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Miami 70.3 Race Recap

by Meghann on October 28, 2012

We did it!

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We swam, we biked, we ran, and we crossed that finish line with HUGE smiles on our faces.

We’re officially Half Ironmen (again!) and even have the medal to prove it.

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Boo-yah! :)

I’m not going to lie and say this race was easy; it was not. There were times I wanted to quit and there were times I questioned what I had gotten myself into. I set out without any expectations for this race because I was doubtful of my abilities and training. However, I learned a very valuable lesson today – turns out I’m stronger than I think I am and my body is capable of doing some incredible things. Those times I wanted to quit? I promised myself 5 more minutes (I can do anything for 5 minutes right?) those 5 minutes became another 5 minutes, then another, and another, and all of a sudden that tough spot was over. It’s can be hard to talk ourselves into 6.5 hours of hard work, but 5 minutes? That seems doable.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start at the beginning.

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We stayed at a hotel about 2 miles from race start. Our wave starts weren’t until 7:35, but we had to have our transition set up by 7:00 and still had to worry about parking and marking. We ended up setting our alarms for 5:00. I had my standard bagel with peanut butter as we were getting ready and we loaded the cars by 5:45.

Parking wasn’t as big of an issue as we were expecting. We’ve learned over our years of racing that as long as you’re early on race day, parking is rarely an issue. We found a spot at the first lot we checked near the start and headed to the transition area to take care of business.

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I pumped my tires, laid out my shoes + fuel (a whole box of chewy bars and gu chomps), and turned my Garmin on so I could just press the start button when I hopped on the bike.

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We also loaded up on the sunscreen. LOTS of sunscreen!

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We had just enough time for a quick potty break before it was time to head to the start and cap-up.

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Kelly, Amber, and I rocked the blue caps, which represented the female 18-29 age division. I was so happy to start with them. The three of us took turns calming each other’s nerves and jumping up and down randomly with bursts of excitement – holy crap? are we really doing this?!

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We were the fourth wave to start, which meant we didn’t have a ton of time to let anything sink before it was our turn. As soon as the pros went, we were ushered onto the dock, then after the pink caps ahead of us left, it was our turn to jump into the water.

The call was made that this would be a wetsuit legal race early this morning, but I heard a rumor that it only made the cut by .6 degrees or something. I opted out of the wetsuit, simply because I didn’t want to deal with it. We were swimming in salt water and I was hoping that would be enough extra-buoyancy to carry me through. Out of the 50 or so women in our wave start, I’d say less than a handful were wearing wetsuits.

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The jump off of the dock into the water actually felt nice. The water was cool and refreshing. I followed the ladies to the start between the buoys, then we all proceeded to gradually float in front of the buoys. We were all told to back up, which was fun to try and fight the current before the start.

We had 4 minutes of treading in the water before the announcer gave a 15 second warning. I turned to Amber and Kelly and wished them luck. I reminded them that no matter what I’d see them at the finish line.

5-4-3-2-1 – GO!

The gun went off and it was a swimming free-for-all as every swimmer tried to break free from the group. My legs were grabbed, my head knocked by an arm, and my body pulled down, but I reminded myself no matter what to keep on swimming. The madness usually only lasts a couple of minutes, and thankfully I was able to break free and find my own rhythm.

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The first part of the swim was amazing. We swam with the current to the far buoy before making a right. I felt strong and better than I ever have before in the water, I even managed to move up to the middle of the pack (instead of in the back where I’m usually at).

After the turn, we headed to the cruise ship (we were swimming in the bay where all the cruise ships park) and I got a beautiful view of downtown Miami in the rising sunlight on my right. This was probably one of the prettiest swims I’ve ever done for a triathlon, definitely the coolest location!

Right before I hit the far buoy near the cruise ship, I recognized my sister’s blue tri-suit next to me. I couldn’t believe I found her in the water! I attempted to catch her attention, but she was in her own little world (understandable ;) ). And just as Kelly was coming up on my right, I noticed Amber on my left. They were swimming next to each other (I was told later they never even realized it!)

