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She has overcome a lot in her life, and is now reaping the reward of the Big Island.
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Below you will find everything involving the professional male and female athletes from Saturday’s race, from the pro panel talk the day before the race, Tim Don’s emotional finish chute moments with his family, all the way through 303Radio’s finish line interviews… Check it out!
Incredible joyous emotion from Tim Don with his family in the finish chute (video by Mark Cathcart):
The Pro Women finish line video:
The Pro women’s podium, complete with champagne!
Finish Line interviews with the Pros, by 303Radio’s Rich Soares:
“Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid to not try.”
That’s Becky Piper‘s motto.
Yesterday, Becky was able to check another monstrous goal off her list – the Boulder Ironman 70.3.
A tremendous achievement for any able-bodied soul, Becky had to work harder than most, both physically and mentally, because she is paralyzed on her right side.
Just four years ago she was an accomplished runner and XTERRA athlete, living in Guam with her husband Sam, stationed in the military there. During a home invasion, she was beaten, and according to doctors, was with an hour of dying. But she didn’t die. She survived, and learned to talk and eat and walk again.
She GOT BACK UP.
In June, 303 reported on Becky’s “comeback” off-road triathlon at XTERRA Lory:
Becky Piper: Xterra Nats qualifier, savagely attacked, comatose & paralyzed, and back to Xterra again – at local Lory race
We followed her closely yesterday as she tackled the next goal on her list, IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder.
303’s Para-Tri ambassador Sasha Underwood is a close friend of Becky’s, and frequent training partner and guide. She was at every turn of Saturday’s race, and was overwhelmed with pride and emotion as Becky hit each milestone.
Becky is everything I strive to be; sheer grit, tenacious, positive, gracious, kind, courageous, strong, an amazing sense of humor, and she’ll probably kill me for saying this but she is inspiring – but not because she has a disability .. it’s because she finds a way to do anything and everything whether it’s racing, or becoming a USAT coach, she doesn’t accept “no” or “can’t” and nothing can stop her.
Sasha captured these pivotal moments of Becky being carried out of the water by her husband, and the crowning moment of crossing the finish line, just behind the similarly-inspiring story of Team Agar.
Swim exit video:
Becky Piper said she hopes news of her first Ironman 70.3 reaches someone who is living with a mobility issue.
“I just want to get the word out that if you have foot drop, then your life and your quality of life isn’t over,” she said. “There’s tools out there and there is technology out there to improve your quality of life. And not to give up. Don’t give up.”
By Kim Welk
Jeff and Johnny Agar of Rockford, Michigan will be among the faces in the Ironman Boulder 70.3 event on Saturday. Jeff and Johnny are a father-son team. Johnny is 23 and was born with cerebral palsy. Johnny is an athlete. On his website, Johnny defines athlete as – “a person who is proficient in sports and other physical exercise.” He goes on to state that “Now that I have crossed the finish line, I feel like I am officially an athlete.” Jeff and Johnny have completed 5Ks to Marathons and sprint to 70.3 triathlons.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff and Johnny as well as his Mom Becki, Sisters Annie and Grace and Coaches Thad Beaty and Nicole Serraiocco to talk about the race.
This is the family’s first visit to Colorado. After driving 17 hours from Michigan they were happy to settle into their home away from home for the week. Johnny enjoyed the opportunity to visit a park with his Aunt and Uncle and fish in the stream where he caught several brown trout. He also hopes to get to the Olympic Training Center while he is here. The family also plans to go to a Colorado Rockies baseball game. They all expressed how much they like Colorado and how excited they are to be here.
Jeff and Johnny have been getting their training in since arriving. Yesterday was a preview of the swim at the reservoir and a brief look at the bike course. They have also driven the bike course and looked at targets using Best Bike Split software to determine their strategy for race day. The goal for both Jeff and Johnny is to manage the matches that they will use on the course and ensure that there are enough matches left for Johnny to walk the last ½ mile of the run course and cross the finish under his own power. For Jeff – this means controlling power output on the bike, hydrating properly to limit the impacts of the altitude and applying his training with confidence. For Johnny – he too needs to ensure that he is properly hydrated, he has to shift around in the chariot to keep his feet awake so they are ready to walk and he says his most important job is to remind his Dad about his cadence! He looks forward to the ice cream post race!
As most triathletes know, mindset is equally as important as the skills needed to swim, bike and run. Johnny’s mindset is an inspiration. He believes that failure is part of the process. He has received encouragement from his family, his coaches and his friends every step of the way. His sister Annie said “if he failed it was not because of the fact that he had cerebral palsy it was because he did not try hard enough.” And Johnny agrees – he takes ownership and does not make excuses. Johnny is not worried about not doing it, he is worried about “not trying.”
Race morning will involve many checklists. Johnny said that he doesn’t sleep because he is so excited for the event so when it is time to get rolling he is waking the family up. His Sisters commented that their job is to get themselves to the car so that he stops herding them to go! Jeff said the set-up takes much longer for them with all of the equipment and referring to the checklists often is a must. He said there is only one time that you show up at a race without a life jacket!
