Thursday, October 31, 2013

33 Hours To Go Until…

I am in Panama City Beach for Ironman Florida and it is surreal. I am sitting here with a glass of wine trying to figure out all of these stupid race day bags – special needs bike bag, running gear bag, bag to go to your grandma’s house for the weekend…I thought the hard part was doing the race under 17 hours, but turns out it is figuring out the damn bags.

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Rewinding to yesterday. Guess who was on my flight last night? Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae. You know, the one who just won the World Championships in Kona. I sat behind her on the  plane and kicked her seat the whole way. We are now pretty tight.

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This morning I woke up to howling waves and rough seas. WTF. I ‘m pretty sure no one told me the water was rough down here. Red flag warnings and all.

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But then when I went to the expo I learned everyone is just as freaked about water as I am. If it is like this on race day they will probably cancel the swim, so fingers crossed that does not happen because then I would not be a true Ironman. I would be a semi Ironman who covered 138.2 miles. Loser. I don’t even think they make a sticker for that.

I REALLY wanted to get in the water just to prove to myself I could swim those waves if I had to (this was right before they put out the red flag). I got onto the beach and found a young dude who was standing there debating whether to get in and try swimming. We decided to tackle it together. It took us quite a while just to get past the breakers and then we swam the swells and got airborne a couple of times. Then my friend, a 25 year old stud muffin, started freaking out about sharks, so we got out. Pussy,

Then I saw “Rinny” and her fiancĂ© , Tim O’Donnell, again at the expo. They get married in December and I’m pretty sure I will be invited. I might even be the maid of honor.

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I met some of my teammates that the x2 Performance team:

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I checked in and got all my cool swag, bib, etc. and went and picked up my bike from tri transport. I went to the mandatory meeting and met up with Shelly and Rick who are readers and SO nice…and wanted to say hi. See the backpack that guy is wearing? That is the one we all got at check in. LOVE.

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Then I finished the race and it only took me 45 hours.

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My friend Erika flew in from Denver tonight and went with me to the race dinner. She wanted me to show you the mess/garbage can I made of my carb-heavy meal. God I’m a pig and you clearly can’t take me anywhere, not even to an athlete dinner (I farted once or twice too):

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Okay, two things I need to tackle:

1. Tracking. A few of you have asked how to track me. Just go to Ironman Tracking and punch in my bib # 1054 or my name (Beth Risdon. I don’t think it will work if you enter SUAR or Shut Up and Run).

2. Goals. Yes, I have goals. Sharpie doesn’t want me to have goals set in stone because she thinks that just completing this bad boy is enough and she does not want me to be disappointed. With that said….

Goal #1: Finish this bitch

Goal #2: Finish under 13 hours

Goal #3: Finish closer to 12 hours. For this to happen, I would need to have the best day ever and meet around these times:

        Swim: 1:20
        Bike: 6:20 (~17.5 mph)
        Run: 4:20 (9:54 min/mile)
        Transitions (both): 15 minutes

I think the above times would really be a stretch, but you have to dream big, right?

With tons of family flying in tomorrow and just trying to get in the zone I won’t be posting again before the race so…here goes nothing!

Thank you for all of your amazing support and for sharing this journey with me. I seriously have gotten so much encouragement, advice and good vibes from you all and it has meant the world to me.

SUAR

174 comments:

  1. GOOD LUCK!!!!! You're going to be so great and I can't wait to hear how you did!!! :)

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  2. You will be amazing! Good Luck, and I hope that water settles down for you!

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  3. I've been thinking about you the last couple days, knowing you're on the verge of Your Big Day. I can't imagine the butterflies you must be feeling, but you have done SO much work that you should feel confident that Goal #1 is a given. Chase your dream, give it all you've got! Oh, and take good notes so that you can tell us EVERYTHING when it's all done!! So excited, happy, proud of you. Can't wait to hear all about you becoming an IRONMAN. Go Beth!

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  4. I've been thinking about you the last couple days, knowing you're on the verge of Your Big Day. I can't imagine the butterflies you must be feeling, but you have done SO much work that you should feel confident that Goal #1 is a given. Chase your dream, give it all you've got! Oh, and take good notes so that you can tell us EVERYTHING when it's all done!! So excited, happy, proud of you. Can't wait to hear all about you becoming an IRONMAN. Go Beth!

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  5. Best of luck to you! Have fun, hope the water settles down. You'll do amazing!

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  6. I am so excited to see how you do! GOOD LUCK and just be glad that FL is so flat!

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  7. Good Luck and Have fun!!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!

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  8. Good luck and have fun, don't forget to try to enjoy the moment while powering through the pain ;)

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  9. Beth, good luck and best wishes for a strong finish.