Once we passed the cruise ship, we took a diagonal path back to the shore that had us fighting the current. This was the part of the swim I had been warned about. I decided to busy my mind by concentrating on my stroke, just as I would in swim practice. I made sure my hand went deep, my wrists didn’t break, I followed through with the stroke, and kept high elbows. Repeat.

I also noticed dark green and lime green caps start to pass me. Crap. The men had caught up. To be expected, but that inspire me to move a little faster.

With our final turn, we were heading to the end and swimming with the current again (thank goodness!). As soon as I passed the last buoy before the finish, I started to hightail it and gave it my all in the final sprint to the stairs out of the water.

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Woo hoo!

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I saw our support crew and gave them a very excited thumbs up. :)

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From what I’ve read, the run from the swim to transition is long and tedious. We walked it yesterday – and it felt long then – but for some reason coming out of the water it didn’t seem so bad. I think I was just happy to be out of the water. I grabbed a weird plastic thing of water that they told me to bite on to drink out of (has anyone seen these before?) and waved to my friend Amanda who lives nearby and had popped up in the crown (HI AMANDA!!).

I’ll tell you straight up that I’m horrible at transitions. The whole time I was in water I was thinking about all the things I had forgot during my set-up: I turned the Garmin on but I forgot to set it to bike, I didn’t untie my shoes, I need to remember to put socks on, etc – at least the swim gave me time to think :) .

I made it to my bike just in time to see Kelly putting her helmet on and taking off on her own ride.I wished her luck, then threw my swim cap down and grabbed my socks and shoes. I put the Garmin on, moved it to bike setting (p.s. I borrowed a Forerunner 205 for the race), shoved my Chewy bars in my pockets, grabbed my helmet, and took off.

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The bike! Oh lord, the bike!

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The course starts with lots of “fun” turns through Miami that took us over railroad tracks and through some not-so-nice area of towns. Then, right when we made our way out of Miami, the wind started. This is the part of the race where I almost threw in the towel. We rode right into the wind for TWENTY-EIGHT miles. No turns, no relief, just a straight-shot into the wind for TWENTY-EIGHT horrific miles.

I was struggling to hold 13 mph. Group after group passed me and I was starting to regret my lack of training on the bike. It felt like I was constantly riding uphill, my legs hated me, my shoulders hated me, and my head hated me. I found myself questioning why I was out there. What the heck was I thinking signing up for this? Is this really “fun”? Could I really finish this race? My ONLY saving grace was the HOPE I would have a nice tailwind for the ride back. (that’s where the “5 more minutes” began to kick in)

p.s. I was surprised with the amount of illegal drafting during this race! I know it was windy, but that doesn’t give anyone the excuse to cheat so blatantly like that.

Ben passed me at mile 11 and I was wondering why he didn’t pass me sooner – I was a snail out there. The other cyclists were amazingly upbeat and sweet. Several of them read my name on my bib when they passed and yelled “Go Meghann, you’ve got this!” Part of me cursed them for moving so fast, the other part was grateful they cared.

Just before mile 20, I saw a the same blue zoot suit my sister and I have on a cyclists up ahead of me. Then I saw the 25 on her leg and realized it was my sister. Holy crap, it’s KELLY!

I pulled up beside her and yelled “THIS WIND IS A BITCH” she looked over, acknowledged who I was, then proceeded to curse out the wind herself. She also cursed her seat. She just got a new bike that came with a hard seat that was not agreeing with her lady parts, when I found her she was ready to toss the seat and finish the ride standing.

We talked for a few miles, then I pulled ahead and Kelly stayed within eye sight behind me (without putting herself in a drafting position). Honestly, Kelly was the one who pushed me through that first part of the ride. Without her I’m not sure what I would have done (I might have just given up). She reminded me how strong I am and if she can do it, so can I.

