Sunday, December 4, 2022

CIM Relay–Anna- 2022


December 4, 2022 - Sacramento, Ca


12.8 miles (Leg #2 of the Marathon Relay. CIM relay races started in 1995)


1:34:34 (12.8 mi. 7:24 pace. 3:38:53 total relay team time)


1st out of 5 “Girls”

Relay Teammates:

Olivia Passafiume (Leg #1: 13.4 miles)

Other Teammates:


*FCA Endurance:  Robin & Troy Soares

*Placer Speedsters: Olivia Passaflume & Anna Soares

*EV Cain Speedsters: Marisa Nelson & Anthony Eandi

* : Anna Tortosa & Emily Donlevy


Emily Donlevy, Julian Doak, Jim Kepfer (pacer), Tim Twietmeyer (pacer)

CIM Relay w/ Olivia


(Miles 1-3)

Today I'm running the CIM Marathon Relay with my teammate Olivia Passafiume. I am doing the second leg and my goal is for 7:15-minute pace. My parents are also doing the relay together. My Dad gets a head start on the 2nd leg, while I wait for my teammate. Olivia comes in and I tell her good job and then take off. I'm proud of Olivia because this is her first half marathon and she ran an amazing pace. In the beginning, I’m feeling fresh but I know that this is only temporary. I'm curious about where I'll be able to catch my Dad even though he got a huge head start. I look at my watch and catch myself going under 7 minutes, way too fast! I even out the pace and get close to 7:15. Right now I'm passing a lot of Marathoners who are staying at a more consistent pace. It's probably annoying for them to see people racing by because they are already tired from already doing the half-marathon. As I'm running along, I pass Flor, a friend of ours. She is looking pretty stiff as she runs. I ask her if she's doing okay and she said that she's having a little bit of a hard time. I ask her if I can pray with her and slow down my jog. I pray with her that God gives her the strength to finish this. I then continue on with my run. I go by the first aid station and grab some water. There is a huge line for the porta-potty. I'm glad I used the restroom earlier. A little past the mile marker I feel a little pain in my shin. I slow my pace down a tad bit and focus on form which makes it go away. Thank you God for no shin pain! The first 3 miles are a breeze and I enjoy reading the signs and all the people out cheering us on. One sign I like says “if you pass out, I’ll pause your Garmin.” It's funny how important it is for runners to get the exact time, pace, and course on their Garmin. There are also a ton of signs that say “power up”, that deal with video games. Those signs aren't very motivating to me since I don't play video games. As I'm running by the aid stations, I'm noticing how I'm not doing a very good job at getting all the water down. I guess I'm used to 3-mile cross-country races that have no aid stations. It's hard to chug down the water while running fast. I start to get a system down though.

(Miles 4-6)

These next 3 miles are a little tougher as I'm focusing I'm keeping the 7:15 pace.  I hope this pace is not too fast for me and that I can keep it to the end. There are lots of down hills, however, for some reason, my legs have a hard time pushing on the downhills and they enjoy running harder on the up hills. I go with this and push the up hills by and relax on the down hills. My legs are starting to hit that “numb stage” where they're just running the pace and not going any faster or slower. As I’m running by the crowds, there is a spectator that is giving advice and reminding people to use their arms to keep their legs going. I remember how last year I did something like this and I tried to focus on different parts of my muscles as I ran. I start to focus on my arms and have them help push me through the run. I go by the next aid station and I see a friend that comes to my parent's Tuesday night track handing out water. I say hi and she cheers me on.

221204_cim_relay_anna(Miles 7-9)

At mile 7 my legs are starting to feel pretty heavy and the inside of my ankle is hurting a little bit. At the next aid station, I decided to take a quick break and refresh. I take a break, fully drink my water, massage the inside of my ankle tendon, and blow my nose in the restroom. I take off feeling better and ready to conquer the second half of the run. My legs enjoyed the quick refresh. The second half definitely does not feel as fast as the first half and I know I'm going over 7:15. Now, all I'm trying to do is just to keep my legs moving at this pace to see how long I can hold it.  I do know when you do long distances your legs get used to one pace and it's hard to go faster, but if you can get your legs to turn faster, they will stay at that speed. I try to do that right now, but my legs feel like they're going to not survive if they go any faster than the speed I'm going at. As I’m running I pass the 3:50:00 pace group and continue to run toward the next group of people. As I’m running, I remember this spot from last year where I met a friend in cross country named Maeve Klement. It's too bad she's not running this year, maybe we could have run together again. I'm also thinking about my Dad and if I'm ever going to pass him. It feels like he's still so far ahead. As I'm running, I realize that I'm getting closer to the bridge. As I make the turnaround up and over the bridge, I enjoy looking at the water and being so high up. I now start the descent into the city. Right now it feels like all the muscles and bones in my body are at a breaking point and if I go any faster they're going to fall apart.

(Miles 10-13)

I know I only have three miles left, but my legs would prefer to take a break right now. I tell myself to do my best for God and that means running all the way to the finish, no stopping. Last year I remember I picked it up in the last 3 miles, right now I'm trying to pick it up, but it only feels like a matching pace. At least I'm not slowing down. I'm now making a lot of turns in the city as I’m winding through the city streets. Every turn I make, I look for the yellow shirt my Dad is wearing. I'm curious if I'm going to be able to catch him before the finish line. With 2 miles to go, I'm really trying to pick it up even though I have barely anything left of my legs. My tendon on the inside is hurting a little bit, but not too much where it's causing me not to run hard. I get closer to the finish line and see the Colfax relay team cheering me on. It's nice to have good relationships with kids from other schools. I can see the turn-up ahead which means the finish line! I'm so happy that I have made it to the end and thank God for letting nothing in my body break or fall apart! My hip also never hurt, which is a great blessing! I turn around the corner and see a sign that says A and B shoots. Normally they split the two shoots between women and men. I run by some volunteers asking if I'm A or B. He tells me that I’m B. Cool. As I keep running, I realize that I could probably look at my bib number to figure it out myself. I looked down and double-check that I am B. I get on the finish straight away and sprint down with my best form for God. I can hear my parents and teammates cheering me on and I finish strong for him. I'm so happy to be done and grateful to be able to finish this after running State a week ago.

Praise the Lord For He is Good, His Love Endures Forever!


