Tall Ironwoman, hold the half

October 28th

I finished! In 7 hours flat, I finished the 1/2 ironman this afternoon. It was — gasp — actually much easier than I thought it was going to be. Don’t get me wrong, there was a considerable amount of walking toward the end, but my brother jumped in (wearing flip flops no less) and kept me company for the last 3 miles. It was incredible. And when I saw the finish line, I let out a little shout of joy that couldn’t have been more sincere.
The number of people I had out there cheering for me was impressive. Several other competitors mentioned my cheer squad. I really am one of the luckiest people; I am surrounded by great friends.
I can’t wait to do a full Ironman. 2009, Tempe. That’s the plan. Tomorrow may be another story.
I’ll post photos soon. Thank you again!!


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  1. AWESOME! Both on the race today and on your future plans!

    (I’m also planning on doing a full Ironman in 2009, although I’m not sure which one yet. It’s always good to have people just as crazy as you are around.)

  2. Congradulations! I was thinking of you as I rode my bike 3 miles! Mim

  3. YAY! I am proud of you!!! Good job!!

  4. Whoops, I missed my chance to wish you luck. But I guess you didn’t need it!!

  5. WAY TO GO!! Knew you could do it! And can’t wait to see what else you can do! Again, Congrats!


  7. Yay for you. Way to go Kelli!

  8. You had the guts AND you deserve the glory today! Congratulations Kelli!

  9. congrats kelli!!! i am soooooo proud of you!

  10. congratulations!!

  11. Yay! And yay for your brother for helping out!

  12. Congrats, chica! Good for you!

  13. Congratulations!! That is just amazing. πŸ™‚

  14. Yay!! You go, woman!

  15. Congratulations, Kelli! I am so tickled for you and how wonderful of your brother to join in the last 3 miles–although I hope his feet are okay since he wore flip-flops.

  16. I saw you start *and* finish the event, and you looked just as strong at the end as at the beginning. Well done, young lady, well done.

    Half-Iron Kelli! Awesome.

  17. Congratulations! What a terrific accomplishment! (And what a great brother!)

  18. Way to go Kelli! I am so amazed by you.

  19. Hooray for you! You inspire people with every aspect of your life!

  20. Great job!! Congrats!!!!!!!

  21. You are awesome!

  22. Whoooo HOoooooo! I have been thinking about you all weekend! Awesome job! So glad your brother was there for you!

  23. I just let out a little whoop of joy over the finish line for you. You rock, Kelli!

  24. 7 hours! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

    Congratulations Kelli!

  25. You are amazing, Miss Kelli! I wish I had the tiniest bit of your motivation. XOXXO

  26. Way too go! Congratulations!

  27. Amazing Miss Kelli! How wonderful you must feel! I am very impressed and so glad to read (1 post behind! :)) that your friend Rex is back to running! I’m very proud of your determination to do this. What an accomplishment!

  28. Atta girl! You must feel really high right now, having worked so hard and seen it come to fruition. You’re an inspiration!

  29. You should check and see if IronKelli.com has been taken yet.

    Big congrats!

  30. Woo Hoo!! Congratulations Kelli! πŸ™‚

  31. Congratulations! You’ve made us all so proud!!

  32. Can’t wait!

  33. Congratulations, girl, you rock!

  34. Great job, Kelli. That’s QUITE an accomplishment!!

  35. Kelli–
    you didn’t just fly, you SOARED. Congratulations and wishing you days of rest and basking in your victory ahead.


  36. Way to go Kelli!!

  37. KELLI!!!!!!!!!!!! congratulations on completing such a feat! I’m so glad you did it (and did so well!) and that your family and friends were there to cheer you on. YAY!!!

  38. YAY! YAY! YAY!

    I am 27 blog posts behind here at AK – but what a fortuitous day to pick to get caught up! Even though I’ve gotten so behind on my reading, I’ve been thinking of you often, and wondering how the training for this and the actual event went!

    I’m off to get read posts 1 – 26 – but I am so glad I saw this first! I am thrilled beyond all belief for you!!!

    You. Just. Rock.

  39. Kelli, are you amazing!! Congratulations!

  40. great news! way to go girl!

  41. I am bursting with pride for you!!! That is awesome.

  42. I am impressed!! Good for you!!

  43. Yea! I’m so proud of you, little sister! I wish I could have been there on the sidelines too, but I was cheering you on in thought!

  44. Congratulations! What a great accomplishment.

  45. YOU are the bomb!

  46. CONGRATS! I’m so proud of you!! πŸ™‚

  47. Congrats Kelli! You’re awesome. And what a rockin brother to keep you company for 3 miles!!

    wow! quite an accomplishment.. you’ve worked hard enough for it…..
    Kudos to you Kelli!

  49. Awesome Kelli! Congratulations, you have every reason to be proud.

  50. Hooray! CONGRATS!!!

  51. congrats!!

  52. Loved your text – 7 hours flat – that is unbelievable. Big hugs, doll, BIG ONES!

  53. Kelli, congratulations I knew you could do it. Haven’t commented much lately but I have been following your post s at every opportunity, way to go girl…ciao

  54. Kelli –

    Great job! Sorry I missed you pre-race.


    p.s.: JT pointed me here…so it’s a big circle. πŸ™‚

  55. Congratulations! you should feel so proud!