I had a 1/2 a Chewy Bar every 5 miles on the bike and drank LOTS of water, gatorade, and Ironmanade (?).

The turn around came at mile 28 and it was like night and day with my riding abilities. That nice tailwind I was crossing my fingers, toes, and eyes for? IT WAS THERE! I couldn’t believe how much EASIER or how much FASTER the ride was on the way back. If the first half felt like I was going constantly uphill, this was all downhill. I was hitting speeds I’d never reached before unless I was going downhill – 20mph, 21 mph – it was amazing.

Suddenly my spirits were lifted and all that extreme doubt I had began to fade. Maybe I could do this. Maybe I could finish. I still didn’t pass a single person, but I didn’t care – I was going fast for ME and that’s all that mattered. This was my race, no one else’s.

With 10 miles left, Kelly began to really push – and i was tempted to keep up – but I didn’t want to trash my legs before the run. I let her go and finished on my own.

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(Check out that difference in the splits. Crazy, right?)

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I saw Kelly in transition. She took off on the run a little before I did and told me she’d see me out there. I changed shoes, took my helmet off, discussed how awful the bike was with my Dad and brother-in-law, then took off for my own run (accidentally leaving my gu chomps safely behind – doh!).

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I started the run feeling GREAT. This was my sport, I was finally in my element! Bring it on!

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The run consisted of two loops that took us over the same bridge twice (for a total of four “ups”) and around the arena. I didn’t love the course, but I didn’t hate it. The bridge SUCKED, but I enjoyed people watching during the run, it was also nice to know where you were on the course at any given point.

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The entire first lap I kept a look out for my brother and didn’t realize until we hit an out-and-back portion of the loop that he wasn’t that far ahead of us. Ben was maybe 5 minutes ahead of Kelly and I was a minute or two behind Kelly. I was surprised how good my legs felt. I kept a great 8:30ish pace for the first 2 miles, then switched to a 60 second run/30 second walk up the bridge (something I continued for all the up portions of the bridge + when I was running into the headwind). I learned long ago it’s okay to walk, but I need to limit my walking time head of time (putting a hard stop at 30 seconds) or I might walk forever.

On the flip side, while going up the bridge SUCKED, going down was awesome. I rode the hill the whole way down and just enjoyed the boost in speed. Heading back over the bridge, I saw Amber (who looked strong and in high spirits) on her first lap. Go Amber!

I took each water station like an all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet. I developed a pattern: one cup of ice down my back, one cup of water to drink, one cup of water of my head, two orange slices, and switch off between a cup of powerade and a cup of water. I took a strawberry-kiwi Gu at the halfway point.

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I saw our support crew at the halfway point, too. One lap down, one more to go!

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At this point I could see Ben had slowed down a lot. At the next water station zig-zag, I heard someone shout “Go Meghann!” and looked over to see Kelly and Ben running together. I had a brief fantasy of trying to catch up to them and the three of us running the reminder of the race together and finishing as a threesome, but I didn’t have it in me to put in the extra energy to catch them, I had a good thing going and I didn’t want to push it.

Turns out I didn’t need to push it, I caught up to Ben a 1/2 mile later. He was walking, hurting, and told me his legs were cramping. Turns out the bridge wasn’t agreeing with him and he didn’t have it in him to fight it. Ben wasn’t the only one who breaking down. I was starting to pass plenty of people whose bodies were just starting to break down on them. They were walking, hobbling, and still determined to finish. If this is what the scene is like during a half ironman, I can’t imagine how a full is.

The final lap wasn’t easy for me either, but I continued to push. When I realized I was on track to beat my 2:11 marathon from Augusta, I decided to make that my new goal to keep me on track. I just let me legs do their thing and tried not to let my mind get in their way. I ended up leaving Ben at a water station and cheered him on as much as I could when I saw him on the remainder of the course. He was hurting, but he still looked like he had enough in him to finish this thing. I also passed Amber another couple of things and cheered her on – I was so proud on how well she was doing!