CIM Relay-Robin-2022


December 4, 2022 - Sacramento, Ca


13.4 miles (Leg #1 of the Marathon Relay. CIM relay races started in 1995)


1:53:29 (13.4 mi. 8:22 pace. 3:35:48 total relay team time)


11th out of 65 Co-Ed Masters

Relay Teammates:

Troy Soares (Leg #2: 12.8 miles)

Other Teammates:


*FCA Endurance:  Myself & Troy Soares

*Placer Speedsters: Olivia Passaflume & Anna Soares

*EV Cain Speedsters: Marisa Nelson & Anthony Eandi

* : Anna Tortosa & Emily Donlevy


Emily Donlevy, Julian Doak, Jim Kepfer (pacer), Tim Twietmeyer (pacer)

This is my 24th CIM Relay! I’m thanking the Lord for being able to continue this tradition! This race puts a period on my 2022 race season. It’s hard to believe that only 2 months ago I was toeing the line at Ironman Hawaii. I’ve had some health issues and family situations that have made it hard to stay in shape. Today will be a challenge and mentally I’m not terribly excited to run a half marathon. Sometimes being consistent is tough and I’m often tempted to quit but God is faithful. I put out the effort anyway and He helps me to get through it. I am so amazed by Christ’s amazing grace and mercy!

I drive a few other relay runners down to the start: Anna Tortosa from our track group and Marisa Nelson who is taking Ariel’s place since an injury took her out. It’s raining as we drive down to park at my secret location, Beal’s Point. We are all expecting it to pour today. We’ve got plastic bags on us and I’ve got a rain coat underneath. We jog less than a mile to the starting area. By this time the rain has stopped! Will it hold?!

This race is known for the extreme amount of porta-potties. It’s so easy to find somewhere to go. We wish each other well and part ways. I hope to see them later on! I decide to trash my trash bag since I’m warming up quick!

Last year I averaged around 8-minute pace. I hope to go under 8:30 pace this year but maybe match last year! Troy and I did a 3:22 last year so would love to repeat that if possible.

I head to a last-minute bathroom break. I think everyone is thinking the same thing as the lines are extremely long. I barely make it back to the start. As I try to get close to the 3:30 pace group, I run into Flor Hodges. She’s doing the full marathon. I give her a hug. I am able to get to the 3:35 pace group and then the National Anthem starts. This is as far as I can get. It is packed! The race starts but my corral must wait. The rain is still holding off and it actually looks like things are clearing up!  I decide to take off my rain jacket and wrap it around my waist.

Time to go! I don’t feel fresh off the line and running 8 minute pace feels like I’m maxed out. Lord, this is going to be tough! I hope to stay ahead of the 3:35 pace group at least!

Mile 1 is 7:56. I can hear folks cheering for the 3:35 Pace Group. They are coming up on me!

Mile 2 is 8:17. Oh boy! This is tough and I just started! It’s hard to stay positive but I know it’s what the Lord wants.

Mile 3 is 8:06. The 3:35 group is breathing down my neck. I’m trying to hold on! I forgot how hilly this first leg is! I’m taking a beating!

Mile 4 is 8:13. Flor Hodges comes alongside me. I encourage her to keep going strong as I know that I’m fading and don’t want to drag her down with me.

221204_cim_relay_robinMile 5 is 8:20. I’ve been going back and forth with a few runners but now I’m having to let them go. It’s humbling to say the least!

Mile 6 is 8:24. I finally succumb to the 3:35 Pace Group. I try to hold on but they are too fast. Lord, help my attitude! I’m just blessed to be here!

Half-way! The weather couldn’t be more perfect!  I’m so surprised!  Thank you Lord!  I sure wish I was feeling better!

Mile 7 is 8:27. I continue to slow down but thanking the Lord I’m not drastically falling apart!

Mile 8 is 8:33. Oh boy, it feels like the wheels are coming off now! The 3:35 pace group is almost out of sight.

Mile 9 is 8:37. The hills are not large but seem constant. I am holding on! It is really uncomfortable! Lord, please help me hang in there!

Mile 10 is 8:24. I’m hanging in there and 3 miles to go! I’m running through small and quaint downtown of Fair Oaks. I look for the beginning band group that is usually here. There they are. They are giving a great effort with some short Christmas songs. Christmas is upon us!

Mile 11 is 8:34. Another hill! This is brutal!! Just a few miles to go! I can finish this with the Lord’s strength!

Mile 12 is 8:46. I see Flor! Poor dear, she is hurting! I offer to take her jacket since I’m almost done. She hesitates but lets me help her. I might be hurting but it’s so nice to be able to help someone!

Mile 13 is 8:13. So close now! Thank you Jesus! It’s not exactly what I hoped for but to continue the streak is a real blessing!

I see the relay exchange ahead! I see Troy pop out. What a relief! I’m so glad to see him and to be done! Anna is still waiting for her teammate. We wait with her until Olivia comes and then it’s off to the finish!




Team Name

Relay Div





FCA Endurance

Co-Ed Masters

Troy Soares (#2)


FCA Endurance

Co-Ed Masters



Troy Soares (#1)*

*3 and 4-person relays have been retired


Catch Us If You Can

Open Female




Robin Soares (Leg #1/2), Megan Sebra (Leg #3), Bailey Cossentine (Leg #4)


Catch Us If You Can

Open Female




Robin Soares (Leg #1), Liesbeth Magna (Leg #2), Leonie Alesci (Leg #3),  Megan Sebra (Leg #4)


Catch Us If You Can

Open Female



Robin Soares (Leg #1), Leonie Alesci (Leg #2), Liesbeth Magna (Leg #3), Megan Sebra (Leg #4)


Catch Us If You Can

Open Female



Leonie Alesci (Leg #1), Liesbeth Magna (Leg #2), Robin (Leg #3), Megan Sebra (Leg #4)


Catch Us If You Can

Open Female



Megan Sebra (Leg #1), Leonie Alesci (#2), Robin (#3 & #4)


Catch Us If You Can

Open Female



Robin Soares (Leg #1 & #2), Leonie Alesci (Leg #3), Megan Sebra (Leg #4)


Catch Us If You Can

Open Coed



Liesbeth Magna (Leg #1), Kevin Magna (Leg #2), Robin Soares (Leg #3) and Megan Sebra (Leg #4)


Catch Us If You Can

Open Coed



Leonie Alesci (Leg #1), Robin Soares (Leg #2), Kevin Magna (Leg #3) and  Liesbeth Magna (Leg #4)


Catch Us If You Can

Open Coed



Robin Soares (Leg #1), Troy Soares (Leg #2), Liesbeth Magna(Leg #3) and Leonie Alesci (Leg #4)


