Ironman Arizona 2010 – The Run

Sonja Wieck

A Denver area triathlete enjoying every day of swim bike run. Mom to Annie, wife to Troy, and guide to a few brave athletes, I'm always in search of the next adventure.

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39 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    No words….congrats! You are a rock, a machine, a force! Bravo on a wonderful performance!

  2. David says:

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing, Sonja! Congratulations and hope you’re feeling better.

    - David

  3. Laura says:

    OMG.. I can’t believe the pack of people hanging on your shoulder and the game playing going on out there! What came of Vanessa.. will you see her again in Kona?

    Love this… what a journey. what a race! So well done!

  4. Sonja says:

    Nope, Vanessa came in 4th and there were three slots. All three slots were taken. She was very disappointed.
    #1 Me
    #2 Tribe Multisport’s Karleen Dirmantas
    #3 Ms.29 Rebecca Travis

  5. jennifer says:

    Wow!! That is a fantastic race report… I laughed at the gosonja train and teared up at the end. You are so inspiring.

  6. Anthony says:

    Enjoy it all, you’ve certainly earned it!!

  7. Kati says:

    Fabulous report – I loved the whole thing – I laughed, I cried : ) So very inspired and proud!!

  8. Anne says:

    Sonja – you made me cry! What an inspirational report. I will definitely be thinking of this when it is time to dig deep. Congrats – I am honored to share your colors!

  9. Mandy says:

    You made me cry, the run report had me at the edge of my seat, and I even KNEW how it turned out for you in the end. Way to battle it out and go all out. You rock.

  10. John Plumley says:

    That was better than I imagined it in my head. So that’s what its like to RACE an ironman! Congratulations. That was awesome.

  11. laura says:

    My husband and I followed your Twitter updates as we drove across Nebraska and Iowa…..we were cheering you on with so many others! Amazing race….hope you can rest & catch your breath. You are an inspiration!

  12. jane says:

    Your reports always make me teary too….but man it was so Awesome to see you there hunting down the 1st place girl! We knew once you saw her she was going to be eat’n up!! Such a rock star!

  13. Jennifer says:

    What a way to tough it out! You deserve that Kona slot after that race! Those hot pink Kinvaras are now on the top of my Christmas list!

  14. darryl says:

    Congratz Sonja, amazing race!!!

  15. Erin F says:

    Holy smokes, you are a BEAST! Wow, girl, congrats x a billion! I can’t believe how much strategy and well, trickery, goes down during an ironman (ie. that girl who wrote 29 on her leg, instead of her true age)…Esh. But you’ve always inspired me with your heart and honesty out there. Congrats again! You’re my hero!

  16. Bret Stevens says:

    Wow, I have never been glued a post like your run post. I felt like I was in the race with you. Congratulations! You rock Iron Man!

  17. Kiersten says:

    Congratulations Sonja! It was so much fun see you cross the finish line (even if it was online). Thanks for sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly of your day. (Good for you for being a good sport despite Vanessa’s blatant fib). I am in awe of what an amazing athlete, mom, person,…. you are!

  18. Emily says:

    Aww, I almost got a little teary reading this! So, so inspiring. Amazing- congratulations.

  19. Adrienne says:

    Wow…. It is amazing how something that hurts so bad can be so rewarding

  20. Adrienne says:

    Wow! What an amazing run! And, another great reminder that we all are capable of handling more than we think we can when racing

  21. Laura Wheatley says:

    You are fabulously inspiring and hardcore… Congrats !!!

  22. I seriously started tearing up reading your race report! I loved reading every minute of it! Wow…just wow! You are so amazing! Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!

  23. PIC says:

    Time to GRRRRR it up PIC…..that was the message on the board for you. And Grrrr it up you did. I am so proud of you and your amazing ability to bring it up a notch or two or 100. You worked for this one Son, and it is all yours to enjoy. And to be going to Kona with the toughest girl in the world? Well, that brings tears to my eyes. Love you sis:)

  24. Beth says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your race report. Amazing RACING out there. Although I’ve only done 1 IM, the last thing it seemed like was racing – more just survival on that day. ;) Very inspiring! Congrats!

