Monday, August 11, 2014
I wasn't going to do Top Gun this year but then I realized it was my first Tri and this was my 1st Anniversary as a Triathlete! My sis came to visit so she could see my Tri and be with me during my procedure. (Which you all know came out with great results!) I had a full SUV with DSSECRETS, my Sis, and Rob, my training bud, with me.
I gave D my smartphone and she shot all the photos here. She did a fab job!
Arrived at the Race Site in Ft DeSoto at 5:45am...a bit late for my preference!
Went straight to transition and got my gear & my thoughts together...
Then Sis & D shouted at me through the fence!
I was so glad my family was with me!
We all headed to the beach where the swim waves were getting ready to rock!
Pre-Tri Photo Op!
Rob instilled confidence and my focus on last year's first. Totally different vibe this year! Love this guy!
My wave went off, I hit the water, and...
I survived with so much more post-swim energy! Training works! That's my Sis, Linnie, to my right, cheering me on!
We had to run quite a distance back to Transition (T1), then off on the Bike...
After an easy ride, made a good transition, was out of T2 and on the run...still smiling!
Have to admit, with a race bib issue and the heat, it wasn't my best run. We ran in the sun for a 1 1/2 miles then returned through the sand by the beach. During the beach run, I did catch up to a woman who was struggling a bit. We ran in together. I told her to take a good breath, get herself together, look pretty, and sprint through the finish! She did that asI followed her across the finish line! When you have so many to thank for getting you to goals and beyond...you pay it forward! THAT was my medal!
At the finish line, returned my time chip and I ran into my Physical Therapy Doctor, Eric. This is the man who suggested I do Triathlons and less Half Marathons. He also suggested I check out entry level Scott Tri bikes. (we both ride and love them now!)
He did my 1st Top Gun with me last year as well. This year, he volunteered. He always tells me how excited he is about how far I've traveled as an athlete this past year.
He took my wet cloth I got at the last run water stop, soaked it in ice cold water then gave it back to me.
Yes, we had a moment and, in an instant, shared the last year together. Amazing how emotional you get when you're physically spent! These are the people I have in my life and they are all amazing!
Finally, I got to see Swim Coach Leo, who conducts our Tuesday Night Open Water Swim Training. He is also on Outspokin Triathlon Team and We will do the Longleaf Triathlon together in October!
He was at the Swim Start for every wave earlier, giving good tips and instilling confidence to all! Now, it was more than appropriate to thank him for his guidance!
I couldn't have a better Coach!
I learned a lot at this year's Top Gun, had another great learning experience, and can't wait to do it again next year! Now, it's time to get ready for the Courage to Tri on August 23 at Sand Key! Woo Hoo!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my report!