Catch Us If You Can

Open Coed



Robin Soares (Leg #1 & 2), Richard Alesci (Leg #3) and Leonie Alesci (Leg #4)



Open Coed



Kevin Magna (Leg #1), Robin Soares (Leg #2), Richard Alesci (Leg #3) and Leonie Alesci (Leg #4)



Open Coed



Robin Soares (Leg #1), Courtney Loveday (Leg #2), Richard Alesci (Leg #3) and Leonie Wynhoven (Leg #4)



Open Coed



Robin Soares (Leg #1), Troy Soares (Leg #2), Richard Alesci (Leg #3) and Leonie Wynhoven (Leg #4)



Open Female



Robin Soares (Leg #1), Megan Canova (Leg #2), Liesbeth Brouwer (Leg #3), Leonie Wynhoven (Leg #4)



Open Coed



Robin Soares (Leg #1), Dick Kirkpatrick (Leg #2), Liesbeth Brouwer (Leg #3), Leonie Wynhoven (Leg #4) (?)



Open Coed



Troy, Robin, Liesbeth Brouwer, Leonie Wynhoven (?)



Open Coed



Troy-Robin-Leonie Wynhoven-Liesbeth Brouwer



Open Coed



Robin, Dave Funston, Kristin Funston, Leonie Wynhoven



Open Coed



Robin Heidt, Dave Funston, Kristin Funston, Leonie Wynhoven



Open Coed



Kristin Matthews, Liesbeth Brouwer, Leonie Wynhoven, Robin Heidt (?)






Kristin Matthews, Liesbeth Brouwer, Leonie Wynhoven, Robin Heidt






Kristin Matthews, Liesbeth Brouwer, Leonie Wynhoven, Robin

CIM Relay- Troy (Leg 2)-2022


December 4, 2022 - Sacramento, Ca


12.8 miles (Leg #2 of the Marathon Relay. CIM relay races started in 1995)


1:42:13 (12.8 mi. 8:00 pace. 3:35:48 total relay team time)


11th out of 65 Co-Ed Masters

Relay Teammates:

Robin Soares (Leg #1: 13.4 miles)

Other Teammates:


FCA Endurance:  Myself & Robin Soares

Placer Speedsters: Olivia Passaflume & Anna Soares

EV Cain Speedsters: Marisa Nelson & Anthony Eandi

Anna Tortosa & Emily Donlevy


Emily Donlevy, Julian Doak, Jim Kepfer (pacer), Tim Twietmeyer (pacer)

It’s been a tough couple months.  I drive to the 1/2-way point of the marathon with Ariel and Anna.  I’ve been praying for Robin (my partner doing the first leg) that she wouldn’t be soaked and cold at the start.  Thank you, Lord, for letting the rain clear up early and it looking like a better day.  This relay race today will be a good practice of finding joy in the Lord while persevering through difficulty. 

I make sure Anna and Ariel are set, get some running in, encourage others I meet and wait in the exchange point for Robin to come.  I get to connect with our friend Courtney Cardenas who is announcing.  Great to see him.  He gives a shout out to FCA and offers that prayer is available if anyone wants.  That would be great if someone wanted to pray.

I do get to pray with my girls one last time.

There’s Robin!  She’s happy to finish.  I get her chip and am off.  It really is a beautiful day.  I don’t even need my gloves.

From 13 to 20mi. 8:00 pace  I’m trying to run with good form because I have injuries that could flare up any moment. Also trying to conserve because I don’t have much distance training lately.  I stay about 8 min pace.  I smile and encourage others a little because I know I’m not out here just for me.  God has a purpose for each of these races because we’ve given this whole sport to Him.  I see some funny race signs, and some signs that shouldn’t be as well.  I look forward to seeing “The Wall” at 20 miles because that will be about 1/2 way for me.  I don’t know how I’ll do the rest, as I’m already pretty tired and sore now, but I know God will help me through.

From 20 to 26.2mi 8:00 pace. Ok, it’s getting tougher now.  Instead of just cruising, now it’s an effort to keep pace.  Some of the bands give a great momentary experience running through.  Appreciate that.  Now we hit the “Avenues”.  I remember my running partner Dick Kirkpatrick who first told me about these streets in 1996… they count down from 56th Ave to 10th ave where the finish is.  I look at the first street sign and then try to focus on the city far ahead and not look again until it’s in the 40’s… ok, did it!  Thank you, Lord.  Again, I try to ignore the pain, focus on the Lord, and not look until the 30’s.  It’s hard because the miles go by so slow now.  Ok, did it again!  Ok, 1 more time and then I can deal with the last 10 streets as they come.  Ah, so glad to be in the teens now!  Thank you, Lord, things are still working but I’m running like I’m sprinting just to maintain 8min pace.  I’ve been praying for Anna, as she started about 10min behind me and surely wants to catch me.  I would love for her to be able to do that, it would really excite her.  I can see the park now.  I hear the announcer.  Just a 1/2 mi around the block… and still no sign of Anna.  I still pray maybe she’ll catch me in this last straight away at Capitol Mall.  I see Robin and Ariel cheering along the side.  There’s the finish.  Thank you, Lord!  It was difficult and a stretch and still you gave me a consistent, safe, successful run.  You are so gracious!  My leg was 1:42:13 for 12.78 mi which turned out to be exactly 8:00 min pace which is quite a blessing.


Thursday, October 6, 2022

IM Hawaii-Robin-2022

Oct. 6th, 2022 – Kona, HI
Swim 2.4miles – Bike 112miles – Run 26.2miles

6:22:37 (1:14:06 – 8:33 – 6:46:45 – 7:49 – 4:33:12)


113 W45-49 (out of 187)


Diana Hassel, Jane Pilger, Jason Ford, Joyce Burch, Mike Pirnat, Stephen Horan

Waking up on race day..  so surreal.  It's been a long wait for this day and now it doesn't even seem real.  My family is up and ready to roll.  Troy has breakfast for me and Anna heads out to get a spot on the sea wall.  

I think back to the Iron Prayer and my Facebook post from the other day.  Today is all about Jesus.  I truly believe "I don't got this" race but that Jesus has got this race.  There is no guarantee I'm going to cross that finish line or that I won't go through major physical suffering.  But I can give my best for Him no matter what.  He is the reason I do this.

IMG_20221006_052306999Ariel and Troy walk me down to transition.  I have to say goodbye for a bit as I go turn in my special needs bags and check on my bike.  I am so thankful that my tires are still inflated as I get to my bike. Thank you Lord!

