T2- 6:08- glad to get off the bike! Took the HRM off and left it at T2 but had my garmin and kept arm warmers on since wind was picking up and temperatures were dropping.
26.2 Mile Run- 6:20:53- 1st couple of miles were good but mentally, I was still bothered by my HRM malfunction and didn't know how to shake that off. I ran the first 14 miles or so and came upon #3 (Miranda Alldritt), a pro woman who was walking her second loop of the run who said, "keep going girl" as I passed her. But eventually that run turned into what felt like a jog. It started to get cold and joints were starting to feel stiff. Then eventually it started to rain and temps were beginning to drop- fast! Took a space blanket that was being handed out but was still very cold! Tried to keep running but mentally, I wasn't at a good place. Physically, joints weren't at a good place either with the cold. Instead of the one little birdie that told me it was okay to walk, I had many other birdies around me that told me it was okay to walk! I've never thought about DNF'ing a race before but during that run in the cold and feeling as miserable as I was..it definitely crossed my mind. I normally like running in the rain but not when it's freezing at the same time and in a tri top and shorts! That $100 windbreaker would have been a lot more useful had it been in my T2 bag vs. my T1 bag!
Finish Line- finally!! Crossing the finish line and hearing Mike Reilly's voice will never get old and the crowd approaching the finish line was AWESOME! They stuck it out through the cold and the rain. My finish photo shows me running across with my space blanket still on- I mean it's only fitting since it was a big part of my 26.2 mile journey! After you cross the finish line, they put a medal around your neck, then bring you to another person who gives you your finisher hat and then another person who gives you your finisher t-shirt but all I really wanted was a heater! Ha ha!
16:09:27- Overall- I know I should be happy and thrilled that I finished another Ironman and I am. I feel extremely fortunate to have the physical capabilities of toeing the line at such an event. At the same time, I am pretty disappointed with myself for letting the malfunction of a HRM trump the race that I could have had with the training that I had put in the last 6 or so months.I am pretty frustrated for not staying more focused on the run and just keep pushing through...but it's a learning! I do want to come back through for a do-over..maybe in 2011 as I am taking on Ironman #3 in St. George, Utah on May 1st, 2010! My 1st Ironman in Louisville...well I didn't really know what I was doing. This second one here at Coeur d'Alene, I learned a lot from. So hopefully, my 3rd will be a charm!! Thanks for reading! Photos from weekend- here! Race photos coming soon! But for now, thank to my friend Hez for my race finish video- if I had waited two minutes, I could have finished with one of the original Ironman's from 1978! And if you noticed how bundled up the woman who finished in front of me..that explains the temperature..apparently 40's??