Sunday, September 14, 2008

Triabetes Update

A full race report is in the works but I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for making last weekend such a powerful experience. I did finish in 14:23 (30 minutes slower than IMCDA 08 but 20 minutes faster than IMCDA 07) and was happy to cross the finish line running. It wasn't a perfect race for me and I felt hampered in my pace on the bike and the run. So I guess I have not conquered this yet. But as one of the other Triabetics, John Moore, also mentioned, at some point during the day, the finishing time became irrelevant. Triabetes became much more than that. Thank you to Michelle Alswager for having this dream and setting it in motion. It has changed my life. Thank you for sacrificing your race to ensure that things went smoothly for all of us. Also my deep thanks go to the camera crew--Ray & Nella and Mike H. and everyone else--who were out there doing their own Ironman filiming session. Also thank you to InsulinDependence, Diabetes Training Camp, and LifeScan and the rest of our dedicated sponsors. You all made this possible. Finally a sincere thank-you to all of the many IronFans, following along in person or online, and the IronKids out there on the course. Your support was felt by all and appreciated greatly.

I am happy to report that, aside from some pretty painful stiffness for the couple days after the race, I am recovering well so far. I went out yesterday for a 90-minute ride along one of my favorite routes in Marin--Chileno Valley Road--and was proud to wear my Triabetes jersey. It was pretty fun, too, after 45 minutes on the bike, to be able to say, "That's enough," and turn back. I'm sure I'll be itching to do a long ride soon enough. My carb ratio has gone from 15:1 to 8:1 in just a week so it's time to get things hopping again!

Photo courtesy of Blair Ryan

2 comments:

LindaF said...

I love the picture! It was so much fun following you and the other Triabetes athletes during the race. What a wonderful group of athletes and individuals. Thanks for the fun.
Mom

Marcus Grimm said...

Congrats to you and the entire team, Ann! Very very cool all around! :)