Tuesday, November 9, 2010

SILVERMAN Spectator Report

Okay, this is actually a recap of the entire weekend with about a bazillion pictures, so you might want to grab a snack before you get going on this post!

We arrived in Lake Las Vegas Friday evening after a 9+ hour drive.  Lake Las Vegas is a ritzy resort town and our hotel (The Loews Resort – you say it like “lows.”  I wasn’t sure until we checked in and the attendant pronounced it that way, so I had been saying it different every time we talked about it – lews, low-eez, lee-yous, etc.) was absolutely amazing.  I’ve never stayed anyplace quite like it before.  They had a private white sand beach on the lake and two swimming pools.  The only thing missing was a continental breakfast.  I guess rich people don’t like free breakfast buffets.  Bummer.SILVERMAN!! 036

We don’t do a lot of “destination” races, but when we do, my favorite thing is staying at a hotel that has lots of other athletes.  The Loews parking lot was full of cars like this one.  Don’t you wish this was your license plate?????

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It was already dark when we arrived and we were tired, so it was off to bed with us.

Saturday morning, we got up sort of early (6 am), because The Hubs had a mandatory race meeting to attend at the Expo and I wanted to get in my long run.  The Expo was held at the Finish Line/T2, so The Hubs asked me to run the 13.1 mile course for him (he would do it twice, I just did it once plus a little) to do some recon.  Armed with a map (seriously, look at how convoluted this course it), I took off for a remarkably pleasant run.  I say “remarkably pleasant” because I had a complete and utter hydration belt fail, a bloody foot problem (yes, there’s a pic below – feel free to skip it!), I was tired from the very long drive, I am used to running at sea level and Lake Las Vegas is at 2000 ft. elevation, and check out the course profile.  Them there’s some serious hills!

Run Course

Silverman Run Profile

So, I’ve been having this problem on my long runs lately with one of my toenails cutting its next-door-neighbor toe.  I keep my toenails trimmed very short, so I really can’t figure out why this keeps happening.  It must be time to win buy some Injinjis.

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When I peeled off my bloody sock, The Hubs said, “EWWWWWW. <pause>  Let me get the camera so you can take a picture of that.”  He knows me so well.

While I was running, The Hubs scored boatloads of free stuff at the expo.  Here’s all the race schwag (Silverman logo backpack, logo visor, logo water bottle, tons of Hammer samples, logo pen, logo playing cards – ha, ha, only in Vegas, right? – Triathlete magazine, and USAT stickers):

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Saturday afternoon, we took Mr. Bicycle and The Hubs’ transition bags to be checked in:

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Then we drove the run course, ate rice bowls for dinner and went to bed ridiculously early.  Having the time change the night before a race was awful, in my opinion.  It was just an extra hour to toss and turn and worry.

But, soon enough, Sunday morning arrived!  The alarm went off at 4:15, plenty of time for The Hubs to freak out get fully prepared for RACE DAY!

SILVERMAN!! 038 It was still dark when we got to the Swim Start.

SILVERMAN!! 043Hanging out on the dock before the deep water start.  I was on a bridge that they swam under, a perfect vantage point to watch the whole swim.

SILVERMAN!! 047And they’re off!!  Do you see that poor guy way in the back of the pack?  Not The Hubs, thank goodness!!  This poor guy obviously missed the start somehow – not an optimal way to start a race.  SWIM TIME – 1:28:08

SILVERMAN!! 051I admit it:  I didn’t see The Hubs get out of the water.  250 guys in wetsuits and yellow swim caps look EXACTLY the same stumbling exhaustedly out of a lake, in case you were wondering.  At least I caught him in transition.  T1 TIME – 11:07, apparently he was doing his taxes with Jeff!

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SILVERMAN!! 023We drove part of the bike course Saturday afternoon – beautiful desert scenery.

Silverman Bike Course ProfileOh, and did I mention that the bike course was hilly??  The Silverman bills itself as The World’s Toughest Triathlon for a reason!  BIKE TIME – 6:37:08, T2 – 7:33.

SILVERMAN!! 075The Hubs headed out on the run course with a HUGE smile on his face!  Because of the looping nature of the course, I saw him at the start, Mile 4, Mile (almost) 13, Mile 17 and the finish.  He was smiling the whole time, in spite of some stomach troubles that had him doing more walking than running.  RUN TIME – 5:19:40.

SILVERMAN!! 081Words simply can’t describe how proud I was (and still am!) of The Hubs as he came running into the finish chute.  I was jumping up and down, screaming, crying and ringing my cowbell – it’s darn lucky I got any pics!  FINISH TIME – 13:43:43.

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SILVERMAN!! 085The post-race fuel of champions?  Oh, yeah, baby – TWINKIES!!

We capped off the weekend by waking up early Monday morning (5 am) and driving the 9+ hours back home.  Yay.

*whew*  What an amazing weekend!  I never had any doubts that IronHubs could complete the race (and beat his time goal of 14 hours!), but watching him and the other triathletes grind it out was nothing short of awe-inspiring.  I had a front-row seat to one of the greatest shows on earth and you better believe that it made me want to do one of these things myself!! 

Congratulations to everyone who raced or spectated this weekend!!

21 comments:

Jon said...

Congrats to you husband!!!

Megan said...

Great recap! Way to go P Hubby!

Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

HUGE congrats! And nice toe haha

Laurie said...

Awesome job to your husband and to you for a fantastic report! Sounds like an incredible weekend. It seriously almost brought tears to my eyes, picturing you watch him finish... I'm sure you were so proud. What a great accomplishment. You both rock!!

Sorry 'bout your toes. :(

Christi said...

Congrats to your IronHubs! That is so awesome! And I love the "recovery" twinkies!

ann said...

amazing! Love the post, great pics. Total goosebumps for your IronHubs! :)

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

I want that license plate!!! =)

DRog said...

total Congrats to Hubby! Great report and fantastic pics!

Aimee said...

Woohoo! Congrats to you hubby! That is so awesome! What an amazing experience! :)

Patrick Mahoney said...

seeing a picture of long course triathlon finisher double-fisting twinkies and lucky charms is an image I will cherish forever. And as far as your toe, I'm not easily grossed out but that one got me. Nicely done!

Teamarcia said...

Fantastic! Congrats to the IronHubs!

Jason said...

AWESOME....and love the fact that he is now affectionately called IronHubs....T-riffic.

Can you get the Twinkies if you don't race? I'm just sayin'

Zaneta said...

wow... HUGE Congrats to your husband ... that is awesome!! :D

Char said...

Just incredible. I'm in awe of people who can keep going for that long.

tri like mary said...

Awesome recap and a huge congrats to your husband!

Alma said...

Congratuations!!!

Heather said...

How inspiring! Congrats to your hubs!

Laura said...

What a great post! Congrats to the world's most athletic family!

Julie said...

Congrats to your Ironhubs:) It looks like such a great race! You are so lucky that both you and your hubby share the same passion! Great pictures too!

ShutUpandRun said...

Such a great accomplishment!!!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Wow amazing! That is a darn good bike and run for Silverman. Supposedly the "3 sisters" at that start around mile 90 are like 18% grade ... That is crazy!!! Some well earned twinkies right there!