IMWA 2010 was one of my significant milestones in my personal sporting history. Despite timing-chip issues, I did finish legally and with videotaped evidence this race. My timing-chip stopped registering my running pace after the 20th mile, which led to many text messages about my racing status. THANK YOU my friends for checking on my health!
Although I did not secure the PBs I wanted, I earned the following lessons:
1) This being my 10th Ironman finisher, it was no easier than my first of fifth. I look forward to my next two Ironman races in 2011 (number 11 and 12 sounds very good on the scorecard).
2) I enjoyed and remembered most details of my run down the finishing chute. I was giving the lovely spectators high-fives and applauding them.
3) I had a good, strong run equally my best in 2006 (same race).
4) Immersing myself in the energy of first-time finishers of Ironman. There were more than 400 making their attempt at the 226K-format. Well done, Ironman finishers!
5) The event is run mostly by volunteers, so thank them whenever we can. It is a shared experience for a very long day, and days of preparation.
6) I hate to quit; DNF is not computed in my DNA. I’d rather do damage control than take my allotted time, or give up and give in.
7) This is only a result; we have our good days and better days. This was my good day. I will apply my lessons to my next race, and hopefully, earn my next PB.
Photo-credit: FinisherPix (which reminds me to make my order from them)