wet, slippery and muddy. But most importantly, it’s a new 70.3 PR at 5:58:05
Later dudes, time for bed because I’m writting this in a dorm room at UMD the night before Grandmas.
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Lets cut to the chase, here is the cold hard facTs on 2018 so far.
Swimming: 9.5 Miles
Biking: 365 Miles
Running: 379 miles
Not real sure how that stacks up againSt last year but i feel better and stronger. 3 CONSECUTIVE sub 4 hour marathons, the bike is repairEd and finally feeling fast thanks to some sweet new shoes from Kia anD the running. Running is my favoriTe!
I had planned a long tempo run for the weekend. Since Kia was working the day shift both days i had the mornings to train. SAturday morning was a rainy day so i elected to go back on the treadmill. Unlike most, really dont mind the dreadmill so the 18 mile run WASN'T bad at all. AVERAGED just about 8 minuTe miles whiCh is QUICKER than marathon pace anD further than the 13.1 i’ll be rUnning at Madison. Regardless, felt great anD really no pain afterwards.
I woKe up feeling well but tireD as always. Since the Y has closed it’s Pool for maintenance, i elected to go swim with Lakes Area Rec at Discovery pool. Im the worst swimmer ever but got in a solid 2600 yard swim this morning. For about the first time ever, not too scared fOr the swim even not SWIMMING in a wet suit this year Yet!
This week is designed for some rest, sleep and nutrition. Weather permitting, looking for one last bike ride after Stealth got cleaned up today and and libricated for Race day!
hoping to shave some solid minutes off last years tIme for sure. As always, looking to crush it for #Triberacing #triberules #wattieinkhitsquad #baseperformance
WORK HARD. STAY HUMBLE. A LIFE FILLED WITH SWIM, BIKE & RUN. 5Ks TO MARATHONS, SPRINT TO IRONMAN 140.6