This year the swim start is by age groups which are staged along the finish line area.  I find my corral and Troy!  It's a spectator friendly area!  And there is my friend, Jane Pilger.  She and I both qualified at IM Coeur d'Alene last summer. 

The girls come over and give me hugs.  They are super excited.  It's so hard not to be with all the excitement!  It is quite a show!

Soon it's time to go.  Last hugs to Troy. 

Our wave heads over to the start.  Jane stops and has us pray.  We pray for each other and that the Lord be glorified.  I pray that Jane's knee won't bother her today.  

IMG_20221006_061446074Our corral of 45-to-49 women is being let onto the beach.  It’s starting to feel real now.  I swim out to the starting line and gather with the other blue caps.  Mike Reilly reminds us from the pier that we are the largest age group of women. I'm wearing a speedsuit given to me by a dear friend, Patty Stokes.  I hope it helps me glide through the water better.  Last time (2007) I wore a jogbra and tri shorts and felt a drag the whole time.  I seed myself towards the front of the pack… while realizing I'm surrounded by the best in the world and might get run over.  It’s also important to get a draft so I hope I can get in with a good pack.  The most important task I have today is to glorify Jesus.

THE SWIM   [ Goal: 1:13  (1:40 pace); Actual: 1:14:06 (1:55 pace) ]

IMG_20221006_070612300_HDRReady, set, go!  I get a great start and feel a good rhythm.  I struggle to find a consistent draft for the first 500 yds.  I’m happy to see a 8:24 split. I enjoy looking at the sandy bottom and even see some fish.

I eventually find a few girls to follow.  I have to pick it up to catch up with them. I feel great through 1000 and 1500 yds with splits of 8:16 and 8:17. Thank you Jesus!

I feel fatigue setting in and I feel my speedsuit chafing under my armpits.  Just 700 yds more to the farthest point at the iconic Body Glove boat. I have found a pretty good draft but have to keep adjusting as we catch up to other waves of age groups. I have swallowed salt water on accident while sighting and it's making my throat burn.

I am so relieved to make it to the boat. I'm halfway but ready to be done already. I usually enjoy the swim at this point but today I want to be done. I'm glad to make the turn to head back. I'm catching up to many swimmers now which makes it hard to keep a draft.  I am able to follow a few blue caps for the next 1000.

It seems more choppy. As I sight, I take in some more salt water and my throat burns more.  I try to blow out air as I look up to sight now to keep that from continuing to happen. The chafing continues to bother me.

My pace is slowing and so is my motivation. Please Lord, help me to persevere in this.  It will soon be over so help me keep my eyes on you and stop focusing on the negative.

293_d-2869244-DIGITAL_HIGHRES-5045_020749-19667536At the pier now!  Just keep pressing on!  It's hard to push but I try.  I can hear Mike Reilly's voice again so I'm getting closer.  I try to latch on to a blue cap all the way in to the stairs. 

I finally make it to the stairs and am so relieved.  Thank you Jesus!

TI [ Goal: 5:00; Actual: 8:33 ]

I rinse off with the hoses as I exit, grab my gear and head to the changing tent.

I'm glad to be heading out on the bike but I am concerned about bathroom breaks while out there.  They can eat up time, as I've found these last few crazy months of training.  I'll need to relax.  But thanks to God that it has gone well in the halfs I've done this year.  Lord, please help me with this so I can just focus on racing for you.

I can tell my transition is going to be slower than expected. It's huge and we all have to run the entire length of it. I put on my jersey, socks and also a pair of bike shorts over my tri shorts for extra padding (An idea from our friend Pastor Lincoln Murdoch).  I've successfully tried out the extra shorts in a few halfs this year.

FB_IMG_1665090552080I dip my hand in a vat of sunscreen and rub it on me.  My race number tattoo is coming off!  I carefully rub it to keep the rest intact. 

I run out to my bike with shoes in hand. I put my shoes and helmet on.  I also put a half sweet potato I cooked last night in my back pocket.  I'm off!

THE BIKE [ Goal: 6:40 (16.8mph); Actual: 6:46:45 (16.59mph) ]

I exit transition with my bike.  I hear someone call out my name and it's Sena Minshew from Yuba City.  She's volunteering today!  She cheers as I exit.  I hear Troy and the girls cheering for me and I mount my bike, smile and wave.  I'll see them soon again as I ride the quick loop through town.

289_3rd-2863826-DIGITAL_HIGHRES-5045_048967-18697035We ride towards the old airport and then through a new shopping area and up to the Queen K Hwy.  Back towards town and then down steep Palani Road. 

I hear Troy cheering as I turn on Kuakini Hwy. I head towards our condo.  I hear the girls cheering and I smile.  It's an out-n-back.  My legs feel tired already climbing up Kuakini.  It's only the beginning.  Help me look to you Lord!

Mile 5.  15.1 mph ave. Off my goal pace but trying not to be concerned. I have many flatter miles ahead of me on the Queen K.  

I head back to town and start the steep climb up Palani.  There are so many spectators!  It's such an exciting vibe to be here.  I see Troy and the girls cheering.  This will be the last time I see them for a long while.  I smile and try to thank them.  I love their support!

I turn on the Queen K.  Ok, this is where the mental race begins!  The scenery is not going to change much along here, just a plethora of lava rock to see!

Mile 15.  Passing the airport.  16.6 mph ave. Almost on goal pace.  I'm getting passed like crazy here.  It's hard not to let it affect me.  I feel the Lord reminding me that my worth isn't dependent on my placing.  He reminds me that it is a great blessing just to be here. 

293_3rd-2863826-DIGITAL_HIGHRES-5045_069394-18697039Mile 25.  I approach an aid station & get water.  I'm concerned about taking care of business, praying it goes well and it does. What a relief.  My nutrition is working well.  I'm drinking Vitargo for this first half.  I've enjoyed a Go-Go squeeze and now I pull out my sweet potato. Yum!  Troy put some sea salt in it and it's so good!  I save a little bit for later. With such a long day, it's so nice to have things to look forward to.  I'm making sure to grab 2 waters at each aid station: one to fill up my aero bottle and one to keep on hand to cool off and rinse off.

There has been a noticeable headwind going out but thankfully I've still been able to bring up my mph because of the flat road.

My jersey is riding up on my back and exposing my skin.  I'm so glad that Troy encouraged me to bring some sunscreen!  I pull it out and rub some on the spot.

I reach back to grab the rest of my potato and it's not there.  Oh dear! It fell out of my small pocket!  I hope it was at an aid station somewhere behind me!

