Lake Stevens Ironman 70.3. 1.2 miles of swimming, 54 mile bike ride followed up by a 13.1 mile run. Athletes train for months in order to put their body through this grueling test of endurance. Katie, my sister, thought it would be a good idea to train for one of these. After watching the event, I have to say, I am a bit tempted. It was an amazing day, which started at 3:38 AM…a quick breakfast, loaded up the gear and made the 15 minute drive to Lake Stevens, WA. From there, the athletes were marked up, headed to transition, then went for a quick warm up swim.
Race day weather was a foggy 52 degrees in the morning and turned into a sunny, 75 degree day by 2:00 PM. Although Katie didn’t get much sleep the evening before, she seemed to be in very good spirits. The start came fast and before we knew it, she was off on her swim. She swam 2 minutes faster than expected, which was great! Next leg was a grueling 54 mile, hilly, bike-ride. We predicted she was going to be on the bike about 4 hours. Once the four hour mark passed and we didn’t see her, we were getting a bit worried. Apparently, she took 2 spills and had to change a tire (or tube?), which made her bike portion a bit longer than calculated. Now, the big test…ready to do a 1/2 marathon AFTER biking and swimming?? Sure! :-) The report at the 3-miler marker was encouraging…legs felt good, she felt strong…at this point, the pace just needed to improve if she was to get a finisher medal. The Iron man competitions are no joke…if you are just 1 second after the cut-off time, you get a DNF (Did Not Finish). Katie was right on the bubble…her second-half would HAVE to improve. And, that she did!! Each mile marker was getting faster by leaps and bounds. Really, an amazing feat after the 5 hours of biking/swimming prior.
And, then, there she was…smiling, crying, celebrating…about to cross the finish line of the 2013 Lake Stevens Ironman 70.3. She did it! WAY TO GO KATIE!!! So glad I came to Seattle to see the event, it was so amazing to see!
Below is my story in pictures, enjoy!!