Before I knew it, I could see my family and the finish line wasn’t too far behind.

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This is it. No matter what, I knew I gave this race my all. I pushed through, I never gave up, and I more than surpassed any expectations I might have had. I reminded myself I’m stronger than I think I am and to never doubt my body – it’s capable of doing some pretty amazing things if I just set my mind to it.

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This race was for anyone who has ever doubted themselves. This race was for anyone who has ever been told they can’t do something. This race was for anyone who’s fought for what they wanted. The impossible is only possible if we “tri.”

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This race was for me and I needed that finish more than I realized.

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Final time 6:30:21 and I’m darn proud of every minute of that (even the ones I almost threw in the towel during).

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I teared up at the finish line. I couldn’t believe it when I looked at my watch and saw 6:30. It seemed like a dream. This course was NOT EASY and I went in hoping just to make the cut-off times. Not only did I meet all of them, I freakin’ rocked them.

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*please note I know these aren’t “speedy” times, but they’re speedy for me and I’m damn proud of them.

How did everyone else do? They rocked it too!

Kelly finished 40-ish seconds ahead of me in 6:29:43; BEATING her Augusta 70.3 time by 14 seconds. :) She said knowing I was right behind her in the run pushed her to not give up in the end. Nothing like some friendly family competition to push us to our goals. :)

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Ben finished in 6:36:45. He had a killer swim and bike ride, but the run threw him in, in the end. He still had a solid finish and couldn’t be happier with what he accomplished on the course today.

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Amber did AMAZING. She held her own in all three event and finished with a solid 8:07:36 for her first half ironman. I couldn’t wait to give Amber a big hug as soon as she crossed that finish line. :)

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Group shot!

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p.s. I’m totally digging having a future PT in the family. Stretch me good, Ashley. Stretch me good.

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Immediately after the race I chowed down on a big bowl of fruit from the athlete lounge, then went back later for some chicken and rice. Derek and I stopped at Cracker Barrel on the way home and I had Mama’s Pancake Breakfast with scrambled eggs and country ham – yummy!

I need to give a BIG shout out to our support crew – Derek, Anthony, David, Ashley, and Dad. I’m not sure which is harder, spectating an 8-hr event or competing in it? We owe them times a million because without them, there would be no us. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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IronDad and proud. :)

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Alright, that’s it for now. I’m going to do a follow-up post with a review of the Miami 70.3 course. Let’s just say I’m glad I did the race, but I will not be doing it again. (Kelly and I spent a good portion post-race talking about how we want to just keep doing Augusta over and over again ;) ).

Derek and I made it back home an hour ago and, now that I’m all showered and decked out in comfy PJs, I can’t wait to curl up in bed and pass the heck out.

Good night! :)

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1 Victoria (District Chocoholic) October 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Congratulations! That wind sounds awful, way to push through.

(If you want a friendly 70.3 course, check out TryCharleston. I LOVED it.)
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2 Caroline October 29, 2012 at 12:01 am

Congratulations on running a fantastic race. After reading your recap from last year, I started thinking about how great it would be to do a tri with my brothers. I took the first step this summer and did a sprint tri, and we’re looking for a race to do together. I can’t imagine the range of emotions you must feel over so many hours of racing- wow. Great job!!
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3 Annette @FitnessPerks October 29, 2012 at 12:01 am

YAY! Congrats, girl! That is awesome!

I did the Utah Half (70.3) in August & it was tough stuff (the bike was. I almost died. For real.). I loved the course though!
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4 Camile October 29, 2012 at 12:14 am

Congrats!!! You, Ben, and Kelly did an amazing job. So glad I got to congratulate you in person today and so sorry it was a little awkward. I was so distracted directing people at the crossing that by the time I realized you were there, I was thrown off guard for some reason. Oh, and my students are in your photos (the ones in the red shirts). We had a blast volunteering (though it was a long day for us too) and cheering all the athletes on! :)

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5 Meghann October 29, 2012 at 9:15 am

It was great meeting you yesterday! I remembered reading your comments, so it was nice to put a face with a name. Your students did a great job volunteering! I’m volunteering next week at Ironman Florida as a “catcher” – can’t wait to pass it on!