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  10. You are awesome; you'll rock this!

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  11. The Calgary chapter of your fan club will be wearing your SUAR shirts. As we go out for dinner at a nice restaurant. Cheering for you all the way. Don't think about time, just keep your ass moving. T1 might take that long, but T2 should be only a couple minutes. Go get 'em tiger!

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  12. I'm soooo excited for you! I started following your blog right around the time you started training for this and have enjoyed every word! Have fun and kick booty! P.s. I just ran my first half marathon at 41 so that means I'll be ready for an IM in 5 years right!?

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  13. With all that training you have done I would say go for those goals... So excited for you!!!

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  14. You can do it, Beth!!! Hang in there!!! Just think of how relieved you'll be when it's over! You're gonna be an Ironman (they need a female version of that)!! You got this :)

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  15. Good luck! You're going to do awesome!

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  16. Best wishes Beth! Your goal sounds amazing, but remember to have fun, enjoy the opportunity and experience. I'll be tracking you!

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  17. You go Beth!!! I have been following your blog thru all the training for this...YOU GOT THIS! Have fun��!

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  18. Crossing fingers for the swim. You've got this! and you're a little bit awesome :) GOOD LUCK

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  19. Best of luck! Actually you don't need luck, you've trained the luck out of this. Have a great event!

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  20. You will be amazing. I'm so excited for you!! Go kick some ass!

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  21. I'm sure you will rock it! Have a great time!

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  22. I read all the time but I am not sure I have ever commented. But this is totally the time....GOOD LUCK!!! Your preparation has be amazing and I can't wait to hear how it all went. Kick ass and fart as much as possible.

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  23. You are my hero! Good luck, you got this!

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  24. Can't wait to hear about your finish

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  25. Good luck, Beth!!! You're going to be amazing. :D

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  26. GOOD LUCK BETH!!!! You have been the blogger that always makes me laugh, makes me consider, and makes me want to run.

    I'll be thinking about you this weekend, and will have a large glass of wine at the end in your honour. Or maybe three - one for each activity in the race. And then another one cos you completed it. Heck, it looks like a whole bottle in your honour this weekend! ;)

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  27. Good luck!!! I can't wait to read about the race!!

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  28. Good luck! You got this! You ain't afraid of no sharks!!

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  29. Good luck! I can't wait to read how it goes. praying that you can swim- what a huge bummer it would be if you train for it and mother nature cancels it!

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  30. So excited for you!! I really don't feel like those times are that much of a stretch! Excited to track you!!

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  31. Good luck.. Super excited for you!!! You will do great!

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  32. I have never commented. But obviously have to for this! GOOD LUCK!!

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  33. Good luck Beth! Looking forward to reading about the race once you're an Ironman! :)

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  34. Kick some butt & good luck!

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  35. So excited for you, You've done the work, now go get it!

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  36. Good luck!!!!!! You are going to dominate this thing! I mean, come on, Having Rinny on your flight has to be THE best good luck charm EVER!

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  37. Good luck!! Hope the seas calm down so you can kick their butt!

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  38. You'll rock it. Best of luck!

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  39. Good luck! I hope that you have an excellent race and achieve your IronWOman goal! Can't wait to read the race report when you get back!

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  40. OMG - I can't believe it's here! You have trained so hard, through all kinds of climate. You will rock this!!! Have fun! I'm totally prepared and willing to accept any of your rejected swag ;-)

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  41. Best of luck tomorrow! Trust your body and your training! Enjoy this race, and be proud of yourself!

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  42. Wishing you all the best for a great day!

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  43. Awesome! Have a fantastic day and we'll look forward to a full race report when you get back!

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  44. AAAAHHHHH! I have goosebumps for you!!! I'm SO EXCITED! I puked a little when I saw those waves. I hope it calms down for you for race day. And meeting Rinny. OMG, I'd be a wee bit star struck!

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  45. This is very exciting! All the best!

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  46. Excitement builds! This is why I read running blogs!

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  47. This is so so exciting! I can't wait to hear all about it!!

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  48. Good luck, Beth! I'm just a few hours away in Pensacola Beach and I'll be watching the flag and thinking of you!

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  49. Go kick some MAJOR ironman asphalt!!!!

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  50. Good luck ... I'll be tracking you from chilly Ontario!

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  51. I'm an avid reader and have never posted a comment before however just have to say "Go Beth"!!! I'll be rooting for you!! You are a true inspiration!

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  52. May the road rise to meet you!
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    ~The rains fall soft upon your fields
    and until we meet again
    May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
    ~Irish blessing...
    Good luck to you Friend! We are all on your side!