Even though the highway is generally quiet besides us competitors, every so often I'll pass a community where spectators abound. It's a nice boost to see smiles and hear cheers!

298_3rd-2863826-DIGITAL_HIGHRES-5045_101544-18697044Mile 40.  I'm at 17.1 mph ave.  Yay! This is where we turn off the Queen K and climb up Akoni Pule Hwy all the way to the turnaround at Hawi.  I notice a shipping yard here.  This is must be where all the goods come from the main land.  I also notice several bars.  I guess that is for the sailors.  A section of the road is covered in dirt as if there were a recent flood.  I can tell that a good effort was made to clean up the area and it doesn't affect my ride at all.

Now I find myself passing more than I'm being passed.  My strength on the bike is climbing hills.  It's a nice mental boost.  Thank you Lord for legs that can climb!

I start to notice the pro women coming back. They are so far ahead…it's amazing!

I actually enjoy the climb up to Hawi. I'll get my Special Needs there.  I'm about done with my Vitargo and will switch to Perpetuem on the way back.  I'm able to stay ahead of my goal mph up until Mile 55.  The last 5 miles get steeper and tougher.  I watch riders coming back screaming down the hill.  That will be me soon! 

I roll into Hawi at 16.5mph.  Not bad!  Thank you Lord for sustaining me!  At the turnaround there are tons of spectators.  Again, a great boost! 

Before I leave town, I pull over for my Special Needs bag. It takes longer than expected for the volunteer to find it and they apologize.  I tell her it's no problem and "God Bless you".  She returns the blessing!  I had frozen my Thermo bottles of Perpetuem inside freezer bags filled with water. The water melted but is still cold. That worked pretty good!  I pull out a few more Go-Go squeezes and a ?????? Bar.  I hand the bag to the volunteer and roll out of town.  Then I remember I forgot the other half of my sweet potato in the bag. Oh well. 

Mile 60. I enjoy the 5 miles of downhill now. I pedal hard to capitalize on the free speed of gravity!  My average creeps up to 17.1! 

It's not all downhill here as I remember it wasn't all uphill along here going to Hawi.  The rolling part of the course is noticeable now and makes it mentally challenging. 

353_3rd-2863826-DIGITAL_HIGHRES-5045_243900-18697099Mile 80. By the time I turn back on the Queen K, I'm averaging around 17mph.  I'm noticing a headwind coming back!  The is the Big Island for you!  I'm feeling more fatigue set in now.  Lord, help me remain joyful! You have really given me a boost by giving me needed relief from an issue I prayed about! 

Mile 90.  Still at 17mph but my speed is creeping down.  Mentally it's a struggle but I find comfort in Christ.  Excited to be getting close to 100! 

Mile 100. 16.7 mph average now.  Headwind is tough.  Less than an hour to go.  I can finish this Lord with your strength!

Mile 105.  I pass the airport and am holding the 16.7mph average.  I'm going to see my family soon and I can get off this bike and run!

I see some pro women running towards the finish from the Energy Lab already!  Wow, they are just a few miles shy of the finish and I haven't even started the run yet!  I look for the moto camera crews and helicopter which would indicate the top pro.  I start to see some young 25-29 age group men. For some reason they are racing with the women today, rather than Saturday.  Also racing with the women are the 50-54, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85+ men.

I finally see a woman surrounded by a camera crew but the helicopter is further away.  She's probably the 2nd or 3rd woman.

Mile 110. I finally turn off the Queen K and head towards the old airport.  So close!! 

IMG_20221006_145715180Thank you Jesus for sustaining me today and for the miracle of having some relief from an issue I prayed about.

Mile 111. I see Troy!  I smile and wave. So glad to see him!  I'm sure the girls are close by

As I approach Palani, I pull my feet out of my bike shoes and place them on top.  I make the turn and hear the girls. I also hear Mike Reilly announcing the winner! "Welcome our Ironman Champion Chelsea Sodaro!".  Wow, that is humbling to know that I still have a marathon to run and the top pro is already finished!

I dismount and run into transition.

T2 [ Goal: 5:00; Actual: 7:49 ]

I feel surprisingly good!  There are no longer bike catchers so I have to run my bike back to my spot.  I have a little trouble putting it back in the stand but finally get it done.  I run the whole loop of the transition area again over to my run bag and then enter the changing tent.

A nice volunteer asks me if I want a wet towel and I say yes. She brings over a pretty big towel and drapes it over me. Ah, that feels great! I remember seeing a women on the Queen K with a towel like this around her neck. It's pretty big, but I'll give it a try.  I have a scratchy mesh bag I was going to use for keeping ice around my neck but this seems like a better alternative.

So glad to pull off these bike shorts and yucky socks!  I use the restroom and try to apply more sunscreen but it's like water on my skin and so hard to rub in.  My race number is rubbing off more but it doesn't really matter since I have my race bib on now. 

I tuck the towel into the neckline of my jersey and head out of the tent, grabbing water on the way. Time to run!

THE RUN  [ Goal: 4:38 (10:37 pace); Actual: 4:33 (10:19 pace) ]

I feel good exiting transition.  I run a bit up Palani and turn on Kuakini Hwy.  I see Troy and the girls cheering.  Yay!  I smile and wave.  I tell them I'm doing well.  

I soon turn and go down to Alii Dr.  I'm excited to run right past our condo. 

Mile 1.  9:33 pace.  I feel great and am tempted to pick up the pace.  I'm well ahead of my goal pace but know I have a LONG way to go.  Better to ease up and save my energy.

I am unsure how far down Alii I have to go. I should have studied the map. I'll just see where I end up.

I feel a little self-conscious with this large towel on my neck.  I start to think my race pictures will look funny and this stretch of Alii is so beautiful I don't want to see the towel.  I decide to ditch it at the next aid station.  I risk getting overheated without it because it can hold ice, but also risk getting overheated with it.  To keep cool I decide to put ice in my jersey instead.  It 326_3rd-2863826-DIGITAL_HIGHRES-5045_186533-18697072works pretty good though it doesn't stay on my neck.

I see Jane coming back.  She looks great and has a big smile.

Soon Troy comes biking by.  I'm so happy to spend a little time chatting with him. 

Mile 4. I'm feeling great as I near the turnaround. I'm averaging 9:50 pace!  I see a bathroom at the turnaround but it's too hard to get to. I ask Troy if he can check ahead to see if the next porta potty is free.  It's not but he finds another one and gives me the thumbs up. Great!

