Tuesday, April 15, 2008

14:47 in Pictures

" Always know in your heart that you are far bigger than anything that can happen to you." Arizona 4.13.08
Day before the race at bike/bag drop off - Ellie and Cheese
Lost in the sea of machines - but note to self- even though those bikes may cost thousands, they still have to be pedalled. No intimidation....

Last chance to get everything packed


My Iron Crew - Ellie, Dev, me, Cheese, Mom, and Adrienne






And the morning starts with Nolan - AKA Scuba Steve

"When you get hurt and all your sacrifice adds up to nothing...are you willing to put it all on the line again?" - Conrad Stoltz

Absolutely. - Megan



The Crew again (click to enlarge) - and some random guys that apparently didn't feel the need to step out of the picture.

Me in the middle

Me in the middle again - tight squeeze

The look on my face says it all (click to enlarge).

Happy as can be, on the way out to Loop #2.
Still having fun....


Wait - you say I have one more loop? Huh. Well, there goes my Kona qualifying time. Geesh.

Off again.

And finally back home. All smiles after 7.5 hours on the bike.

"One more mile" - IM Able

"Success is my only mother f-- option/Failure's not/So here I go is my shot/Feet fail me not/This may be the only opportunity that I got." - Eminem

"And the people they were singing, I could hear 'em from the street/And my feelings they were stinging/I was submerged in my deffeat/But I smiled for a second, and for that second, I felt fine/PAIN IS A WALL I MUST CLIMB." -Michael McDermott

Euphoria. So much so that I didn't even hear the words I waited two years for: "Megan, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!" They literally had to pry that banner from my hands (click to enlarge - the look on my face is priceless).

"I win." - Megan

This post was long enough.
My final brief thoughts on this whole crazy ride tomorrow.

26 comments:

Duane said...

Great pics Meg! Now I need an autographed pic of one of my heroes - you!

(uh, also if Ellen gets divorced, I hereby claim a spot in line!)
LOL

Kathy said...

Awesome photos Meg

I too listen to that Eminem song - it is PERFECT!

Prin said...

Never long enough. :) So, so, so awesome. Just incredible, Megan. :)

stronger said...

You are so darn cute...even more so in person!

Donald said...

Outstanding pics. Very cool.

Andra Sue said...

LOVE that finish line picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Again, way to go! And you will always win. Always.

prinny said...

Awesome!!! Congrats!!!
I've started reading your blog last fall, and eventhough I was in Italy this past weekend, I thought of you and the race and send positive thoughts your way... it's truly amazing and such an inspiration to see how dedicated you were to make this happen. Thanks for sharing all this - and I hope you won't stop blogging now... ;-)

moonpie said...

Awesome pics Megan! You look SO happy! I hope I can have as much fun at my first IM!

Go Mom Go said...

Beautiful.
Both inside and out, awesome photos!

Alili said...

Darn it you made me tear up! What great pictures-finish photo is priceless. :)

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Erin said...

Fantastic pics and continued congratulations! You'll be savoring this for a long, time, I'm sure.

Oh, and P.S., I'd like a set of your abs, please. Thanks. ;)

Danni said...

These are awesome Meg!
I love them all!

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Nytro said...

congratulations on your stellah performance! very proud of you!

1HappyAthlete said...

Congratulations on becoming an ironman on a really tough day!!

Spandex King said...

That was so awesome IronMeg. Gosh, I wish my name started with M.

Anonymous said...

To all those that posted for Meg, you cant begin to imagine how incredbile it was to be there with her for those 14:47 hours. She was a vision; one of faith, passion and determination. She never stopped, not even when it hurt. Meg, you'll never know how proud I am to be your sister. You are an amazing person and I hope that one day my kids will look to you for the spirit you have in your heart. I love you- ellie

Nancy Toby said...

Many congratulations!

Fabulous photos, thanks for sharing them!

tri-dogmom said...

Oh my. You had the BEST sherpa photographer!!!

Sassy Molassy said...

Love the dress pre race! Way to go!

Tea said...

That was the best photo essay race report that I have ever seen.

Just amazing! You have the perfect attitude!

Lance Notstrong said...

Congrats IRONMAN!!! :-)

Judi said...

Awesome pix and race report. I am doing a half IM this summer but plan to do IMKY in 09. Man, you make me want it that much more....

Comm's said...

great photo essay Iron Meg. And you will feel different. Forever. Maybe nothing will momentous will change but a knowing has taken place in you that will last forever.

Muneeb Saeed said...

Sweet.. these are really cool
makes me wanna run NOW :P
thnx for sharing