219 responses

  1. Katy Widrick
    November 5, 2013

    Friend, I am so incredibly proud of you. I don’t have the words to express how this recap made me feel…

    …I cried while tracking you. And I’m crying now. You are amazing.
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  2. Misspinkkate
    November 5, 2013

    Yay!!! What a great recap. Thanks for giving insight on what goes through a person’s head during such a long race!

  3. Steph
    November 5, 2013

    I followed your stats all day, and I watches you cross the finish line live. I had tears for you then, and tears for you now – CONGRATS!!!!!!!! Amazing, amazing job!!!!

  4. Selin
    November 5, 2013

    Great job, IRONMAN! 🙂 Congratulations!

  5. Liz
    November 5, 2013

    Wow, I am absolutely speechless after reading this post. I’ve been following your blog since the beginning and have never posted a comment before, but I just have to say how incredibly impressed I am with your determination, motivation, and follow through. This post actually made me cry. You should be incredibly proud of yourself for this accomplishment. Congratulations on such an amazing feat!!!

  6. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    November 5, 2013

    amazing!!!!!!!! i smiled thru the entire recap 🙂
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  7. Rebecca
    November 5, 2013

    Congrats agains!!! Ironman!!

    I had fun tracking you on Saturday! Watching the finishing chute for hours was lots of fun too! Luckily I saw you and Ben finish – the feed crapped out on me about 2 minutes after you finished.
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  9. Samantha Rininger
    November 5, 2013

    That was an amazing post. I actually cried. Congratulations. You are an inspiration to us all.
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  10. sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com
    November 5, 2013

    wow wow wow !massive congratulations. what an awesome accomplishment!
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  11. Steph
    November 5, 2013

    This brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations!!!! You are amazing!
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  12. emily
    November 5, 2013

    You are such a bad ass! 🙂
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  13. Rachel Wilkerson
    November 5, 2013

    Omg ALL THE TEARS reading this.

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  14. Kate
    November 5, 2013

    seriously the tears!!! if i had a dollar every time i got the chills reading this i could pay for your next iron man 😉 congratulations, so so so proud of you!!!!! you and your siblings deserve to ride the high of this race for forever

  15. Cate
    November 5, 2013

    Gosh – so freaking awesome! All three of you are amazing and Ironman Finishers!! Thank you for sharing your training and race – very inspiring! Congrats Congrats Congrats!! 🙂
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  16. Lauren
    November 5, 2013

    Goosebumps. What an awesome, inspiring story. Congratulations!!!

  17. Ashley
    November 5, 2013

    Woo iron siblings!!! This seriously had my husband and me in awe. You three are amazing 🙂
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  18. Katrina
    November 5, 2013

    What a great recap! You did amazing and what an incredible experience to share with your brother and sister! I love what a big support group you guys had out there cheering for you. Congratulations!!

  19. abby r
    November 5, 2013

    congratulations! reading your recaps seriously brought tears to my eyes. something about ironman races makes me emotional! it is now a goal of mine to volunteer at some form of a race. congratulations!!!

  20. megan
    November 5, 2013

    Wow great recap Meghann! So happy for you and your siblings, it’s an amazing accomplishment!!
    Also it as great seeing you fly by at the Bikes Special Needs. I’d recognize your polka dot top anywhere lol

  21. Ashley
    November 5, 2013

    You are your siblings are amazing. Plain and simple. Amazing.
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  22. Allie@LiveLaughEat
    November 5, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS, MEGHANN! It’s been so inspiring to follow your journey this year. Absolutely amazing.
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  23. Emily Malone
    November 5, 2013

    I am so so proud of you, Meghann! I tracked you all afternoon, and can’t believe what an incredible day you had! Memories to last a lifetime, for sure. xoxo
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  24. Jenny
    November 5, 2013

    What a great read! I teared up at the end. You guys are inspiring… I wonder what it would take to convince my siblings to do something like that? 😉 Can’t wait to see what is next for you! CONGRATULATIONS!

  25. Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian
    November 5, 2013

    Congratulations! This is getting me super pumped for my own Ironman attempt. I’d love to hear all about what you learned and what you’d do differently.

  26. Amy @ Run Write Hike
    November 5, 2013

    Such an amazing recap! I am so proud of you. And the fact that you did not pass out and collapse at the end of the race is so incredible. Congrats, Meghann, Kelly, and Ben: Iron Siblings for life!
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  27. Kate
    November 5, 2013

    Amazing recap! I still think all of you Ironmen are totally mad, but in a very cool and inspiring way.

  28. Carol
    November 5, 2013

    Meghann, I just started reading your blog during your training. I just want to say…you are amazing! What an inspirational recap! So happy for you and your siblings!

