Pictures from Yesterday's Triathlon

Monday, July 25, 2011

So yesterday was my fourth triathlon, the NJ State Tri with 1,000 participants. This was my first Olympic distance triathlon--Olympics consist of a .9-mile swim, a 25-mile bike ride, and a 10k (6.2-mile) run.

I went into this race a little differently than I have all previous events. Having just done the intermediate-distance tri again last weekend, my heart was definitely not fully in this one. Well, the heat contributed too. Like most of the rest of the country, we were in the middle of a heat wave here in NJ. On Saturday, the heat index was up over 115 degrees. Sunday was predicted to be significantly cooler, but still very hot. I actually had one of my coaches phone me Friday night to beg me to reconsider participating.

I decided to go forward with the intention of just swimming. If I finished the swim and felt like doing the bike, I'd do the bike. And if by some miracle I made it through the entire bike course and felt like the run, I'd do the run too. Well, I did finish the entire thing! But because I went into it with this relaxed attitude, being easy and flexible with myself, I wound up having a really great time. I took my time in transition (a big no-no in triathlon world!), even danced around and paused to rehydrate before taking off again. And because the run was so hot, I stopped at all the water stations (and ice stations--they were REALLY well prepared to help people stay cool in the heat!) and gave myself time to ACTUALLY drink water before continuing on.

I finished in 3:13. My times weren't as good as I know I'm capable of, not as good as my performance has been lately. BUT I still beat the time goal I'd set for myself when I signed up for this race (back in April) by 17 minutes. AND I had a really great time and finished feeling healthy, not totally spent, and managed to even have a good, semi-productive rest of the day. Good stuff!

Here are some pictures from the event, snapped by my cheering squad (Dan, lol).

That's me and my buddy who did the race with me.

That's me waving just before the start of my swim wave.

There's a shot of a portion of the swim course. 9/10 of a mile might not sound like a lot, but anyone who swims understands the significance of the distance!

There's me coming out of the water!

There's me running from the water to my first transition.

Here I am in transition, taking my sweet old time, rehydrating before the bike. That water was 88 degrees, which is really exhausting!

That's me just about to start the bike. The woman behind me, whose tire you can see in this shot, wound up plowing into that group of people on the sideline right there--whoops! Never worth rushing so much that you lose control, sheesh.

And... I'm off!

This is my favorite picture from the day. I'm pointing to the banana that's hanging off of my fuel belt. I got a lot of comments on that banana, let me tell you! This was my fuel of choice, and at various points in the race, I carried it in my beltline, in my hand, or in my sports bra. But it got me through when I needed it. My sense of humor was definitely intact yesterday!

I would never normally run in this heat--it was 94 and sunny. I was at around mile 4 in this picture.

And here's me heading towards the finish.

It was a good day and a great experience--on so many levels.

Not too sore today at all, but I'm going to enjoy a recovery day and take it easy. :-)

Love and light, sparkfriends.

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  • SLIMDOWN2010
    WOW! This has helped push me fwd today! emoticon
    2747 days ago
    congrats on the finish. keep up the good work. you are doing great!
    2888 days ago
    Congrats on beating your goal by 17 minutes!! That's quite an accomplishment! It's great that you just relaxed and had a good time with this one - there's always another where you can compete to the max - you have to have fun sometimes too! And bravo to the race organizers for being prepared! That will definitely bring the competitors back next year. Thanks for sharing your race in pictures!
    2889 days ago
    2890 days ago
    Congratulation on an awesome race!
    2890 days ago
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    2890 days ago
    A) AWESOME JOB! B) 9/10 of a mile sounds like FOREVER to swim! YIKES! C) You look FANTASTIC!!! :D Way to go FIERCE MAMA! :)
    2891 days ago
    I just found your page and all I can say is wow! You're really inspiring! Great job yesterday!!!
    2891 days ago
    yay, another one under your belt, you are given er hell girl! and check out that sexy midsection!!
    2891 days ago
    Fantastic job! Good idea to go into it with a laid back attitude - with the heat that was probably the best thing you could do. And you still beat your goal by 17 minutes! What more can you ask for from a day like that. Great job!
    2891 days ago
  • BANAN2
    What an athlete! Glad you made it fun and didn't push yourself in the heat. You've become a person you never even imagined you could be, and it's been exciting to watch it happen. Good for you, Melissa!
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    2891 days ago
    Congratulations on completing the tri, considering you just did one a week before and the weather conditions, yet you still beat your goal by 17 minutes! You proved that a relaxed attitude and taking time to hydrate pays. You're always so inspiring to me!
    2891 days ago
    Congratulations Melissa! You look like a completely different person than when you first joined Sparkpeople. I'm glad you had such a good time at the triathlon. I'm very impressed!
    2891 days ago
    emoticon Congrats on finishing and beating the time that you had set for yourself!
    2891 days ago
    I just have to echo everything already written by your other "fans". I am awestruck..speechless..inspired...y
    ou are AMAZING!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2891 days ago
    Great recap and pictures. I think you made the best decision to just relax and go with it. Even just working yourself up mentally could have really had an effect on you in that heat. You made the right decisions and it paid off!

    I am doing my first tri in August, so I love reading tri's and learning more about people doing them!

    Thanks for sharing!
    2891 days ago
  • BAM0827
    You're awesome. There are not other words

    2891 days ago

    I love the pictures!!!
    2891 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Sometimes we get so hung up on the numbers we forget we're supposed to be having fun! GREAT job!

    And you're so tiny . . .
    2891 days ago
    I could go on and on........... Dont worry I wont.

    One of my four principles of life is "You are who you hang around with." I've "hung around" with you for quite some time and I am impressed and motivated by everything you have accomplished. I'm proud to call you a friend and am really happy for you and all your accomplishments.

    Congrats to you
    2891 days ago
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