The DNF Strikes Back
Last month I was supposed to drop out of the Ironman. But I thumbed my nose at the plan to DNF and then guess what happened at my next race?
The DNF gods went ahead and took the sacrifice I owed them.
July 9th was the Boulder Peak Olympic, a race with a long history of big time pro champions, and famous for its brutal climb up Olde Stage Road.
And I didn't finish it.
While perhaps an unremarkable turn of events in the world of competitive racing, this was unique for me, in that it was my first time.
I've completed more than 80 triathlons. If you add to that total all the 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, marathons, trail races, bike races, aquathons, etc - I've cruised through that glorious finish arch (or over that chalk line on the pavement) well over 200 times.
If you add to that total all the times I've climbed up on the starting blocks at a swim meet and reliably completed the 50, 100, 200, 1500 yard race… OK maybe swim meets don't really count, because who DNFs a race that's only a minute long? (I mean, besides Mateo, the hero of the Ygnacio Valley High School swim team, who, on the historic day the phrase "WTF?!" was invented, swam 75 yards of a 100 yard race, and just got out at the other end of the pool. Something I've never seen happen before or since).
My point is, for over two decades, I've had a 100% success rate when it comes to finishing races. I'm obsessed with the irresistible pull of the finish line, perhaps to a fault.
Posted by Kimberly 07/11/2017
Kim's Story Index:
The Things We Deserve
The DNF Strikes Back
Oops, I Did An IM
IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa
IRONMAN Oceanside 70.3
The Coolest Prize I've Ever Won
Running With the Big Dogs
Early Season Ups & Downs
XTERRA Real Granite Bay
Rock & Roll Half Marathon
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz
Tales of a Swim Meet Rookie
Mama Didn't Raise No Quitter
HITS Napa Half, 5 (Plus) Hours of Fun
Off-Roading: My Trail Run Debut
Lake Tahoe Marathon Weekend
Farewell to Madison
Being Comfortable With Discomfort
Wildflower 2012, Team Goodell
USA Triathlon National Championships
How About a Road Race?
Tri-Ing for Children
Defending the Title in Pleasant Prairie
Capitol View Triathlon
Tri Club Party in Madison
Be A Better Runner
I'm Going With You
2009 Triathlon World Championships
Kim completes her first Half-Ironman
Kim Visits Home for Wildflower Triathlon
Kim Blazes Chicago Triathlon
More Triathlons for Kim
Kim in Chicago Triathlon
Kim graduates from Willamette
Kim returns from Europe
Kim Travels Europe