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6 RunInBoise October 29, 2012 at 12:17 am

Congrats!
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7 Laura @ Backstage Balance October 29, 2012 at 12:35 am

Great job, Meghann! Awesome recap, too.
What was your favorite part of the race?
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8 Meghann October 29, 2012 at 9:13 am

The swim! I never thought I’d say that, but it was a gorgeous swim and the water was perfect yesterday morning.

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9 Laura @ Backstage Balance October 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

Nice! It goes to show you what hard work and focus can do. All of those swim team workouts paid off!
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10 Carrie @ The Cook's Palette October 29, 2012 at 12:45 am

Wow! I’m so impressed by your mental and physical ability to get through something so challenging. Congratulations! You’ve worked hard for this. Thanks for the recap!
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11 Sloane @ Life Food and Beer October 29, 2012 at 12:48 am

The wind is crazy! I can’t imagine how hard that was. Congratulation!! I think it is so awesome your siblings did it too!
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12 Georgia October 29, 2012 at 1:46 am

I love reading every race recap you post, Meghann! I’m just getting into running after having a knee reconstruction and though I’m super slow in comparison to you, I totally get why running’s your sport – it’s kinda addictive! Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment! :)
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13 Meghann October 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

Amber had reconstructive surgery on her knee a couple of years ago. The doctors told her she probably would never be able to run, but since that diagnosis she’s run a couple of marathons and just completed a half ironman. She is an inspiration, just as you are. Good luck! :)

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14 Debbie B. October 29, 2012 at 6:03 am

Congrats! Your determination to just keep going even for 5 minutes is inspiring.

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15 Charlie (The Runner Beans) October 29, 2012 at 6:30 am

Congrats Meghann! You ARE speedy! your half marathon splits are faster than I can run when I just run a half!!! Also thanks for getting the recap up so quickly, such good monday morning reading!
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16 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale October 29, 2012 at 6:32 am

Congratulations Meghann!! So inspiring — from ALL of you!! I’m really, really glad that you stuck it out. (That 5 more min mantra is my absolute FAVOURITE — you’re right, it can be applied to anything!!)
I have to say, I’ve been considering training for tri’s, and I’ve always said “oh, I’ll put it off until my running goes downhill!”, but your recap is pushing me to want to try it even sooner!!
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17 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats October 29, 2012 at 7:10 am

Congrats! Ironman is no joke. I love the 5 min mantra. I do that trick on all of my tough runs and it really does help my mental game.
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18 Angie October 29, 2012 at 7:38 am

You are awesome. I can’t FATHOM swimming 1.2 miles, never mind all that other stuff on top of it. 2:01 is close to my normal half time (in fact my last one was 2:03, but I did have stitches in my head and a mild concussion so maybe that slowed me down haha), and I didn’t swim and bike before it.

Awesome job!!
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19 Reenie October 29, 2012 at 7:58 am

Congrats to all of you!!! Great job :)

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20 Stacey October 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

How cute is your proud papa?! So cute…

Congrats to all four of you on an amazing race!

