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Sarah Piampiano wins inaugural IRONMAN Vineman
9hrs 19mins and 5 seconds
broke the standing course record by 49 minutes
Hi Everyone!

I am SO excited to share with you the news of my 2nd career Ironman win this past weekend in Sonoma County, California.  

On Saturday I competed in Ironman Vineman, which is the oldest iron-distance race in the United States.  I had a stunning day (which you can read about below) which ended with a win by over 44 minutes to second place and a new bike course record, run course record and overall course record.  

Living in San Rafael, this is a local race for me, so it was pretty amazing to be there surrounded by so many familar faces and getting the support from so many.  It was very special.  The whole purplepatch community was out there - whether cheering or volunteering at aid stations - the Every Man Jack guys were catching bikes; the Golden Gate Tri club was running a run aid station, a PPF teammate of mine was a catcher at the finishline - it was just so cool to share in my experience with them.

Here is a quick overview of my day:
Swim:  1:08:58

Aside from Kona this was my all-time worst swim split.  But, while my swim was not great, we have made some big changes in my stroke and breathing the last few months and I am still continuing to progress that.  I felt good about how I swam overall, despite the slow time and know that I'm headed in the right direction with these corrections.  

Unfortunately the swim left me far back (over 12 minutes by the time I got on my bike), but I was confident in my ride and where I have been in training.  I tuned out the time gap and went to work.  

Bike: 4:57:13 - New Course Record

I was absolutely freezing for the first 2 hours - the water was only 74 and the air was 46, so I had a hard time getting my power and HR up.  But once I warmed up I was very happy with the way I rode.  It was my best IM ride to date.  I felt strong and consistent all the way through and, frankly, was a bit surprised (because of the time gap out of the water) to be at the front of the race before the second loop.  I ended up outriding the women's field by over 30 minutes, and coming in to T2 with a 20 minute lead.

Run: 3:07:07 - New Course Record

When I got onto the run my first two miles were really tough - my right calf went into full spasm and I ended up walking most of the first 2 miles.  I just kept telling myself to move forward and keep going and it slowly got better and better - by mile 3 I was fine and hitting my stride.  Once the cramps subsided, I felt great on the run - really solid and smooth and just ticking along the miles. I just focused on my race and my goals.  

Sub 3 is the goal, but with the difficult of the course and a big chunk of time walking, I was happy with my run.

For now my plan is a little break and then launch into Kona training.  I'll be heading back to Kansas on August 10th for a 6 week block to lead me in to Kona.  Hard to believe the World Championships are just around the corner!

Thanks to everyone for all the amazing words of support and warm wishes!

I'll check in soon!

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