I am skipping the long-winded story this week because I just made you read one about Ironman Wisconsin. But if my “by the numbers” leaves out any details that you’d like to hear about—because I know a few of you at least are considering Ironman Wales race in the future—post questions below and I can do an Ironman Wales Q&A post!
I had a good day in Wales; the course was as epic as promised and I am happy I was able to experience it. As an added bonus, in spite of the long travel in between ironmans and it being in the “bad” direction (east), my legs seemed to bounce back from Ironman Wisconsin in record time and that continued through race day. My body responded well all day long and my legs felt pretty darn good.
3: Ironmans in five weeks.
1: Week since my last ironman in Wisconsin.
24: Hours of travel door-to-door from my homestay in Madison, Wisconsin to my bed and breakfast in Tenby, Wales.
7: Hours spent in my Recovery Pump boots between races.
7: Vega shakes consumed between races.
1: Number of bottles of Powerade Energy that it took to keep me up all night before the race. Public service announcement: turns out there is a caffeinated version of Powerade in Europe. It looks like this:
I don’t recommend drinking that in bed if you want to sleep at night.
48: Minutes it took me to complete the beautiful swim course at Tenby’s North Beach.
8:02 : Transition time for T1, which included a run of about a kilometer.
2: Number of pairs of running shoes I would have packed if I had been smart. I thought I would save time in T1 by not trying to put on running shoes with numb hands and feet. Terrible idea. Serious foot pain.
2: Hours of rain during the ride. Somehow I would have been disappointed had we not had a wet ride with a fair amount of wind on top of it, though . . .
1: Number of age group athletes whom I saw crash head-on into a stone wall on a wet descent during the bike.
8,652 : Feet of climbing in 112 miles on the bike course, according to my trusty CycleOps Joule 2.0.
39×25: My usual “smallest gear” on my bike.
39×28: My smallest gear for this race, thanks to a last-minute recommendation from Charisa, who had ridden the course, and a loaner cassette from my super Madison homestay, Kari and Glen. I lost count of the amount of time I spent in that gear!
-3: Difference in my average watts between Wisconsin and Wales. I think this means that you can’t get away with riding like a muppet in Europe; this relatively small difference (especially considering the differing nature of the courses) meant that I got deeee-stroyed on this ride!
1: Set of brake pads killed in this race.
7: Number of PowerGels consumed on the run.
0: Cups of coke consumed on the run.
2.5: Number of kilometers that the run course was short. I did have a good marathon—for me—but not 3:11 good, as the results indicate. Terrain-wise, this was probably the toughest ironman run course I have done; the only flat bit was the first two blocks we ran out of transition!
2: Fifth-place finishes in this double, bringing my career total to . . . Trivia question! Answer it on the Smashfest Queen facebook page to be entered in a giveaway. Check it out here.
2: Years since I have been able to run like I did the past two weekends!! My biggest takeaway from this race was proving to myself that my run in Madison was not a fluke.
2: Weeks away from my Cat and my puppy for this little racing binge.
36: Hours of travel door-to-door back from my bed and breakfast in Tenby, Wales to home sweet home in Tucson, Arizona. Gotta love Cheap Tickets.
12: Days at home ‘til October in paradise at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and super ironman coach/ sherpa duties on the Big Island. Cannot wait!
11: Number of sponsors I want to thank for facilitating my crazy adventures: Smash, PowerBar, TYR, Recovery Pump, Rudy Project, Zipp, ISM, Vega, FSA, CycleOps, and the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows.