Sunday, May 8, 2016

2016 Ironman St. George 70.3

You guys.

You guys.

You guys.

You know this is serious because I never say "you guys" three times. I don't even say that more than I don't even say "y'all." AND I LITERALLY NEVER SAY Y'ALL.

On Saturday I competed in the St. George half Ironman. This is the third year in a row that I've done this. You may remember that last year I complained at you about how Satan is the ruler of St. George Utah and that it is so hot there that you can see the heat from space.


And then I told you that that cop/Oprah/not-Paul-Simon/ended-up-not-actually-being-a-cop-if-you-read-the-comments woman cheered at me toward the end of the race and this helped me power through.


You guys. It's like Satan and God were both so offended by the level of sacrilege I displayed in last year's writings that for the first time in literally thousands of years they got together and came up with a plan to get back at me.

They sent the coldest rain that has ever rained in the history of all raining to St. George Utah. And they had it happen ONLY for the exact amount of time I was racing. Which was nearly 6 hours of pure and utter misery.

I won't walk you through the swim/bike/run (or as I usually prefer to call it "don't drown/don't crash/don't poop") in painstaking detail. I'll just give you snippets:

- The wind was blowing so hard while I was in the lake that actual Titanic artifacts surfaced.

- I did nearly the same amount of swimming during the biking portion of the race as I did during the swimming portion.

- At one point I had so little feeling in my fingers that I actually thought one of them had come off and I swear to you I screamed when this happened and startled a man riding next to me.

- Thank heavens at the last minute I packed a long-sleeved biking jersey.

- Cathie said that I "looked like a woman giving birth to triplets without an epidural" when I passed my family on mile 54 of the bike course.

- I saw someone get pulled from the race because of hypothermia and I was actually jealous.

- Someone told me on the run that I had "nice boobs" and I thought of the below joke and repeated it to myself until the race was over so I could tweet it.

- Not that we know what boobs are, Cathie.

- I had the first song from Hamilton running through my brain for nearly 6 straight hours and nearly drove myself insane over the 5% of words I didn't know.

- I ate a soggy pretzel out of someone's hand during the run and didn't think to wash my mouth out with soap until 24 hours later.

Also, things my sisters and my friend Quinn told me Cathie said during the very miserable spectating of this event:

"Some of these people's private parts do not look attractive."

"I don't think he's going to make it." (Commenting on the vast majority of people who went by)

"I used to wear shorts that short, too. When I wanted attention."

Even though the run went much better than the swim and bike, by the time I crossed the finish line, I revowed to never ever exercise again. And if you guys don't keep me to my word this time, I'm going to be very disappointed.

While the race was miserable, the weekend overall was a blast. My unbelievably wonderful and inappropriate family can never possibly know how grateful I am for each of them for braving the elements and trekking out to support me, once again.

Quinn and I also ventured into the middle of nowhere to record an interview for Strangerville that may be the most interesting thing I've ever heard in my life. And Jolyn and I can't wait to share it with you for episode 5. In the meantime, stay tuned for Episode 4 next week, as well as some pretty exciting announcements about the future of Strangerville.

Part of the bike course took us through Snow Canyon. I took the picture the night before the race. When it wasn't being rained on from the rains of Hell.

I posted this picture of my traumatized self on Instagram expecting unquestioning validation from strangers everywhere about how amazing I am for surviving this thing and all anyone could talk about was my side boob. 

~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. Oh goodness I'm sorry, my eyes went straight to your side boob too. But, y'know it's sexy side boob... Hmm not sure if this will make you feel more validated or objectified. Seriously though, congrats!

  2. If you used to be a British lesbian, and I look at your side boob, does that make me a lesbian? That's how it works, right?

  3. I commented on your picture on FB of you running that you look like Josh Dallas - he's Prince Charming in Once Upon a Time so yeah - that works. :)

    1. I was trying to figure out who he looked like there...that was it!!

  4. I got way fewer comments on my boobs when I actually was breastfeeding in public. You win!

  5. See, this is why I don't exercise. Pizza never makes me so miserable.

  6. Your side boob is impressive! I'm breastfeeding and my side boob is not nearly as fantastic as this. Bravo!

  7. Dear Lord what is your cup size!?

  8. I love everyone here for continuing to talk about Eli's side boob. Once up the barrel, twice down the side. <3

  9. Guys.
    Stop talking about the side boob, which anatomically is his pectoral muscle and bigger than my whole boob.

    Please focus on the sentence 'pretty exciting announcement about the future of Strangerville'.
    I may be the only one here who experiences moderate levels of anxiety about making sure I get in the shower properly and manage to put my clients on the right way as an adult woman, let alone walking out the door and engagin with people who don't buy my particular brand of crazy.....but anywho, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!?

    I need info, y'all
    And I literally always say y'all.

  10. At first I thought Cathy's comments were all about you til you said the comments were about the vast majority of people going by.
    Just to clarify, it is not your "side boob" showing, it's your abundant "cleavage".
    Congratulations on another completion of this event. Maybe next year will be hail or sleet or dust storms?

  11. Would you mind if I made a tee shirt using this quote? Or maybe your already have? I would totally buy it.
    "don't drown/don't crash/don't poop"