A Huge Accomplishment and an Even Greater Loss...
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Yesterday, I completed my first outdoor triathlon. The open-water swim was nothing I could have ever prepared myself for. With the water temperature at a cold 61 degrees, I just tried to get through without thinking about being cold. The waves were more than I imagined they would be and I found it very hard to swim freestyle because breathing was nearly impossible with waves splashing in my face each time I tried. So, I pushed through and did backstroke about half of the time. I finally made it to shore and had a slow transition to bike. The biking was very hilly, but I made it through. Then, the run came and it was uphill for the first 1.5 miles and downhill the last 1.5 miles. I think my friend and I had a great push to the finish. Overall, I was proud of myself for accomplishing something I never though possible - especially the swim and run.
A few hours after the triathlon, I found out that a member of my gym that I was pretty close with died at the triathlon. She complained of chest pain while in the water and was pulled out by race staff, but died shortly after. I am still taking this very hard. Just 45 minutes earlier, I patted her on the back and said good luck and chatted about my wedding plans and how she couldn't wait to hear all about it. My friends who have such a positive outlook on life and death continue to remind me that she died doing something she trained very hard for and doing something she loved, but it still hits a bit too close to home.
Well, that is all for now...I wanted to fill everyone in on my triathlon and hope that blogging about the death helps me move through the motions of dealing with this. Thanks for reading...Amanda xoxo
Transition 1 : 6:41
Trans 2: 2:40
Overall Time: 1:47:26