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21 Lauren October 29, 2012 at 8:21 am

Wow, seriously girl MAJOR kudos!! I have no idea how you do these things. :) over 6 hours of running, biking and swimming sounds so intense and you crushed it! Awesome girl!
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22 Courtney October 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

YOU ARE AWESOME! And what, those times aren’t speedy?! They’re speedy to me! Way to go lady :)
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23 Steph October 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

FABULOUS!!!! Congrats!!!! :D
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24 Samantha Angela October 29, 2012 at 8:44 am

Congratulations Meghann! You did amazing :)

You should be so proud of yourself for really sticking it out until the end and not giving up. It must have been a huge mental challenge for you to face that wind eh? But you got through. Way to go!!
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25 Kaitlyn October 29, 2012 at 9:01 am

Congrats! I’ve learned over the years that a good base is all you need when you have done races of these lengths before. I’m not sure I could go out and do a marathon tomorrow. But, definitely a half. Like you said, our bodies are stronger than we think or give them credit for.
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26 Grazia October 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

Wow! Great job! Your strenght is an inspiration!

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27 NYC Fit Girl October 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

CONGRATS MEGHANN!! you did and awesome job on the race!
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28 Rebecca October 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

Great job!!!

That course sounds a bit brutal! I’m not a fan of wind at all :-) (but who is….)
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29 Mallory @ Have Your Cake October 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

congrats Meghann!
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30 lisa fine October 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

Congratulations! Sounds like it was definitely worth it to toughen out through the race, and you’re a second time Half Ironwoman. Very inspiring.

How have you been feeling? I know you had that cold a week or so ago…
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31 Meghann October 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

I felt fine during the race, but races always tear down my immune system so I woke up with a not-so-happy throat and nose. I’m going to chug my vitamins and hope the cold doesn’t return in full force. :)

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32 Heather October 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

way to go girl yall did great! yay! I totally feel for your poor brother. I have a race recap up today about my half mary experience saturday where I got a killer calf cramp and didn’t know if I could finish. It’s the worst and so disappointing.

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33 Anne P October 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

SO impressed. Congratulations and good for you for sticking with it on that terrible sounding bike ride!
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34 Cher @ Weddicted October 29, 2012 at 10:02 am

What an accomplishment – congrats!
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35 Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes October 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

Congratulations, Meghann! You look *so strong* in all of the running pictures! Glad you were able to push through and finish the race strong. Triathloning is all about silencing that voice in your head that says to give up, and you totally overcame that temptation. Hope you’re resting and relaxing! :)
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36 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

Congratulations! That really is an amazing accomplishment, I can’t imagine 6.5 hours of such hard work, physically and mentally! You should be so proud!
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37 Meghan October 29, 2012 at 10:08 am

So inspiring! Wow. Awesome job!!!
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38 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy October 29, 2012 at 10:08 am

Congratulations!! I admire you for doing this — it looks so difficult!!
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39 Kim @ Living, Laughing & Losing October 29, 2012 at 10:10 am

Congratulations, Meghann! What an awesome accomplishment!! I can’t even imagine. :)
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40 Ebernst October 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

I love this race recap! Great job! (and your run time is awesome…I hope to one day run a half that fast without swimming and biking beforehand!) This recap has me so pumped for my HIM in June 2013!

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41 Chuck October 29, 2012 at 10:31 am

Congratulations Meghann! I can’t wait to hear about this in person
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42 Jennifer L October 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

Congrats!!! All of those numbers look pretty great to me! Honestly, I have a ton of respect for you for getting through it… I don’t know if I could!

Speaking of the full ironman… this is a hilarious clip of some poor athletes struggling to finish…. it gets really good around 40 seconds…. and this is probably what I’d be like if I even finished the half… so congrats again!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1UvxxYIv3U

(the title says funny marathon, but the finish line says ironman so I guess the title refers to the marathon portion… but their struggle makes more sense when you know it’s ironman!)
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43 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 29, 2012 at 10:50 am

Congrats! You and everyone else did fantastic. :-)
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44 amyt October 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

AWESOME job Meghann!!! Congrats to you and your Bro/Sis!!! That’s SO wonderful that you guys can do this together!

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45 Katie October 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm

WOOHOOO!!!! You are amazing!!!

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46 Alex October 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Wow, what an amazing accomplishment! I seriously got chills reading about your finish. I’m planning on competing in my first sprint tri this summer, and if all goes well, I hope to one day finish a half ironman like you! Thanks for being an inspiration!