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  53. Wow that's so cool that you got to meet her!!! Good luck! I've never swam that far in open water I'll be curious to read the race recap on that! My IMs are in manmade lakes so much smoother waters!

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  54. I haven't been around too much lately, but have been following along on FB. Wanted to wish you a great big good luck for tomorrow! I hope you have the day of your dreams.

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  55. Good luck!! You are such an inspiration!! Can't wait to read all about the big day!

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  56. Enjoying your journey with you. Looking forward to hearing about your experience. Go meet those goals!

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  57. GOOD LUCK! You're going to KILL IT! I can't wait to read all about race day. We are all rooting for you!!!! You are such an inspiration and I love your blog!

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  58. GOOD LUCK... Can't wait to read how you reached all your goals. Enjoy the afterglow! You are ready!!

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  59. You're a major source of inspiration for me, and even getting there is, in my little eyes, a huge feat. Annihilate this thing. GOOD LUCK.

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  60. I'm so excited for you and will be tracking you and sending you good wishes the whole time! At least half of the success of a big race is showing up well-trained and ready to go and you are surely a success already!

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  61. So excited for you! I have been following all your training posts, and am very inspired by you! It would sound weird to say I'm proud, since we have never met, but I am! Get it, girl, you got this!

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  62. Your blog continues to be inspiring! I wish you the best of luck in your first ironman and can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  63. Good Luck! I love your Blog - you are so inspiring!

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  64. Good Luck Wishing you All the best!! Go Get Getum!!!! ;-).

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  65. Be strong and know that you are ready for this. How cool to meet Rinny! I'm sure you were inspired by her. The water will calm down and you will have the time of your life. I am so proud of you!!!

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  66. SO exciting! Perform well, have fun and be safe! Can't wait to hear about it! :)

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  67. Good luck, Beth! You're going to do awesome. Enjoy every part of the race, soon you'll be an Ironman!

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  68. Good luck lady! You got this!

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  69. Good luck! You will do amazing :D

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  70. Good luck!!! God Speed!! And enjoy! :)

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  71. Sending lots of good juju from Boulder to Florida! You gonna ROCK this thing as you've got the whole "sea level" thing working for ya! As everyone says, "Trust your Training". Good luck and I look forward to hearing the recap!

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  72. Best of luck Beth!
    Can you wear the rubber ducky swim ring for the first part? I'd do much better if I could do that or wear swimmies!
    Amy P. Philly Runner

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  73. Good luck Beth!! You are truly an inspiration to me. I hope one day that I can complete and Ironman. Go out and kill this thing!!

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  74. GO BETH GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    KICK SOME MASSIVE TAIL!

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  75. I read all the time but never comment. I LOVE to run, and you always inspire me. I didn't start running until I was 42. I turn 44 this month, and I run every other day and have completed two half marathons! Your blogs always inspire me - I love your humor and brutal honestly. You are a hero of women, and I'm proud to "know" you through this portal. Good luck, and you will do awesome - I don't doubt it one bit!

    -Tammie

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  76. Have a great race! Looking forward to hearing that YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!

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  77. My friend who is 61 (yes 61!!) just finished Ironman Kona - World Championships. She qualified for it at Ironman Wales last year by finishing first in her age group at that race. She had a great time at Kona. Told herself at the beginning...don't worry about racing it, placing, just have fun. There was a swimmer at the start who got in through the lottery and he was beside himself about how happy he was just to be there. That really struck her and from that point on, she said, let's have some fun with this. She finished in 13 hours, 44 minutes. A minute or so faster than her best time. And with a smile of course.

    I sent positive thoughts to her all day. Until I fell asleep of course because Hawaii is 7 hours behind so she finished at 1:00 in the morning my time.

    So I will send positive thoughts to you all day too.

    Because I'm sure it makes a difference.

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  78. Excitement and nerves. I can feel it too. :)
    You've put so much into training, you're ready for this. I'll be thinking of you all day. Best of luck.

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  79. You are amazing!!! I'm so excited for you!!
    Good luck and most of all enjoy it!!!

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  80. Wishing you all of the luck in the world. My one piece of advice...no what what, just don't f*#@ing stop!

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  81. Wishing you a spectacular race day!!! You are AWESOME :)

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  82. Wishing you an awesome day!! GO GO GO!

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  83. Good luck! You'll rock this race. I hope the ocean calms down and you have an amazing swim. remember to breathe!! :)

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  84. You're amazing and SUCH an inspiration. Good luck to you! I can't wait to read all about it!

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  85. Good luck!!! Time for all that training to pay off. I hope the ocean calms down and I hope you have a fantastic race.

