2012 Kona Ironman 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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  1. sitbones says:

    Imodium is the word of the day. Wow! As always, I love the honesty in your reports. Other triathletes will definitely learn from this experience.


  2. Hana says:

    Hi Sonja! Well done turning things around on the run! I had a similar situation happen to me… I’m happy I did not quit. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Laura says:

    And….I still think you are amazing! Maybe even more so after reading this race report!

  4. Veronica B. says:

    I spent the entire night before Sunday’s marathon in the bathroom thanks to a bad choice of pre-race-dinner restaurant and was afraid the same exact thing was going to happen to me (luckily it didn’t). Way to fight on even when your body wanted to give up. I think this is even more impressive than those races where you run a 3:2x marathon!

  5. Congrats on yet another Kona finish… even when “disaster” hits, you still finish sub11. Amazing. The experience will make you a better athlete and a coach!

    I keep immodium and tums with me at all times during racing… and I don’t know if this is related, but I would get the shits when I used the Pre-Race powder. I had the same experience you did in Cozumel ’10. I switched to Pre-race caps, no more issues.

  6. Jennifer Kenney says:

    Congrats to you!! I was cheering for you all day, kept seeing your red kit fly by and it looked like you were having a great day! Sorry to hear it took a turn for the worse, but good for you for gutting it out!! Christine had that same “issue” at IMCOZ…first time I saw her on run she was freaking out yelling to me that she “pooped her pants” then every time she ran by asked me if I could see it :) aahh the joys of Ironman. Good luck at whatever is next for you!!

  7. Sam says:

    I know what a terrible feeling that is and my experience wasn’t even in a race and not nearly as liquid as yours. I’m so glad there was a bathroom nearby for you. You’re awesome for not just continuing on but turning into having some fun. Your finish leap rocked.

  8. Katie says:

    Beth said it best when she commented on how she always learns something from your race report. I remembered your last year’s post when I was struggling nearing the finish line this year, as I too, thought I wasn’t going to make it. This post will always remind me that even when it gets bad, I need to tough it out and finish. You’re awesome for many more reasons than I can even list, but thank you for always being an inspiration.

  9. Katy says:

    I think it’s really interesting all the times you mention “giving up” in this. Or having “no fight left.” While I read this, it seemed like the most “fight-filled” race report I’ve ever read of yours (and since I stalk you, that’s a lot). I mean, not giving up is easy if you are having a great race- there’s glory in that, of course- but I think there is much more glory in having the roughest day and doing it anyway. That is what Ironman is supposed to be about, isn’t it? Not breaking hour marks, but overcoming when your body and your mind are screaming at you not to. Totally awesome, Sonja! (Also- so long as we’re all sharing- I pooed my pants in the finisher chute at CDA- I was trying to hustle to the bathroom, but the lady was like, “come take your post-race photo.” So there I am happy as a clam pooing in my pants during my post-race photo in front of the Ironman backdrop. When you gotta go :-)
    Congrats, Sonja!

    • …I think there is much more glory in having the roughest day and doing it anyway. That is what Ironman is supposed to be about, isn’t it? Not breaking hour marks, but overcoming when your body and your mind are screaming at you not to…

      LOVE THIS!!

      that must be quite the finishers photo!

  10. Anthony says:

    Well, I wish I had no idea what you were talking about, but I do. I’m happy you were able to get back to a great frame of mind before you even finished. It’s a lot harder than you make it sound. I hope it goes without saying, but all those things that you think about yourself during those moments, couldn’t be any further from how the rest of us think of you. Thanks for your honesty. I just can’t believe you made it though the whole post without using the phrase “shit show”. Truly impressive ;)

  11. tess says:

    Always an inspiration.
    When life makes us shit our pants, we get up, clean up, and you finished an ironman!!!!!!!! in amazing time for a mere mortal but then again, you are not a mere mortal but a SUPER HERO of awesomeness!!!

    Keep on being inspirational. and maybe carry some wet wipes:))
    love you girl!

  12. Julia says:

    Um, yep, been there, done that. Thanks for such an awesome report, poop and all! It doesn’t sound to me like you didn’t have any fight left in you, actually it sounds like your best fight yet. Congrats :-)

  13. sub-optimal for sure but you did not really quit.
    I am glad that you were able to find some joy for the rest of the race and just love that A ran with you :)
    every race is an experience to learn and I am sorry that ‘this’ occurred at Kona for you-but we know you will be back there to fight again.

  14. Haley Chura says:

    Amazing jump shot!! And in time, I believe this will become one of your favorite Ironmans! You know you can get through ANYTHING now!! Congrats!

  15. Heather says:

    You are the best fighter! I cried and laughed reading this, it was very emotional and really tells everyone the roller coaster we go through during these events. You never gave up! And the funny part is we go through these emotions of quitting and never doing this again and then once we cross that line and get that medal – it all goes away and we can’t wait to the next one! And of course I love how you smiled and did a wonderful finish shot – great job.

  16. Emily says:

    you know, adventure racing is a lot cheaper than ironman, if you find yourself truly needing a break :)

  17. Veronica B. says:

    I’m so glad to see no one is poo-pooing your amazing report and amazing race. I don’t think it went down the toilet at all. In fact you really pinched out a great performance.

    ….what, too soon?

  18. liz says:

    WOW! So your “bad” marathon is a 4:04 huh?
    Your report is so much like my IMC report this year. I gave up, but didn’t. Turned it into something fun and gained experience. I think when you have a goal and you know you’re not going to get close, the fight leaves you.
    Congrats on learning something new about yourself…even if it is potty related.

  19. Uncle Norm says:

    Awesome Job Sonja… Your dig to get it done when everything went wrong brings a smile to my face. I’m so very proud of you. I could never physically follow but your spirit keeps me drafting along behind you just the same. (legally) Ha ha..

  20. Kendra says:

    Thank you for sharing your day with us, Sonja. In the Peace Corps, amoebic dysentery and the inevitable mess-in-the-pants was a rite of passage. We always said that it builds character. I’ve heard it builds character in long-course endurance racing as well. Now you’ve got even more character, if that is possible :)

  21. Z says:

    I have enjoyed your blog for years, thanks for sharing your stories! All I have to say that “sh$t happens”! Last year it happened to me at the Ragnar Race. When I realized it in the bathroom just like you I almost died from shame ;-) I’m glad you came out strong!

  22. PIC says:

    Nice job taking out the spectator! I’m so proud of you PIC! You didn’t have the day you wanted or deserved but you persevered and made the best out of a “shitty” situation (HA). Love you:)

  23. Brett says:

    Glad I found this! You helped me get going out there. Happy to see your joyous finish!

  24. Alisia Lara says:

    That was me in that picture! Ha. Girl, I used my core and braced myself so no damage done. Just comes along with spectating ;)

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