I lose some time and am now averaging 10:08 pace. No prob. I'm still well ahead of pace!

I hear someone call my name and see Lance Durst from Iron Prayer.  He's racing today too.  I tell him good job.  I'm praying for the other's from Iron Prayer who are racing today like Aubrie Yarbrough and Mike Pirnat.

Mile 6.  I see our condo.  As I get closer I hear Anna (on trumpet) and Ariel (on flute) playing for me.  I love it!  So cool they have a front row seat to all the action!

319_3rd-2863826-DIGITAL_HIGHRES-5045_177581-18697065Mile 7. It's not long before I'm climbing the steep Palani hill.  I continue to feel great and praise God!  I can't stop smiling.

I turn on the Queen K.  Just beyond is the Mile 8 marker.  I'm averaging 10:12 now after the hill but continue to feel amazing. I run past a cheer station.  They are playing music and dancing.  I pump my arms up and down as I run by. This is the last excitement for a while!

Mile 10.  Suddenly I have a decline in energy.  I am still able to stay under pace and still can't stop smiling.  Thank you Jesus for your help!

Mile 12.  I’m averaging 10:13 pace.  Very happy with that especially since it feels like I keep going uphill!

Troy bikes by.  I tell him I'm doing great despite the dip in energy.  He reminds me that when I come back here I'm going to push this 3 miles stretch that I ran 2 days ago.

I'm not far from the Energy Lab (EL) now and my special needs.  A beautiful sunset is forming.  I'm glad I put a headlamp in my special needs bag, I'm going to need it!

I grab water at an Aid Station and see Diana Hassel's husband, Dane. I ask how she is doing and he says she's having a tough run.  I tell him I'll pray for her and I do.

358_d-2869244-DIGITAL_HIGHRES-5045_198149-19667601Mile 14. As I turn toward the EL, I hit the porta potty once more.  I'm averaging 10:21 pace after the break.  Still ahead of pace!  Thank you Jesus!

Mile 15. As I continue to head down to the EL, I see Jane walking.  I stop to walk with her and pray for her.  I pray for God to give her energy and to bless her for spending every mile of her Ironman runs praying for others.

I make it to the Special Needs which is on the opposite side of the road and ask for my bag.  I can see I need to continue to run a bit further so I don't grab it yet. I'm looking forward to getting my favorite potato chips that I packed! 

Mile 16.  Turn-around.  I didn't realize how much further I had to run before turning back to my Special needs again! Mentally it's getting hard and I have to remind myself to smile. For God's glory!

Mile 17. I make it back to special needs.  I put on my headlamp and pull out my chips and 1/2 bottle of Vitargo. I walk for a little bit as I chug the bottle.  Now I've got to get back to work!

Mile 18.  Troy is waiting for me.  I tell him to pray for Jane.  He reminds me that it's almost time to pick up the pace for the 3 mi section (Mile 21 to Mile 24) we practiced. He also reminds me that I ran 8:20 pace that day but today will shoot for 9:20. I prepare myself for this.  Right now my pace has creeped up to 10:30.  Still under pace but not by much.  If I am able to go faster, it's going to be because of Jesus.  Though I feel joyful, I don’t feel energetic. 

IMG_20221006_181846989_HDRI exit the Energy Lab area finally.  It's getting dark now so I turn on my headlamp. Troy encourages me one last time as he speeds ahead into the dark.

Mile 20.  Yay! Pace is 10:33 now.  Yikes!  Please Lord help me to push it.  I believe I can do it in Your strength!  I feel more energy flowing as I prepare for the next mile.

Mile 21.  Ready, set and go!  I begin to pick it up.  I'm pleasantly surprised that I can do it without a big struggle.  That's you, Lord!

Mile 22.  9:18!  Awesome!  It's getting harder to push but I smile and keep trying.

Mile 23.  9:31. Close enough! Thank you Lord!  Just one more mile and I can back off going up the last "climb" to Palani.

Mile 24.  9:30.  Praise you Jesus!  Two more miles until the finish!  Yahoo!!

I hit the "hill" and press on at 10:22 pace. 

IMG_20221006_191740637Mile 25. I hit the top of Palani, it's 1 Mile to go! I'm tired but amped.  I can hear the girls and Troy cheering for me.  I cannot wait to hug them!

I turn onto Kuakini and push to the "hot corner".  Now I'm on Alii!  Last stretch!

Just before I hit the red finish carpet, I feel such great joy!  I shout out "Thank you Jesus" over and over again.  Some volunteers say "Amen". 

I smile and point to Jesus as I approach the finish.  It is only because of Him I can do this! 

Then finally, my last steps and I'm over the finish! Mike Reilly says "Robin Soares, you are an Ironman!" Wow, thank you Jesus!! 

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I see my sister-in-Christ Flor Hodges. She's volunteering and helps me walk to get my medal and food.  Another wonderful blessing!  Thank you Jesus!

THE FINISH [ Goal: 12:42; Actual: 12:50:22 ]

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Biz Johnson 1/2 Marathon (Troy) 2022

September 3rd, 2022 – Susanville, CA
13.1 Miles



2nd M50-54; 11th/59 Overall


Marathon – FCA: Robin Soares

It’s still dark in Susanville. I see Robin off on the shuttle to her Marathon start at the other end of the Biz Johnson trail, a 25 mile section of Southern Pacific Railroad converted to a beautiful running path.


I’m doing the 1/2 marathon which is an out-n-back starting at the end of the trail in Susanville.   It’s a small crowd, and a small starting line, right on some remaining railroad tracks and next to a parked caboose, a centerpiece for this historic area.


Go!  Because it’s small, about 100 runners, I had thoughts that I might be able to run at the front, but quickly I start falling back remembering I’ve been nursing a strained calf muscle I got at the Lake Tahoe Tri after crashing on my bike.

1mi 8:50. I’m still really happy to be running and to experience this trail I’ve always wanted to run for years.  It goes along the Susan River, between the mountains, at a steady 3% grade for the whole distance.

2mi 8:38.

3mi 8:47. break #1. At about 3.4 mi I feel my calf start to flare up.  I have to drop the pace from 8:45 down to 9:45.  It can handle that.

4mi 9:27. At 4.5 mi we go through the first tunnel.  So impressive to think of them blasting out this hole through the mountain. It’s also a cool relief from the 75 deg sun that has come up.  It’s quite dark but lanterns on the ground light the path.  At 4.9mi we go through a 2nd tunnel as well. These are the highlights of the race for me!

