IM New Orleans 70.3 in the Books!!

>> Sunday, April 05, 2009

Everyone finished!! Team Evotri did GREAT, and Pharmie and I came in around when we thought we would!

Here’s the cliff-notes version of my race:

Swim: I was all over the place. I thought I was doing poorly. Ended up with nearly a PR!

Bike: I had to keep telling myself to slow up! There was a NASTY headwind on the way back, and I was a little under-trained, so my time was 10-15 minutes slower than I would have liked. But I wasn’t complaining!

Run: I nearly threw in the towel in T2. I hopped off my bike, and my left hammy (up real high and in the inside near my gootch/taint area) was on fire! I tried to take a poo in the porta-potty in transition, and I completely collapsed on the seat when I tried to sit down. I almost didn’t leave transition - I was HURT! I thought I’d give the run a try. I nearly fell down the little hill out of transition because of the sharp pain. But I started running. The pain was bearable. I got faster, and faster, and faster. NEVER have I given so much mental and physical effort in a race as I did in that run. In the end, with my broken butt, I was able to run a 1:36:28 half marathon! (A 70.3 PR for me in the run by 11 minutes.) Never have I been so emotional during and ending a race: there was 10X the emotion compared to my IM WI finish.

Total: I got it: I walked away with PR by a few minutes!

Back with a lot of photos and a hell-a-va story shortly! Now, we’re still in New Orleans - time to live it up!!


Bootchez 6:50 PM, April 05, 2009  

Conrats, Steve! A PR, and no sharting! Fantastic.

Carlee 6:56 PM, April 05, 2009  

Congrats; that's so awesome. I'm glad you had a great day; you definitely deserve to live it up!

Rainmaker 7:06 PM, April 05, 2009  

Awesome job! Congrats! I was checkin' in on you at points during the day.

the gazelle 7:15 PM, April 05, 2009  

congrats! I hope your ass is okay now that you're finished. Great finishes for you & Pharmie both! Have fun in NO tonight!

Anonymous,  7:16 PM, April 05, 2009  

Congrats Steve and you did hell of job with the injury flaring up during T2!

trimybest 7:34 PM, April 05, 2009  

kick ass!!! wait 10-15 minutes longer than you thought on the bike?! that would have put you darn close to my prediction!

Judi 8:00 PM, April 05, 2009  

getting all EMO is ok at the end of a big race. you really rocked it steve....

Jumper 2.0 8:17 PM, April 05, 2009  

Awesome Steve! And congrats to Pharmie too!

Molly 9:05 PM, April 05, 2009  

Congratulations! I was watching you guys all day!!!

Jen B,  9:18 PM, April 05, 2009  

Congrats Steve and Pharmie! You both are an inspiration!

Jamie 9:22 PM, April 05, 2009  

Congrats to you both!

Jenny Davidson 9:23 PM, April 05, 2009  

Yes, many congratulations!

Kelly 9:26 PM, April 05, 2009  

Stop blogging and go party!


Stef 9:59 PM, April 05, 2009  

Steve have a great rest of your time in N.O.!

So proud of you to overcome that injury to have such a great race. Simply amazing.

Cannot wait for the details (later -- party now, details later)!!!

E-Speed 10:25 PM, April 05, 2009  

Nice job Steve! Hope the injury isn't serious!

Carly 10:30 PM, April 05, 2009  

WTG!!!! Nice job, I hope you aren't too hurt. Enjoy the big easy!

Borsch 10:36 PM, April 05, 2009  

Wooot!!! Awesome job!

jen 10:37 PM, April 05, 2009  

Wow! Great job!! Congrats to you and Pharmie.

Christie 10:57 PM, April 05, 2009  

Steve, YOU ROCK! Congrats!

Tyger Lily 10:59 PM, April 05, 2009  

Woo Hoo!!! Congrats to both of you and your team buddies!

amybee 11:15 PM, April 05, 2009  


Way to dig deep and get beyond that hammie pain.

