Category Archives: Sherpa Reports

One last post

There’s a video of Mark’s finish on Mary’s facebook page. I hope it gives you a sense of the amazing atmosphere at the finish line.

Mary out.

He’s an Ironman!!!!!

15:41 and change. Big smile. Running out of battery. More soon!!!!

Updates galore

OK friends and family, a lot has happened since last we met. My posse and I *just* caught Mark at the 40 mile point as we were turning into the parking lot. He looked good. As he did at the 80 mile mark. The second 40 took about 20 mins longer than the first side it’s significantly hillier.

After the last two Zers rolled through, knowing they were going to have to time trial the last 30 miles to make the cutoff, we hoofed it back into town. We walked the mile of the run course backwards to the bike cutoff line and hung out waiting for the last of our teammates to come in. And as expected it was incredibly emotional. The last three Zers came in the last 15 mins. One missed by 5 mins (with two flat tires) and one by 15. Th last one is one of my peeps. The fact that she signed a waiver refusing to be swept by the sweep vehicle and continued on to finish the course makes me incredibly proud. That’s the stuff of an Ironman.

I saw Mark at about mile one and I have to tell you, he wasn’t looking happy. He said his stomach hurt. After picking up his gear and Mabel, I just saw him again at about mile 12. He definitely looke happier but described himself as “numb”. He’s totally or this. One half marathon to go. Another 30 mins and I’ll see him again

Over and out for now.

Swim: done

We saw Mark in transition collecting his bike from a vantage point up above him. I’m not sure of his swim time since I can’t get to the ironman tracker. Buy he had the biggest smile on his face that I’ve ever seen. According to Laurie the smile was gone by the time he’d cycled down the helix and headed out on the bike. He’s in the zone, passing all the faster swimmers.

I’m heading out to the bike course now so no coverage I’m afraid. Feel free to post updates with his splits if you can find it on ironman.com (1634).

He’s ready!!!

First shots

Here are a couple of shots from the activity of the morning.

Up and at ‘em!

Waterproof mascara: check. Wait … this is supposed to be about Mark. Let’s try again.

Crap hotel coffee: check. Special needs bags for miles 58.4 and 125: check. Bathroom needs (aren’t I delicate?): check.

It’s 4:30 am and we’ve been up for 30 mins and about to head out the door. Mark is still calm and I’m just sleepy. Can’t wait to get the day started.

Warning – there’s no coverage out on the bike course, so you’ll all be on your own in about 7 hours once I head out there.

Speaking of which – back to your intrepid Sherpa.

Snuggie: check. Cow hat: check. Wooly gloves: check (it’s 51 degrees for crying out loud!)

We’re off. Yipppppppeeeeeee!!!!!

Good luck love. And good luck everyone. Trust your training and enjoy the day. I can’t wait to hear the stories.