Yesterday I picked up my race package & they asked if I'd like to keep my swim time at 20 minutes. I said I'd like to change it to...I don't know 18 or 19. The lady writes down 18. I leave & decide to drive the bike section & then start freaking out....OMG what have I done?! To make 18 minutes I'll have to push myself to the MAX. OMG I forgot how many hills are included. WHAT HAVE I DONE?! Yoga breaths. I got this!!
I decided to go in on Race day & ask if I can change it to 19 as I feel it's to much pressure on me. Not a problem. Whew! Once that was changed I felt surprisingly calm.
So I set up my transition, chat with a few others, got body marked & listened to orientation. After orientation it's time to get to the pool. I walk in & it's sooo HOT & humid in there. Ugh. We then line up according to our swim time. I was going to be in a lane with 3 other girls & they were awesome. While we waited we chatted, laughed and was happy that none of us cared if they got passed or had to pass. Out of the 4 of us only 2 of us where doing the whole thing. The other 2 were on teams. I had a wave of..oh crap..this is happening moment. Yoga breaths & telling myself that it's not a race..just a training journey, really helped.
Swim - Time to start. I turn my watch on, run to lane, jump in & go. Lap 2 my goggles were fogged up so I didn't bother looking at my watch, but my counter was AWESOME!!! When I went to start a new lap he hollered...1/2 way done. I got passed a few times, which caused me lose atlitle time waiting at the end of lane. At one point I realized the one girl lapped me. LAPPED ME!!! OMG!!! I'm huffing & puffing, I feel I'm going faster than normal. I guess I was wrong. But I kept going. Then the counter hollered only 2 more laps. LAST LAP!!! I'm coming up the last length & one of the girls is swimming beside me. WTH!!! It throu me off abit then told myself I was seeing things. Go to jump out of the pool..Nope not seeing things, we jumped out together. I was very happy I made it out of the pool in one attempt.
I then crossed the swim exit mat & I looked at my watch 17:59. OMG!!! I just swam a 750m in under 18 minutes. My fasted ever 750m.
T1 was a challenge. I had a hard time staying upright & couldn't keep my balance. I pushed throu & chatted/laughed with a lady who was waiting for her team mate. Finally dressed, helmet on, bike unracked...off I went.
Bike - Last year I used the bike portion as a recovery stage. This time I decided to push it. I not only made it to the 10km mark in 22 minutes, I passed a lady. 1/2km later while going uphill I passed another lady while a guy passed both of us. Due to the guy passing us & talking to us (plus he was a cutie) I didn't see who I was passing. Another 1/2km away a lady rides up on me...'where you in my lane swimming?'. Wow this is the girl that lapped me. We chatted for a few moments & she told me she finished the swim in just over 14
minutes. 14 MINUTES. WOW!! She then complemented my biking & said I was really good biker. I'm thinking can't you hear me huffing & puffing, I'm struggling. She then told me she was going to stay on my tail & off I went. A few km's later I realized..WOW!! She lapped my not once but twice & I not only caught up to her, I passed her. I made up 3 minutes. I'm not doing that bad. I looked back at one point & I couldn't see her. Holy crap I'm doing better than I thought.
T2 - I dismount my bike & walk (yes walked) my bike through the chute & put it on the rack in one try. Way better than last year when it took me 4 attempts to get it on the rack.
Run - I walked past the start mat & the girl says 'are you running?'. Me 'Yes. well Suppose to be.' So she triggered my ankle chip. I walked for a few minutes, then I ran 5&1, 3&1 then I went to 1&1's. The run was HARD. I was running way faster than normal, so I tried
to slow down to my 'normal' pace. But it was too hard to run slower. I felt I could walk faster than that. It was a really weird feeling to have to run fast or not run & walk. I told myself my walk had to be under 10 minute kms. Which I was able to keep. At the 3km mark I looked at my watch & thought OMG I can make my ROCK STAR goal of under 1:45 if I booked it. Then I thought no way..it's not gonna happen. I'm hurting, my legs cramped & I feel nauseous. Well of course, because I said I couldn't, it didn't happen.
1km left, I see the nicest, greenest patch of grass & I want to curl up on it & go to sleep.
1/2km left (which at this point feels like an eternity) I'm walking, I hear someone coming up to pass me saying 'keep it up you can do it'. Turns out it the same girl from the swim & bike caught up to me & passed me. It takes a few seconds for me to say I GOT THIS & started running all the way to the finish chute & across the finish line. I was only a few seconds behind her.
When I get home I was nervous to check my official chip time, because last year there was a timing glitch & my results never got fixed. It added 20 minutes onto my time & it took a month for me to finally get over it & accept my watch results as my official time. Thankfully
it matched my watch today....
Here's the breakdown:
750m Swim - 17:57.4
T1 - 2:44.0
20km Bike - 53:21.9
T2 - :51.6
5km Bike - 31:19.9 (Way better than I thought it was gonna be)
Total Time 1:46:15.0
So close to my ROCK STAR goal. But almost 9 minutes faster than last year.
Of course when I was standing at the finish line with my finishers high, I started analyzing my performance & felt I coulda done better somewhere to get my rock star goal. But for the past 9 hours....I've felt spent, done, exhaused.
Now that the finishers high is gone & the body's sore... I know I gave it my all & I am proud of my performance!!