You are going to have a great season.

Xenia 2:23 AM, April 06, 2009  

Congrats, Steve! I hope your butt is no longer broken! :)

Calyx Meredith 5:33 AM, April 06, 2009  

What a triumphant cliffs note version! Can't wait to hear the whole blow by blow. Have fun and eat yourself silly. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Shawn 5:34 AM, April 06, 2009  

AWESOME JOB! Way to pull through and keep going!

Shannon 5:42 AM, April 06, 2009  

Congratulations Buddy-Ol-Pal!

Sorry bout' your seized up arse, how did you ever do that?

Missy 6:11 AM, April 06, 2009  

Congrats, that totally rocks! A broken butt will heal in NO time:)

duchossois 6:25 AM, April 06, 2009  

Huge Congratulations Steve! Way to tough it out and go for the PR.

D10 6:43 AM, April 06, 2009  

Congratulations to you and Pharmie!!! Great job out there. Can't wait to see the pictures. Well done.

Ms. Caddywumpus 7:23 AM, April 06, 2009  

Nice job! I want to see photos of tears of joy....and you NOT checking your watch at the finish (which is exactly what I do too).

Kim 7:59 AM, April 06, 2009  

WOOOHOOO way to PR! your time is fantastic!

CoachLiz 8:06 AM, April 06, 2009  

Congratulations Steve!!!

The half distance is nothing to fool around with and it can beat you up and spit you out. I am very proud of you for fighting through the mental and physical challenges that you faced for this race.

You are a CHAMP!!!

marie 8:23 AM, April 06, 2009  

Congrats + an injury story, with NOLA left to enjoy (if you come up with any food or run routes tips I'll be there on Wednesday!)

Great work, Steve and Pharmie!

Michelle 8:35 AM, April 06, 2009  

I am in awe of you Steve! Really I can't find the words other than CONGRATS!!!

I am looking forward to photos and the whole race report!!!


Brian 8:45 AM, April 06, 2009  

awesome times. now i feel bad i made a comment about your t2 time before knowing what happened.

Polz├║nkov 8:54 AM, April 06, 2009  

Feeling a lot of pain you finished a half marathon in an hour, 36 minutes? Ha, awesome!

t-odd 9:06 AM, April 06, 2009  

I am just catching up on all the racers from this weekend. Awesome race! Way to gut it out. I would have to say that is an even more impressive run time knowing how you were feeling. Can't wait for the classic finish line shot with you looking at your watch. Damn fine job! Tell Pharmie congrats as well. Now, on to the Vicodin cocktails and massages.

X-Country2 9:13 AM, April 06, 2009  

Woo hoo! Can't wait to read the full report!

Marlene 9:22 AM, April 06, 2009  

WOOHOO! Congrats Steve!!! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Hope your hammy is okay.

Jess 9:29 AM, April 06, 2009  

Whooo hoo congrats on the PR! Can't wait for the full story!

Anonymous,  9:41 AM, April 06, 2009  

Congratulations from Brazil!

Rodrigo Stulzer

b 9:44 AM, April 06, 2009  

Sweet PR Steve!!!

Anonymous,  9:49 AM, April 06, 2009  


Jennifer Harrison 10:06 AM, April 06, 2009  

WOW, SUPER Race, Steve and way to PR in that run and almost your swim! VERY cool. I know you worked hard!
PS Did you warm up before? hee hee

Chad in the AZ Desert 10:07 AM, April 06, 2009  

Wow! Congratulations. I can't wait to hear all about this race, that's for sure.

The Happy Runner 11:01 AM, April 06, 2009  

Congratulations on your PR! That's terrific!

Badgergirl 11:31 AM, April 06, 2009  

Congrats! Can't wait to hear all about it.

aron 11:38 AM, April 06, 2009  

congrats!!!!!! cant wait for the full report!

Chic Runner 12:23 PM, April 06, 2009  

Sweet PR Steve. Glad you rocked it and can't wait to read the whole story with your broken butt! Feel better soon!

