So before I write a mammoth post about last weekend's TOMRV bike tour, I have to share a delightful story that I stumbled upon amidst the epic weekend. Friend Jilly introduced me to a woman that she describes as knowing "since we were three" and having done triathlon and ironman for just as long. A kindred soul, indeed. Long time Ironman-er, PE teacher, and lover of life.
|Nancy's the gal second from the right (from her blog)|
Nancy also blogs about her terrific adventures, most particularly her most recent attempt to complete one marathon in each state...yes...one marathon in each state. Fifty marathons? Holy Moly, Macaroni! Jilly kindly introduced me as having done "a fistful of Ironmans" (Jilly has raced in all ten Madison Ironman and at least one other (Kona), probably others along the way. So Nancy, it turns out, gets to chatting with me about where I've raced Ironman. Canada (yes, both of us) and Vineman, back in the nineties. I ask which year, and she can't quite remember, but shares with me that she is trying to prove she raced Vineman, so she can check California Marathon off her list. I shared with my newfound friends that I might have evidence of her race results and their jaws dropped. "You save that stuff?" I replied, "Not always, but I have a scrapbook, and I saved results from Vineman, back in the day when you waited a month or more for hard copy of race results rather than instantly available on the web." So sure 'nuff, I go home and start plowing through my scrapbook, and there it is, plain as day, the second year I raced Vineman (1995) Nancy was there along side me. In fact, our run times were only seconds apart, and our swims pretty close as well. What a thrill! It's been seventeen long years since then, many life events, and here we are, still plugging away at a sport that has exploded in scale, popularity, expense, and everything else. True Believer, Indeed! Nancy looks absolutely terrific and is as charismatic as they come.
|Vintage Ironman:Northern California!|
|upon close inspection, tri-geeks, you might notice my tendency to explode on the run is long standing, but not terminal.|