This is VERY delayed, but I wanted to write a race report for Eagleman before my next race… so here it goes!!
I was originally signed up for the Monticelloman 70.3 in the beginning of May. I haven’t been sick in years, but the week leading up to the race I got an awful cold/sinus infection. I went with my friends to Charlottesville, and made the best of the weekend. I ended up not racing, and turned it into a mini-vacation.
I was really eager to race, and the Sunday I got home I signed up for Eagleman 70.3 with Sandra, Alberto, and Annette. I have heard so many horror stories about this race, and everyone always talks about the wind and the heat. It is the local race that I have always been scared to do.
My training was going well leading up to race day. Over Memorial Day weekend I traveled to Lake Placid with Sandra, Alberto, and Annette for a mega fun and epic training weekend! We had a blast!!!
A fun training ride in Columbia.
Training weekend in Lake Placid
Biking on the IMLP course
Eagleman Race Report
On Friday we drove to Cambridge, and stopped for lunch at The Jetty Bar. It was a beautiful day, and felt like I was on vacation and not an hour away from home.
We arrived at the expo and it was pretty empty! We got our packets, and took some fun pre-race photos! We had dinner on the water in St. Michael’s. On Saturday before the race we stayed super hydrated and did a little outlet shopping in the morning.
Dinner in St. Micheal’s
Checking out the swim course
Pre-race dinner in St. Michael’s
The morning of the race went as planned. I arrived at transition with plenty of time to set up my bike. My wave was one of the last, so I hung out in the shade with Sandra, and before I knew it, it was time to warm-up.
The gun went off, and I was feeling great! Best I have ever felt in a race during the swim portion. The buoys were close together and I didn’t have any issues with sighting. I was surprised and swam a 32:32.. my PR was a 30 something from Beach to Battleship, but that was with a major current. Felt really strong throughout! All of the long swim workouts for IM training paid off!
My HR monitor not working, and I ended up going by feel. Around mile 25 I felt that maybe I was going too fast, so held back a bit so I didn’t kill myself for the run. I also wasn’t sure how the wind would be so I wanted to hold back a bit and conserve some energy. I hit some major wind in the second half, but kept my pacing and heart rate under control.
When I got to transition it was SUPER hot! The real feel was in the upper 90’s. The run would be interesting.
I usually pee on my bike twice during 70.3’s, but I didn’t really have to go .. which is crazy after having 6 bottles. I stopped at the portapotty’s when exiting transition and finally peed.
Where to start… I got on the run feeling decent, but not my normal self compared to other 70.3’s. I could feel the heat and humidity, so I decided to go by feel. I felt really bloated and full, and my legs felt heavy. I had a cliff block at miles 2, 4, and 6. I couldn’t take it anything else for the rest of the race- no gels, no cliff blocks. I had water at every aid station. I took sponges and ice and put it in my hat and sports bra. The thought of gels and cliff blocks made me want to vomit.
It became all about survival and getting to the finish. I kept telling myself “right left right left” and just chugged along.I didn’t even worry about the pace that my watch said, because I wanted to make it to the finish without passing out, throwing up, or ending up in a ditch on the side of the road!!! It was all about surviving.
It was a struggle from the start and my legs just wouldn’t do their thing. This was my far my slowest 70.3 run, but I am proud of myself for just going my feel and finishing. My last mile was my fastest 7:51. Immediately after crossing the finish line I threw up SO much yellow liquid on the finishing carpet. I was put into a wheelchair, given my medal and hat, and then got wheeled over to the medical tent. This run was the hardest thing for me both mentally and physically, but I did it!
Welcome to the gun show!
Thank you SO much to Coeur Sports
, I loved rocking the kit out on the course!! When times got tough, I thought of heart and courage and making it to the finish! A huge thank you to my coach, Debi Bernardes
for all of your training and advice!
My next race will be Ironman Lake Placid in 11 days! I can’t wait!!!! It will be my first full Ironman! 🙂
Dying on the run…
Post race with Alberto and Annette
Post race = bacon cheeseburgers at The Jetty!