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  86. You will be amazing! I'm sure of it. You inspire me. I have been toying with the idea of doing an IM. You may just be the push I need. I'll be tracking you all day…..remember to enjoy the day as best you can.

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  87. Good luck and git er done!! And since you are at the Redneck Riviera, you should go get an airbrushed t-shirt (in neon, of course) that says "I am an Ironwoman!"

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  88. Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  89. GOOD LUCK!!! You've done the training, now it's time to enjoy your moment! You got this!

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  90. I will be tracking you tomorrow. I am so excited for your IM. You are going to kick butt! I will be wearing my SUAR tech shirt tomorrow on my Saturday morning run to send you good vibes!

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  91. Longtime reader/lurker - just wanted to say GOOD LUCK! Your blog is such an inspiration and we will be cheering you from CO!

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  92. Good luck!! Can't wait for the recap!

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  93. All the best for your race Beth. You will smash it!! Unfortunately i won't be able to stalk you as it will be 1am here and i have a race in the morning :)

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  94. burst out laughing that your stud muffin buddy was worried about sharks. Have a great race and I'm looking forward to the race report next week.

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  95. Total pussy!

    I look forward to drinking way too much wine tonight and cheering you on from the comfort of my couch tomorrow.

    KICK ASS! TRUST YOUR TRAINING! DON'T CRAP YOUR WETSUIT!

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  96. Ah Beth, it's TIME!! So excited for you. I'll be stalking you for sure and sending nothing but positive vibes your way. You're going to do great, you are!!!
    xo

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  97. You got this! We're all excited for you!

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  98. Good luck, and have a great race!

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  99. I just have to say that they guy in the 45 hour timeclock photo - (awesome time by the way - congratulations ;) ) but getting back to the guy - has seriously sexy calves. Wow!! Ok, back to you - this is your moment, your time, your Ironman - you'll rock it! (Pages back up to the timeclock photo.... those calves! )

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  100. I am SO excited to read your race report. You are going to kick some serious ass out there!!!! I'll never do an Ironman, so I'm living vicariously through you. Do us proud!

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  101. Hoping for good conditions tomorrow, best of luck and trust the plan!

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  102. Oh my gosh, good luck Beth, I'm going to be waiting with bated breath to see how you and Meghann of meals and miles do, you guys are amazing, and both if you have inspired me to officially sign up for ironman 70.3 in Raleigh and 140.6 in Louisville in 2014! Good luck doll, you'll kill it! I will be praying for all of you to finish strong and healthy!

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  103. Good luck Beth. I agree with Coach that you don't need goals set in stone. Have a strong, wonderful race!

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  104. Have fun, and be safe! You'll kill it! IRONMAN!

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  105. Good luck !!! I got teary reading the last paragraph! You can do it !!

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  106. Have a wonderful race and best of luck! Sending lots of positive energy your way.
    Just found your blog and love it. :-)

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  107. You are going to ROCK THIS!!!

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  108. Haven't commented before but have been following your progress - just want to say a massive GOOD LUCK - you are going to do great!!

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  109. Good luck! I'm so excited to hear how the race went. You are truly awesome!

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  110. Good luck! I'm nervous and excited for you!! Can't wait to hear how it goes.

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  111. Good luck Beth! Let us know how it goes.

    http://runninginlate20s.blogspot.com

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  112. Following along this morning - you are doing awesome!! Stay strong!

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  113. Go Beth, go! Cheering you from Maryland!

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  114. Beth in tracking you now and I'm getting the child! You're doing awesome and an inspiration to all of us! Good luck the rest of the race!!

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  115. Wow!! You are amazing! I'm tracking you, and you're on par with your goals! You do inspire us all! Cheering for you!

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  116. Go Beth! I hope you do not have to be a lame Ironman because they had to cancel the swim.. Think crappy water now, great water on race day! Here's to a great Ironman experience!

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  117. OMG! I'm reading your numbers (you're still doing the run portion) but you seem to be on track for the 12 hour goal! Have a great run!!

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  118. I'm following your progress too! YOU ARE ROCKING IT! (you are still running) Cheering for you from across the country!

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  119. Great job on the bike and with the transitions!

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  120. Beth, we've never met but ever since I ran for Sherry I feel like I know you. I am tracking you at IMPC and YOU ARE A STAR! But I don't believe you took enough sponges...

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  121. I'm following your progress too, and your on target so far for your goal time! Great work!! Cheering for you from New Zealand!

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  122. Cheering for you from Texas!

