2013 – Short Version: Finished Ironman career, couple of scary swims, lots of running.
Slightly Longer Version: Plan was to compete in both IM Florida and IM Arizona — 2 weeks apart – to finish my IM career at #17. (I know, “never say never” but seriously? enough already.)
IM Florida went well, solid except for a crazy-challenging swim start.
Weather was good, course was flat & windy but OK. Finished decently, though not super fast – wondering what it would be like to do another in 2 weeks??!
Ironman Arizona experience was … amazing. Early on in the bike, it became clear I was not healed up & it would be a different kind of race. Had to focus literally minute-to-minute, “what do I need?” – nutrition, water, salt — and just stay in that moment. Looking ahead @ 100 more bike miles + a marathon was too overwhelming. My motto became, “Everything hurts & I’m OK!”. Decided to love every minute of the race – even the screamin’ hard ones – and savor the experience. Finished happy, upright, and deeply grateful.
Other 2013 Races
- Pandora’s Box o’ Rox Trail Marathon – beautiful scenery, tough course, very fun. & they aren’t kidding about the rocks.
- Western States 100 Training Camp – 20+ miles of trail running each day, at altitude. The good news = fabulous training. Bad news= came back with serious case of poison oak. Ugh.
- Crewing at WS100 – ok, not a race but it was hard + crazy + wonderful. And hard.
- New Years Double Double — back to back 30-mile runs (5K race + marathon on NY Eve and NY Day). One of my favorite events every year! & perfect way to end one year and welcome the new.