  29. Shauna@Pleasure, not Punishment
    November 5, 2013

    GAHHHHHHHH SO AWESOME. This is so unbelievably inspiring. Congratulations on a phenomenal race.
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  30. Kayla @ Fit Life Forward
    November 5, 2013

    I am sooo impressed and inspired!!! This really makes me wish that I could swim! WAY TO GO! You are so incredible!
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  31. Sarah
    November 5, 2013

    You and the other Iron Siblings are SO amazing and inspirational!!! Congratulations, what an awesome race!!! You are amazingly strong and I hope you always remember that 🙂

    Would Kelly and Ben be interested in writing race recaps for your blog? I’d love to read theirs. Also, will you have an Ironman Q&A post? You have seriously inspired me to start looking into triathalons!

  32. Rebecca
    November 5, 2013

    You guys are all amazing! To watch (read) you put in all that time and effort in the training and then see it to full fruition literally made tears roll down my cheeks. I just can’t imagine all that biking and swimming before a marathon! Congratulations!

  33. Sybil
    November 5, 2013

    Holy cow, this sent shivers down my spine. So incredible! I am in awe that you and your brother and sister were able to do this all together, what an inspiring family you have.
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  34. heather
    November 5, 2013

    Wow. What an amazing experience. Congratulations! You’re awesome. And how wonderful to share that with your siblings. I also cried reading this! ! Enjoy tons of well deserved R&R!

  35. Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep
    November 6, 2013

    Don’t mind me. I’m just in a puddle of my own tears. Congratulations!!! What a spectacular race you had!

    Now I’m off to buy a bike so I can sign up for a triathlon.
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  36. Jessica
    November 6, 2013

    I rarely comment but I loved reading the detailed recap. And the volunteers sound absolutely amazing… I didn’t realize they helped so much. It sounds like it would be a lot more difficult without them.

    Its so great that you sacrificed, trained hard, and had a great race. You also seemed to have tons of friends, family and support along the way which is SUCH a blessing. Congrats again.

  37. kris
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations!! You and your siblings are such an inspiration! Loved reading this!
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  38. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 6, 2013

    So proud and inspired! You are awesome 🙂
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  39. Ali
    November 6, 2013

    Un-freakin-believable! I’m so happy for you! Look at you smiling in all those pictures–I’m so glad you were able to soak in all of the excitement! I loved reading this. 🙂
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  40. Megan (The Lyons’ Share)
    November 6, 2013

    You are SUCH an inspiration, Meghann! I can’t even imagine how emotional this was for you – considering that I was emotional as a random reader who doesn’t even know you! An Ironman has always been on my “maybe” bucket list (I’ve done a half Ironman duathlon, and several Olympic tris/ marathons/ half marathons/ etc.), but I think you’ve pushed it over the edge into the “definitely” bucket list. THANK YOU for sharing your inspiring journey! (ps – the fact that you picked off your gel mani during the bike ride was hilarious!)
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  41. Amy
    November 6, 2013

    I’m in tears reading this. How freaking awesome!! You rock Ironwoman!!

  42. Liz Morris
    November 6, 2013

    What a wonderful read – simply amazing! Congratulations Meghann, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I really want to do an Iron Man now! I hope you enjoy your very well deserved rest. Congratulations. Liz
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  43. Annie
    November 6, 2013

    Totally ugly crying over here reading this haha!

    Congrats Meghann!

  44. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    November 6, 2013

    So amazing! Congrats again to you & your siblings on such a fantastic accomplishment!
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  45. Laura @ Backstage Balance
    November 6, 2013

    Great recap! You’re incredible 🙂
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  46. Mary
    November 6, 2013

    An AMAZING recap! What a race! Massive well done on becoming an Ironman finisher and for smashing all of your goals!!! 🙂
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  47. Kt
    November 6, 2013

    Wow this is an amazing story. I’m crying! Way to go – you and your siblings. 🙂

  48. Samantha
    November 6, 2013

    An amazing achievement, I can’t imagine the kind of high you’re probably still riding. Something you’ll be able to look back on with pride for the rest of your life, well done!

  49. Elisabeth
    November 6, 2013

    Amazing! I was in tears reading this. So proud of you, Ben & Kelly 😀

  50. Kate
    November 6, 2013

    Wow!! Congratulations – you did amazing. So happy that you completed this so strong. You have inspired me to really think about entering a race and fulfilling my dream of someday runnng a marathon.

  51. Vicki
    November 6, 2013

    Meghann – I’ve just read your recap for the 2nd time – I’m so inspired and in total awe of your achievement! What an amazing time and an amazing race! I’m running my first marathon this weekend and I’m sure you’ll be on my mind as I tackle it. Massive congratulations – you deserve it!!

  52. Kim
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations on your Ironman finish! Great race report!

  53. Michele
    November 6, 2013

    I’m sitting here with my coffee, crying. You are amazing. I loved reading this. Congratulations!!!
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  54. Cindy
    November 6, 2013

    Wow. Just wow!!! I read every word and it almost made me want to do one! Almost. But then I remembered your training. 😉

    Your finish time is AMAZING. I was tracking you along with a couple of other friends. You had the fastest marathon time out of them all!!! (and one finished in 11:30). I was tracking your brother too and was thinking you might cross the finish together.

    Congratulations!!! You are an ironman!!

