The trip started off with a ride from Spokane, WA into Canada. Nick and I flew in with Cody and Zach, then we met Corey at the airport. Drive time was about 5 hours give or take to Pentiction. The funniest part was when we plugged in our U.S. GPS, it didnt recognize Canada. The only C that came up was the Caymen Islands, weird? So, no go on the GPS for the trip. Corey, Nick and I were stopped at the border getting into Canada. Of course, Nick had to pick the line that never moved. The 20 minute wait that was on the board once we got closer to the Border Patrol, took really about an hour. Think the border patrol chick didn’t like us or didn’t like triathletes. First, the 2 jackasses in the car, Nick and Corey, didn’t sign their passports, so she made them do that. Then it was a thousand questions... where are you from, what do you do for a living, have any drugs, guns, what are you doing here, etc. Then she decides to make us go into the building for a background check. How sweet of her. The guy was pretty cool in there, he just asked us a few questions, took our passports and we were out of there in about 20 min or so. There were 2 other guys in there that looked pretty sketch, so I think they wanted to get us out of there because one was being taken into a back room and the other one was having his computer searched. Weird. Anyways, we were off and on our way into Penticton.
|View from our deck!|
|TEAM Newton/PCF Atletes for a Cure 2012|
|At the IRONMAN Expo|
After that, we headed back to the house to clean up for the Team Newton/Athletes for a Cure dinner up at the Lost Moose Lodge.
|Team Newton/PCF Dinner @ Lost Moose Lodge!|
|Beautiful view from the Lodge.|
Friday - We met up with Andy’s Aliens at the swim start for a . We happened to run into a couple new friends we met at the Newton dinner who swam with us too. Cody, Nick, Corey, Jordan and I all helped each other out with our wetsuits and then decided to play around in the water because Cody brought her sweet underwater camera. Sweet! We swam for about 20-30 minutes. The water felt awesome... not too cold and not too warm, super calm and clear. I loved it!
Post swim we got our bikes together to ride some of the bike course. Since Andy had been there for a few days before us, he knew the course and lead the way. It was beautiful. It starts all along the lake and around and back. We pretty much rode the run course, minus the section that went through the neighborhood that we discovered on race day! Yikes!
|Nick & Linda chillin on the deck!|
|Corey and his Pre Race Sweets!|
|Nick ate 10+ cookies too!|
|Good times on the deck....|
That night we had a nice little BBQ at the house with the CET and Alien Team. :) The house we rented had a sweet grill and back deck with view of the lake where the race start was located! It was great to have everyone over, chill, talk about how excited everyone was for the race to get here and goof off a bit.
|Pre-Race Game Face!|
We had a fun little group shot before everyone dispersed and did their thing. Drop off special needs bags, number marked, check on bike, pump tires, add in any fluids or nutrition to bike, add anything else we wanted to our bike/run bags that we dropped off the day before and then we met back up in transition to chill. Ran into Andy and his Aliens. Said our good lucks and hugs and we were off to the water. They played the Canadian national anthem, I got choked up a bit, gave Corey and Cody a hug, Nick a kiss and were started to get in the zone of what the day was going to bring.
The swim start was a little different than Arizona. We all just chilled in the water, about hip/waist deep, and gradually walked our way in until we could swim. SO much more relaxed of a mass start. We all creeped over to the inside of the buoys for the start. Smart move because it was less packed! The course was pretty much a long rectangle that veered a little to the right. And so our race begins....
|Let the FUN begin.....|
|Andy coming in from the bike...|
|Get me off this damn thing....|
We finally hit the Yellow Lake Climb. It was about 1500ft of climbing within 20km. The wind was picking up here too, so when you hit some descents that you thought, yes, this is going to be some great rest, nope, think again. The wind was in your face. Awesome. But the spectators were crazy and were totally fueling the last part of the climbs for me. I loved every minute of it. Saw some awesome signs out there. People are so creative! The last part of the bike was windy, but a steady downhill and back into Penticton.
|Nick finishing strong!!!|
Check out this awesome video from Newton Running: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHAPMjQhyxE
My goal for the run was to take in a gel/water every 3rd - 4th aid station and coke/ice/water in between that. I felt awesome until I hit the turn around point. I took one last gel (PowerBar Straw-Banana) at my special needs and took my gum...yum. From that point on, I was so sick of gels. I felt like I was going to puke if I took another one. So, I alternated between water, coke and chicken broth. I actually started feeling better.
|The start of the run for me.... so far so good...|
|YES! New PR... awesome!|
A volunteer took me to the med tent, but I said I was ok, I just needed some ice on my legs. I thought for sure my hip flexors were going to rip off my body. He sat me down, gave me some gatorade, fruit and water. I sat there for maybe 5 minutes, but then I got anxious that I was going to miss Nick finish. I walked back into the finish line shoot and there he was!!! Finished strong. I was so proud of him!!! I would have to say this was the best feeling ever... racing an ironman with my husband. Not sure how many times in our lives we can do this, but talk about a flood of emotions. He is always my biggest motivation and supporter, but doing something together that we worked together for the past 6+ months, even during a stressful time of moving and new job, etc.... it was one of the most amazing feelings ever!
After Nick and I grabbed some food, water and chilled for a bit, we went to the VIP area with our Newton peeps to cheer on the rest of the athletes finishing up. Cody finished strong and we reunited in the VIP area too! Cold beer and chips....delicious! It was so awesome to spend the past few months training with her and Nick. Cody always keeps us entertained! Thanks, Code! One of the highlights of this race was being able to medal the athletes finishing ironman (since Newton was a big sponsor of the race, they got to work the finish line by medaling some athletes and asked if I wanted to help... of course I did) All of a sudden, I saw an Alien Endurance uniform coming towards the finish...it was Andy Clark.... I was freaking out, this was his 1st ironman and I got to give him his 1st medal and hug him as he crossed the finish!!! SO COOL! Corey finished not too long after that. We all gathered in the athletes tent where all the food/drinks are located. During this time, Corey and I chatted about the race, he did his typical I want pizza and coke and just look at it. HA. We also lost Nick’s mom, Linda. Not really smart of us to have directionally challenged Linda at her 1st ironman spectating race solo and didn’t give her anywhere to meet us. We now know for next time to put her in VIP! So Nick went out to find her while Corey and I chilled. Post race was pretty uneventful. Just showered and chilled.
|Couldn't wait for a bloody mary....|
|Thanks, Linda for all the support!!!|
|Clark Endurance Athletes at the Finish!!!|
|Corey looking happier than ever to be done!! 2 in the books baby!|
|A little walk through the woods... headed back to Spokane. The legs needed some movement!|
|How we finished the trip.... beer tasting for the boys!|
IRONMAN Canada 2012! :)