Lindsay reflected on her experience and wrote, "We cannot say enough about CFE. Kevin is a perfect example of why it works. He had a foot injury for most of the training months and then had a respiratory infection the weeks leading up to the Ironman. He had not been running for 4-5 months prior to the event and ran 13 miles, 1 time, about 3 weeks before. CFE makes you so strong that you cannot run for months and then do a marathon. I don't think many types of endurance training can emulate the strength that you get from crossfit.
The Ironman is a grueling day and as my first Ironman, I knew it would be hard but never expected it to be as hard as it was. The race started at 7:00 AM with the swim: 2,588 people all starting the swim at the same time. It is insane to say the least. There are people everywhere. Many compare it to being in a washing machine. We swam the entire swim together. We didn't swim hard because going out too fast can have a major impact on the rest of your day.
Then it was off to the 112-mile bike. There are a few hills at the beginning but then you have a 6-mile downhill followed by some good flats to pick up speed. It was a bit windy on some of the course but not too bad. The last 20 miles starts the climb back into town with the last 12 miles of the loop being the hardest hills. You just climb up and up and up until you get to town. Then you do another 56-mile loop to get you to 112 miles.
The race ends with the 26.2-mile marathon. After riding 112 miles, it is really tough and you feel like it is never going to end. The hills are at the end of each loop and some are short and steep. The crowd is incredible and motivates you to get up the hills.
The finish ends in the Olympic stadium and it is incredible. Although it may sound cliche, nothing compares to the finish of an Ironman. When you hear Mike Riley say, "You are an Ironman", you forget the hell that your body just went through and how much pain you are in. When you cross that line it is the most amazing feeling that you will ever experience."
Congrats to Lindsay and Kevin!!
By popular demand, starting September 4, we are adding many more CFE classes at FCCF (morning, noon, and evening). All the Ironman competitors at FCCF, along with many others who compete in running, swimming and biking events will tell you that the combination of CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance works!