Finished my first ironman last night with a time of 12:46.11

gmathis67:

thedesiretowin:

It was one crazy race. I’ll write it all down.

But as far as 21st birthday celebrations go, this was a good one.

Nice

Ahhhhh this reminds me that I never actually told you guys about my Ironman…

Debating whether or not I should. It’s been almost 6 months….

Getting into shape is super painful

I woke up sore for the first time in a very long time. 

I’m also super proud of myself for yesterday. I got into the pool. I slept through my morning workout time because I was staying up to study for an exam I had yesterday afternoon. 

After I finished my exam I had a 45 min wait until the pool would even be open. And then I would have exactly one hour and fifteen minutes in the pool before I had to get out to be at a school function.  

As time ticked down it was so difficult to get my things together and even head out to the pool. And I was dreading it every step, because I know I’ve gotten slower. I haven’t been swimming. At all. Friday was the second time I’d been in the pool in weeks. And the few times before the second break were a rare occurrence between family issues and school work. 

My goal was 3500yds, almost exactly 2mi. Now that isn’t a long distance. It’s a solid workout, and at one point in time was considered my easy day. But yesterday I was working to finish it before I had to get out.

My first 500 flew by much faster than I though it would. My heartrate was higher than it had been in the pool in a long time, and i was gasping for air. However, I’d gotten my 500 done in between 8:30-9:00. Not bad. Much more effort for that time than I’d had in a long time, but not bad. Also that was supposed to be a warm up. I proceeded through the rest of the workout, modifying things to reduce recovery time. I still had 1100 of it being kick. 

Every time I looked at the clock it was like it was mocking me.

But somehow…

I got done way ahead of schedule. 3500 in 64 minutes. I’m a little embarrassed by how pleased I am with this.

I’m even more pleased with myself for having gotten IN the water. 

How much exp will it take to evolve my baby bicep into an adult bicep?

The unfortunate side effect of swimming.  It looks like I have massive bags under my eyes/rings around them.

Gross 

Last selfie of the day, I promise

The unfortunate side effect of swimming. It looks like I have massive bags under my eyes/rings around them.

Gross

Last selfie of the day, I promise

No one does leg day like me

Last Sunday 103mi with 10000ft of climbing

This Saturday 107mi of climbing keeping pace up and all out booking it to places

Oh yeah.

The cycling calves and thighs are back and better than ever!

Bonus my cycling tan is also firmly established *grumbles*

if you run

wordrummager:

if you run long enough
the blur becomes
a welcome pattern

if you run fast enough
the air rushes by
too fast to be contained

if you run hard enough
the life you carved
will wear away

if you run away
you’ll only find
you run in circles

run with joy
run with abandon
run from nobody
run to feel the wind

(Source: notsuki)

View from the midway point of my century… MIDWAY.

This ride had over 10,000ft of climbing. The big climb was 3mi long each way.
There were elevation changes of over 1000ft at some climbs.
We met 11-12% grade several times.
The most common gradient was 7-9%

It was pouring rain the entire time.
It never got above 57, and up in the mountain it was in the 40s

Some parts of the course literally took over an hour to do 13mi.

My back and shoulders and biceps are so sore.
Oddly my legs don’t feel bad… Today.

Looking forward to tomorrow.

This 104mi ride was harder than my entire ironman.

Can’t wait for the one on Saturday. It has to be easier than this!!!

(If anyone was wondering, that is the course profile in the t-shirt logo)

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jenifersbody:

A good man can make you feel strong, sexy, and able to take on the world. Oh wait… that’s exercise, exercise does that.