Today was the day...MyFirst Triathlon :=)
I had the best night last night and both excited & nervous for the big day, so sleep was limited to about 3 hours, I packed up my things, checked my list about 30 times and we hit the road about 5:30am.
I was all smiles and ready to go, the ride was nice, my daughter and 2 of her friends were with me so I had plenty of company for the 45 min ride to the beach.
When we got there I got all my stuff set up in the transition area...
Then the burial...I got this great idea from my friend Sheila, she made a comment to me about leaving the fluffy girl at the start line and go...hmmmmm...so I took a picture with me of the "fluffy" me, the girl I used to be, the girl that still sometimes fights the new me and I buried her at the beach where the race begins and ends...
Bye Bye "Fluffy" me...this was such a sentimental moment for me, to leave that girl behind...to never look back...I did get a bit emotional, it a good way...I am NOT that girl anymore, I havent been her for a LONG time...
Me and my Lexie, my girl is my Hero and my Biggest Fan!
Now it is time to get my wetsuit on, that is sooo much fun and trying to put in on in that tiny transition area was definately comical to say the least, almost fell over a couple of times...lol...I had a picture of my Lexie, my Bestest and Kimmie in my suit, I neve run a race without them...I also had few inspiring quotes from my dear friend Carol to keep me going...I had to walk over the the neighboring beach for the start, the swim was a 1/2 mile and was a U-shaped course.
I went in to get warmed up, check for jellyfish (none in sight :)...water was the perfect temp, lots of seaweed itwas like swimming in spagetti, on the way out of warming up I cut open both of my big toes on rocks :-(....really didnt hurt that bad but they were bleeding everywhere..no time to think about it, time to get my swim on...
The start....Hole in the Wall Beach
The mad dash to the water...see the gut in the red shirt in front, to the left on the one behind him is me!
Running to my bike after the swim
The tansition time for me from swimming to biking was a bit long, I really wanted to make sure my cut toes were as clean I could get them before getting my bike shoes on and taking off..I know for next time to pack some ban-aids in my bag
Off I go, up that first hill and already starting to pass people...love my new wheels!!
On my way back to transition to get my sneakers on and get running
This switch was easy, was really having to pee but I didnt want to stop, I just wanted to get my run on and go
The run was so nice, I smell of the ocean air was calming and the people were so nice, everyone was cheering and I just kept going, never stopped....had to pee, bleeding toes and just never even thought about stopping...as much as I thought I was going to miss having my Ipod, I didn't...this was my race...my new start...the day I let go of the "fluffy" me...the day I had planned for over a year was here...The race ends with a beach finish, this was breathtaking...running along the beach., seeing my daughter and friends waiting for me, and ending my race where I buried that "fluffy" girl...I don't even have words for how I felt.
Me at the finish.
My cheerleaders...they were so great, wating for me at every stop, pom poms waving cheering and telling for me every minute...a cherished day in my life, a priceless memory
I wasnt sure what my time was, and to be honest I didn't care too much..I knew I did the best that I could but most of all I had the best time (busted toes and all).
Times were posted this afternoon....my final time for the 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike and 3.5 mile run was...................1:45.35
Here is the breakdown
1/2 mile swim 17.57 (a personal best for me in open water)
1st transition 4.32
12 mile bike 47.46
2nd transition 1.56
3.5 mile run 33.25 (another personal best for me...I have never ran under a 10 min mile)
So I did it, I set a goal for myself that I would have never dreamed I could achieve, I worked hard and I reached it...looking forward and never back...so whats next???
I have decided to so another Tri on September 13th & I am participating in the MS ride September 26-27...is a 50 mile a day ride for 2 days (100 mile total)...always another goal, another challenge...
I am also considering giving adventure racing a try, I have a friend that loves it and I might have to give it a whirl...anyone ever participate in adventure racing?
Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but this girl is excited to find out...still reaching for those stars and I will continue to everyday...life is too short not to..