Live athlete tracker Race #656
12 hours until I take off for my first Ironman. World’s most challenging endurance race at 140.6 miles. My bike is racked in transition and my bike gear and run gear are checked in. Today was an exciting and busy afternoon. I was surprised how long it took me to pack my 5 race bags. I didn’t want to mess up and I still kind of wonder how well I packed them. Tomorrow at 4:30am I’ll bring my morning bag and bike/ run special needs bags. My practice this morning went much better than yesterday and even though it was choppy I seemed to be able to swim straight today and focus on the buoys. I feel much better today about making the swim cut off.
No matter what happens on race day, this is my race and this is about doing what I can do. But I’m not racing alone. Nobody reaches the start line of an Ironman alone. The majority of my training was solo but I could not be here without the support I’ve received from others. As I do my final preparations I want to thank those that have helped encourage and inspire me along the way. Some of you have asked about my training, shared stories from your Ironman experiences, and some of you have listened, read and encouraged me as I blogged race training. I appreciate all of it. Thank you so much.
So what are my chances of finishing? I don’t actually know. Apparently last year the Ironman Los Cabos Do Not Finish rate was something like 40%. Can that be right? I focused a lot of my time and efforts on training the past five months although I did not complete the amount training I intended to. I signed up for an early season Ironman and did not imagine it could be possible to snow the entire winter. I got very few outdoor long rides and runs in and training inside wasn’t easy. But at this point I feel ready and excited to give it my all and see how far I go. If I had to guess I’d say I have a 30% chance of finishing which means it’s still possible so I’m prepared to give it my all. Just like any of my goal I know to always focus on the possibilities. Our biggest obstacles and biggest strengths are often our minds. I know it’s important to stay calm when I encounter challenges and I need to remember to enjoy the day. I’m still pretty calm and I look forward to getting out there. Anything is possible and no matter what happens I’m happy I am here for this experience.
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Race day predictions. Estimated time of arrival 11:11pm.
3:30am Wakeup. Get dressed. Re-check bags.
4:30am Race Day Breakfast: 2.5 hours before race. 550 calories Salt Bagel with 2 TBSP natural peanut butter and banana. Drink 1 Spark, 1/2 cup coffee, 12 ounces water. 6:00am Pre-Race: 1 hour before race. 100 calories Cliff gel.
4:45am Shuttle to transition.
7:00am Race start.
Swim: 2.4 miles 1:50:00
I’m giving myself an extra 20 minute since swim practice was choppy and I don’t know how the current will be. I also don’t use 100% of my energy on the swim or get out of the water disappointed with time. I’ll focus on swimming as smoothly and efficiently as I can.
Transition 1: Swim-to-bike: 14:00
Yep, I’m giving myself 14 minutes for transition 1. I want to remember everything and feel good getting on the bike. I don’t expect to be dizzy or disoriented coming out of the water although people say it happens. I’ll take off my wet suit, change into my cycling gear, consume a gel, recheck that I have my bike gear, and head out on the bike.
Bike: My biggest challenge is to meet the bike cut off. I must be off my bike no later than 5:30pm.
Split time 8:100:00 Race time: 10:14:00
Split: 35.5 mi Distance: 35.3 mi Split time: 2:15 Race time: 4:19:00
Split: 91.1 miles Distance: 55.8 mi Split time: 3:55:00 Race time: 8:14:00
Split: 112 mi Distance: 20.9 mi Split time: 2:00 Race time: 10:14:00
Transition 2 BIKE-TO-RUN: 10:00
Time to run your first marathon, Keli. That’s just ONE mile. TWENTY-SIX times. Pace yourself one mile at a time. Ironman cut off is at midnight.
Split: 2 mi Distance: 2 mi Split time: 24:00 Race time: 10:48:00
Split: 6.9 mi Distance: 4.9 mi Split time: 1:00:00 Race time: 11:48:00
Split: 10.8 mi Distance: 3.9 mi Split time: 52:00 Race time: 12:40:00
Split: 15.7 mi Distance: 4.8 mi Split time: 1:08 Race time: 13:48:00
Split: 19,6 mi Distance: 3.9 mi Split time: 55:00 Race time: 14:43:00
Split: 24.5 mi Distance: 4.9 mi Split time: 1:03 Race time: 15:46:00
Split: 26.2 mi Distance: 1.7 mi Split time: 25:00 Race time: 16:11:00
See you at 140.6