  55. Caroline
    November 6, 2013

    Actual tears at the end of your recap. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I had such a great time tracking you throughout the day, and I’m so happy that you had a fantastic race!!!
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  56. Lindsey Hein
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations! Loved the marathon pics- you looked so fresh and happy & it’s crazy to think you’d already endured 2.4 swim & 112 bike! And what an amazing finishing time!!! Great recap!
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  57. sarahf
    November 6, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS! Well done to you and your siblings. What an amazing accomplishment! I’m in tears reading this! So inspiring!
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  58. Jessica
    November 6, 2013

    Amazing recap! You should be so incredibly proud of yourself! I teared up reading this for sure… What an emotional journey!

  59. Victoria
    November 6, 2013

    You had SUCH an awesome race; I loved tracking you and seeing you blow away all of your goal times all day.
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  60. Karen
    November 6, 2013

    Meghann…. I was so very proud of you… We tracked you along with a few of our friends. It was an honor to enjoy your successes. Don’t know if anyone told you… but right after your brother finished… they said… Look out… your sister is RIGHT behind you… AND… you were! So very cool! CONGRATULATIONS…
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  61. Amber
    November 6, 2013

    What an amazing time for your first Ironman! Congrats!!!!!

  62. Kristen
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations! What a strong race – seems like you had a practically perfect day. I hope you are still riding the high of finishing your first Ironman!

  63. Debby
    November 6, 2013

    Amazing recap! Congratulations to all 3 of you!

  64. Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle
    November 6, 2013

    haha I am tearing up! I amSO happy for you and can’t even imagine how it must have felt! you did it!
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  65. Anne
    November 6, 2013

    What an amazing and inspiring recap! I got chills just reading it. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. Your hard work and dedication paid off big time – SO proud of you. <3
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  66. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    November 6, 2013

    I am so happy for you, Meghann! Congrats!

  67. Elizabeth @ Positive Change
    November 6, 2013

    I am so proud of you! Reading your recap made me tear-up and feel so much happiness for you! Congratulations! You are an Ironman!!!!
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  68. Courtney
    November 6, 2013

    Oh my, this recap led me to tears. Congratulations times a million! What a wonderful day that you will remember forever.

  69. Eric
    November 6, 2013

    Congrats on the Ironman and destroying your original goal. Every time I saw you on the run, you looked like you were flying. I got worried that you were going to bet my marathon run time. Great Recap.
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  70. Robin
    November 6, 2013

    Great job, Meaghann! You are awesome and so inspiring. I kinda want to be a volunteer, I’d love to help out the racers!

  71. Heather
    November 6, 2013

    This is awesome! Congratulations! Like so many others, I had tears in my eyes too. I thought my coworkers were going to ask what was wrong as I read this.

  72. Kim @ Living, Laughing & Losing
    November 6, 2013

    Meghann – I absolutely loved reading this recap! I watched you finish on Saturday with tears and had tears again after reading this. Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment!!!
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  73. Molly
    November 6, 2013

    So so so inspiring!! I loved that you didn’t sugar coat your experience. There can be some rough time during endurance races.
    Also it was so awesome to hear about your volunteers experience. Volunteers probably don’t even know how much we appreciate them.

  74. Beki @MissWheezy
    November 6, 2013

    I’ve been reading your blog and following your training for a while, and I just had to comment on this! You are such an amazing and inspirational person! Congratulations on achieving an awesome goal, and what a great recap post 🙂 Beki x

  75. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
    November 6, 2013

    Wow Meghann!! You are amazing! I can’t imagine the feeling when they announce “YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!” Congrats!! YOU trained hard and you did!
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  76. Reenie
    November 6, 2013

    I’m in tears reading this. You killed it. So proud of you, Kelly and Ben. Congrats!!

  77. Kelly Steinhilper
    November 6, 2013

    What an accomplishment! What an inspiration!!! Thank you so much for sharing – I just teared up at my desk reading this post!! So happy for you!!!!

  78. Erica
    November 6, 2013

    Just in reading your recap, you had me cheering and wiping tears!!! I am so proud of you! All your hard work paid off big time. I can’t even imagine the runner’s high you are still riding on right now!! So happy for you, Ironman!!!! Congratulations!!!!

  79. Jenny
    November 6, 2013

    This brings such a big smile to my face.
    Congratulations! Very proud of you.
    What a great feeling!

  80. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    November 6, 2013

    Wow!! So incredibly inspiring. Way to go!! I love those last few pictures of you at the finish- you look SO happy! Huge congratulations!!
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  81. Grazia
    November 6, 2013

    Love your recap! I can feel all the energy and joy that you felt that day! It gives me goosebumps!

  82. Michelle
    November 6, 2013

    WOOHOO! Congrats lady you are an absolute rockstar!

  83. Amy
    November 6, 2013

    Fabulous recap! I really enjoyed it-Congratulations again 🙂

  84. Susan
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog since 2009! This is my favorite!! YOU are such an inspiration! Enjoy the high……

  85. Kelly
    November 6, 2013

    Way to go! So happy for you and your siblings. What an accomplishment!
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  86. Melanie
    November 6, 2013

    Wow congratulations!!!! I teared up reading the announcer saying you are in IRONMAN! how exciting!! so much hard work! amazing job!

