Mar
31
2012

Who said this was a good idea?

by hillarybiscay

Me? Really?!?

Ian said he was cursing my name during the race for bringing us all here to this gnarly windfest of a day . . .

It was indeed epic.

Right now about the only positive things I have to say about my day are that I did not get blown off my bike, am alive, and made it to the finish line.

That might be all I accomplished today.

On the VERY bright side, however, my GCM led from start to finish (led out of the water!!!) and took home a big win! So proud.

Gotta get showered and look presentable now.

leadman pre-race with ems

BFFs are here and it isn’t often that we get to spend quality time! That’s me and Ems pre-race—that was just a small taste of the wind to come our way . . .

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

dooder March 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Hear the big CAT roar!!! WOOOP!

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peggy March 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm

didn’t get blown off the bike, stayed alive, and got to the finish line? you clearly learned this phrase from me. on wild weather days, it’ll do. i’m cheering noisily for both of you in your different race experiences.
xoxox,
peggy

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Michelle Simmons March 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Was so happy to hear about Maik’s win today! WAHOO!!! Sounded like a brutal day though… Nice job toughing it out!

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Tim April 1, 2012 at 4:38 am

Looks like it was a brutal day. Way to tough it out and way to go Maik! Congrats on the win!

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lucy francis April 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

Oooops! Windy and no way of sheltering from it on the course as I imagine it to be all desert and no trees nor buildings. Sorry to hear that Hills, at least your CAT won. Pass on my congratulations.

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Kris Cordova April 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

Way to tough it out on a difficult day. Congratulations to Maik on his win! Wish Leadman had been covered like Galveston, it would have been awesome to see y’all race.

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citizen kerry April 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

I love this line: “Right now about the only positive things I have to say about my day are that I did not get blown off my bike, am alive, and made it to the finish line.” Somedays, that’s plenty to cheer!!!

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Kim Basala April 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Hey Hillary! When you wrote this post- right after the race- I have no doubt the title best described how you felt. We printed one of your very BEST posts on mental toughness (posted in our kitchen and work out room) and I felt that this part really fit this current post:

From HB – “I think that particularly when it comes to racing long, not quitting is half the battle. I know that even on some of my best days at the races I have had moments where the days looks like it is going pear-shaped or I wonder if my body will even last ‘til the finish line. And then there are the days when things do go pear-shaped and there will be no podium, prize money or impressive time at the finish line; finishing itself will be seemingly the “only” reward.”

You didn’t quit, you faced the wind and the brutal conditions, your body crossed the finish line, and therefore there were some rewards in the mental zone. I have all faith that this last weekend will be another “tool” in your new toolbox, that you’ve been filling over the last weeks. And eventually the hammer will be added in. No doubt Hillary, no doubt.

Keep up the great work, and cheering you all along your journey from Wisconsin!

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Billy Oliver April 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

250 next year? I’ll be there!

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hillarybiscay April 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

love it!! YESSSS can’t wait! :)

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