Sunday, November 2, 2008

Melissa Daly..You are NOT an Ironman...YET


Ok...ok....no tears are allowed here but to say Im not disappointed would be a lie.  It was a beautiful day for a beautiful race..however, it wasn't MY day...

I woke up at 345am..had my breakfast and had multiple text messages from so many well wishers.  I grabbed my gear and headed to transition.  Got body marked and dropped off my Special Needs Bags, got my tires pumped up by the tech guys in transition (and this will be significant later) and headed back upstairs to our condo to stay warm.

We took some awesome pictures with my support crew as I got into my wetsuit/skin and headed down to the beach.  I was very nervous as Hector took me aside and gave me some last minute instructions. "Today is your day...you have prepared and you are ready..now its just a victory lap".

The gun went off and my eyes got wide as I watched 2000 people enter the water.  I hit the water with determination.  THIS IS  going to be my day.

I did my first lap in 52 minutes,  just like I had done the day before.  I know this sounds slow to the rest of the world but for me, it was awesome.  I ran up the sand to make the lap back in the water, stumbled a little but I was pumped.  Back into the water for the second lap feeling FANTASTIC!!

Out of the water at 2:05:00.  Ok...were not setting any speed records here but you must understand, my goal was to make the cut off..and I did by 15 minutes.  

Out of the water and up the sand, Mike Rielly was announcing my name (holey moley..Mike Reilly knows who I am). I made it through the showers and into the changing tent.  My first Ironman transition took me about 10 minutes (I can do better here).

Off to my bike where my coach, Hector, had it waiting for me in transition.  All smiles and excited he sends me on my way.  Little did I know that he had found a flat front tire while I was in the changing tent and had the bike tech support in transition change it before my arrival.  I just jumped on and went.

On the bike, i got organized.  Bottles were full, Bento box accessible and into the aero bars I went.  Off Thomas Drive on to Front Beach Road and I was on my way.

I took two sips of endurance drink and felt a little funny.  Hmmm...maybe Im just a little amped up from the swim.  I switched to water for the next few miles.  At mile 4 I tried some more endurance drink.  It hit my stomach like a lead weight.  Wow!!  I tried a gel..and some water. Now Im queasy but ok.  A few yards down on the road, another sip of endurance drink and....oh no....Im not just sick...im REALLY SICK!!

I proceeded to upchuck every 3 to 4 minutes for the next 50 miles.  At the special needs stop, I decided to consult medical assistance. In my special needs bag, I had packed TUMS and Gas X (thanks to my friend's advice on BeginnerTriathlete.com) I downed 4 tums.  They made the trip back up.  I looked up at one of the Ironman Staff and two paramedics and I knew, I was probably done.

They brought an ambulance.  I refused.  All I need is a ride to the medical tent and something to settle my stomach.  I got that and enter the medical tent where they found me running a slight fever and a high heart rate.  There is a chance I got some food poisoning OR my formula from Infinit was not the right mixture..but whatever it was...it ended my first attempt at Ironman.

After a bag of IV fluid and several bottles of water, I was released to my husband's arms.  It was only in this moment that I cried.  In the grand scheme of life, this is small potatoes.  Im not losing my house.  I haven't been diagnosed with cancer.  My life is amazing.  On the 10th anniversary of my gastric bypass, I did more in a day than I would have ever dreamed of.  Im still living and my quality of life is so incredible, how in the world could I be sad.  We sat and talked on the beach and, with his loving and sweet support, we agreed, I would try this again.

I tell ya what I DID get to do yesterday.  After getting my stomach right and a quickie nap, my dear support crew got some dinner in me and we returned to the finish line.  I got to witness some amazing people accomplishing something very wonderful.  To every single finisher, I am in awe and I applaud you.  Congrats to all.  

So, you might wonder..whats next??  Well...I don't believe in failure.  I believe in making mistakes until you succeed.  So, even though I have an automatic entry into any 2009 Ironman North America race, I got up at 400am and cheered on 4 of my friends who signed up for Florida 2009.  I WILL DO THIS AGAIN AT FLORIDA IN 2009!!  

No tears.  No fear. No excuses.  No BS.  It wasn't yesterday but I decided what my future holds.  
I will be an Ironman!!

15 comments:

RBR said...

