Over the weekend, I watched a friend and colleague achieve an impressive long-term goal. Those of you who already follow me on twitter know my news: Jessica is a half-IRONWOMAN!
That’s right. Jessica set her sights on her goal and worked steadily toward the prize, which in this case was among one of the coolest, greenest medals I have seen in a long time.
Yes, those are bicycle gears. What an incredible medal!
For folks not familiar with Ironman and half-Ironman races, this was the Musselman. The triathlon includes a 1.2-mile swim in Seneca Lake, a 56-mile bike ride in the northern Finger Lakes and a half-marathon (run) in and around Geneva, New York.
I headed to Geneva Saturday afternoon and quickly met up with Jessica, who had headed to the race site one day earlier. Despite what she may say, she appeared to be pretty calm about her pending race the following morning.
At dinner that night, we learned that a local man, Michael Coyle of Irondequoit, died from injuries he suffered in a crash while racing the mini-Mussel, a sprint triathlon that was part of Musselman weekend. We were shocked. Race organizers announced the news and told everyone they would hold the Sunday race as scheduled.
I won’t give you a detailed rundown of Sunday — Jessica is going to share her thoughts with you all next week! Instead, I’m going to share a few high-lights and photos.
First: Here’s a cool Storify of tweets from race weekend! You might recognize my name — as a few of my tweets are in there.
The day was incredible. We arrived shortly after sunrise and were greeted to this stellar view:
Sunrise in Seneca Lake State Park
I managed to catch Jessica at each of her transitions. The swim to bike and the bike to run, and again at the end. Here’s my fave pic:
Jessica waves and smiles as she bolts from the water
I brought my phone charger and found a plug. As a result, I could tweet like a madwoman. And I did.
Saw and chatted with a few friends from Rochester as they cheered along others and volunteered.
I spent a good chunk of time lying by the lake. Ah. What a day.
What a view (and my legs look huge)
And I managed to snap a shot of the race winner Doug MacLean of Ithaca. He was impressive to watch (and fun to chat with later!). Congrats Doug!
Winner! Doug MacLean From Ithaca, Ny. Finished in 4:20 #musselman @musselmantri @GenevaNYFLX pic.twitter.com/1h32gl55PI
— Victoria Freile (@vfreile) July 14, 2013
I had a lot of down time while Jessica rode her bike so I volunteered in the food tent. One woman donated more than 1,000 HOMEMADE chocolate chip cookies for the athletes.
(Side note- Red Jacket Orchards‘ apple juice is incredible. Tri it. Haha, I’m funny.)
I’ve never been thanked by so many people in my life. You are welcome. You are all the inspiration.
Check back to Scoot next week for a recap of Jessica’s race!
Have you ever considered or completed a triathlon? What entices you? What scares you? Tell us in the comments!
Congrats Jessica! I completed the half-iron Musselman last year in just over 7 hours. The weather was a lot cooler than this year and I am in awe of anyone who competed in this year’s heat.
Well done Martha! Congrats to you on last years’s half iron. The musselman organizers really impressed me with how smoothly everything went.
Are you currently training for anything?
Way to go Jessica! That is an eventual bucket list goal for me!
Thanks! Do prepare, it takes a lot of work, but well worth it! Check out my recap, parts one, http://speedyjessica.blogspot.com/2013/07/musselman-2013-my-first-703-part-1.html and two http://speedyjessica.blogspot.com/2013/07/musselman-2013-my-first-703-part-2-swim.html Martha, I heard there was crazy rain on the bike last year!
Congratulations Jessica! I have no idea what possesses normally sane people to think that (any) triathlon is a good idea. My husband is in ironman training now and it’s just crazy (and that’s coming from someone training to run a 50-miler!)
Anyone who does tri – particularly the iron or half-iron distances – is a champion in my view, because I just can’t fathom doing it.
I’d think a 50-miler would be harder! In my view, at least with tri training you get the variation, but that’s just me! We all have our things, good luck with the ultra (that really does sound insane to me, lol!!)
That looks like a fabulous way to spend a weekend! (1,000 COOOKIES though?!?!)
I’ve never had the urge to do a triathlon. I just love running, I only bike because my body won’t let me run as much as I want. 🙂
Love the photos! 😉
Yep- 1,000 cookies. Crazy, right? It was an older woman who made them all. The lovely woman in charge of the food tent was dptrying t dole them out evenly. It was so cute.
And yay!! Glad you loved the photos!
Thanks! I only started training for a tri because I got bored with running! But do what you love!
Congrats to Jessica! The course must have been gorgeous. I would love to do a race in the Finger Lakes at some point.
And yeah, Red Jacket Orchard juice is beyond incredible. They sell it at Wegmans, and I stock up frequently.