  87. Lesley
    November 6, 2013

    I got a lot of goosebumps reading this. Congrats!!
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  88. Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete
    November 6, 2013

    I’m in tears. YOU are an inspiration, my friend! YOU DID IT! I am so incredibly proud of you. And I have to admit I chuckled at the FSU reference. I did say to Nate while I was watching the Ironman and he was watching the FSU game that Derek was a good husband for being out there instead of watching the game. I’m not so sure my hubby would have done the same. Haha.

  89. Ari @ Ari’s Menu
    November 6, 2013

    This totally made me cry like a baby! Congratulations!!!!
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  90. Jill
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations!!! What an amazing accomplishment earned through hard work and dedication. Your recap is epic as well. I felt like I was there. I love the “I had nothing to do so I picked my nail polish” Nothing to do you were biking a 100+ miles! Beyond inspirational. Thank you so much for being so open and honest in your work.

  91. Laura
    November 6, 2013

    I teared up at work just reading your recap at the finish. Such an awesome accomplishment!
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  92. Beth
    November 6, 2013

    Best. Recap. Ever.

    Congrats to you and your siblings! Seriously, all three of you did so so so amazing! I’d be happy with a 16:59. LOL! You blew your goals out of the water and I am so happy for you Meghann!!!

    P.S. The gel nail polish part made me crack up. Congrats again!!!

    P.P.S. I need a coffee date so I can hear it again in real life!
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  93. Ashley @ This is the Place
    November 6, 2013

    This makes me so freaking happy!! CONGRATULATIONS on an awesome race!!

    You’re making me want to sign up for one….
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  94. Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations! You are so amazing. I’ve been reading your blog for 4+ years and all your accomplishments are really remarkable. I spectated the NYC Marathon the day after your Ironman and I’m always amazed watching marathoners and I just kept thinking, “Imagine if they’d swam and biked before this like Meghann.” 🙂 Also your family is sweet, I’m lucky to have a great family, too, but I don’t know if they’d be willing to watch me run a race all day long!
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  95. Jules
    November 6, 2013

    That has to be the best recap I have read in a long, long time. It was fantastic and you are amazing! Just reading it made me feel emotional so it must have been unbelievable to have been there and done it. Well done to you and your siblings…great job!
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  96. Dori
    November 6, 2013

    I teared up when I got to the part where you crossed the finish line! Meghann, I am SO impressed and so happy for you. I don’t know how you could make a marathon AFTER that crazy long swim and run seem like it wasn’t even that hard! I mean, I know it was tough but it sounds like you never hit a wall or experienced any significant pain, which is amazing. Seriously amazing! You are such a strong athlete and an IRONMAN! I’m excited to find out what your next goal will be (after a nice long period or rest and relaxation of course). Congrats!
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    • Dori
      November 6, 2013

      Also – you look so ecstatic in every photo. I love it!

  97. meghan
    November 6, 2013

    Oh man! You had the race of your life. I loved this recap and teared up through the end. Congratulations Ironman!
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  98. colleen
    November 6, 2013

    wow! chills and tears over here. congratulations again on your amazing and inspirational accomplishment!

  99. Maria
    November 6, 2013

    Oh the chills!!! And tears!! Congrats you did an amazing job I was tracking you all day! Your amazing!!!!

  100. JB
    November 6, 2013

    Not gonna lie, not a huge fan of your blog, however I still do read it. I must say that your recap here was awesome. I actually cried reading it. Congratulations; well deserved. I had my doubts about whether or not you were gonna complete this. Your blogging write ups of your training was less than stellar; which kinda makes me wonder if you left some things out along the way. Eh, doesnt matter really. But yeah, great job!

  101. Julia
    November 6, 2013

    Congrats – You are amazing!

  102. Christyne
    November 6, 2013

    I’ve been reading your blog for years, back when it was graduate meghann and I have to tell you that this post was incredible!! it honestly took lots of strength not to cry while reading it. I’m sure I’m not the only one that felt that way. Congratulations on being an Ironman and how amazing that you were able to share this experience with Ben and Kelly.

  103. Beth @ 990 Square
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations!! What an amazing accomplishment!
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  104. Christina
    November 6, 2013

    Meghann, you have a lot of natural talent, which is evident by this race. Many congratulations on a well-run(swam/cycled) Ironman! I can’t wait to see what you do next.

    Also, I thought it was great that you brought your griddle to make pancakes.

  105. Katrina
    November 6, 2013

    Thanks for making me cry…at work…and someone stopped by to talk to me, saw me wiping my eyes and asked what was wrong. Ugh…how do you tell them you’re reading a stranger’s recap of running an Ironman and it made you tear up??? lol

  106. Katie @ running4cupcakes
    November 6, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your ironman experience. You wouldn’t believe the huge smile I have on my face from reading it! I am so excited for you. I have been following along your training and everything you put into this race and I am so happy to see the end result was so amazing!! Congratulations!!!
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  107. Joy
    November 6, 2013

    Crying as I read this!! So inspiring. Congratulations on your hard work and dedication!!!

