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<p>Wow the report is long.  I posted it on my blog<br><a href="http://racetotherace.blogspot.com/2010/07/vineman-703.html" target="_blank"><strong>http://racetotherace.blogspot.com/2010/07/vineman-703.html</strong></a><br><br>
here are the numbers in case you don't have the time or desire to read the war and peace of race reports.</p>
<table class="information"><tbody><tr><td class="sub-body">bib number:</td>
<td>1632</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">age:</td>
<td>43</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">gender:</td>
<td>M</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">location:</td>
<td>Santa Rosa, CA</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">division place:</td>
<td>243 out of 246</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">gender place:</td>
<td>1227 out of 1259</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">time:</td>
<td>7:42:06</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">pace:</td>
<td>0:</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">swim:</td>
<td>49:34</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">t1:</td>
<td>6:15</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">bike:</td>
<td>3:21:47</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">t2:</td>
<td>6:28</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">run1:</td>
<td>1:44:37</td>
</tr><tr><td class="sub-body">run:</td>
<td>3:18:02</td>
</tr></tbody></table><br><br><p>Scott</p>
 

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<p>Awesome job Scott.  The one thing you have to remember is that this was your first Half Ironman race....and you did really well.  Most people couldn't fathom the thought of covering 70.3 miles in one day in a car, much less swimming, biking and running.  You should be extremely proud of your accomplishment. </p>
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<p>Keep up the training and you will see all of your times drop like a stone.  You will only get faster from here and your results will only get better.</p>
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<p>Congratulations on a great race!</p>
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<p>Congrats on your 70.3 finish!  Woot!!!</p>
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<p>Your story is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing it. It takes a lot of hard work, courage, and determination to cross a finish line. You did it and have changed your life in the process.</p>
<p>Keep at it and have fun.</p>
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<p>WOW. What an AMAZING story and a job extremely well done!  I'm such a sap, my eyes got a little glazed reading your report. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif" style="width:18px;height:18px;" title=""> Just getting to the starting line of a HIM is a feat in and of itself-- but to battle as hard as you did the last few years and to cross the finish line is beyond impressive.  Working in the fitness and wellness coaching industry, this is exactly the type of scenario I give to people when they tell me "Liz I can't because.... it's too hot out, I am always too tired to exercise... etc".  Congratulations and enjoy this time!!!!!!!!!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for all the words of encouragement.  Now I know what it's like and I'll be better prepared for it next year.</p>
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<p>Honesty in my workouts</p>
<p>Honesty in my nutrition</p>
<p>Honest in my expectations</p>
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<p>I think those will carry me through to the next event.  I just can't lose sight of what this weekend felt like.</p>
<p>It will help keep me focused.</p>
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<p>Now I need to find something to do with the rest of the year.</p>
<p>Probably a couple sprints and maybe a 1/2 marathon or something.  Swim lessons, and more cycling.</p>
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<p>Scott</p>
 

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<p>In a way, I think the journey before has been even more of a challenge than this HIM was for you, and I think this race is just a reflection of the determination you've shown to make the things you need to make happen happen.</p>
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<p>Awesome job of getting through the race, Scott, especially that run portion with all the cramps, and it sure looks like you're only going to get better at this as well - congrats!</p>
 

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<p>Scott great job.  I know your feeling of wanting to do better.  Really carry that threw to next year.  The time to build some strength on that bike is over the winter.  AND the time to learn to swim is over the winter.  Get into masters a few times a week if you can.  That will lead into a very good season next year.</p>
 

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<p>HUGE congrats, Scott, for getting it done!!!  Remember the grit and determination you possessed during Vineman and call on it when you are deep into training next season!</p>
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<p>Congrats on your first HIM!! don't be too hard on yourself, the first one is always a learning experience and you Finished! (coming from a girl whose first HIM was 7:59 and I was ECSTATIC about it!) Sounds like you could have used more salt/electrolytes on the bike & run to keep the cramps away. LOVED reading your whole story seriously, form 441 to HIM is AMAZING!!</p>
 

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<p>That was an awesome story and race report.  It's amazing to go from so overweight and out of shape to finishing a 70.3.  Think about that for a moment: 70.3 miles ... a half Ironman.  When you were training for this, did you ever have a day when you thought, "only a 6mi run" or "only a 30mi bike" or "only a 2000yd swim".  Imagine what you thought before about those distances.  They might as well have been 1000.3.  Now, they are the short, doable, no brainer workouts. </p>
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<p>You really have to give yourself a lot of credit.  Give yourself a chance to bask in your accomplishment and most of all be kind to yourself.  It's great to want to be better next time but don't let it be at the expense of what you've accomplished this time.  It's not a minor thing what you've done.  It's more than 99.9% of the people in your situation will ever do.  That puts you front of the pack no matter what your standings are in your races.</p>
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<p>Congrats!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for the suggestions and well wishes.  I'm feeling better and better about the race as the days go on.  But I want to keep a little bit of the dissatisfaction to help keep me motivated.  I want to remember how bad it felt to walk 90% of that 13.1 miles.</p>
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<p>I can hardly wait for Nov 1, when I can sign up for the race again next year.</p>
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<p>Scott</p>
 
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