I was surprised at how good I felt. I wasn't feeling fresh. Afterall, I just finished a long bike ride. However, my quads weren't complaining and I was moving steady.
1) First loop, 10 min jog, 1 min walk.
At this point, I started feeling heartburn. I never had that before. Training or not, I rarely had heartburn. So I kept moving.We turned off the main street to Riverside Road. The course was a rolling hill. Nothing too taxing on the body. I really enjoyed the scenery here. There were just us, the Ironmans, moving along the road. A section there were a lot of signs spectator put up.
A lot of encouragement. I looked around and absorbed the moment. It was great. DyingBuffalo told me she would be at mile 6. She was at an aid station before the turn around point. I picked water from her. As I turned around, I realized she was DyingBuffalo. So when I went back, I yelled her nickname.I saw Jenny, the girl I met on the bike again. I gave her some encouragement and moved on. By mile 9 or so, there was a mat where you cross and they flash word of encouragement for you. The word of encouragement could be entered the day before at a booth. As I crossed the mat, to my surprise I saw someone sent me a text. It displayed:
It occured to me that I could walk the second loop and will make it in time for the cut off. I walked up two hills. Before I approached my special needs bag, I made a decision. I am dumping my water bottle (with Infinit).
Infinit was not working. I had been drinking it for 10+ hours. My stomach was giving me heartburn.
I told my legs, 'you can cramp if you want. We will only walk if you cramp.'
I knew I was at the end. But for them, they still had a few hours before finishing. They needed all the help they could get.
The second hill was in the town. I kept at it. Everyone was cheering my name. It was amazing. I saw other walking and taking their time. I didn't want to walk no more. I was full of emotion. Maybe this was part of me putting everything I had left on the field.
I thought about being grateful. The fact that as hard as I push myself, the body still give. Not many people had the opportunity to be as active as I do. Let alone, do an Ironman. Life was simply too good.
I thought about my family and my friends (and you guys) supporting me. I could say there was no way I could do this on my own. There is no I in Ironman.
On the way back, I told Len I did it. I went through the toughest course there simply it was tough. I took a shower. Then grabbed all the junk food I could find. Pringles, chips, nuts, you named it. I passed out quickly and headed to bed.