It is funny because in other Ironman races I always have a variety of emotions all day during the race. I question why I decided to do the race, I want to quit, I get excited from fans cheering, the emotions never end. Saturday in Texas I was pretty level headed all day once I finished the craziness of the swim. The swim through me for a loop because once again I had to fight through the first half to survive! Here is a photo of the madness! I felt like I was fighting for 30 minutes before I could get into any kind of rhythm to swim. I ended with a slower than expected swim but was glad to get it over. I got on the bike and felt great from mile 1 to 112. It was flat with some wind but nothing compared to what I have trained on in Vegas. I did not push myself as hard as I could have on the bike but in the end that was probably a good thing because I felt pretty strong on the run. During this Ironman I did not ever ask myself WHY I was doing it, I just focused on getting to the finish. I took it one hour at a time and ultimately had my best finish in an Ironman event. I finished with a total time of 11:43 and 9th in my age group. Best of all after my race I felt good enough to go out and eat at a restaurant. Every other time I have raced I was so destroyed from the race I could hardly move off the bed once back at the hotel. Here is a photo from the finish after I crossed the finish line.