Whoa! I'm behind in my race reports! Well, I'm finally going to catch up!
All fantabulous photos @ DSSECRETS aka D!
I had several reasons to do this Tri. Others gave me reasons NOT to do it! A Race Director, also a fellow run & swim training mate, said to keep an open mind and form my opinion. Of course, the challenge was there and I would do it!
I always suggest getting to the dance early. You go through check in, get set up in Transition then relax until it's time to rock 'n roll!
Body Marking at 5:30am!
Time drags before the start but eventually you finally get to enter the water! This was a time trial start and not a wave start. I liked it!
This was the source of negativity! Fact, we are spoiled by swimming the Gulf of Mexico, on the some of the best beaches in the US! This particular swim is in a lake. I tested it just before entering. My feet squished in mud and the lake grass was wrapping my legs. You also couldn't see your arms in the water! Hence, the term "black water!"
Here''s proof I survived...
I made to the transition area where we were met with sprinklers to hose our feet off. Nice touch!
After getting my bike gear on, we're out of T1!
After a nice Saturday ride, I'm winding down...
and entering Transition City!
Leaving T2, I'm loving life on the run!
Now here's where a subplot begins.
I see the girl in blue ahead of me and notice her age, 32, on her right calf. I follow her a bit, see she's giving a good pace, and decide to draft her! A mile in the run. she moves to the right thinking I'm going to pass her. I tell her she's doing great and I'm into her pace. After 2 miles, she catches up to her girl friend. I hear "Jamie" say "we're doing a good pace!"
About a quarter of a mile to the Finish. I knew I had a good sprint in me. I told them they would cross the Finish Line before me, thanking them for the pace. I just thought it would be disrespectful.
We talked the rest of the way in. "Jamie," my pacer," thanked me as she was going to slow down a lot earlier in the run but continued. She said I inspired her to press on. (That was my medal!)
I told them to check their makeup, put a huge smile on, add a lil kick in their step, and get ready for the Finish Line shot! We laughed out loud together! They crossed, turned, saw me cross .04 sec behind them, clapping for me! We congratulated each other.
This was a surprise! My TriBro, Rob, got a medal, waited for me to finish. then presented it to me!
To the right, is Nick, CEO of the Best Damn Race Series in Florida. He was the one who helped me with pain management over the last two Tris & a Duathlon! He was also the Longleaf Sprint Overall Winner. Still, he was there to see me finish! I am so grateful & blessed to have them as dear friends! Our TriFamily rocks hard!
Thanks for taking the time to read this report! Stay strong, embrace challenge, and never quit!