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47 JennyV October 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Impressive! The mind is such a powerful tool – way to dig in and override your doubt on the bike!

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48 Ash Bear October 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I love this recap. In fact, it may be one of my favorites. You are honest and open with readers and pushed through. I’m so proud of you!!

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49 Jill E. October 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

congratulations! amazing accomplishment and time!
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50 Beverly Aragon October 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

So inspired by you guys. Amazing job! :)

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51 Mary @ food and fun on the run October 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm

So proud of you for kicking this race in the butt! The headwind seems like the most mentally and physically tough aspect of a race, and you got through it! Such an amazing accomplishment!
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52 Emily N October 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Congrats on your 70.3 2x! :)

So… when do we get to hear about 140.6? Is that coming?
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53 Jenn October 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Congrats!! Reading the recap got me all excited to attempt a tri at some point!
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54 Aimee @ Happy Medium October 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I got a little teary at your Dad in the IronDad shirt. Congrats, Meghann! You did great.

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55 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions October 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Congratulations on your race, Meghann! Just having the desire to do a triathlon impresses me, never mind the desire to do a half Ironman more than once AND to do so well! You’re definitely an inspiration!
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56 Melissa October 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Slightly delayed, but congratulations! That is such an accomplishment – one that I don’t think I could ever do! The training alone sounds overwhelming!

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57 Kelly October 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

You are so inspiring and amazing, Meghann! Congratulations!!!
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58 Brittney October 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Great job Meghann! Totally inspiring :)
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59 Rachel October 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Thanks for sharing! You’re an inspiration!

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60 Marjolaine October 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Hi Meghann ! I am following you for a while but never left a comment. I was so impressed to see you did another half-ironman ! It is really inspiring. You can be proud of yourself. Congratulations to you :-)

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61 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

You should be so proud of yourself! I like your “small goals” tactic…that way of thinking is key for ANY goal, especially when it comes to health and fitness. :)
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62 erin October 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Congrats on an awesome 70.3! Isn’t crossing the finish line incredible?! I will forever tear up when I finish a race :)

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63 meghan October 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Congratulations Meghann! How amazing to have such an unexpectedly awesome race when you thought it wasn’t going to be that great! And your half marathon time is amazing standing alone, but with the rest of what you went through it’s such an inspiration!! Do you think you all will try other courses? I know you said you and Kelly said Augusta year after year, but I thought maybe that just mean no more Miami.
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64 Meghann October 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I would definitely try other courses, just not Miami again. It ended up being a good race, but the bike left a sour taste in my mouth.

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65 Caroline Calcote October 30, 2012 at 7:23 am

Way to go Meghann! Great recap!
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66 Amber October 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

Thanks Meghann!! I am so proud of all you Anderson’s!! You guys kicked butt!!! I am still in shock to be honest (that I finished). I can’t believe my body pushed itself through that course mentally and physically. What a great feeling – I am so glad to have had all of you and your family for support. It meant a lot and really helped having you all there at the finish line. I am tearing up again just thinking about it. Thank you for all the amazing shots too!! Can’t wait for the next one!! ;)

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67 Beth October 30, 2012 at 11:30 am

Congrats Meghann!!! You looked super strong on the run when I saw you. Great job out there in super tough conditions. I def don’t know if I could have made it through that windy ass bike ride. Well done!!!!
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68 Meghann October 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

It was so great seeing you on the course! Thanks for being there to cheer me on when I needed it. Tell Nick I said congrats as well. :)

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69 Jess October 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

Told you you’d surprise yourself – you underestimate your natural athletic abilities :) Well done!

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70 Becca October 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I just recently started reading your blog and I had to go back and see where all this Ironman stuff started. :) You look so muscular in these photos and it’s so cool that you were able to finish with a good time! I am in awe of all Ironman-type people!

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71 DadHTP October 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Way to go Meghann!

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