  25. JenniferLeah says:

    what a way to finish! you are truely my inspiration :) YOU ROCK!!

  26. leanne says:

    Your race was incredible and so fun to follow. Reading your report was the inspiration I needed to get excited to do an ironman again! Congratulations on a stellar performance in Arizona- now enjoy some well deserved recovery time!

    Regarding Ms. 29- your ‘race’ age can be tricky to remember early in the am if your birthday has not yet arrived for the race year. I have an end of the year birthday and bodymarking always has me looking and feeling dumb because I can’t remember my ‘race’ age. Yes I have had one age crossed out and the other written and you get lots of chuckles from your competitors on that one!

  27. Beth says:

    Wow. awesome RACE. and even better race report :) ….dude vanessa= CLASSIC. super tactical machine. bummer she didn’t get a slot. but maybe serves her right for lying :)

    the calf situation- same thing happened to me at oceanside last year with a “29 year old”. i was totally cheering this girl on!! but hey, with all the compression socks- you can’t see half the people’s age – which isn’t as deceptive, but still same thing, right?…i think they need to put timing strips with different colors for each age group (like swim caps) or something.

  28. Gaye says:

    Every time I think you can’t get any better, you go and do it again! You’re amazing, Son, and I’m honored to call you my friend (plus I get to brag to everyone I know that you got me started on this whole triathlon thing :-D).

  29. Jeff says:

    Sonja,

    Congrats on the Kona slot! I really enjoyed reading the cat and mouse game on the Run. Just an awesome read.

    Where did you stay while you were in Tempe(I’m doing IMAZ 2011)? Did you like the place or wish you stayed somewhere else? Did you need a rental car while you were there or are most things within walking distance?

    cheers,
    –Jeff
    http://www.pingjeffgreene.com/

  30. Denner says:

    Awesome RR!!! Way to kick ass Son! I really enjoyed reading and following along on race day!

    ps- the durapulse guy was equally annoying in the pics!

  31. Sam says:

    I’m sure I’ve told you before but you are completely amazing and totally inspiring. Congrats on not being afraid to decorate the pain cave and reaping the rewards! I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings for you.

  32. Kim K says:

    holy shit, that is some race sonja! it was amazing to see you charge past me on the run; you are a friggin machine. congrats again!

  33. Shannon says:

    Just finished reading all the recaps… CONGRATS!!!! so inspiring :) you totally rocked this race, something to be proud of!!

  34. Strong Work Sonja! It was awesome following along on twitter. So proud of you when I found-out you won your age group, even more impressive now that I’ve read how you did it! So inspiring!

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  36. Rebecca Travis says:

    So not even sure you will see this Sonja but I was just informed this weekend about your comment in this blog about “ms. 29″ and if u question my sportsmanship u should have asked before or after we shook hands on the podium. No I was not confused… I WAS 29, that was my age until December 15 2010, as far as deception… That is laughable…i have been in the sport for 12+ years, 3 trips to Kona…so I really could have cared less about “getting a slot” or getting on the podium…after a car accident and 2 recent arterial surgeries from which I wasn’t even sure I’d EVER be able to be competitive again…these were the LAST things on my mind…just doing my best in front of my parents : )… Seems like u are a great competitor butu really need to find another method to ID your competition for Kona or any other race for that matter than age on the leg…with your experience you should know to look at race numbers when they r grouped! If u had asked me as you flew past…I would have gladly told you I was racing 30-34! But I’d appreciate you not smearing my integrity on your blog…I can’t even BELIEVE this got back to me all this time later OR that I am even that significant! LOL! Stay healthy, train hard, don’t forget to have fun and CHILL OUT! See ya in Kona ; ) or wherever!

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