Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ironman Wisconsin: Week 20 {race week!}

Race week! Wow. 20 weeks of training and poof! Gone in an instant. It felt like it took forever to get to this point, but then once I arrived at week 20, time flew by at warp speed.

I had one last confidence building swim on Thursday. The lake was calm and I felt great swimming 2700 yards- it was one of the best swims I've had since I started training for the Ironman. I worked out just over 4 hours total during the week pre-race and felt good.

On Friday I checked in and got my wristband, transition bags and other stuff for the race. It was very well organized moving from one line to the next for each set of items. The volunteers took their time explaining race logistics which I appreciated.

On Saturday I racked Mortadella. I was excited to be finally here in Madison for the race. I was surprisingly calm about the whole thing and just checked off the boxes of stuff I needed to get done pre race.

I packed my T1 (bike) and T2 (run) bags on Friday night and dropped them at the convention center on Saturday. It was difficult for my "OCD must check the bag 100x" personality to just leave them behind, but I knew everything I needed was in them. I just had to trust myself.

After checking in all of my stuff, we went to the finish area to listen to the athlete briefing. They went over the rules and other race logistics. The one thing that stuck with me was to treat the race as a training day. I wasn't going for a specific time so why stress about anything? My only goals were to finish upright and avoid the med tent. (Spoiler alert: both goals were achieved)

I was thankful to have an amazing support crew of my Daad and my L with me throughout this weekend. They certainly earned the status of "IronSupporters" after this weekend.

We ate at hopcat for lunch and had dinner with my coworker and her 30 triathlon friends which helped calm my nerves a bit after talking to them about their training and prior IM race experiences. Soon it was time for bed, because in the morning I would experience the greatest day ever!


  1. I'm excited to read your full recap, but in the meantime, happy to hear that it ranks as the greatest day ever! So proud of you for pushing through the training and finishing this thing!

    1. Thank you so much! I'm happy to finish and get that cow medal ;) when I saw it at the expo for the first time, I just had to finish to get it. I love cows. Lol

  2. I am so excited to read your recap, you have worked so hard for this and I am so proud of you!

  3. The pre-race support sounds like it was extremely well-done. I am OCD about checking my bag at the marathon, I can't imagine how much I would be checking both of my transition bags the night before, and then having to leave them in the middle of an empty room would add more stress! Looking forward to the "greatest day ever"!