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Jun 23, 12:17 PM by Kimberly | Idaho here I come!

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Yours truly is signed up for an Ironman- Coeur d’Alene! I’m so excited. Registration opened today at 12:00PM, and there were a few tense minutes when I kept getting a message that Active.com was too busy. I called Steve and he tried to register me over on his end. There was some marital discord when he said he didn’t think I’d get in, but we worked it out :). And then I got in, and paid, and have my confirmation!

I didn’t do much run training for IMAZ, but I’m convinced that’s not why I didn’t finish. In retrospect, I had a migraine. IMAZ was before I knew what my headache/stomach problem was. But now that I know, I recognize that the same things that gives me migraines now were in full force that day: Heat, heat & heat. My stomach felt the same way that it feels now during a migraine: I can only think of eating happy carbs. I felt a lot better after I sat behind one of the boxes of ‘special needs’ bags in the shade, closed my eyes, laid down & had some cold Coke that they were passing around to the volunteers. (I must have been there for at least half an hour. I don’t really know.) It’s not to say that Ironmans don’t make your stomach upset, because they do, but the stomach wasn’t the real problem. It was the migraine, and if I had my migraine medicine that I...

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Jun 13, 10:44 AM by Steve | No Excuses

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Kim has been trying to get me to do triathlons with her for a while. When people ask me why I don’t do triathlons I say I would but I hate swimming and running. Now she has been doing masters swimming at the gym while I sit in the hot tub and watch. I like that arrangement, it works for me. Imagine my surprise when Kim won the wetsuit in the drawing at Nite Moves this week, then turned around, gave it to me, and said now I had no excuses. No excuses? Drat. Isn’t “I don’t wanna” an excuse? Oh well, I guess I’ll have to suck it up and learn to swim properly, eventually.

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May 9, 08:33 AM by Kimberly | IMAZ Data

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Apr 15, 08:41 PM by Steve | We Bring You to the Race Already in Progress

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SWIM BIKE RUN OVERALL POSITION
1:30:21 8:45:21 DNF DNF DNF
 

11:45pm
I missed two calls from an unknown number around 9:50, around when I was expecting Kim to come in. I called it back and the guy who answered put Kim on the line; she wasn’t feeling well and was being driven back in. Somewhat dissappointed, but understanding, I walked over to the medical tent to wait for her to come in. She as shaking and had trouble walking, but walking, which was a good sign. She got checked out and stayed in the medical tent for some time while I fetched all of her bags and bike. Eventually she felt well enough to leave and come back to the hotel.

Other Results
Jake finished the run in 5:58:09, at a 13:40/mile pace, for an overall time of 15:02:30 and a rank of #1538. I believe his goal was around 15 hours, so good job! The other guy I was tracking finished with a 6:21:25 run, 16:43:22 overall, and was ranked #1841.

8:45pm
First lap down, two more to go. Her first lap time (unofficially by my watch) was 2:12, putting her on pace to finish right around midnight. She will have to pick up the pace a little bit to make the final cutoff, but her plan going in was to make the bike cutoff, walk the first half of the marathon, and then run off and on for the rest. It’s...

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Apr 14, 09:36 PM by Steve | The Day Before

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Not much going on today, Kim was mostly relaxing and doing final prep for her race. The only thing she had to do, really, was get her bike and gear checked in by 3pm. So I went for a ride in the morning. I took the advice of a local shop and headed to South Mountain. It was a reasonably good climb, pretty shallow grade for most of it but kicked up a bit at the very end. It was very popular and there were other cyclists strung out all over the road for me to pass. After the climb I headed toward downtown Phoenix and stopped for a drink at Starbucks (where else?) before heading back to Tempe. I had lunch at a little place on University that I had passed many times since we got here, and finally had a chance to try.

Back at the hotel we got ready and got her bike and gear to the check-in with plenty of time. We gawked at all of the bikes, spoke to some other athletes there, and she took lots of bike porn shots for me since I couldn’t go into the transition area. We had a few errands to run before heading to dinner and ended up getting stuck in some insane traffic. It took about an hour to go a mile, then we got rerouted and lost, but finally ended up at our destination, a California Pizza Kitchen in Phoenix. We are turning in early, and Kim...

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Apr 13, 10:27 PM by Kimberly | Will Race for Cookies

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So I actually got a decent night’s sleep and woke up close to 6am. I didn’t want to get up but Steve was rather insistent like I had asked him to be. He’s annoying like that. I had some of the wonderful waffles again and then we killed some time until the 8am swim practice. Steve went off riding somewhere, mumbling something about laps around the zoo.

I didn’t really have a plan when I started swimming; I just got in the water and went. After a while I realized I had gone pretty far and wasn’t going to have time to swim back before I had to meet Steve (and they close the practice), and I was really hungry, so I found some stairs out of the lake and walked back. I had gone pretty much the length of the course, probably just over a mile.

When I came back to the bag check area, Steve and Jake were there waiting. I changed, got my bike, bought some new sunglasses and we headed out almost exactly at 11am, but not before buying some more cookies for the road. We wanted the discount for buying a dozen, so we paid for all of them but only took 3 and said we would be back for the rest later.

The road was torn up pretty bad along the shoulder in some areas, but during the race the lane will be closed to traffic and it shouldn’t be as bad. When we got to the...

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Apr 12, 10:53 PM by Kimberly | Best Laid Plans

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Last night I continued suffering from severe itching caused by insect bites and had trouble falling asleep. I told Steve when he woke up for his 2am ‘feeding’ not to wake me at 6 and instead to bring me waffles at 8:30. Sure enough at 8:30 on the dot I heard a knock on the door and there he was with waffles and an assortment of condiments.

We had breakfast, got ready and then headed to Tempe Town Lake for the Gatorade swim practice. I couldn’t find a parking spot to save my life, but Steve had ridden to the downtown area and scouted one out for me. We walked together across some railroad tracks and eventually found the swim area.

Just when I finished putting on my wetsuit and getting ready, some guy came by and started putting up barriers with a sign that said the swim area was closed. It said that swimming in the lake outside of the practice times would be an automatic disqualification! I had read all of the materials for the event and nowhere did I see it say anything out swimming being limited to specific times!

We decided to just go ahead to registration and the expo area, but the line was huge and it took a long time. We spent a while at the expo area; I got to try a muscle message device caller Trigger Point which did wonders for my IT band, and swam in the Endless Pool demo. That was...

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Apr 11, 10:21 PM by Kimberly | Finally

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After an almost 500 mile drive that took just over 7 hours, we have arrived at our hotel in Tempe Arizona. Steve an I took turns driving and we made 3 stops along the way; Whole Foods in Thousand Oaks, Starbucks in Indio, and a Mobil/Burger King in Quartzsite.

I had mapped out Starbucks locations along the route so that we could get our fix. In Quartzsite there was Burgrer King was in the mobile station and they had a poster for Chicken Fries in a SpongeBob box, so I just had to get it. There was some mixup and they ended up giving me regular chicken tenders and the chicken fries. I also got a SpongeBob deck of cards and a “truth or dare” electronic gizmo.

The plan is to get up at 6 in the morning tomorrow, have waffles at the hotel waffle bar, register, check out the expo, and figure out what to do next.

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