Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Ironman Florida

We arrived at the airport with sufficient time for TriNick to visit "the bathroom"... you know... the one made famous by the horny still-in-closet senator. Nick promises he did NOT tap his foot or reach under the door, as this security guard will attest.

After we arrived, we headed down to the beach for a warmup swim with some of our Minnesota buddies: Nick, me, John, Leanne, and IronGirlNyhus. I got stung three times by jellyfish.

Here is the group picture of the MN Ironmen.

We made a bunch of signs for our friends... that's Betty, Laura's mom on the left.

And Laura made one for the legendary Frank Ferrar. Do you realize he raised over $200,000 in charity for this one race? He is an amazing man.

... that night we found a few bloggers (surprisingly!) in the hotel bar... MicheleK, Lana, Trimama, me, and Mrs. Bigun.

Here I am on the bike course... IronGreg drove by ringing the cowbell. Can't ever have too much of that... I did have some trouble on the bike between mile 49 and 63 when my heart started pounding out of my chest. I could not get it below 230 beats, so I sat upright and coasted at about 15 - 17 mph for about 45 minutes. I threw up when I tried to get back into my aerobars. I was getting freaked out because I was in the middle of nowhere, so when I got to the aid station at mile 63 I got off my bike, went to the bathroom, ate, put some more sunscreen on and stood next to my bike until my HR was down to 139. Then I got back on and was fine the rest of the day. Hence my negative split if you were following

... and dancing on the run course - halfway there! My heartrate average was only 132 on the run - I never even SAW 140 beats. So I was low on the run and high on the bike. Weird.

... and at the finish with IronGirl Nyhus. Laura decided not to race, so she took pictures and supported/ cheered all day. Thanks Laura! I love you!

So my stats were:
Conditions: no wind on the bike; nice breeze on the run. Low temp maybe 55; high temp maybe 75degrees. Ocean? not even a ripple. Smooth as glass. I did see two jellyfish on the swim, but did not get stung.
2.4 miles - 1:08:15 (pace 1:49/100 meters)
73 miles - 3:53:14 (pace 18.78 mph)
39 miles - 2:00:36 (pace 19.4 mph)
112 miles - 5:53:50 (pace 18.99 mph)
13.1 miles - 2:27:02 (pace 11:13/mile)
13.1 miles - 2:35:54 (pace 11.54/mile)
26.2 miles - 5:02:00 (pace 11.34/mile)

Here we are at post-race registration for 2008 with Lana, MicheleK, Taconite Boy, and Trimama - who is on the phone with Kahuna, who said he'd do it with us.

The day after is always a relaxing one with chillin' and swillin'. Here are Bigun and Tac Boy getting out of the water after about an hour swim. Di and I watched them for a while, but they swam too far down the beach and our Bloody Mary was getting hot, so we gave up.

Me, Di, and Bigun poolside. Have I told you how delightful and funny these people are? I would go anywhere to a race with them.

Blogger girls: Trimama, IronGirl Nyhus, TriFeist, Mrs. Bigun, me and TriandBeHappy.
This is Di, Trimama, Bigun, me and Taconight Boy after the awards ceremony, posing with my 1st place Athena trophy. Even though I was 24 minutes slower this year, I defended my title!

Last day - meeting at Java Joey's to share pictures and say goodbye.
... and a good time was had by all...
The End!


Andrew said...

Way to defend the title!!!
Nice job

Laurie said...

I love the picture of you dancing on the run. That is just so you.

Congrats Jenny! You have made an awesome recovery after your heart scare. Your medal and trophy mean a little more this time around.

Taconite Boy said...

Great post! Good to see ya this weekend!

stronger said...

Awesome time!

Michele said...

Had a great time cheering for you. You looked great everytime we saw you.
Congrats on the awesome race.
Looking forward to next year.

Iron Girl Nyhus said...

Love you too!!!

tri-mama said...

Totally great weekend!

trismear said... looked so happy, glad yo u did so awesome, and can't wait to do this race with you next year!!

TJ said...

Way to take down the title...again.

The wind must have started after you went through. I had a headwind on much of the second half.

momo said...

WAIT just a minute here. you got off your bike, went to the bathroom, ate, put on sunscreen and stood by your bike and still your bike split was 5:53?

i'm in awe.

and obviously have some work to do before you and i ever tackle a race together... ;-)

great job, girlfriend!! MWA!!!

