I learned so much--I had so many thoughts while I was racing I wished I had some way to record them so that I could remember them for the blog! As we were getting to the race venue at 5:00 this morning, I told Becca that it was good that she had done this before, so she knows what to expect. And she said, "Yeah, and it's a bad thing because I know what I am getting myself into." That made me a little nervous...
|This is the "after"--it was too dark to take any "before" pictures.|
So, first we had the swim. We grouped ourselves into teams of four by swim times. Our team called itself "Team Tortoise" because we were on the slower end of the spectrum. But we had fun! This tri is unique because it is actually in two pools. So we had to swim 23 lengths in the first pool, then get out, run outside, jump in a second pool and do 21 more lengths. On my second length in the first pool I got a massive charley horse in my right calf. I don't know why, but it was pretty annoying and it made it somewhat tricky to swim--I had to do it with a floppy foot for about 5 or 6 lengths until if finally stopped cramping. Outside in the second pool I actually passed someone, which was really exciting for me! (I won't tell you how many times I got passed...) Getting out of the pool was a joke too--it was a platform pool so you pretty much had to use only your upper body strength to get out. My upper body was tired by then, so I just kind of flopped myself up onto the side like a beached whale. At least I wasn't wearing my wetsuit this time!!
I was so excited when I knew I was going to finish that swim! After what happened last time I was nervous about it. Despite all my self-doubts and the comments of a few naysayers I rocked it! (So, apparently I really was sick last time if any of you still have your doubts...)
The run. More UP. Seriously, what is up with the directors of this race? They like to torture people apparently. Sadists, I tell you!! The course was described as "challenging." Um, yeah. So much uphill. Steep, steep hills! I started off doing my run, walk, run thing, but then I modified it to be run, walk up the hills, and run. It was exhausting and I think by that point I was really dehydrated because I kept getting the chills. I don't think that is normal when you are out in the sun in 80+ degree weather. I stopped at all the water stations and got water but I think I should have drank A LOT more on the bike ride! I will know that for next time. My knee was fine, but that silly muscle that cramped up during the swim was (and still is) very sore, so that probably slowed me down a bit, too. I saw Becca as I neared the halfway/turn around point and asked her if I was almost there. Her response? "Um, no." At least she is honest!
Anyway, I finally made it to the end of the 6.2 miles and I was so happy to see my family there waiting to run in with me!
|Okay, I sort of look bald here. :(|
I did it!! Anyone who has known me for longer than 8 years or so knows what a HUGE, HUGE deal this is!! When Ryan and I got engaged I couldn't even run for 30 seconds straight. And I am not exaggerating (he would time me.) I have never been athletically inclined AT ALL. Well, I'm still not really, but the fact that I did this is really incredible to me!!
|I guess this is a picture of me crossing the finish line. I just don't see me. But I did cross it, I promise!!|