My finisher plaque says "I Endured The Great Illini (2.4 swim, 112 bike, 26.2 run)"
Boy, was it ever!!! I tested every ounce of my endurance and sheer willingness to just keep going forward.
I was under trained mentally and physically for the race. I knew it, but wanted to give it a shot and see what happened.
But I did have some race goals, I thought I could go under 13 hours, I guess my mind was thinking one thing but my body decided something else.
I had some mechanical bike issues, cramping issues, and at the end felt like hurling all the espresso gels I consumed during the run.
But I finished in 13:39:56..
6 people in age division, 6Th place, woohooo, tough crowd, I guess. No matter..
I didn't hear "Bubba your an Iron Man" when I crossed the finish line.
But feel like a DAM sore one. So I'll take it.
Race report coming soon, but for now I need some rest both physically and mentally. While trying to get ready for a 50k Ultra in 3 weeks.