Jeff and Johnny will have their coaches on sight to support them throughout the day. They embrace the opportunity to learn and grow from observing this team at work and to gather information to carry forward to the next goal. The Agars are hoping for an invitation to return to Kona and Johnny will continue to train towards his ultimate goal of completing a 5K on his own and “give his Dad a break!”
Here is a great video taken Wednesday by coach Nicole Serraiocco:
To learn more about Team Agar, visit their webpage – www.TeamAgar.com.
As the writer of this article, receiving the opportunity to cover Team Agar at this race is a gift that is amazing. There were so many valuable life lessons learned in our brief conversation. I look forward to a continued friendship with the family and following Johnny and Jeff’s journey and celebrating each milestone along the way.
Look for additional information throughout the weekend on Team Agar’s journey as well as their race recap. Until then as Johnny says – “one step at a time!
Thursday August 3rd
Saturday August 5th
West Chester, Ohio
Sunday August 6th
Cherry Creek State Park
West Chester, Ohio
Mark Your Calendars:
Monday August 7th
Premiere of the film Le Ride, Century Theater, Denver
Phil Keoghan host of 17 time Emmy awarding winning show Amazing Race on CBS and his friend Ben decided to honor the first ever English speaking team in the Tour de France – A New Zealand rider and 3 Australian riders who raced the brutal 1928 edition. They use the same style bikes and much of the same equipment and cover over 3300 miles stage by stage.
Thursday August 3rd
Friday August 4th
Saturday August 5th
Le Veta, Co
Powder Horn Resort, Mesa, Co
Sunday August 6th
Ride Like a Girl: 1st Annual Colorado Women’s Ride Day
Celebrating women cyclists with women-led road & mountain bike rides for all abilities
Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran, a roadie or mountain biker, join us for one of four fun women-led rides. Return from the ride to a fabulous brunch featuring sweet and savory crepes.
First 75 registered receive a “Ride Like a Girl” glass! Prizes, give-aways, swag and more for all attendees!
Portion of proceeds benefit Dirt Divas, a great resource for women’s riding clinics and much more!
Powder Horn Resort, Mesa, Co
From Training Peaks
Avoiding Mental Sabotage Part 4: How to Channel Pre-Race Anxiety
BY PATRICK J. COHN, PH.D. AND ANDRE BEKKER
In part four of our continuing series on mastering your mental skills for race-day, we discuss how to properly channel your pre-race anxiety into positive energy and focus.
How to Cope with Pre-Race Jitters
Every triathlete, runner or cyclist, no matter their level, experiences pre-race jitters—the feeling of excitement or butterflies in your stomach prior to the start of a race. However, some athletes turn pre-race jitters into performance anxiety. Pre-race jitters are a natural part of your racing, but pre-race performance anxiety will cause most athletes to tense up, worry about their performance and ultimately not perform up to their ability.
Are Pre-Race Jitters Helpful to Your Performance?
The first step is to find out if you experience common pre-race jitters or if you are anxious or scared. The difference is that pre-race jitters or butterflies are helpful to your race—they help you focus and perform better.
However, real “performance anxiety” is a reaction to stress or fear about the event that can cause excess tension. We think that pre-race jitters are a form of respect for the event you are about to engage in and part of the physical way your body prepares for the race.
How can you distinguish between pre-race jitters and performance anxiety? Look at the characteristic of each below:
You feel excited to get the race started.
You feel physically up and alert.
You think clearly about what you want to accomplish.
You feel ready to tackle any challenge that comes your way.
You feel your heart beating harder, but you think it’s natural and helpful.
When the race starts, you relax, get into the flow, and don’t focus on how you are feeling.
You have energy to keep going until the end of the race.
You are over-excited about the race and feel scared before you start.
You feel physically sick to your stomach.
You have excess internal chatter and can’t think clearly or calmly.
You are worried about what you might encounter during the race.
You feel physical symptoms such as an increased heart rate, but worry that you are anxious or uptight.
You feel anxious or tight well into the start of the race and it may last for the entire event.
You feel drained and exhausted before the competition even starts.
If you identify with pre-race jitters, that’s great. That’s what you want to feel just before the event. You want to embrace the pre-race jitters.
If you identify more with performance anxiety above, you’ll have to learn how to overcome your performance anxiety by channeling it in a more constructive way…
Read the full story
by Matt Lieto
The week leading up to a major race, what we call “race week” in the sport, can bring its own breed of stress and anxiety. These emotions can pile up and wreak havoc on an athlete’s race experience and even results. So what’s a high-strung athlete to do? The best chance for success on race week is to do your best to make it as much like any other week in training.
IRONMAN champ Linsey Corbin sums up race week success with this: “Get a lot of sleep early in the week, dial in your race gear early, thank a volunteer, stay hydrated, don’t stress about the weather, do something nice, keep the blood flowing, and have fun.” Below you’ll find a few more handy points to help keep the cortisol levels down.
IRONMAN Race Week Do’s & Don’ts….
Click HERE to read about bike tune ups, new gear, pre-race diet, too little – and too much – rest, massages, course recon, and managing your support crew.