But let me back up a few steps first. I wasn't supposed to do Ironman Mont Tremblant. At least at the beginning of this season, this race was not on the schedule. Of course I also wasn't supposed to tear my labrum and be on the disabled list for 6 weeks (and then be VERY unfit for many weeks after that). And so I've (re)learned, this season, that things don't always go according to OUR plan, but that doesn't mean all is lost. So it goes, I went into IMMT with a lot of uncertainty and although I tried desperately to avoid it, self-induced pressure. Because I VERY, VERY badly want to race in Kona, and it was hard to look past the fact that IMMT was my last shot.
The end result? I finished in 3rd place. After a fantastic day of close racing with several other pro women who I truly respect and admire, I made my way down towards the finish line and tried to choke back the tears. Nope, Ironman Mont Tremblant wasn't in the original plan. But sometimes the plans WE make are far less amazing than what God has in store. Will it be enough for Kona? Well, on Monday (or Sunday night), I will find out. But either way, I can say, I know I did the very best I could to qualify given the circumstances of my year. And it's hard to be disappointed in that.
|Here we go! Photo credit: Julien Heon|
|Time to ride my trusty steed! Although shortly after this picture was taken, I dropped my chain and then spent the remainder of the race with bike grease all over my hands/face/body.|
|Running through the village on the mountain was thrilling!|
|Photo credit: Nils Nilsen|
|Those checks aren't signed. :)|
To CID, Coeur, QR, Rudy Project, PowerBar, NormaTec and Fuelbelt: I am so thankful to be a part of your team. You make this possible for me!
To Peter and Lorna Bailie: your hospitality and generosity blew me away. I am so thankful to have gotten to know a little piece of your lives. Homestays make this possible for me. YOU make this possible for me!
To QT2 Systems: what an amazing family. Thank you for letting me be a part of it.
To my friends, training partners and all those that encourage and take the time to send a message or text: it means more than you could possibly know.
To my family: you've put up with more than most would tolerate for YEARS! Thank you for being there on race day and sharing in my joy, but also being there when things aren't so great. Your support makes all the difference.
To Tim: when I texted you after the race and asked "who would have thought we'd be here 4 months ago, when I could barely lift my knee to my chest because of my hip pain?" and you simply replied "me" - well, that pretty much sums it all up.
And last but not least, to Oscar: what is left to say? There won't be enough years in this life to repay you for all you've done for me. But I'll give it a shot anyway.
|The Bailie's backyard served as my swimming pool for the week.|
|Mont Tremblant has big chairs!|
|Thank you, Mont Tremblant! The venue is every bit of awesome that you hear about. AMAZING race!|