Gosh, I couldn't be more lucky to have such amazing people in my life. All of you bloggy friends have really helped me tremendously in getting through the disappointment of not finishing the Ironman. You're words of encouragement were all so sweet and supportive - I'm really lucky and thank you all.
So, what's next? (because let's be honest, I'm not one to throw in the towel and mope around all day because of a stupid DNF).
I'm feeling good. Training is coming back faster than ever and I still have the desire which is something I was hoping wouldn't leave. Yesterday we went out for a run. 5.4 miles. The first mile was a 8:55 pace. Then we got talking about something that's bothering me, I got all worked up, and I ended up averaging 8:14's for the run - and I felt like that pace was casual. Nice... And the day before we went for a 30 mile bike ride. Fought the wind for 15 miles (I'm talking leaning into the wind to stay up kind of blowing) and averaged almost 19 for the ride. Felt great. I've done a 10 mile run which was strong, and some smaller workouts here and there.
I'm putting a half Ironman on my schedule in two weeks - the Deer Creek Fall Challenge. I know that I'll be ready by then and I'm excited to go a little longer. Kind of my redemption for the 17 miles I missed in Louisville! :) It's a local half and I've done it three time. The first year, I finished in 6:55 - it was 93 degrees, my first half and I thought I was going to die. The second year, I finished in 6:50 - a hurricane literally came through Ohio ( I can't even make this up) and at one point, myself and two other races were on the ground in a three point stance (one hand and two feet touching), crawling across a dam on the run course because the winds were gusting at 60mph. Last year I finished in 6:01. I know I'm better than that and hopefully that shows this year. If nothing else, it'll get the dust moving.
We signed up for the Columbus Marathon in October too. I wasn't going to run it even though I knew that Tom really wanted to, but really, it's just a few extra runs. Tom's convinced we can break 4 hours - I'd like to PR (which would be a 4:20 or better). I'm just excited to run in the fall. There's nothing like lining up next to other runners - me in capris, long sleeves and gloves, and many of them in short shorts and sports bras turning blue from the cool crisp air. :)
And then we're doing the half at Beach2Battleship. It's a team race for Team Type 1 and I'm super excited. I haven't heard a ton about the race so it'll be fun!
So that's what's next... that'll get me through this year and then I can start looking at next year! Baby steps...