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Race Report: IM70.3 World Championships (St. George, UT) 2022

  Shortly after racing IM70.3 North Carolina in 2021 as part of Team IMF (IRONMAN Foundation), I got a phone call from one of the Foundation staff members asking if I wanted to represent the Foundation in St. George at the IM70.3 World Championships in 2022.  Having raced IM World Championship in Kona in a Charily Spot (for Women for Tri in 2016), I was excited about the prospect, but a little nervous that I could still fundraise at that level.  The fundraising commitment for the 70.3 World Championships is $15,000 and I would have 10 months to get it done.   Before I can tell you about the race and race week, I need to say THANK YOU!!!!  As a community, we raised over $17,500 for the Ironman Foundation ! Whether you donated directly, sponsored or participated in my indoor triathlon, participated in my Top in Topsail Raffle, or Sponsored a Mile for one of my many races - THANK YOU!!!  I would not have been able to get to this start line without your generosity!  Your donations are bei

Sponsor-A-Mile: 70.3 World Championships in St. George, Utah

  It is almost time for the BIG ONE!  The race that I have been fundraising for and working towards since November of last year: the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in St. George, Utah!  As an Ironman Foundation Ambassador, all of my Ironman brand races have me RACING FOR MORE, but this one is the pinnacle.  I am proud to be representing IMF and all of the good that can come from their initiatives.  With that in mind, I am asking you to sponsor a mile during this race.   For each of my IRONMAN races this year, I have taken your inspiration and printed it on tattoo paper to put on my arms and legs so that I can see it while I am riding and running.  When the going gets tough, these notes remind me that I am doing the race for more than myself!   Will you consider sponsoring a mile to help MAKE AN IMPACT and leave a quote or advice to inspire me during 70.3 St. George on October 28, 2022? Here is how: 1.  Choose the mile(s) you'd like to sponsor below.   *link to this spreadsheet

2022 White Lake Fall International Aquabike Race Report

  Pre-Race This was my third time racing at White Lake, but my first time in the fall and my first time doing it as an Aquabike.  Since it is only 1.5 hours from the house, I just drive over the morning of the event and have plenty of time to get set up and get my goals posted.  Here is what I posted this time:  I posted 3 goals, two that were time goals, because that is what I always do... but I wasn't totally transparent in the post.  I was doing this Aquabike race with ONE MISSION and that mission was to WIN! Earlier this year, I did my first Aquabike at the  Crystal Coast Half Booty  because a half marathon run was not smart that close to IM70.3 Virginia Blue Ridge, but I really wanted to do the race.  While the finish line experience for Aquabike is still not the same as triathlon, it planted a bug in my brain since I am strongest at swimming and biking and I won that race.  After chatting with friends that have been to WTC World's and stalking the USAT rankings , I knew

IM70.3 Virgina Blue Ridge Race Report

  Pre-Race It is "top-off" season with the Jeep, so I really enjoyed most of the drive to Roanoke on Thursday.  I did have to dodge a bit of a storm that I caught the edge of, but I don't melt and I never had to put the bikini top on :-)  I splurged for this race and stayed at the hotel that was across the street from transition - If you are considering this race, I HIGHLY recommend staying at Spring Hills Suites because of the location and how amazing they were to the athletes.  They even had breakfast out for us at 2am on race day!!  On Friday, I drove the course and had dinner with Team IMF and a few other Tri-Friends that were in town for the race.  I was enjoying the company too much and forgot to take pictures at dinner.    On Saturday, my awesome strength coach (Brandon Ostrander of CTG Endurance ) lead the TEAM IMF athletes and a few other friends in some activating exercises to get us prepped for race day.  I did my shake-out run and safety bike check before drop

Friday Fundraising Update: Weeks 22-27

  Week 22-27 Update: IM70.3 Virginia's Blue Ridge Sponsor-A-Mile : $25 Top In Topsail: Memorial Day Raffle : $1421 T-Shirt Sales: $12 Semper Sparkle Shop Shopping Fundraiser: $84 Online Donations : $307 Overall Total: $15,735 Fundraising Events (mark your calendars): Sponsor-A-Mile for IM70.3 Virginia's Blue Ridge ENDS JUNE 1ST! Top in Topsail: Memorial Day Raffle - ENDS MAY 29TH June Shopping Fundraiser - Best Friends Boutique with Lisa Niederberger.  Join the fb group to stay in the loop. 25% of each purchase is donated. T-Shirt Sales - Ongoing - https://www.bonfire.com/store/this-girls-got-goals/ How you can help: Participate in the events above and invite your friends to participate, too! Donate Funds: https://ironmanfoundation.donordrive.com/participant/Erin-Byrge I’m asking for $1 per mile for those who are able, that’s $70.3. However, there is no amount too big or small. All amounts are sacrificing something else in your life and for that, I am so grateful! Plea

2022 Crystal Coast Half Booty Aquabike Race Report

  Pre-Race Beaufort, NC is only 1.5 hours from me, but since packets had to be picked up on Friday I got a hotel and stayed for the night before.  I was not able to swim the course on Friday because the channel is not open for swimming other than during the race.  I picked up my packet, then drove the bike course to get a feel for what I should expect.  Tyler (my 21-year-old son) was in town this week and he wanted Peak Pizza for lunch before he got on the plane back to AZ, so I did not do my normal pre-race pancakes.  I did try to maintain the rest of my pre-race routines though setting out flat Erin and getting my battle braids in the night before. I woke up Saturday morning to lots of rain, further changing my normal pre-race rituals.  I usually try to be one of the first to transition to reduce stress on race morning.  On this day, I was more interested in staying as warm and dry as possible, as long as possible.  I did my goal post from the hotel, which was tough to do since this

2022 White Lake International Distance Race Report

  Pre-Race White Lake is only 1.5 hours from the beach, so I did not go to the race site until race morning.  On the day before, I still did my pre-race routines of washing my bike, eating waffles or pancakes, braiding my hair, and laying out Flat Erin to mentally rehearse transitions.  It was GREAT to be able to sleep in my own bed the night before the race, but my alarm was set for 3:15am to have time do my morning routine (including wordle) before gettin on the road at 4:30am.   The weather on Saturday was gorgeous, maybe a bit windy, but warm and sunny.  Saturday afternoon, a cold front moved in, so we were welcomed with 55 degree, cloudy, windy, almost damp conditions on Sunday morning for the race.  BRRRR!!!!  I drove with the top down on my jeep... and the heat on HIGH.  Once I got checked-in and transition set, I watched the sprint race start.  There is an hour and a half between race starts.  The water was already quite choppy when the sprinters started.  There were several at