I am an Ironman!!!

I did it. I went to Coeur d’Alene, faced the course, and ended up completing the race in 16 hours and 33 minutes. I was so floored at the finish that I didn’t hear them say, “Taline Manassian, you are an Ironman,” but I’m told those words were spoken, and I’ll see it for myself when I get my finisher’s video! I’ll post a race report and photos as soon as I can. It was an amazing 6 days. I could not have asked for a better first Ironman experience.

Thank you all for the calls and emails throughout the weekend. Forgive me if I haven’t gotten back to you just yet, but I will soon.

I leave for Idaho in a matter of hours.

I can’t believe it’s that time. The training is done. My bags are packed. Now I just need to get there and get to work earning that M dot sticker that my heart desires. It’s all a bit overwhelming.

I got two of the sweetest gifts today. My friends Michelle, Joslin and Jessica made a travel mug for me with pictures of them holding signs that said, “Go! Taline! Go!” It’s the cutest thing ever. Remind me to show you when I see you next. And then my office gave me two Texas pins for the race. One is an armadillo and the other is a flag. I’m going to pin them on my bike and run jerseys so that I’ll take all of them with me on this adventure.

It has been an adventure. Thanks for coming along. I hope to report good news on June 23. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.

Have a great weekend. I intend to.

My bike is out of my hands.

I dropped it off at Jack and Adam’s this morning so that TriBike Transport could drive it to Coeur d’Alene for me. My hands were shaking as I was trying to fill out the tags. I can’t believe that I won’t see it for the next week and that, when I do, I’ll be in Coeur d’Alene. That’s shocking. The best part was that I ran into both Jeanie and Malinda this morning at the bike shop. They were dropping off bikes too. It was good to see them both in such a stressful moment!

So now what? I need to try to relax, get some sleep, stay healthy, and pack. That sounds easy enough. So why are my hands shaking as I type?

Sorry for the absent posts.

Work is still busier than I would like right now given the nearness of the race, but I can’t complain. I’m managing to get most of my workouts in.

This past weekend, I did a four hour ride on Saturday and then did the Danskin triathlon on Sunday with my mom. It was fun to be out there with her. She’s a wonderful supporter and energetic participant, and she just looked so darn cute with her race bib on. I love Mom.

I don’t expect to have much time to write this week, so I’m going to post what I plan to do by way of workouts.

Monday: Off
Tuesday: swim (am), lift (am)
Wednesday: bike (am), run (am)
Thursday: swim (am), bike (am)
Friday: run (am), lift (am)

This week I am also trying to figure out what to pack and what to ship off with my bike on Thursday. I am also finalizing clothes for the race and writing down my nutrition plan so that I don’t have to think about it when I get there.

Most importantly, I’m trying not to flip out. I flipped out last night over something completely meaningless. I think that happened because of the stress of everything right now – a lot of work and a bit of anxiety about the race. I need to keep myself together because I believe that my body is ready. I just need to keep my mind in tact. This is important, but it can’t be so important that I fall apart emotionally before the race even starts.

I am healthy. I am strong. I am ready. I will have fun.

I am healthy. I am strong. I am ready. I will have fun.

I am healthy….you get the picture.

A recap of the last week.

Last Sunday (a week ago), I did Captex. It took me about 3 and a half hours, which is what I normally do, but I felt much better at the finish than I have in the past. Usually I’m so ready for it to be over. This time, I felt strong. I’m convinced my work is paying off.

On Monday, the day after the race, I did a long run around the lake. It was hot. I was slow. It’s safe to say that was my worst run ever.

On Tuesday, I had my session with Jake.

On Wednesday, I ran with Caroline.

On Thursday, I did nothing. Work was busy (which is why I’ve had no posts this week).

On Friday, I ran and had a session with Jake.

On Saturday, I did 65 miles on my bike in the hill country. It was tough.

Today, I ran 14 miles. I ran 7 with Jenny and then another 7 on my own. I’m pleased with my solo 7 because it was hot, and I was tempted to walk, but I really pushed myself to keep moving. That’s what I’m going to need to do at the race in just a few weeks.

The week wasn’t terribly productive, as I had no time in the pool and only one session on the bike, but I’m pleased with my weekend.

I need work to settle down a bit so I can get all my workouts in and try to rest and recover before the race.

It’s just three weeks away. Unbelievable. With any luck, exactly three weeks from now, I’ll be crossing the finish line hearing, “Taline Manassian, you are an Ironman!” Of course, it could be three weeks from two hours from now, if you give me until midnight and account for the time change. I’ll take it either way.