Anonymous,  12:24 PM, April 06, 2009  

Ok, so enlighten me - what's a 'gooch' and a 'taint'...not words we use over this side of the pond...!

Adam 12:46 PM, April 06, 2009  

That is pretty awesome man. Amazing that you are able to run that fast after ~60 miles!!

Gotta Run 1:04 PM, April 06, 2009  

Please tell us you are feeling better with no true injuries to report.

HOLY COW... you did awesome!!! Love the recap of your event and the guts of what happens when the plan does not go perfect.

Cheers to a great recovery!

JP Severin 1:31 PM, April 06, 2009  

really brilliant race. It was great to hang with you this wknd! way to tough the run out. You probably would have run 1:33 or so without the bum ass. Keep it classy, jelly donut.

Charisa 1:38 PM, April 06, 2009  

Nice job - congrats on the PR!!

triguyjt 1:53 PM, April 06, 2009  

Busted ass and a near P.R.

you're a freak...
look forward to the report

joyRuN 2:02 PM, April 06, 2009  

Congrats, Steve! Now go enjoy that beautiful city :)

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach 2:03 PM, April 06, 2009  

Hooray for a GREAT race, FANTASTIC run and awesome PR! Woo-hoo!!!!! Looking forward to the report! :)

Brent Buckner 2:09 PM, April 06, 2009  

Congratulations - laissez les bon temps rouler!

Casey 2:27 PM, April 06, 2009  

Good job! You look like one happy dude--screaming taint and all!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg 2:59 PM, April 06, 2009  

Congrats, Steve!

Broken @$$-cheeks is why the good Lord gives us all two!

Way to go!

BaddApple 3:01 PM, April 06, 2009  

Great Job. Way to power through and do your best. Proud of you!

Carolina John 3:22 PM, April 06, 2009  

Way to push through buddy. Good job getting that PR!

Sonia 3:33 PM, April 06, 2009  

YAY Steve! Sounds like a tough but rewarding race and PR to booth! CONGRATS!!!!

Ted 3:55 PM, April 06, 2009  

Congrats to both of you!!! That is freaking awesome on the PR. That is a cool bling !

Wil 5:54 PM, April 06, 2009  

AND with a broken butt... sorry again that I missed your finishing shot. Slow DOWN next time :-P

I Run for Fun 7:16 PM, April 06, 2009  

Congratulations! That is awesome!!!

TriSaraTops 7:56 PM, April 06, 2009  

You have 69 comments right now.

Honest Abe

Dori 12:40 AM, April 07, 2009  

Way to go, Steve! I don't speak Tri, but that's a rockin' time for a half-M! Relax and have a great time in the Big Easy.

ShirleyPerly 3:49 AM, April 07, 2009  

Amazing run with a broken butt -- CONGRATS!!!

RunBubbaRun 6:39 AM, April 07, 2009  

You had a hurt ass and you still ran that fast. Congrats on the PR.

Now that would have been a sight if they had to wheel you out of the ports podie.

Laura 9:04 AM, April 07, 2009  

Congrats to you both! Can't wait to see pics and read the race report.

Irish Cream 2:50 PM, April 07, 2009  

HOORAY!! Congrats! Can't wait to read the rest of the report! :)

Lana 4:15 PM, April 07, 2009  

Congratulations Steve!! Great pics!

Shawn 2:31 PM, April 08, 2009  

Macca was all over the blogosphere lately! lol

You're like the third person I've read who say him and/or talked to him.

I raced with him! (at lavaman)

One of my teammates needed help getting her bike back into the slot at the transition and asked a random stranger to help her... turned out it was Chris (She didn't know who he was until later) He was a great sport and helped her deflate her tire so she should get it back into the racks.

Overall he seems like an excellent guy as well as a stellar athlete.

sRod 6:16 AM, April 11, 2009  

Well done Mr. Inaspeedogross, well done!

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