Ironman New Zealand. I have a few Olympic races coming up, so I signed up for the Sprint.
The night before the race, we went to our friends wedding reception and had way too much fun! I love when all our friends are able to get together- I feel like it doesn't happen nearly enough!
I got my transition area set up and then met up with some friends before the race started. So, so, SO unbeleively grateful to have as many friends there as I did cheering me on! (And the entire Arizona crew from IMNZ was there too!!) I told them if they saw me out there to tell me to go faster and push the pace. ;) I was in one of the last waves, so I had awhile to wait.
|Tribe's Facebook got a pic of all my people!!|
I quickly exited the water and saw our friend Todd (from IMNZ!), quickly said hi, got my wet suit stripped off and hurried into transition.
I quickly put my shoes, helmet, and glasses on and took off out of transition and got out on the bike. The bike was strange for me. I felt like I was by myself for a majority of the course. I would pass a few people here and see people heading the opposite way, but I've never been so alone in a race before, it was different- haha! When I was finishing up my last loop on the bike and making the final turn back to transistion, 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' was there was ALL of our friends who were screaming at the top of their lungs "GO KIM", "FASTER!" "PUSH IT! EVERYTHING YOU GOT!" I laughed, but threw a gear on and pushed the pace for that final stretch. My friends are seriously amazing!!
|I LOVE when races have free photos!!|
I flew out of transition passing 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' one more time, who yelled for me to "GO HARD!". I nodded and repeatedly told myself I only had to run 1.5 miles out and then I would be headed to the finish.
I tried to push the pace as much as I could (but looking back, I
I found 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' and he asked me what my time was- I had no idea, so we started walking over to the results area.
|P.S. Do you like my new race glasses? 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter got them for me! (I think he was annoyed with me wearing my regular HUGE sunglasses for races! haha!!)|
Shocked, I headed over to the monitor displaying the results, and sure enough I got 2nd place!!
Such a fun race, everything went great. Everything was really organized and I don't think I could complain about anything. 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' brought out the GoPro and made this video of the race. It's awesome, check it out!!
*What do you usually eat before a race?
*What's your favorite part about racing? For me, it's when you're close enough to see the finish line. ;)