I am still 100% on a HIGH!!
I had SUCH a fun time! I chalk it up to all the “good lucks” you posted for me yesterday 🙂
Here is my Triathlon recap!
4am: Wake up way to excited/anxious to go back to sleep!
4:15am: Eat 3 apples, whole wheat english muffin with Peanut-butter, and…. handfull-ish of animal crackers!
5:35am: Leave with my #1 fan–Dad!–to go downtown for the race!
5:45am: Starbucks Coffee!!!!
6:30am: Dad drops me off at transition area for me to set up my things
6:30-7:25am: Go to the bathroom 1 million times, have another granola bar, set up my things exactly like my neighbors have them because I really have no idea what I am doing…
7:30am: START!!! 🙂
Jumped into the water!–1500meters— In the Canal! Not much to report other than the water was very gross… but whatever! It is was great and I tried to swallow as little water as possible!
TOTAL SWIM TIME= 29.43
Run out of the water and slightly fall down the steps back into water… oops!!! don’t worry, I got it together and made it to my bike!
Took off on the bike!–24.8 miles— I wanted to do well on the run and I took the bike most conservatively… I also was scared to death of a flat tire (happened TWICE last year) and did not want to wreck!!! So I went relatively hard, but by no means really pushed it. Like I said… I was NOT looking to wipe out around a corner or kill myself in a pot hole on the downtown roads.
TOTAL BIKE TIME= 1:16.23 (avg pace= 19.5 mph)
Took off on the run!–6.2 miles-– I fueled really well on the bike, and was anxious to see how I would feel on the run. The first 1.5 miles, I had a great stride and pace, but I had the WORST side cramp ever. I just ran through it, grabbed a Gatorade at the aid station and IMMEDIATELY the cramp went away. Then… the race was on!!! I felt fantastic on the run!!! I was so happy!! I wanted to sprint from the get go, but I made myself hold back until mile 3… then picked it up… then at picked up again at mile 4… then once I hit mile 5 it was GO TIME!
TOTAL RUN TIME= 41.20 (avg pace= 6.39min/mile)
TOTAL TIME= 2:31.33
PLACE OVERALL= 88th
OVERALL WOMEN= 11th
AGE GROUP= 2nd
I finished the race with the biggest smile on my face!!! I saw/heard my dad at all the events, running around like a crazy person cheering for me!! I loved it! I found my dad at the finish and, according to him, talked a mile a minute about the race and was just literally high on life!!
I didn’t wear a watch the whole race AND my computer on my bike is broken. So I literally had no idea what my time was….
So when I saw my run time later in the afternoon… I was thrilled! I was so worried since I had been having heavy legs…. slow runs… “feeling BIGGER“….but you know what?! Everything that you all and my nutritionist and my doctors have been telling me about getting stronger with weight gain and stronger with rest days/slower runs….seemed to be true!!
A 6.39 pace after swimming and biking was better than I EVER thought I would run!
And throughout the entire triathlon I just felt STRONG!
I have an appointment today with Heather my nutritionist (and who is an AMAZING triathlete) and I cannot wait to tell her about the race!
Thank you all for the words of encouragement and support!! Means the world to me!
Ever done a triathlon? Anyone else get dizzy after the swim portion??
What are you MOST looking forward to this week?