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<p>Finally got to this....</p>
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<p>The short:</p>
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<p>Swim: 1:13:15</p>
<p>T1 6:23</p>
<p>Bike: 7:02:50</p>
<p>T2 6:12</p>
<p>Run: 5:59:01</p>
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<p>Total time 14:27:39</p>
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<p>The very long:</p>
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<p>Pre-Race</p>
<p>We went out to Penticton on Tuesday….me, husband David, 3 kids, and my parents. The day we got there is was stinking hot….somewhere in the high 80’s. We got settled into our condo down in Okanangan falls, about 1 block away from where the run turnaround was going to take place.  Next day was record high temperatures, but the weather forecast was calling for a cold front to move in. I was sure hoping so. David and I went out on our bikes to ride the little part of the bike course that was near the condo. Getting there took us over the part of the run right before and after the turnaround. I was very surprised at how hilly it was. I had thought the run was pretty flat, but apparently not. Anyway, rode the Maclean Creek road part of the ride….near the beginning with a mean little 1k hill that is pretty steep, but ending in a big swooping fun downhill back into town. That was all good. Spent the rest of the day just chillin’.</p>
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<p>Thursday also started out really hot. Did a short run, then went into Penticton to do the whole registration/expo thing followed by a swim in Okanangan lake. The line up for registration was huge, so that took awhile. Then we perused the merchandise tent, which also had huge line-ups. By the time we were ready to swim, the wind had started to pick up as the cold front moved in across the lake. The lake looked a bit choppy, but we decided to swim anyway. That was a mistake. Before we had even swum for 5 minutes, the wind was so strong and the chops so big the lake looked like an ocean and swimming was nearly impossible, so we packed it in.</p>
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<p>Friday came, the temperature was much cooler, but the wind remained strong. Same for Saturday. I was starting to get a bit worried about the wind because it was relentless.</p>
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<p>Race-Day</p>
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<p>What a relief, race morning dawned still as could be. I got up and choked down my oatmeal, and we left for the venue at 5:15. I found some messages for me chalked outside the door to the condo, and also by my car “Good luck Mama. Go fast”</p>
<p>We got to downtown and it was chaos. I found my way to the entrance. David and my daughter Clare had to leave me there, and my mom had to go to the volunteer marshalling area. Went in, dropped my bags, got body marked, pumped my tires, put my bottles on my bike, added some stuff to my transition bags, found some secret port-o-potties with no line up, then went into the change tent to get my wetsuit on. I found my mom in the tent and proceeded to sit down and burst into tears. Not sure why….I guess I was just feeling a bit overwhelmed. I quickly got over that, got changed and made my way to the beach area. I decided to go back and give my mom one more hug before crossing the mats, and found her helping Bonnie to get changed. We hugged and wished each other good luck, then off I went to the water. The lake was smooth as glass.</p>
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<p>By now I didn’t have time to actually do a warm-up swim, so I just kind of laid in the water and got wet and let a bit of water into my wetsuit. I decided to seed myself right dead center because it seemed like most people were starting from the corners. Next thing I knew, we were off. Nearly 2800 people were making the start. I got pummeled good and hard for the first bit, probably until the second buoy. Then I decided to move to the inside of the buoys. Someone had told me you could swim on the inside as long as you still went around the houseboats on the corners. The inside worked much better for me. I just kept swimming and counting off the buoys. I got hung up with people a few times, but for the most part I had open water. At the second corner I looked at my watch. 37 minutes!?! With only 1800m to go? Awesome. I swam until my hands touched bottom, which is still a fair way out. I stood, and waded the rest of the way. Spectators were standing in the water lining the swim exit, and I got really happy when I spied Clare standing there cheering.</p>
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<p>My official swim time was 1:13:15.  An amazing time for me. I still can’t believe I swam it that fast.</p>
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<p>T1</p>
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<p>Got my bag, found my way to the tent, found my mom. The tent was chaos! Anyway, got my gear on, and off I went with a T1 time of 6:23</p>
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<p>Bike</p>
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<p>I love this bike course. It is hilly and challenging, but that is the kind of course I just love. The first section coming out of town was fast and fun, the street lined with people. Soon I was at Maclean creek road, nasty little hill, but I had ridden it twice in the previous days, so no problem. Came flying down the hill to the hot corner. My family was waiting at the corner cheering for me. I slowed down for the photo op, then off I went. The next section was fairly flat, just a few smallish hills, but tons of riders crowded together. The marshals were riding up and down this section warning people about drafting and blocking, but it was so congested it was very difficult to stay away from people. Next thing I knew we were rounding the corner for the start of the dreaded Richter Pass. The wind had picked up a little by now, but it wasn’t too bad. Stopped for a potty break at the bottom of Richter. Had to wait a bit because I guess a lot of people had the same idea. Then, the climb. I had been so afraid of this climb. I trained a boatload of hills getting ready for it, fear driving me to it. Up I went. I passed a ton of people going up that climb. It is a big climb, broken into 3 sections. Up, up, up. I kept waiting for it to get really hard, but next thing I know the road was lined with people and they were telling me I had made it to the summit. That wasn’t too bad. Then down the other side. I was hoping for some really high speeds going down the backside, but a pesky head wind took care of that.</p>