  108. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions
    November 6, 2013

    Oh man, Meghann, this pretty much brought me to tears. I am just over the moon that your race went SO WELL. Seriously, it sounds like you had an absolutely picture perfect day out there, and I couldn’t be happier for you. I’ve said it a million times before, but you are truly SUCH an inspiration! Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment! We are all so, so, so proud of you.
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  109. Heather
    November 6, 2013

    Aww that was awesome to read Meghann! So proud of you, Ben and Kelly! xo

  110. Katie
    November 6, 2013

    What an inspiring story, Meghann! Thank you so much for sharing it in such detail! Are you still planning to run the Disney Wine and Dine this weekend?!

  111. Cat Melnyk
    November 6, 2013

    I am in tears. So so proud of all of you! Absolutely incredible journey and finish!

  112. Heather @fitncookies
    November 6, 2013

    Amazing race and amazing time! I had tears reading this!! So proud of everything you accomplished! Hope you are enjoying a much deserved break from workouts!
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  113. Holly
    November 6, 2013

    You are amazing! What an inspiration!! Congrats! 🙂

  114. Kelsey
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations!! You three did amazing!!!!

  115. Taylor
    November 6, 2013

    Do you realize how amazing and inspiring you are?!? Congratulations!! I may have only teared up a few times watching this! You have inspired me so much!

  116. Mary
    November 6, 2013

    SO proud of you, girlfriend! (Kelly too!) I tracked you all afternoon and teared up even while I read this! Even Brian said : Wow, They’re amazing!

    You guys are definitely an inspiration to me and I can’t wait to meet up with you guys again! : )

  117. Jill
    November 6, 2013

    Congrats! What an accomplishment!

  118. Natalie @ Free Range Human
    November 6, 2013

    I think this may be the only recap I’ve ever read word for word! I’m so inspired by your journey. WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  119. Melissa @Tryingtoheal
    November 6, 2013

    I can’t even express how proud I am of you for finishing this ironman. I’m with Derek, “I am not worthy!” You are awesome Megs. 🙂
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  120. lauren
    November 6, 2013

    Congrats to you – great recap! All the training and preparation was impressive to read and now to see how much it all paid off…huge accomplishment.

  121. Steph
    November 6, 2013

    Love the recap, congratulations Meghann!!!

  122. Marci
    November 6, 2013

    What an awesome accomplishment. So cool to read. So proud of you. And how cool to do it with your siblings!

  123. Chatelaine
    November 6, 2013

    So INCREDIBLY PROUD OF YOU!! I logged in this weekend to see how you’re doing and was just happy to read your times! The whole recap I had goosebumps and got teary when you crossed the finish line. I’m so amazed at your determination and strength. Your support group is awesome and your spirit is inspiring! So so happy for you and big huge CONGRATULATIONS!

  124. Kaitlyn
    November 6, 2013

    Such an incredible story! You are amazing. How have you been feeling in the days following?! 🙂 Still on cloud 9, I’m sure!

  125. genna
    November 6, 2013

    You’re amazing! I will leave it short and brief for now 🙂

  126. hannah
    November 6, 2013

    so awesome and inspiring. enjoyed reading your journey! congrats!

  127. jillian
    November 6, 2013

    WOW, incredible recap and such an accomplishment. I’ve had the chills reading it — and wanted to cry! You are so inspiring and have SO much to be proud of! Congrats Meghann!

  128. Jen
    November 6, 2013

    Ahh I’m in tears. Seriously one of the best recaps I’ve ever read. You are such an inspiration! A huge congrats to you, Kelly, and Ben — you all are awesome!
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  129. Shelly
    November 6, 2013

    Amazing job! I’m dabbing at the little tears of happiness for you!
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  130. amyt
    November 6, 2013

    VERY Awesome!!! Congrats!

  131. ashley
    November 6, 2013

    i cried! this is so awesome! :))

    I do have a question…what is your jacket??? what brand? I love the look of it…its super cute.
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  132. Sarah
    November 6, 2013

    Well…this entry left me a blubbering mess. I mostly blame my pregnancy hormones but I’ve been following your blog for a little over 2 years now and it’s so amazing to see everything you’ve been through to get this point! Congrats Meghann! What a great accomplishment!

  133. Kendra
    November 6, 2013

    Just another stranger sitting at her desk at work all teary eyed … I’m so impressed. Congrats!!!!

  134. Lindsay @ Live. Love. Nutrition.
    November 6, 2013

    what an amazing accomplishment – such an inspiration – I was definitely tearing while I read through this post! Congratulations on becoming an ironman!
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  135. Erica
    November 6, 2013

    Wow. I’ve never done a triathlon (and probably haven’t been on a big in 10+ years), but your post makes me want to go out and do an Ironman right now. Very inspiring.

    Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment!
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  136. Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene)
    November 6, 2013

    This was so cool. You should be really happy and proud of yourself!
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  137. Mary
    November 6, 2013

    I have been reading your training posts for the past however many months and reading this recap had tears in my eyes. I don’t know you, but am so proud of you for completely your goal! You are truly an inspiration!!!
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  138. Tracy
    November 6, 2013

    Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment!!

  139. Jae
    November 6, 2013

    Im supposed to be writing two essays for school right now and i cried reading this in the library.

  140. JennyV
    November 6, 2013

    Very impressive!! Happy for you and your siblings.

  141. Margo
    November 6, 2013

    So amazing! Congratulations on this huge accomplishment. You and your siblings are such an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your journey!

  142. Courtney
    November 6, 2013

    Wow. I’m sitting here crying with constant chills. I’ve been reading your blog since you were training for your first Disney. Just so cool what you have done. An incredible inspiration. Thank you for being you!

  143. sonia the mexigarian
    November 6, 2013

    On the verge of tears with happiness for you and your siblings. Huge congratulations on becoming an Ironman!!! You freaking rock!
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  144. Kristin
    November 6, 2013

    Wow, nice work! Congrats!

  145. Lydia
    November 6, 2013

    Congrats – amazing job!!! I seriously teared up through this whole post but couldn’t even get through the end without tears continuously running down my cheeks! Such an amazing accomplishment and even more special that you did it with your brother and sister!

  146. Emma @ Stripes and Snapshots
    November 6, 2013

    You are so inspirational, you inspired me to sign up for my first 5k, my first 10k, both my half marathons and my triathlon. Thank you.
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  147. Jamie
    November 6, 2013

    Simply amazing and inspiring and I’m so freakin happy I found this blog in time to follow your journey. Many congrats to you and your siblings!
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  148. Anne Weber-Falk
    November 6, 2013

    I’m reading pieces of this out loud to my family with a big lump in my throat. Well done!

  149. Kay
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations Meghann, Ben and Kelly. Y’all ROCK!!!!

  150. Michelle
    November 6, 2013

    I am sooooo incredibly proud of you. Like Katy – I cried when you and Ben crossed (I was SO mad that the feed when down when Kelly crossed) and I cried when I read this. DAMN IT. I never, ever, ever want to do an Ironman – but you made this actually sound fun!

    So happy for you, Kelly, and Ben. You guys are such a great competitive little team. I can only hope that my kids push each other just as hard someday!
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  151. Deva
    November 6, 2013

    Congrats, Meghann! I am sitting with tears in my eyes at your finish – you rocked it! Definitely an inspiring read 🙂
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  152. Layne
    November 6, 2013

    You are so inspiring! Please please tell me that Kelly and Ben will do their own recap posts, I’d love to hear their recaps too!

  153. Megan
    November 6, 2013

    This recap had me in tears. I’m so proud of you and so very impressed. You deserve that Ironman title!
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  154. Amanda
    November 6, 2013

    So wonderful and inspiring! Congratulations!!!

  155. Jamie
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations! Your recap made me tear up a bit, I could really feel all your emotion of the race. Congrats IRONMAN!!

  156. susan @momswimbikerun
    November 6, 2013

    Wow, I totally bawled reading this. What an amazing accomplishment for all of you. WTG meghann. All your hard worked paid off. You rocked it.
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  157. Elyse
    November 6, 2013

    You are so amazing! I got chills and teared up reading this incredible recap. You and your siblings are such an inspiration. Congratulations on all of your hard work and being an IRONMAN!
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  158. Courtney
    November 6, 2013

    The real questions are 1. is another IM in your future? and 2. are you going to get a tattoo? 🙂

  159. Laura
    November 6, 2013

    I don’t think I ever comment on here, but I have been following you for over 4 years and I remember when you told everyone you had volunteered at an Iron Man and then signed up with your siblings for next year’s. And here you are…an Ironman yourself. I am so blown away and as proud of you as I can be without personally knowing you. You are such an inspiration, and I hope you know this.
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  160. Runner Girl Eats
    November 6, 2013

    YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION! Congrats to you and your siblings 🙂
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  161. Georgia
    November 6, 2013

    Wow, wow, wow! Congratulations – I am so in awe of your hard work and dedication and am thrilled that you not only met but totally smashed your goals! Well done, girl! 🙂
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  162. Katie R.
    November 6, 2013

    you just brought tears to my eyes! congratulations!!! i’ve been reading your blog for almost 2 years and i am such a big fan! you’re such an inspiration 🙂

  163. megan @ theveryhungryrunner
    November 6, 2013

    So so SO excited for you! I’ve loved following your training along the way and can’t believe it’s over. It sounds like you crushed your goals. Way to go!
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  164. Annette @FitnessPerks
    November 6, 2013

    WOW. Just WOW.

    I totally got chills reading this! WAY TO GO!!! Congrats! You worked SO hard for this <3
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  165. Dana
    November 6, 2013

    I haven’t been by the blog in a while, but I just remembered that the Ironman was this passed weekend and wanted to check in and see how it went. OMG, Meaghann, I am so proud of you, and so happy for you. I cant imagine the high you must still be flying on. Congratulations!!!! May you relish in this accomplishment!!!