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  123. Rock and Roolllll!!!! from England!!!! head down and fucking do it... I hope the farts were really stinky! (hey! you have to leave your mark...)
    #R;

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  124. It has been exciting following along! Looks like you are definitely going to make goal #2 - you rocked that bike portion! Run, Beth, Run!!!!!

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  125. I am tracking you and you are doing awesome. Very inspiring!! You are an inspiration for my 70.3 in April.

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  126. Huge Congratulations to you Beth! I just watched you finish , so incredibly awesome and inspiring. Jill

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  127. Just watched them call you in : "Beth Risdon, you are an Ironman!!!" 12:50, you inspire!!! Congratulations, enjoy the moment :-)

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  128. I have been tracking and sending up prayers all day to keep you healthy and strong so you can finish the race. You have worked soooo hard for this, I want it so much for you. I saw that you had clocked in at the 17.4 mile mark at 17.59. I checked an hour later but you still had not reached 19.1 miles. I checked after another hour and you still had not reached it. I started to panic. I did. Then thought "refresh?" and saw you are now at 23 miles. What a relief! Now I know you are going to make it! You are going to finish this beast. I'm so happy and so proud of you! You did it!!

    Diana

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  129. Followed your progress all day…ran to computer and watched you finish…good for you! So inspiring…now soak it all in and be PROUD!

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  130. You looked great at the finish! I too was watching you throughout the day and was getting a bit worried a couple of times as the system didn't show you had reached the next mileage mat. REFRESH REFRESH...and then you were there! Outside of being an IRONMAN...you are also an inspiration<3 CONGRATULATIONS Julia

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  131. Great job!! What a tremendous accomplishment! Followed you from up here in Rochester. You made your #2 goal--fantastic!!

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  132. Congrats Beth!! Followed your progress all day! And you made it under 13 hours! Woohooo!

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  133. Congratulations! You are one amazing, badass IRONMAN! So happy for you!

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  134. 46 hours later... Beth Risdon, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!
    (I'm grinning from ear to ear... way to go Irongal!)

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  135. You are an Ironman!! Congratulations! BTW, your running speed during an Ironman still averages faster than my normal speed. Good grief, I am slow.

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  136. YAY!!!!!!!!!!
    Ive been following you along today!!!!!
    YOU ARE A FREAKING ROCKSTAR!!!!!!!!
    congrats chica,
    you are officially an IRONMAN
    so happy and proud of you! I do hope you are getting carb faced right now,and making your kids rub your feet as they bow down to them,lol!
    cant wait for a recap of this epic adventure!!!!!!!

    *hugs*

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  137. So excited for you! I have been tracking your progress all day (and living vicariously). CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  138. Congratulation!! Nice job, Ironman!

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  139. You looked amazing when you crossed the finish line. Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment. Now take a rest day.

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  140. crying as I read this because: so proud, so jealous, don't think I'll ever be able to achieve such a feat, can't wait to hear you kick it's ass, so many more reasons (and maybe a bit hormonal). I'm glad you farted at dinner, and I'm so inspired by you. Kick A SUAR, but more importantly, enjoy your day & Kick A BR!!

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  141. Congratulations! You looked so happy crossing that finish line, great job! If anyone missed it, go to 5:17 in the part 1 video http://new.livestream.com/accounts/3678055/events/2505201

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  142. IN.CRED.IBLE! Followed you all day - you are a rock star! Can't wait to read all about it.

    Congratulations, Beth! SUASBR indeed.

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  143. Well done!! So amazing! Excited to hear your thoughts about it all.

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  144. Followed you from over her in Italy! You rock! You look so happy when you cross over that line! :)

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  145. Congratulations. Kept up with you all day. You Rock!

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  146. Followed you all day yesterday! You were awesome! Congrats!!

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  147. Read your posts the last few months in preparation of the Big Day, so inspiring, Always funny and yet determined! Followed the tracking system yesterday and what I saw blew me away.. You Are Amazing! Congrats Ironman!

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  148. You did it in under 13 hours!!!

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  149. Wow - just checked out the site - congratulations...can't wait to hear this story!

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  150. You rock!! Amazing! Can't wait to hear the details!

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  151. Many thanks! This post seems to have done the trick!

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  152. I cannot wait to hear how it goes Beth!! So so so pumped for you!

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  153. I don't normally post...but I saw you rocked your first two goals :) WTG!

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  154. You made your 'B' goal!! Congratulations Beth, that is amazing!

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  155. Glad to know I wasn't the only one who crept the website to see how you did LOL!.

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  156. You are awesome. Congratulations on a fantastic race--I hope you're so proud of yourself!

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  157. Can't wait for your write-up. I've been checking this blog every hour for a couple of days now.

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