Time for some TeamHPB bragging . . . It has been a very exciting week for the kidlets as we have just added a fourth ironwoman to our 2013 Kona Team.
Here she is capping off her first ironman marathon at Mt. Tremblant in 3:32:
our newest TeamHPB superstar, Maggie Rusch!
Maggie earned herself the relatively unique experience of completing her first ironman in a 10:13, finishing second in her age group, and fourth amateur overall.
Needless to say, I was beside myself, but not entirely surprised. Although I had not breathed a word of it to her, I may have told my parents, BFFs, and a couple of her teammates that big things were going to happen on Sunday. In fact, about a week before the race, I ordered some treats for my Kona team from one of my sponsors and had already counted Ms. Maggie in this bunch.
TeamHPB is always proud to have the best-dressed gals on the podium too . . .
Anyways, I am equally proud of Maggie’s approach to this race as I am of her result. We were entirely focused on the process and that is not just because I never mentioned finish times, places, or Kona; Maggie never requested predictions of this nature either. Read her pre-race blog and see what is, in my opinion, and approach and mindset to ironman racing that makes for a great day at the races (if the work has been done, of course).
Sure, we hashed out her race plan and strategies, covering everything we could anticipate (which never means absolutely everything as ironman is a game of expecting the unexpected). We talked lots about how she would execute the plan, and I knew that—because of the work I had seen Maggie put in day in and day out, over months, and because she had her head on straight—I could leave her to “do her thing” and enjoy the day. The results would take care of themselves. And did they ever.
I am so honored to work with the kids that I do and cannot wait for another team trip to Kona in October!
Speaking of my kids, the GCM and I have set the dates for Tucson Training Camp next spring. Check out the dets here.