I finished my second triathlon yesterday!!
Oh my gosh, I am sooooo sore today! LOL. And you know what hurts the most? My derriere!
So, we've been having AWFUL, just terrible, weather the last week or so, but it got even worse on Saturday (race was Sunday). In fact, there was some concern that the race would be canceled due to thunderstorms. Not only that, but the Quail Hollow golf tournament (one of the major PGA tourneys) was being held this weekend, the entrance to which was literally on the same street. Because the threat of rain and bad storms was so bad for Sunday, they moved the golfers tee times up to coincide right with when we would be doing our race.
Saturday morning, I got a text from my friend who did the race with me, who was sitting outside watching her oldest son play flag football and the text said, "Jeni, it's cold out here. I don't think I can do this." Aye aye aye, I felt the SAME way! But you know I can't let that go, so I called her and talked her off the ledge. I sent her some Nike Women motivational posters to get her pumped up for it and we agreed to hit the road at 6 so we could get there in plenty of time to pick up our packets and get our ink.
Sunday morning came with wind. Lots and lots of wind. A steady wind of 18 mph, but gusts of 40 mph!! And it was cold. Oh my gosh. It was soooo cold (low 50's). The good thing is, there was no rain yet. We got the bikes loaded and off we went. Happily, the bad weather kept a lot of the golf fans in, so we didn't have to deal with too much traffic. We got to the Y, picked up our packets and got inked. We hung out in the truck for a couple of minutes because it was so cold and windy, but then we needed to rack our bikes in the transition area so we figured we'd better get a move on.
My friend was only a couple of rows behind where I was. I had a little trouble racking my bike because I was the last one in my row. Fortunately, we're in the South, so everyone was really nice about moving over.
I got my bucket set up. I remembered from last time that I had wished I'd had an extra towel so I could stand on one and drip while toweling off with the other one, so I brought 2 this time. I got my station set up as well as I could, but since it looked like we might be in for more rain, I covered my bucket with a garbage bag so my shoes wouldn't be wet. It made for a little bit longer transition time because I didn't have everything laid out, but it was worth the extra time!
We had decided not to do this race for time. Neither of us had trained the way we wanted to and with the weather being what it was, we knew we weren't going to be any faster than we were in September, so I told my friend that I was going to start and finish with her. Turns out, it was a good thing we weren't concerned about time because somehow, neither of our timing chips signaled us in or out of the transition areas so they only had the volunteer account of our time which was more than 8 minutes longer than what my Garmin said we did! I can understand a minute or so, but 8??? AND, I started my watch BEFORE I hit the water and forgot to turn it off right away after we crossed the finish line. Ah well, what are you going to do, right?
We kept our pants and jackets on as long as we could but they kick you out of the transition area about 15 minutes before the race starts, so we stripped down at that point. Aye aye aye, it was cold. I was fine except when the wind gust would hit. I've never seen so many goose bumps in my life!
This photo is from the local news. This was the inaugural race so we had a little extra coverage. My friend and I are in the shot on the right hand side. I'm actually showing her the engraving on my wedding band. lol.
Now, I could give you a play-by-play here, but I won't bore you with the details. We swam, biked (ugh, I have GOT to train hills for the one in September!!!!!) and ran our way to a couple of pretty pieces of bling.
We finished the race together, just like we started it. That was really fun. There was a guy there who was trying to get us to beat each other. Maybe in September, but that's not what this one was about for us.
There weren't a lot of spectators for this one. I'm betting the weather is a big reason for that. The golf tournament too. There wasn't a lot of parking if you weren't in the race. I missed the crowd support. I was thinking while we were going along about how important the spectators are. Even if they don't know you and will never see you again, sometimes a stranger's encouragement is just what you need to push a little harder.
Ahhh. It was a tough race, but I'm glad we did it. I am looking forward to the one in September, though. I'd like to break an hour. Last September it was 1:09. Yesterday, according to the Garmin, it was 1:28. I know if I can work the bike part out, I can really shave some time off so that's going to be a big focus for me this summer.
Now that's the nice and happy part. Here comes the disappointing part. You know that picture I shared before? The one the news took? Well, they posted it on their facebook page. And wouldn't ya know it? Haters gotta hate. One of the comments on the picture was this: Is one of the rules for the triathlon is that you gotta be 300lbs or better?
Y'all, I just about died when I saw that comment. WHAT? Who says something like that. I have written and deleted a comment back, but I really don't want to let him know that he got to me. So I think I'll share with YOU what I REALLY want to say: @Dan, you've got the BETTER part right because every woman here is BETTER than you.
I so hope that one of the ladies in the picture doesn't see that comment and feel defeated about something that was a beautiful accomplishment. I'll tell you now that it's motivation for me. You see, I've gained some of the weight I lost. Enough that I'm coming back for BLC22. (yay!) That comment hurt me. I didn't want to let it, but it did. It doesn't any more. I know that it was a comment made out of hate but you can't hate me if you don't know me, so he doesn't hate me. He hates something about himself and I can't help him with that. So you know what?? I am going to kick total BOOTAY in BLC22 AND in my next race...just TRI and stop me. =D