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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:43 am    Post subject: MRS SLACKO'S RACE REPORT IM AUSTRIA 2008 Reply with quote

MRS SLACKOS IRONMAN AUSTRIA RACE REPORT 2008

IRONMAN 2 A COMEDY OF ERRORS - THE SQUEAL!



Somehow, this year, I seemed to have missed the point and it wasnt until we entered transition on race morning to sort out nutrition and last minute bits and pieces that it really dawned on me and and the tears started rolling down my face. Ironman amnesia desserted me and I recalled quite vividly in one giant sized flash back just what it was we were about to do and I felt quite daunted!

Expo. on days leading up:




I had a quick wee and whilst lined up in the queue a lass called Helen approached me Ive never met her before but she reads my blog and she was full of encouragement and was attempting her first Ironman (which she completed Clap ) .

Slacko and I (posh typing) were running a bit late really and quickly upped our wetties up to our waists and legged it over to the beach area. The atmosphere there was something else as we were all herded towards the beach area to some anxiety inducing house beat. Someone called Abi (who Ive never met before) came over and wished me well (thanks for the PM Abi). When I got to the beach front I near froze. Its awesome and you cant actually see the first buoy it is soooooooo far out, practically the other side of the world if not further OMG Id practiced a little in the lake so I knew it was beautiful and blue and Id done some good work on visualisation so felt, not easy, but ok. I hugged and kissed Slacko within an inch of his life .

To prove I can 'look' like a swimmer and how gorgeous is Worthersee???


Within seconds the canon went off. Id taken AndyS dots. advice (he knows everything) and stayed to the right at the cente of the pack and they all shot off and then things went a bit black! Momentarily Id got knocked out I guess having taken a thump/knock to the temple, I was swimming but didnt know where I was and my nose was bleeding as I tried to breath out under the water. Visualisation out the window, I froze, was disorientated and felt very very lost. I knew I could pull out, a canoe came over and asked me how I was, Im not sure I was coherent, I was just flapping doing mini breast stroke trying to move forwards. Everytime I tried to get into swimming properly it all went horribly wrong and I couldnt breath this stop start swimming went on for 1hr 15 mins.and Id only reached the first buoy at 1400ms out Shocked Ive no idea where the time went up to that point. The canoists were great as were the couple in the padlo that stuck by me as I try to make it out to the first buoy (I did get their names but I didnt quite hear as the helicopter was hovering above me).

I had an aha moment as I caught someone at the first buoy Laughing . I managed to ascertain Id got 1:05 left to cover 2500m and I swam with every ounce of energy I had. I found my stroke, ignored my panic and although not fast, swam at the pace Id planned for the race! I had no idea whether I was making it in time or would miss cut off but lets just say the last 300m up that canal were some of the best Ive ever experienced in any event! The crowds and canoists were going mad and screaming and shouting I even did a bit of waving and show boating up to the guys on the bridge even the canoist was yelling for all his worth. As they pulled me out the commentator said Id one minute to get over the timing mat! I ran like a mad woman totally enjoying the moment I really couldnt believe that I was going to be able to go on and finish the race. Never did it occur to me to stop. I took a tablet for my headache.

Pause for hysterical moment! We met a wonderful and excruciatingly side splitting funny lady the wife of GrahamMackie on this forum. The day before the event I told her (jokingly) watchout for me, Ill be the one theyll pull out last from the water. At this point she advised her mother Joan (of Arc hereafter known as) that in the event of it being a close call at cut off, she would be sacrfiCed by being pushed into the canal so as to cause a distraction to the umpire and her and hawk eye Jackie (another wonderful new friend) would pull me out and wind the clock back. Fortunately, this was never needed but as I ran through into transition to get my bike I could see Sarah waving and Jackie pointing at Nanny Joan of Arc shouting any longer love and she was going in I couldnt stop laughing. Wonderful people and Joan later said shed of happily of sacrificed herself for me given how famous she now realised I was. Classic.

Back to race. I did a quick transition (for me) and got out on the roads. No worries I thought, Im a reasonable cyclists, Ill catch up Rolling Eyes Austrian roads are great, the route is great. I took it quite easy as I felt quite puffed after the swim! Easy on the first lap, nicely round in about 3.30 so I was on target. Started the 2nd lap and youd of thought the monsoon season was upon us. It was ridiculous! The rain was absolutely hammering down, I couldn't see, couldnt brake, the roads became rivers and it was seriously dangerous. I did feel momentarily gutted and that maybe it wasn't very fair but heyho. I knew I had no experience of those conditions on carbon wheels. The lightening was right over head as were the giant claps of thunder, my bag with all my bars cut up filled to the brim and I took the decision having slowed to only 10mph for the last 30 mins to stop and wait out the worst of it. So stupidly I stood under a big tree, in a thunder and lightening storm endangering my life far more than had I of stayed out on the roads Rolling Eyes

Adjustment to goal for the day number 2! Although I felt great at the start of the 2nd lap and was easily set for 3:20, it took nearer 4 hours. Oh! well, better to finish than have an accident and not finish at all! In the last hour the storm finally subsided. I needed a wee at the top of ruperts 'dj' hill so I got off my bike very quickly to have a wee but a police motorbike (one of four) came up the hill to check I was ok. Fine I said, hurry on your way, I just need a wee. He moves on. I squat and another Police man on a motor bike came up the hill. I pull up me pants, explain the sitch, tell him to move onthen it happened again! I was laughing so much. I finally managed my wee, went around the corner and they rode (all at 10metres) around me for a while. Police escorts, not another cyclist in sight and the entire of the beautiful Austrian roads closed and just me on them. I was having a great time, my binto bag overfloweth! Support in Austria is fantastic, the route is no pussycat but you get up all the big climbs with so much support (even in monsoons). Super super hop hop bravo bravo.