  166. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    November 6, 2013

    Definitely tearing up, that is SO amazing Meghann!!! Congratulations!!!!
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  167. Christine @ We Run Disney
    November 6, 2013

    I saved this recap to read until I was “on vacation”, aka the night before leaving for Wine and Dine. Meghann, you are incredible! I was a swimmer in hs and college and have always dreamed of doing an Ironman. 2014 will be the year of the tri for me. You are an incredible inspiration! Congrats IRONMAN!!!

  168. allie
    November 6, 2013

    I loved everything about this recap! I found myself getting more excited for you as I continued to read! You are truly an inspiration and are proof that you can do anything you set your mind to! Congrats to the Iron Sibs!
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  169. Alison (FitFriend)
    November 6, 2013

    I had so much fun reading this! Congratulations… what an amazing recap and I’m so happy to see that you had such a great experience. Very inspiring.

  170. Karla @ Run, Karla, Run!
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations!! You look far too put together in your finisher photos for someone who just finished an Ironman. Amazing!
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  171. Laura @ Backstage Balance
    November 6, 2013

    You are so awesome! This is a great recap, so much detail! I’d love if you could write about the recovery process, and anything you might have done differently on race day. I am intrigued!
    Congrats again – we’re all elated for your accomplishment! You go, girl!
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  172. Diana C
    November 6, 2013

    What an epic journey! You’re more than deserving of the Ironman status! So impressed and in awe of your accomplishments 🙂

  173. Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
    November 6, 2013

    You and your siblings are absolutely AMAZING!!!! I cannot tell you how truly inspiring you are! The hard work and dedication you put in during this training was all worth it.. you did so great!! Congrats!!
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  174. Molly @ There Goes Molly Rose
    November 6, 2013

    I just cried! I love that you did this with your siblings and how supportive (and competitive) you were with one another. How amazing are you?! Congratulations Meghann it’s been so fun reading your progress and now your SUCCESS. Also, I had no idea you were going to do a 1:30,:30 run….I like those run/walk methods (and so do my knees!) congrats again. Now sleep in this weekend! 🙂
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  175. Savannah
    November 6, 2013

    You are such an inspiration!! I couldn’t contain the tears while reading this IRONMAN race recap! I have thoroughly enjoyed following your training journey and repect your dedication and determination to make this dream a reality. Way to go girl! Enjoy the post race high for a long, long time!

  176. Kristina
    November 6, 2013

    Congratulations on a really amazing day! You pulled off a great race and you look so happy in the process!
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  177. Colleen L
    November 6, 2013

    Amazing recap! Such an incredible accomplishment…Congrats!!
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  178. Nadine
    November 6, 2013

    Wow, you really are an IRONMAN 🙂 Congratulations, you’ve definitely inspired me to do one now!

  179. Brynn
    November 6, 2013

    Yeah, girl! I am so so so impressed. Congratulations!

  180. Coco
    November 6, 2013

    You three are amazing!!! I can’t believe you have such an amazing family of athletes! You make me believe that I can do an iron man some day.. I seriously cried reading this recap.. Congratulations!
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  182. Kristen
    November 6, 2013

    Huge congratulations! Totally teared up reading this and I’m not even a tri-athlete (much less an IRONMAN woop woop!!)
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  183. Betsy
    November 6, 2013

    I’ve loved reading about your training and I’m so glad you did such a thorough recap. I was actually crying near the end of the post because I was so happy for you. I’d love to be able to share something so special with my siblings. Congratulations!

  184. Jen
    November 6, 2013

    Totally made me cry!

  185. Katie
    November 7, 2013

    This had me in tears!! I’ve been a reader of yours since you started and I am so proud of you! You’re an inspiration! You should get your siblings to write guest posts on here to recap their races. I would love to read how the experience was for both of them.
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  186. Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian
    November 7, 2013

    What a race recap! Congratulations! What an insane and awesome accomplishment!
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  187. Amanda
    November 7, 2013

    Congratulations!!! I got goosebumps reading your recap 🙂 It’s so inspiring and gets me super motivated! I’d love to hear my name followed by YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!!!! Maybe one day 😉

  188. Kath
    November 7, 2013

    You are amazing Meghann! Loved reading the whole race.

  189. Kate
    November 7, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your IRONMAN story!! It’s inspirational to read about your race! Congratulations!!!

  190. Kristin
    November 7, 2013

    You and your siblings are AMAZING! I was tearing up reading your recap! Awesome job!

  191. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    November 7, 2013

    What a wonderful story. You and your siblings are amazing!
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  192. Lisa
    November 7, 2013

    Congratulations! I got emotional reading it. Great job. 🙂
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  193. Courtney
    November 7, 2013

    Totally tearing up over here! You should be so proud of yourself Meghann, you did such an amazing job!

