Start of the swim: 835 hommes and only 152 Femmes – including Karen, Nadege and Michelle. You go girls! Twice I swam a bit off course and had to fight the waves at an angle to swim back to the buoy. At times, I could see the swimmers in front of me when I was up on a wave, but when I was in the lull between waves I could not see anything. Not the buoys, not the swimmers. That was insane.
Bike course was completely mad. 1500 m of elevation change?! That is killer for a girl from the Canadian prairie. I raced the flats and the descents, but I was SLOW on the climbs. If anyone is going to the mountains to ride this year...take me with you! I desperately need to work on my climbing. I do love the flats though...
The run: When I started the run, there were already 8 pro women who had FINISHED the run! Darn it. THE HILL. That was killer, to say the least. Each time I ran up the hill I prayed as I climbed it – "Please God, no leg cramps!" Man I suffered. For me, 2h 4min in the run was good. I took 16 minutes off of the half marathon time I had in the Ironman 70.3 Newfoundland – and Newfoundland was flat and Monaco had *the hill*. Nice to know that I had more in my tank than I thought I did. I guess the only way we know how fast we can go is to try. However, over this distance, I never know if I am going to run out of energy. I guess I just need more experience.
Thought about you all during the race. One day, maybe I'll be as fast as you all are!!!
Big new from Monaco for me is that I got a slot in the Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater Florida on Nov 8. Whoa. This is a lifetime dream and I NEVER thought I would get this chance – because I am not fast! There were many women who finished Monaco that were MUCH faster than me (like Karen!), but they didn't take the slot in Florida, so I got one of the two slots for my age category. Crazy! When the slots were being handed out I was with Camille, Philippe, Michelle & Denis . Thank goodness, as I needed to pay for my registration (220 ¤) right on the spot (I had 30 ¤ in my pocket).