5mi 10:01. break #2

6mi 9:58. I see the leaders coming back.  I count 15 and think how great it would be if I could catch up to top 10.

7mi 9:33. The turn-around is high-spirited with great volunteers, music and food.  I take some Cliff Blocks and orange slices together… tastes like a fruit salad! delicious.  This is the 19mi mark of the marathon but we don’t see any marathoners coming yet.  I pray for Robin knowing she’s probably a few miles behind me now and I won’t be able to cheer her on until the end.

8mi 8:00.   It’s noticeably easier running back down the 3% grade.  I feel I can push the calf more.  I pick it up and it’s going so well. Thank you, Lord!  Slowly catching up to others.  I pass a couple ladies and a guy.  break #3. Yay, I get to run through the tunnels again. 

9mi 8:16.  I get drinks from the 2 aid stations along the way and thank the young volunteers.  I’m in 12th place and the next runner is way ahead so I try to pick it up..

10mi 7:36. Wow, great mile!  The marathon leader catches and passes me (he’s running a 2:51 marathon pace which is 6:32 pace)

11mi 7:53. I’m not giving up.. I can still see 10th place ahead and even though the miles are running out, you never know what can happen

12mi 8:00. I no longer feel the downhill grade, I’ve gotten used to it so it just feels hard again.  Just 1 mile to go.. gotta give it my all..

13mi 7:45. That was a great push.. but the guy ahead is out of reach.  Now just have to climb a little trail to the finish without straining my calf..

Yay, done!  Thank you, Lord for an exciting race even with a weak calf.  I’m very sore, but excited to go out and see Robin finish now!


Bizz Johnson Marathon- Robin-2022

September 3rd, 2022 – Susanville, CA
26.2 Miles



2nd/7th W40-49; 15th/55 Overall


1/2 Marathon – FCA: Troy Soares

Thanking God to be able to do this race.  It was a last minute find and worked perfectly with our busy schedule.  It’s a point- downhill race though slight. This is much better than trying to run a marathon on my own at home where it’s hilly!  It’s been a stressful and challenging week. Last night, we arrived in Susanville late to find our hotel room was occupied. The hotel was totally booked so we had no where to stay.  Fortunately, we found another room at another hotel quickly.  We didn’t get much sleep but were grateful for a bed! 

We arrive early to check in for the race.  Since it’s going to be a hot day, they have moved up my race start an hour to 7am.  I say goodbye to Troy and get on the bus to get to the start.  It’s a point to point so I’ll be back here in 5 hours.  Troy’s half marathon is an out and back and he starts an hour after me.  I wonder if we’ll see each other. 


I read the Bible and pray on the way over.  I want to honor Jesus today.  Even though I’m exhausted He can help sustain me.  I hope to go sub-9:30 pace and get under 4:10 for the marathon. but I’ll take up to 10 minutes for a 4:22.  I try to snooze for the last few minutes of the drive.

We arrive at the start.  It’s a trailhead for the start of the Bizz Johnson bike trail.  The railroad used to go along this trail. CA Congressman Bizz Johnson worked for years to create a trail. It’s 25 miles long which means we have to do a out and back in the beginning to make the 26.2.  The profile of this run is downhill.  It is slight but consistent.  Troy did point out on the map this morning that there is a hill at Mile 20. 

All the runners make a b-line for the restrooms including myself.  I feel like I’m having digestive issues but get some relief.

The race director gathers us and gives us the run down of the course.  There are less than 100 of us and some folks are running a 50K which means their out and back is much farther.

Ready, set, go!  We take off.  Within a half mile I have to use the restroom again!  As we head back to the Bizz trail there is a porta potty and I quickly pop in and out.  Onto the trail.  The trail is flat and has some gravel. At Mile 2 we run through a burned area.  So sad. 

I enjoy the quiet morning and watch the sun come up. There are a few runners around me.  I think we are all taking in the beauty.

By mile 4 I’m averaging 9:28. Yay! 

I get some water at the first aid station at Mile 5.  The trail is so nice.  I’m running through a forest and enjoying the downhill grade. I don’t feel the downhill but I can see it reflected in my pace.

The digestive issue pops up again. I have to make a brief stop and I’m on my way again. 

At Mile 8 there is another aid station.  I get some water and grab some potato chips.  Digestive issues again so I hope the chips will help. I’m averaging 9:26 pace.

Another stop at Mile 9 and I hope that is the end.  I am trusting God and doing my best.

At Mile 11 I get more water and chips.  I’m averaging 9:25 pace.  Thank you God! 

I can hear a horn in the distance like you would hear at a pro soccer match.  There must be another aid station with a lot of people.  As I think about it, that doesn’t make sense.  I’m in the middle of nowhere.  After a while I figure out that it’s cattle lowing!  Ha, ha!  That’s funny right there!

I’m feeling good but by Mile 13, the issue comes back.  I’m averaging 9:24.

I get to the Mile 14 aid station.  It’s a the first trailhead I’ve seen. I hit the porta potty there hopefully for the last time.  I get some water and chips and continue.

I come up on another burn area at mile 16.5 and it lasts until 19.5.  So sad  The burned trees along the trail have be leveled.  The sun is hot and without the tree cover it’s intense.  So glad we started early!

At Mile 19 I’m averaging 9:23.  Thank you God that I can continue to hold this pace and that haven’t had any more issues.  I’m tired but feeling good.

I can see that the trail is heading towards a highway.  The trail goes down and under the highway.  I finally see the hill.  It’s short but steep and with deep gravel.  It’s a challenge getting up that.  I’m rewarded with an aid station.  I get water and more chips.  The half marathon turn around is here.  I think Troy is long gone now.  I wonder how many half marathon runners I’ll catch up to. My average is 9:23. 

At Mile 22 is another aid station.  I get water and chips.  I plan on getting cola at the last aid station.  I’m averaging 9:24.

I ready to be done!  The old railroad bridges and 2 railroad tunnels keep me distracted. The tunnels are so cool inside and dark.  There are lanterns lighting the way!

At Mile 24 is the last aid station.  They don’t have cola.  Bummer.  That’s ok, I’ve got the Lord.  I’m averaging 9:24.

I have passed a few half marathoners and have caught a few marathoners that are struggling.  I encourage them as I go by.

So close now!  I should be under 4:10. Yay! 

With 1/2 mile to go I see Troy waiting for me.  It’s so nice to see him.  He tells me just a little further I’m done. 

