Friday, November 03, 2006

IMFL day 1 pics part 2

Here is Buttercup's new decal on her top tube. She must have liked it - she did a good job out there on the bike course.

The five gear bags waiting to be packed: Prerace/postrace, Swim/bike transition, Bike special needs, Bike/run transition, Run special needs.
This is what nearly the entire bike course looked like, punctuated by a few ramshackle trailers and lots of "false flats" (gradual long uphill grades). Plus the first fifty miles of energy-sapping headwinds, followed by twenty miles of rough washboard rural two-lane back road without shoulders.
This is the one big bridge which we crossed on the bike course at about Mile 12 and Mile 100. It's bigger and more demanding than it looks - it's high enough for sailboat masts to pass underneath.

24 comments:

LBTEPA said...

GO NANCY GO!

plods said...

Go Nancy!!

triathlonmom said...

Thinking about you Nancy! Go GO GO!

triathlonmom said...

Thinking about you Nancy! Go GO GO!

Lynne said...

Still thinking of you ---swimming right about now---- Think Dory................. Go Nancy GO!!

Habeela said...

Here's to an amazing race day. Every time you feel the wind know it's all of us cheering you on.

Mr Steve said...

Just checked at 1:00pm EST... I could that you are out of the water and somewhere on the bike. Go Nancy!!!!!

*jeanne* said...

Nancy's predictions:

http://nancytoby. blogspot. com/2006/ 10/those- imfl-time- predictions. html

She's doing GREAT!!!!

Mr Steve said...

Nancy...where are you???? It is 5:27 EST and Ironmanlive doesn;t have you finishing the bike race...keep pedaling.... I'm looking for you.... hope you didn;t have a flat tire... Go Nancy!

Dori said...

Go, go, go Nancy! You're running now! Way to go! We're all rooting for you!

Steve Toby said...

Right, Dori! At 7 PM Eastern, she's running -- there's a time for T2 and the bike ride, a hair under 15 mph average, which is great for such a long distance. That gives barely enough time (6 hours) to finish the marathon by local midnight, maybe not enough time for a medal. (She told me medals stop begin awarded for finishers after midnight).

She's done straight marathons in a little over 6 hours, but it's no disgrace to expect a slower time after swimming and biking for the entire daylight hours of a day.

Anyway, she's a winner already from my and her children's point of view -- she's finished the more dangerous legs without hurting herself. Go! Go! Go!

liz said...

Posted this on the wrong post...

Yay, Nancy! I'm watching your times and I see that you are well within your okay times after T2 -- I'm so proud of you!

Run, Nancy, run!

jeanne said...

I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT NANCY! if anyone can, you can!

Dori said...

Keep going Nancy! You've gone at least halfway so far in the marathon. You've got so much HEART!

LBTEPA said...

I thought she had 17 hours? After the half-mara there's still well over 3 and a half hours to go - or are my sums wrong? we are glued to the live feed over here. Run Nancy, run!!

Dori said...

Nancy! Nancy! Nancy! Nancy!

I've been glued to the live feed, willing you in. 5 minutes to go.

mipper said...

they cut the feed right after 17 hours... did she make it? Nancy, i was cheering all the way from Utah. you are a hero in my book. go baby go!

LBTEPA said...

YOU'RE IRON TO US, NANCY!
please Steve post as soon as you hear from her!

bunnygirl said...

Nancy, I hope they let you stay on the course and finish! Just before they cut the feed they said there was another woman still out there. I hope it's you and that you come in safely!

It sounds like it was a brutal day in terms of temps and wind. But you're tough, and you're definitely Iron in my book!

Steve Toby said...

I got a phone call from Nancy at about 9:30 PM Eastern last night. She said she had finished one loop of the marathon course (half the distance) and she could tell she was out of contention for a medal, plus she was feeling pretty worn out. she decided to DNF after half the marathon.

Apparently, while she was able to finish both the previous legs in reasonable times, both were hard: there was a substantial surf hindering the swim, and a strong head wind the first half of the bike ride. (Of course you don't need a background in Fluid Dynamics, which I have, to recognize that those facts are directly related by cause and effect!) Anyway as a result the swim and bike ride took more out of her than she'd hoped, leading to the run feeling like a much tougher exercise than she hoped.

Sorry I didn't post immediately -- I was just brushing my teeth and more oriented to getting to sleep while the babies were quiet! Anyway, I expect her to sleep late so I figured I'd update all of you. It was a brave and creditable effort.

She would have had to run about a 6 hour marathon to collect a medal, and that's about what she's done at her best events, starting fresh. I wondered if she would try to push herself to do that and I was greatly relieved when I found out she hadn't. Remember, being mother to the twins is her highest duty.

Brent Buckner said...

Steve Toby: thank you for the report.

Nancy Toby: congratulations. You pushed to your limits and made smart decisions - we all aspire to that.

Mr Steve said...

Thanks for posting Steve. She is a hero to me for my Ironman training. I look forward to reading her posts about the race. Great Job Nancy!

LBTEPA said...

So glad to hear all was well and you were in control of the situation. And congratulations on a great Ironman effort!

Siren said...

Something about the gear bags all laid out gives me chills. What an exciting thing to have those laid out in front of you!