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Sponsor-a-Mile: Puerto Rico 70.3




This year I have decided to dedicate each mile of my 70.3 races to my supporters!!  In past races, I thought of and leaned on the inspiration of my supporters when the going gets tough during a race.  I have smiled thinking about quotes they have shared or advice they have given. 

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)

3. Watch for updates on March 20 and after to see how your inspiration got me to the finish line!

Things to know about the Puerto Rico Course and when I will need the MOST inspiration:

Swim:

There is only 1 mile to sponsor on the swim, make sure you give me an easy to repeat mantra ;-)  I often sing to myself when I'm swimming - so a song will work, too!  

Bike:

Miles 1-5 and 52-56 will be the most difficult climbs, so these are great miles to sponsor!!  I will need lots of inspiration for both.  In the first 5 miles, I will focus on not going out too hard!!  There are some shorter climbs at miles 19-22 and miles 32-35, too :-)  If you want to "be with me" while I am enjoying the ocean views, then sponsor miles that fall between 10-16 or 22-28.  

Run: 

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.





 




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