I wanted to give you an update on my last race:
The Death Race is a race that singlehandedly can change someone’s life forever.
All of us have a story to tell and mine is minimal to what most people face daily, but, for me, the Death Race is that second chance I am SO lucky to have received. The Death Race is my full circle and The Death Race is my 1994 all over again that slaps me in the face and reminds me, once again, I have been given a second chance at life to get up, do, and be my absolute best.
After 66+ insane hours of The Death Race, at approximately 1:30am monday morning, the race was declared officially over and FINISHER skulls were awarded. I was beyond HONORED to receive a skull along with all the other AMAZING athletes that finished along with me. We accomplished something greater than ourselves! The athletes that did not finish are equally amazing because they had the fortitude to attempt such an extremely challenging event, dug deep, and gave it all that they had because they are doing what they loved.
Throughout The Death Race I watched tears of frustration, absolute pain, and a kind of joy that comes with a personal achievement words can not justify. I witnessed raw emotional that only comes from pushing your body to the redline and never backing off. We endured 110-120 miles of running in the mountains surrounding Pittsfield, Vermont while wearing a 50+ pound backpack with required gear along with what we felt we needed to survive in Vermont’s wilderness for 48 hours. There was constant pressure about completing challenges and meeting time cut offs.
The Ultraman World Championships have come and gone. I can not begin to thank those who have supported me to get to the start and finish of such a challenging race.
Carson, Madilynn, Aunt Stacy, and Dave for being the sunshine needed to chase away any cloud.
A Step Ahead Prosthetics for making the most custom prosthetics needed to get me through
a 6.2mile swim, 261mile bike and a 52.3mile run.
Matt Caines, my coach, trainer, nutritionalist and swimming expert, thank you for building me into the best athlete possible.
Elise, Chad, Sammie and Clair....the crew of crews!
Jane Botkus, Sheryl Cobbs and Gary Wang for letting us be a part of the true Ultraman family.
To all family and friends....thank you for always being there.
This years Ultraman was full of excitement from the start of the swim....
Remember Nemo....Dora's words of wisdom...."just keep swimming".
And my coach, Matt who swam in Long Island at Lifetime Fitness the entire time it took me to swim my 6.2miles.
The transition from the water was as smooth as possible because my children were waiting at the waters edge to help their mom out of the water and onto the bike to head off to the top of the volcano.
The ride was nothing but up up and up making it to the finishline for that stage with 4 seconds to spare.
Day 2 started off with a refreshing ride leading to more challenging climbs followed by a missed turn causing us to ride 30+miles in the wrong direction. After being lost in the cold and wind for hours all I wanted to do is see my children.
Day 3 started off on a 52.3mile run and by mile six my mental game was gone, I wanted to be with my children. After a surprise visit from my little crew I know they were what I needed to get to the finishline of the 3rd day.
The Ultraman World Championships is a 3-day, 320-mile (515-kilometer) individual ultra-endurance event which takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Entry is limited to 40 participants and is by invitation only. Founded in 1983, the event is held annually on the traditional Thanksgiving weekend.
As I get ready to head out to Kona with my family we make our routine stop to see Mike at Babylon Bike in order to get my bike tuned up before the big race.
Thanks Mike for always taking care of me, making sure the bike portion will be as successful as possible.
Sammie/water crew and Elise and Chad Foster from Indiana/land crew
We are all looking forward to getting out there on the course this year and having a great race.....
Thank you Elise, Chad and Sammie for wanting to take this adventure on again together as a team (Claire, thanks for letting me borrow your mom and dad for the weekend).