Lana said...

You were awesome out there - it was so cool to be out there cheering and to see you having a blast...and CONGRATS on defending your title!!

It was a pleasure to meet all of you guys - I am SOOO looking forward to the journey to IMFL '08!

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

wow - you make it look like so much fun! I'm with Momo - you took a break like that and you STILL had that terrific bike split?

teach me your ways!

21stCenturyMom said...

My dearest Jenny - my fav-o-rite MASHEEN! You are amazing. I can't wait to race with you at Vineman!

Pharmie said...

You. Are. Amazing. Seriously girl. I don't know how you do it. Congrats on the repeat title!

Tri-Dummy said...

Now that is what I call FUN!

Blogger meetup.

Race bling.

You are the woman.

Fo Rizzeeeeel.

Spokane Al said...

I'm with Momo on the awe part. You go through massive heart problems a short time ago, cruise through the bike portion, dance during the run and hit a dozen hours and change for a finish time.

You are truly awesome.

Fe-lady said...

Kinda feelin' left out here...looks like all had a blast! You are SUCH an athlete...posting a 12:12 with all that you have been through!
Thanks for the wonderful story and pix! are gonna get the Kahuna in Sooooo much trouble!!!!

TriBoomer said...

Oh yea... now I'm REALLY wishing I was there too. You my tri-friend are a Class A inspiration.

Here's a bit of news... I will be at IM Fla 2008 to sherpa/volunteer.

Stay tuned...

brendaj said...

You are truly amazing, both with your ability to bounce back and to have fun! Which Vineman race are you doing?

tri-dogmom said...

Thanks for sharing. Those pictures are great...I feel like I missed out..

You did so awesome on that bike. I can't believe that time included getting OFF for a bit!

Ughm, but did you say jellyfish? Oh...I don't know about these ocean races!

RunBubbaRun said...

Congrats, you rocked it out there as always.. Luv the pics, nice bike, gotta luv the QR.

Bigun said...

You are correct - a good time WAS had by all! Again: Great race, Jenny! You "are" an inspiration!

greyhound said...

What MOMO said. I wanna be IronJenny when I grow up.

Brent Buckner said...

Ditto on feeling the awe.


IronTriTim said...

Great to meet you Jenny, and a great weekend.
Congrats on retaining your title!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

What an incredible race after your scare. Bet you felt incredibly blessed to be out there...and to defend your title...icing on the cake.

crazy tri mama said...

Awesome job! You continue to motivate me over and over again. Heart stuff and all you grit it out and work it out!!

Thanks for the motivation!

OC's Sixth Sense said...

congratulations, jenny. i'm SO jealous i wasn't there. you ROCK!

jrc said...

I have been reading your blog, because I have recently been diagnosed with a-fib, and was a professional triathlete for 5 years in the late 80's early 90's, (olympic distance, but at world champs level) I am now 42 and have continued to train up to now, although not at the crazy levels I was. Since experiencing an irregular heart rhythm I have been researching as much as I can, and there seems to me to be a correlation between extreem aerobic training and a-fib. Obviously not everyone gets it, but some of us seem to be susceptible, and the % in the athletic community is well higher than the general population. I raced with Greg Welch, and his story should be sobering to all endurance athletes. I know his condition was a bit different than simple a-fib, but I also think that if your heart is trying to tell you something you should listen. Your experience in Florida, although courageous and comendable, is also a bit unnerving. A rate of 230 on the bike is no joke. I hate to be a downer in a sea of positive messages, but honestly life is so cool and precious, and triathlons are just a small part of it, so please chill for a bit, listen to your body and come back when
you are beter.

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice job!!!! Great time!!!!!!!!!!!

IronJenny said...

jrc - thanks for reading! I apreciate your input an have a milion questions to ask you. I dont have simple a-fib.. I have afib, vtach, pac, bradys, svt's... the works. I really really have a hard time accepting that what is happening to me, and what happened on the bike in "not dangerous.
Please email me!

Bolder said...

hi Jenny, following up with you and everyone on your offer for help!

the blog is up here:

we are working through the name, and a graphic design... have a look!

DV said...

late to the party, as usual, but

CONGRATULATIONS! stronger through adversity eh?

great job Jen!