I turn off the trail and head towards the finish. There it is.  I see the clock at 4:07.  I push as hard as I can.  I finish at 4:07:38. Thank you Jesus!


Friday, September 2, 2022

Tahoe Tri Olympic-Troy -2022

August 28, 2022 – Lake Tahoe, CA
Swim 1.5K – Bike 25 miles – Run 6.9 miles

3:05:26 (19:00 – 5:32 – ? – 1:15 – 1:02:00)




HALF- FCA: Robin Soares

OLY DU – Dave Campbel

The whole family is at sugar pine State Park in Lake tahoe. It's been hot down in Auburn but it's 45 degrees here at 5:00 a.m. . We swam in the water yesterday. it wasn't that cold. I find my old wet-suit has 2 big holes in it. another reason I'm glad it's not freezing water. Still I'm pretty cold in my wetsuit standing on the beach. Anna and Ariel are great support. We all pray with Robin as she starts her half Ironman distance, her last big prep before Hawaii. Our friend Courtney Cardenas is announcing and gives the signal for Robin's group to start. I pray that she's comfortable during the swim and has a safe bike and her hamstring doesn't hurt in the run.


I have to do some sprints on the beach to keep from getting too cold. The girls send me off and I carefully walk over the rocks into the water deep enough to swim. Walking on The rocks here is difficult. I pray as I want to do God's will and the countdown starts and we're off.

I don't want to be out of air this time like at June Lake so I breathe exaggerated early on and take it easy. I'm not cold. The water is so clear and it's peaceful looking at the sand below. I never get a draft. I'm not fast. But it's an enjoyable swim. I try to glide more and be efficient. We get around the final turn buoys and head towards the finish. I push harder and have a couple Summers next to me to work off of. The problem at the beach is all the rocks but they cleared a path for us to walk up. I sit in the water to take my wetsuit off but I still struggle. Looking forward to a different wetsuit. But also glad I'm not freezing. I finally stumble out to the cheers of my daughters who point to where my shoes are and I grab them and head up to transition.


Transition is slow as expected. I put on arm warmers and a jacket. 


out on the road it's chilly but I use my sleeves as gloves and I'm okay. I don't have as much brain fog as I did in June Lake which is good. Thank you Lord. I feel like I'm picking up speed each mile. I'm passing more and more riders which means my swim was pretty slow. There's a lot of climbing but it's going well. About 9 MI on the course before Emerald Bay I go up a long climb and and pass Patrick a triathlete I raced with many times.

At the top of the climb we head towards an incredibly spectacular view of Lake Tahoe. Granite rocks on both sides dropping into a sharp hairpin right turn with the lake looming below.

In 2015 the last time I was here I hit a bump and flatted right before the turn. This time no flat and I'm excited to drop in. It's definitely a sharp drop to the right. But the road has great tractions so I lean into it. Suddenly I feel my rear wheel slipping out surprisingly. I start to tip to the right when traction suddenly is caught. I expect to high side and fly over.. which would be bad. But then just as suddenly the wheel slips back into the right course and I'm in control again. "Thank you Lord!" I say.  I quickly put it behind me and prepare for the sharp left turn that immediately follows. As I start to lean I hear a weird sound from my rear wheel like a scraping. But I'm committed and go in to the turn. Immediately my rear wheel slides out like on ice. As I go down in slow motion I know that the tire had gone flat as this has happened a few times before. I hit hard on my hip but then slide so gracefully on my butt. That's also a memory I have from crashes where it feels so smooth as you slide until a second later you realize skin is scraping off. And that's when I hope to stop sliding. I get untangled from my bike and pull everything to the side limping. Ugh the sudden pain of road rash. I quickly go to work on the wheel but I'm shocked to see a 7-in gash in my tire and my carbon rim with jagged splinters. Okay not so easy. Meanwhile Patrick and other riders that I saw earlier go by. They are all so friendly and considerate asking if I need anything. I tell them I'm fine because there's nothing they can do. Is my race done? I go through the motion of fixing the rear flat anyway and put a little bit of air in even though the tire won't stay on the rim. Yep I would need a new tire or a new wheel to finish. 

I  notice the tire isn't what I usually use and remember I had it on Robin's Wheels but during preparations accidentally switched it to mine. I don't know if it was the tire's fault but I think to myself that I'm sure glad it was on my bike and not Robin's. I pray for Robin that she's having a good ride I know that she is concerned about all the cars on this narrow road.

I try to walk down to a safe place to hitch a ride but it's very difficult. Bikes are going both directions and cars as well. there's not room to even walk. I have to wait for a break and push my bike down the road. after about 20 minutes and seeing those same riders now coming back towards the finish I catch a ride with a very nice couple in a truck. On the way back maneuvering around the many triathletes on the road I see Robin. I'm so glad to see her smiling. I tell my rescuers about her but I don't wave because if she sees me in a car she would be overly concerned. It makes my day seeing her Smiling, knowing she's having a good ride.

I get dropped off and run in my socks for the 1/4 mile to transition and sadly turn in my chip to Francie Campbell (how fortunate, a volunteer who is also such a good friend, for this sad moment)  Anna and Ariel both see me quickly. They get caught up on what happened and suggest that I wear something to cover the now indecent openings in my shorts. 


I put on the only thing I have, sweatpants. The girls say I'm displaying a good attitude and I tell him, well that means the race is successful after all, that makes me happy. although I'm DQ'd, I go out on the run and will make sure not to get in anyone's way. Ariel comes a little ways with me and I'm so happy to hear that she ran the run course earlier while we were on the bike. It's a beautiful trail through the state park so I'm glad she got to experience it.

I gradually start picking it up. Since my light-headed experience at June Lake I want to see that it doesn't happen again. I run with a gal for a while who is pretty competitive. I pull ahead, trying to ignore the swelling on my hip and the hot sweatpants as the air is really heating up. Actually I'm so thankful to be able to run that it's a joy to push hard. If I would have high-sided in that first turn I could have easily broken a collarbone. I remember these trails from 2015 when I was doing the 13 Mile course. It's nice to know it's only 6.9 today. I see the out and back that that half Ironman athletes must do. I remember how tough that was and hope Robin enjoys it more than I did the last time. 

Through a lot of nice single track and then cross the road for a short mile to the finish. I pull off before the finish to where Ariel is waiting and I'm glad to be reunited with them. It was a great run I never felt dizzy and I'm glad for the experience.

Robin comes in on the bike and she's doing great and we cheer for her on the run and all enjoy some time at the lake afterwards. Thank you Lord for making a great day out of a potentially bad one.