Will you consider sponsoring a mile to help inspire me during 70.3 Puerto Rico on March 20, 2022?
Here is how:
1. Head to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gQu2e5PceLXiay2F4dTZfcMq_saORTUq0_0dbQOx6r4/edit?usp=sharing to choose the mile(s) that you would like to sponsor. Add your name and any note (a quote, mantra, memory) that you want me to have for that mile. I will be printing and bringing this list with me on race day. (laminated of course!)
2. Head to https://ironmanfoundation.donordrive.com/participant/Erin-Byrge to donate the corresponding amount. (If you sponsor Run Mile 10 - it is $10)
Things to know about the Puerto Rico Course and when I will need the MOST inspiration:
If you know me, you know I will be needing inspiration on every step of the run! It will be hot and humid, so I will be melting and working through lots of self-talk. There is a section that they call the "microwave" where we run next to a concrete wall that reflects the sun... so that would be a great section to sponsor!! The "microwave" is miles 4 and 10 and apparently, in 2019 it got up to 115 degrees... yikes!
I found a great description of the run course (here), I have paraphrased it here:
Mile 1 is a gradual uphill. As you head out towards Old San Juan, there's one main hill that comes at the end of mile 2. It's a 10% grade (try putting your treadmill at 10%!) that's maybe a quarter-mile long. It's tough, but at least it ends quickly. From there, mile 3 is downhill, and mile 4 is flat as you do an out-and-back along the water near the forts.
After the turnaround, coming back through Old San Juan means you get to climb what you previously descended, making mile 5 (and mile 11) the hardest of the race. You're running uphill for more than half of each of these miles, and much of that is at a 5% grade.