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<p>The next section is a series of rollers called the Seven Sisters. These are some serious hills themselves. I actually found a couple of them harder than Richter. Nobody warned me about that. Soon I was done with the sisters and onto the out and back. I had been warned that the out and back could be a bit of a grind. By now the wind had really picked up and was very gusty and starting to become an issue. At the turnaround was special needs. I grabbed my bag and gobbled down my turkey sandwich. It was so good. It was on ice so it was nice and cold. People were actually offering to buy it from me as I stood there shoveling it down. Off I went again. By now the wind was very, very strong and a few drops of rain were falling. I just kept telling myself that I know how to ride in wind because practically every single training ride I did this year was in wind. Just put your head down and ride. So that’s what I did.</p>
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<p>Now it was time for the pass at Yellow Lake. I had heard that this was even more challenging than Richter, and it was. It is not a steep hill, but 11km of soul sucking grind. And to top it off, we had the lovely head wind to contend with. I got lucky though, because those who were ahead of me, and those who were behind me got poured on as well, but somehow I missed that. There was a lot of water on the road, so I knew it had rained a lot. I just kept grinding up the hill and the further I got up, the more spectators there were. Near the summit they were lining both sides of the lane, cheering and ringing cowbells. It was quite deafening at times, but really amazing. I finally reached the summit and starting going down the other side. Once again, I couldn’t really get going super fast because of the strong head wind, but it was still fun.</p>
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<p>30km left into town, mostly downhill, fast and easy. Before I knew it I was in town and off the bike.</p>
<p>Bike time was 7:02:50. Quite a bit longer than anticipated, but with that wind, I was happy with it.</p>
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<p>T2</p>
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<p>My mom was waiting for me in the tent, helped me out of my gear. I changed my shorts and socks, put on my shoes and I was out of there.</p>
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<p>T2 time was 6:12</p>
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<p>Run</p>
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<p>This is where my troubles started. The first 3 miles were great. I was on pace and feeling good. By around the 3 mile mark, I started feeling the lower GI rumbling and knew I might be in for some trouble. By mile 4 I knew it for sure. By mile 5 the diarrhea started. I could walk, but every time I tried to run I felt like I was going to explode. So, there started the run a tiny bit, walk a a lot death march from port-o-potty to port-o-potty. I think I had diarrhea about 15 times. I started to worry about getting dehydrated because my mouth was feeling dry, and I got the thought in the back of my brain that I might have to dnf. I started taking double water at the aid stations, took some salt, started on the nasty soup when they started having it, at pretzels, and just muddled my way mile to mile, running a bit when I could, but mostly walking.</p>
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<p>When I got to the turnaround my family was there, and I stopped for some hugs. I started crying when my husband hugged me. I felt so awful and it was just so hard to keep going. But keep going I did. I had written “Just keep moving forward” on my arm before the start, and I looked at that writing many, many times during the course of that death march. Walking, running, visiting the port-o-potties. By about mile 18 I started feeling better, but by now running was very difficult simply because I was so depleted. For awhile I did run 100 steps, walk 100 steps, but it was very difficult. I tried to power walk as fast as I could, and eventually I was back in town. The walk through town seems very long, but did finally come to an end. Soon the streets were lined with people and then I was in the finish chute. Steve King was calling my name and said something along the lines of “Carolin Botterill, you conquered Richter Pass, you defeated Yellow Lake, and now you have finished Ironman Canada”</p>
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<p>My mom was there in the finish chute, and then my family was there and I was so happy to be done.</p>
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<p>My run time was 5:59:01.</p>
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<p>My total time was 14:27:39. I was really hoping to have a 13 as the start of my time. I think I spent at least 30 minutes in the toilets.</p>
<p>In hindsight, I am trying to figure out what went wrong, and I just can’t be sure. Was it the sandwich? Maybe, although I trained with that sandwich and it never gave me a problem. Was it that I had to work a lot harder on the bike than anticipated due to the headwind? I ate my power bars and bananas on schedule on the bike. Maybe I didn’t drink enough with them? Maybe I wasn’t digesting them because I was working too hard? I just don’t know. I did everything just like in training, but something backfired. I am kind of disappointed and even though while I was death marching I swore I would never do it again, I feel like there is unfinished business and I will likely be back some day.</p>
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<p>One of the kind of sad stories of the day was Sister Madonna Buder. She is 80, and this was going to be her last IMC. She was wearing a new wetsuit and when she started she felt like it was choking her and she had a little panic attack and had to drop out of the swim. The touching part of this story is, she waited until the end of the swim. There were 2 women who did not make the cut off, and Sister Madonna was waiting for them when they came out of the water. They were both bawling, and she put her arms around them and walked them into the tent and took care of them herself. She said she was going to retire after this year, but now she too has unfinished business and is going to be back next year. Amazing.</p>
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<p>I very much enjoyed meeting Bonnie....she is a hoot!</p>
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<p>If you’ve read this far, thank you for indulging me and thank you everyone for your support. Rock on tri-peeps!</p>
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<p>Here are the links to some pics:</p>
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<p>Wow!</p>
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<p>Counting your steps is a technique I use quite a lot, especially at the end of runs where I've started to feel the plodding.....</p>
<p>I do groups of 20, and increase a group each time. </p>
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<p>Way to stick it out, though......having business to finish....familiar feeling.</p>
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<p>There are tons of folks who didn't stick it out.....and you did.  So, you ARE an ironman.</p>
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<p>Regroup, and analyze, maybe your gut just wasn't happy with you.</p>
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<p>Congrats on your finish, though!  That's just an amazing feat.</p>
 