Finally got in to transition. Bike took 7.30 but ride time on my bike computer was only 6:59 so I was totally made up about that and I had caught a few cyclists in the final 20 k Clap

I was so drenched! Change in T2 took a bit longer than Id of liked but had to get fresh socks on. Straight out on the run! And I ran it. Apart from aid stations, I ran the marathon. One foot in front of the other. My back was in spasms right from the start but I just kept moving. Its hard to say where the time goes, it seemed forever but nothing at all, I saw Slacko about to go out to Klag. For the last loop. Its the first time Id seen him and he seemed with it. I'd lost the ability to do maths since the swim start but got him figured for a good time which he did! The sun came up and the paths were just steaming! I took coke, banana, gels, cake, anything I could lay my hands on really. Needed 2 or 3 loo stops. Running through the centre of Klagenfurt was great. On my first loop all the crowds were just brilliant cheering us through and I spotted a particularly nice handbag shop (not that I stopped off)! Saw Man v- Tarmac, RichO, lots of people all doing really really well. Second time into Klag. I was getting really knackered, Id managed to get a very welcome hug off Mr GFA who was going strongly! I hadnt stopped running and it was all a bit much and the tears started, more I think because I knew Id make it in and at that point I still thought the clock would say 14 something which I felt under the circumstances would of been a result! There was a bell in Klag. Centre to ring so a donation to charity could be made. My back was way too dodgy to jump up and clang it so the DJ got me a chair and lifted me up to ring it. Crowds were all cheering and it really was a lovely moment (gave me chance to eye up the nice savoury dishes they were all tucking into)!

Running back in for the last time to Ironcity to finish I found Helen again. She was obviously going to make it and she shouted lots of encouragement as I went past. Then in the last mile I met FatDave. We ran together to the line, I held back while he went off up the shoot first. Id promised the kids Id wave and Scottg and literally everyone I could think of so wanted the last run up to myself so they could get a good shot of me! The lights were all flashing, the pom poms girlst were looking rather too fresh for my liking Wink and I ran across the line in 15:00.07. I was very very happy! Ironman number 2 and still 50 minutes quicker than the first one so despite the setbacks, I was happy with the result.

I scanned and scanned everywhere and this time he was there, Slacko came over having videoed my finish. Hug The only disappointing thing was that there were no medals left for me Crying or Very sad . Theyd run out/lost/broken (various stories) some medals so I had to do without and that bothered me more than any of the days trials, silly stupid medal but it's significance was very high at that point! I was so wiped out. I felt quite ill quite quickly after finishing. Had a quick soup and we pretty much had to catch out coach back to the Nirvana site. I did my absolute utmost, I didn't stop moving forwards (except for the rainstorm judgment call) and am completely made up that I was able to continue after the swim.

Me wearing Slacko's medal that he gave me


We swore wed never do another one, but that was on Sunday Wink

The Thank yous
If I have missed anything or anyone out, let me knowI wont have meant to!

Graham M and your wonderful family, Sarah, Joan of Arc truly thankful for keeping me laughing.
Hawkeye Jackie for spotting me and giving me a very welcome hug when Id still got mara. to go and saying all the right things.
Laura Rich0s other half for being so encouraging and supporting with Tom & Jack the boys.
Mad Kim for giving us all something else to think about!
The canoists/surfers out in the lake.
Towel for taking the time to say some encouraging words out on the bike and on the run.
All TTers who were absolutely brilliant, I knew youd be watching and its what keeps me from chucking it in. HelenMcG big big hug to you!
The one armed guy who passed me on the bike and brought to me a great sense of perspective.
My daughter April whos nerves I think we frayed!
My husband Rose
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

may i be the first to say well done ironlady
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well done Mrs Slacko and thanks for the hug at the start it helped me Very Happy

excellent report and sorry missed you both the following day.

cheers again and keep in touch
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Rach you are a star !!! OMFG brilliant Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outstanding just doesn't seem to do you, your race or your report justice. Seriously well done Rach, you are a true star. Cool Take care, Paul. Very Happy
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I'm off to update a link on the epic reports thread. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was watching for most of the afternoon on Ironmanlive. Saw teh 2:19 swim time and thought "oh no - here we go again!"

You definately had the biggest smile of the day over the finish line

VERY VERY well done!!

Your next one will go without a hitch Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:08 pm    Post subject: Re: MRS SLACKO'S RACE REPORT IM AUSTRIA 2008 Reply with quote

Mrs Slacko wrote:

To prove I can 'look' like a swimmer and how gorgeous is Worthersee???




Now are you talking about the lake here ....
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic stuff Clap

As Cyanide Sabre says, third time lucky - next one will be incident-free! and if it's not, can we please have a Rach-cam so we can watch it all online? Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:21 pm    Post subject: Re: MRS SLACKO'S RACE REPORT IM AUSTRIA 2008 Reply with quote

p00key wrote:
Mrs Slacko wrote:

To prove I can 'look' like a swimmer and how gorgeous is Worthersee???




Now are you talking about the lake here ....


Laughing I hadn't spotted him and his red pants......I think he was just pleased to see me Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That really made me laugh few times. But absolutely amazing. You really are something. Well done, well done, well done.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations Mrs S, you made spectating from 1000 miles away very exciting. You've a super star.

The pom-pom girls arrived back at the start line about 30 seconds before you got there. That's why they looked fresh!



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Am I responsible for you taking a hit in the face and almost drowning? Sad


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done but HTFU next time and do it 8 seconds quicker Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done!!! Not many out there who can say that they weren't overtaken by anyone all day!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent. Well done.

So where in 2009 ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome report Mrs S - I just cannot imagine what 15 hours continuous racing must feel like - let alone having been knocked unconscious in the swim Shocked - Respect Worship
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