Wow, I am so sorry that you got derailed by a virus or some other stomach issue.

What a great attitude. I so agree, not being able to finish your first Ironman is disappointing, but not a world ending event. We all have a lot to be truly grateful for. This is a hobby and fun. Way to keep it all in perspective.

You did what a true hero would do and you signed up to try it again. I, for one will be watching the journey to IMFL 2009 when you become an Ironman!

Cuke said...

Sooooo sorry your race did not go as expect. But, great attitude. you are an inspiration!

Coach Bill said...

Missy - hang in there girl - you should be proud of all you accomplished this year! Anything I can do to help let me know

ShirleyPerly said...

Oh, sorry Saturday was not your day. I know the feeling ... It was not my day either 2 years ago at IMFL. But I learned more about myself that day than on any other race day, I think. Truly, we are all very fortunate to be able to train & race and whether we finish or not, we are taking steps to improve ourselves, which is what is perhaps most important.

I hope to have a chance to meet you someday. I live in the Orlando area and train with the Central FL tri club (Blanchard Y location) when I'm in town.

Kathy said...

Melissa, I am really sorry that your race didn't happen for you - this time. You are a true inspiration to many people, and your attitue towards it is amazing. I watched the video of you on Ironman Live - it was awesome! You have a lot to be proud of, and alot to live for like you've said - way to go!

Well done for signing up again. Take care and stay positive. Enjoy time with family and friends.

Julie said...

So sorry that things didn't work for you today. But having read your story I have every faith that you will be an Ironman, it was just not your time.

Trigirlorlando said...

You guys are so nice. Thank you so much for reading my blog and watching the video!! I was shocked to find out that they had been tracking me on Ironmanlive. Glad I didn't know that yesterday...that really would have freaked me out!!
I am excited about my future and about IM FL 2009. I won't tell you it isn't hard walking around PCB with others sporting Finisher shirts...but I will someday.
Thanks again! It means so much for people to care about me that don't know me personally. You are all wonderful!!!

Trigirlorlando said...

You guys are so nice. Thank you so much for reading my blog and watching the video!! I was shocked to find out that they had been tracking me on Ironmanlive. Glad I didn't know that yesterday...that really would have freaked me out!!
I am excited about my future and about IM FL 2009. I won't tell you it isn't hard walking around PCB with others sporting Finisher shirts...but I will someday.
Thanks again! It means so much for people to care about me that don't know me personally. You are all wonderful!!!

Sarah said...

I'll be there in 2009 to cheer you on!! I got some great shots of you getting on your bike and we were scoping things out while they changed your tire. I was so glad they took care of it for you!! I was sorry to hear that you were pulled from the course, but it sounds like you have a fabulous attitude about it and lots of people who care very much for you!

Here's to 2009!!

The Running Girl said...

I am so moved by your post. I saw on BT that something had happened and you weren't going to finish, but didn't know what. I think another BTer also got food poisoning.

But I have to say, when I saw your title about not being an Ironman YET, I was excited. You have a great attitude and I know that you WILL be an Ironman one day. Way to go back out and cheer on the other finishers. You truly are an inspiration to others.

Richard said...

Don't give up. This is only the beginning. It will be twice as sweet WHEN it happens.

Chloe said...

You are still such a great inspiration for everyone! If more people where like you, our world would be such an amazing place! Saturday might not have been YOUR day, but look at how many you have ahead of you :) Hopefully I'll be with you next year racing - and not handing out red cards on the bike section!!

Keep up the awesome work and the amazing attitude!

AddictedToEndorphins said...

Hi!
I just found your blog a few days ago and haven't followed your entire journey, but I did take some time to go back and read a lot of the posts leading up to ironman, and have to say that you are truly inspiring.

I think I would be absolutley devestated to have this happen but you seem so cool and calm, and are totally right!
Sorry to hear about your stomach virus.

Definately take some time to recover:)

Tiger

Stephen said...

Cutie.... Regardless of whether you finished, you started and you did the work to get there. Regretably, you'll have to wait for another race to get the title of Ironman, but you are still the most amazing lady in the world to me. The title will keep and you'll add to your resume in the process. I'll be there whenever I can to run you into the finish line.

Hubby

Ordinarylife said...

I am sorry this was not your year!
But as you said - you WILL be an Ironman!