IRONMUMS community Member Heather fills us in on life and her recent Ironman race at Cairns. As a mother of 5 of my own and 3 step children the thought of training for an Ironman is not usually what people imagine. I work full time as a Hospital Manager and ANUM in NICU at RCH Melbourne. I also am completing a double masters in business administration and health administration.
My husband and I run his legal practice in Montmorency and that takes a lot of time but we make time to be with each other training and that is our relationship saver. We are also with Eltham Tri Club.
Last year 6 weeks out from Cairns I was hit by a car whilst completing a big 5 hour ride/run brick session on Beach road when a car turned in front of me into a side street. Although I didn’t suffer any fractures I was not able to train due to bruising of my ribs, arm and hands. The fear of riding on the road took around 9 months to get over, even now a close car or truck I still cringe.
We went to Cairns both of us with assignments due in for University and flat out. My coach didn’t want me to race as I was not very well still not able to breath well during short runs, swims and rides.
During the race however due to vomiting and dizziness I pulled out at the 90 km mark on the bike section and ended up in ED at Cairns. I was utterly devastated. Disappointed in myself, and the what if I had just pushed harder and harder.
Bring on 2018 Cairns and I was just happy to be there in Palm Cove, when an accidental double booking of accommodation meant flying up my two youngest kids escorted by my beautiful friend Ruth Bloom to at least use the 5 star beach front accomodation. We have done 70:3 races with kids in tow but not IM and it is definitely more tiring doing the tourist stuff with them
Race lead up, I am the mechanical one who takes care of packing and assembling and servicing the bikes and Rob had new wheels and a few teething issues meant I probably didn’t have enough time to get my own gear sorted and was feeling very blonde and disorganized.
I had our bikes serviced but I had issues with my rear tyre not inflating to 110 only 100 but ran out of time race morning to do anything.
We met up with Ruth before the race and my nausea was bad and I couldn’t relax, I just told her don’t ask, don’t talk to me I too nervous. Even the race announcer gave me a hug at the swim start as I looked so nervous after kissing Rob for the final time. This time last year I had