Wednesday, February 06, 2013
This last weekend White Sands Missile Range in White Sands New Mexico hosted a duathlon. The first run, on a nice dirt road (sandy, rocky in spots) was 7K, the bike was 28K and the last run was a 5K.
The weather was perfect, very little breeze and around 58 degrees for the run portion. The first 7K took me about an hour and although I was "last" I could see the group in front of me. I was relatively pleased with my performance. It is tough mentally to have to walk when the rest of the field is running.
The bike turned out to be relatively difficult. An out and back course that was basically down hill out and up hill back. Quite doable but along came the headwind from Hell. I felt good on the bike although I tightened up a little. I was not concerned though (I did not know what was coming).
I racked the bike and took of on the last run and found out I was much tighter than I had realized. About a mile into the 5K, my legs were doing fine, knees included when suddenly I started having massive lower back spasms. My lower back and hips felt like I had been hit by a baseball bat! I continued on and everything continued to get worse.
The pickup man that was picking up course markings even asked me if I wanted a ride. Through my tears I told him I would manage. Needless to say the last half of the 5K felt like an eternity. I hurt so bad I know I looked like a dottering old spastic and I felt like I was going to have to crawl to finish. My entire body felt great except my lower back and left leg which went completely numb.
I finished! I introduced two good friends to the sport...they both did very well. Congrats Suzanne on your 2nd place age group finish. Congrats Allen for staying with Suzanne. Thanks to you both for waiting on me to finish so you could dry my tears and help me to my vehicle.
I too won. I won my division...Athena or "fat Fart", whichever you want to call it. I won but only because I was the only Athena entered. I am embarrassed by my time BUT: I got off the couch, I attended the event, I completed the course, I MADE THE EFFORT and I really earned this medal and the lovely T-shirt!