Thank you for all the notes of support and sweet videos sent from around the world as well as the congratulations and well wishes. I feel the love. I love to hear that I inspire you and hope I can support you in your next adventure.
You do not need to join a team or hire a professional coach to accomplish a goal like this. I am fortunate to have experienced ironman friends and a great swim coach who advised and coached me along the way. I have a team of amazing friends who spent time on the bike and many hours out running with me. I also have the best husband in the world and 2 understanding kids who get this is just what we do. I have a mom and in-laws who followed me to another country to cheer and support me in this endeavor. I am over come with gratitude for each of you.
Here are a few of my observations from my journey…
Massage is a VERY good thing. But even the best 90 minute massage of my life did not make the pain from pushing so hard go away. But it is all only temporary and I know my body will heal.
If you are going to do something really hard for 15 hours, choose to do it in a place that is awe inspiring and will distract you from how hard it really is. Whistler is stunning at every turn.
Peanut butter, bananas and electrolytes fueled me the whole way but in the last few miles of the run, all I wanted was a cheeseburger. I had one for lunch the next day
Swimming, even with 1800 other people, can be zen like when you can quiet your stroke and settle into your sweet spot. I found it.
Never thought I would say this, but it turns out I prefer hills when biking. I was actually happy to see a big climb after 30 long miles of flats.
No race in the mountains is complete without a bear sighting…specifically 2 cubs and yes, they rerouted us.
Best message that someone had chalked on the run path: Forward is a pace. Second place goes to: You can and you will!
The run is just hard. But there is a cool bond that forms with strangers as you all suffer through it together and encourage each other to keep going.
Smiling along the way actually makes you feel better. You also get lots more encouragement from the crowd and great service at the aid stations.
You can do anything that you put your mind to. Dream it (14 years), train for it (6 months) and do it (15 hours). The finish line is sweet and just might make you break out in spontaneous dance.