  194. Donna
    November 7, 2013

    Hey there! I was working the finish line when you crossed! I first saw you on the run course at mile 2. Congrats on having a great finish! I’m signed up for my first, next year! I was one of those crazies on line at 5am to race Florida in 2014!!
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  195. Sara @ Zero to Sixty
    November 7, 2013

    Congrats!! I got all teary eyed reading this! Great job completing an Ironman!!!! 🙂
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  196. Mollie @Sprinkles of Life
    November 7, 2013

    wow! what an accomplishment! Good for you! I even got teary eyed reading this!! So happy for you, Meghann! Congrats!
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  197. joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    November 7, 2013


    LOVE that you did this as a family! What a gorgeous sunrise you got to swim around… and seriously – you look WAY too happy during that run haha I think I’d have been hating the world at that point. 😉 Seriously, way to go!
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  198. Meghan
    November 7, 2013

    What a great recap! I felt like I was there watching you. Congrats I can’t imagine how accomplished you and your family feels. 🙂
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  199. Casey
    November 7, 2013

    This is one of my favorite blog posts ever! I’m so happy for you, the emotions through this post were a roller coaster. I want to do a tri now!

  200. Rebekah Smith
    November 7, 2013

    I obviously do not know you but I have been reading your blog forever now. You motivate me and inspire me all the time.

    I just read this entry word for word and am sitting here crying!!! I am so proud of you. WOW WOW WOW. You did it! You finished. You are an Ironman!!! That is sooooooooooooooooo rad. What an experience to share with your siblings. Great job!!!!!!!

  201. Kelly @livegreenchic
    November 7, 2013

    I loved reading about your journey from training to the Ironman! Awesome race recap and congrats on the amazing time!
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  202. Stacy
    November 7, 2013

    Wow, I can’t believe it! This is amazing!

  203. Tempie @ The Texas Peach
    November 7, 2013

    Congrats to you and your siblings! It must have been an amazing feeling to cross that finish line!
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  204. Gwen
    November 7, 2013

    Ahmazing. So happy for you and your siblings! I’m so inspired!
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  205. eb @ Running on E
    November 7, 2013

    Awesome recap. It made me laugh and cry! I am totally impressed by you and your siblings. Congrats, congrats, congrats. It inspires me to want to be an Ironman!
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  206. Becca
    November 7, 2013

    I loved reading this enthralling recap! I just recently started reading your blog and you are so cool. I feel like you started out running little by little just like I did last year, and it’s so motivating to see how far you’ve come and how incredible you and your siblings are!! Congrats to the three of you!

  207. Sue
    November 7, 2013

    Congratulations! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and couldn’t be more happy for you. You are an Ironman.

  208. Shauna
    November 8, 2013

    This is so amazing. I can’t wait until the day that I start training for an ironman. You are amazing! Way to go girl 🙂

  209. Shannon
    November 8, 2013

    seriously awesome. so proud of you guys. teared up reading!!

  210. Sil
    November 9, 2013

    Wow Meghann, what an amazing experience!!! Congratulations!!! As always, I just ended up with tears…! So happy for you. Very well done!
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  211. Emily
    November 11, 2013

    I’m so proud for you Meghann, what a beautiful race! Congratulations on joining the Iron Family, they added three amazing people that day! By the end of your recap I had tears and goosebumps, can’t wait to hear what’s next!
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  212. Jesica @rUnladylike
    November 12, 2013

    Congrats on a great race! You are an IRONMAN! I love all the pictures of you on the run. That joy of knowing you are going to accomplish this incredible goal after the many grueling months of training shined through. Hope you are still on cloud nine 🙂
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  213. Lisa
    November 13, 2013

    Wow, incredible story! That’s so cool that you got to tun it with your family there!

  214. tom
    November 18, 2013

    Great job, IRONMAN! I liked your blog post. Read mine too if you get a chance at http://www.tomheller.com. I finished about 3.5 hours after you. It’s always great to read the stories of other competitors. Keep on going!

    tom recently posted..Ironman Florida 2013 Race Recap

  215. Kaitlin
    November 18, 2013

    This is beyond inspiring! I’m so glad that I found your website and your race recap. You all are so amazing. It makes me continue to believe it’s possible 🙂 Congrats!!

  216. Donna Silverberg
    March 5, 2014

    Congrats..I met you at Syracuse and told you I was Jackie Carlins friend. I just did Princess and saw her. I am training for Raleigh. I hope i have as godds a race as you did!

  217. Virginia
    April 24, 2014

    I just did a search for Ironman Florida Race Reports 2013 and yours came up. Thank you so much for writing this and for including SO MUCH detail. I am doing IM FL 2014 as my first IM, and this brought tears to my eyes! Great blog! Great work!

  218. Duska
    January 1, 2016

    Hi there! Thanks for sharing your story. I really enjoyed reading it! I am getting ready for my first IM and will do Florida IM, too. 🙂 Would you be kind to share which hotel you stayed in? Also, I am worried about the swim since I will breast stroke it. How were the waves and currents in the deep water? Hope people will always be around. 🙂 Thanks so much. Hope you get to my questions soon. 🙂

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