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<p>What a great read!  Thanks for sharing your journey.  It's awesome that your family was along for the ride and especially cool that your mom got to help Bonnie out in the tent.</p>
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<p>Great job notching your first one!</p>
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<p>And too bad about the Sister having to pull out, but I'm kind of delighted that she'll be out there again next year.</p>
 

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<p>Congrats on toughing it out and for keeping on with the moving forward!  Awesome RR and photos!</p>
 

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Thanks for the read, loved every word! You did it!!! Wise wordsvwere never written on an arm. I want to know how you did such a fast run with a portapotty attached to yer tukus ! I hope to hit that time.... When running the whole time! Goodjob
 

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<p>Thanks guys....it really was quite a day. Just all seems like a dream already, as these things usually do.</p>
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<p>Ron....I am a fast walker though that port-o-potty did get a bit heavy at times.</p>
 

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<p>Great race report and great race.  Bummer that your run didn't go as planned, but you still plugged away and finished.  What you dealt with is the thing that I am most worring about for IMAZ.  I am so nervous that I am not going to get my nutrition right and that I am going to pay for it somewhere along the course.</p>
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<p>Again, great job!</p>
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<p><a href="http://projectarizona.blogspot.com" target="_blank">Jamie</a></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>miles99999</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69935/imc-race-report-epic-length#post_1942779"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Great race report and great race.  Bummer that your run didn't go as planned, but you still plugged away and finished.  What you dealt with is the thing that I am most worring about for IMAZ.  I am so nervous that I am not going to get my nutrition right and that I am going to pay for it somewhere along the course.</p>
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<p>Again, great job!</p>
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What I learned from this is carry imodium. I'm sure you will rock AZ!</p>
 

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<p>wow, sounds like you had quite the race!  Glad you finished!  It is interesting... you just never know what Ironman race day will bring.  It sounds like you did well in training on the bike, that in spite of all that wind, those hills were not as bad as you had feared. It always gives me a sense of satisfaction to know I did the right training for the course, even if I didn't get the times I wanted.  Sorry about the run, though, I'm glad you toughed it out.  I know a lot of people who would have packed it in after a few miles of that! </p>
 

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<p>Super great job out there!  I had some teammates out there racing and we were getting updates about them throughout the day.  Then we found out about the weather.  Yikes!!!!  It was definitely a tough day on a  tough course.   AND you did it, wooo hoooo!!!! Congratulations Ironman!</p>
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<p>Wow!!!  You and your mom definitely do not look like eachother, AT ALL!!!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""></p>
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Babe, you know you are my hero ... yes, what a hard race that was! I think you did amazing given the conditions. I am pretty sure it was the extra exertion on the bike that threw you out of kilter. But you made it through and came out victorious, hip hip hooray! I totally loved meeting you and your family and feel like we have a special kinship having shared this experience together. Carolin, you totally rock!<br><br>
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<p>I had the exact same issue at IMLP in '07.  I still don't know what the problem was, maybe too much nutrition on the bike?  It was so frustrating since my legs felt great but I couldn't run for fear of exploding.   Congrats on finishing though, it's tough doing the Tour de port o Let.  Better luck next time <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title="">.</p>
 
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