Sunday, May 11, 2008

Gulf Coast Triathlon - Done

Big waves, a flat bike course, and a hot, humid run. I finished my first half iron triathlon yesterday, and I am thrilled. I felt great until about the last 4 miles of the run, and even then it was fun as hell.

The ocean was rough, but hardly not as rough as Friday afternoon, and not as rough as it is today (double red flag, no swimming allowed.) I fought the waves and had a surprisingly good swim! The bike course was a little windy, but it was an out and back, so you can't really call that good or bad. I felt great the whole time on the bike, and I average about 20.7, I think. I had cloud cover during the first 8 miles of the run, and the sun came out and starting roasting everyone after that - but not before I ran a 1:58 half mary to seal the deal and cross the finish line in 5:26:08.

My goal was to be under 6 hours, so needless to say, I am quite ecstatic. I had no idea that I could possibly get any where close to what I did. I also had no idea that I would be thinking about how great I felt halfway through the run. I'll have a full report soon...until then I'm icing my hurt foot, drinking pina coladas, and thinking 'Bring on IMFL!'

24 comments:

Jill said...

You did super!! I knew you would...and now you're ready for the Big One...

I hope that pina coladas drink is a whole pitcher...

Counting the days to IMFL...for sure. Congrats!

Jill

D10 said...

Wow, you did great! Way to finish strong with a great half time. All your hard work training has paid off. You should be very proud of yourself.

Take care of you foot. Happy Mother's Day!

david said...

Congrats...You did GREAT!

Michele said...

I am SOOOOOOOOOO happy for you. You have trained so hard and it paid off.
I can't wait for the full report, but in the meantime relax and enjoy what you have just done.
You are going to rock at IMFL.

Congrats!!!!!

TriSaraTops said...

Awesome, awesome job!!! So excited for you! Way to smoke that bike course! You ROCKED it! :)

kmholt7 said...

Great Lana! I'm very impressed. Have an extra pina colada for me. :)

Christine said...

OMG girl! You are sooooooooo nuts! You will totally kill IMFL! Can't wait for that one. Enjoy this feeling...the training is about to get crazy I'm sure. You can do it if anyone can! Were all here for you!

Bill said...

Great time in tough conditions!

Congrats, Lana!

Lisa said...

Wow, that's wonderful.
You've made us all crave the beach now. :)

Jumper 2.0 said...

Holy moly, Less than 5-1/2 hours!

Congratulations!

SUB6 said...

Fantastic time ... look forward to reading the full race report :)

RunBubbaRun said...

You were burning up the race there.

Congrats on a great race finishing time...

Leah said...

Congratulations! Can't wait for the race report.

Bethany said...

Way to go Lana! You did an awesome job...

greyhound said...

What a fantastic time, for any HIM, let alone a 1st time. Stay consistent with that training and you have SO got IMFL in the bag.

TJ said...

Shhmmooookin race Lana! You are gonna rock IMFL!!!

Eric said...

Awesome race Lana!!!

Wes said...

Congratulations Lana! You rocked the Gulf Coast!!

E-Speed said...

nicely done! What a fantastic time!

sheila said...

"I felt great until about the last 4 miles of the run, and even then it was fun as hell." Love that quote. That is awesome to have fun even when you are feeling bad. Great attitude!

stronger said...

Nice little Mother's Day gift to yourself! Great job.

Bigun said...

That new bike and you just cranked! Great race, and awesome time! You a stud, GF!

Dan Seifring said...

Great job Lana beating your goal.

faithrunner said...

Lana, you're simply amazing! Great job and congrats on such a sweet victory! You go girl!