I did the race that I had been anticipating most of the year and stressing over. I trained harder, worked on my swimming more and did an Olympic distance triathlon.
|My friend Kim captured me exiting the swim and getting on the bike here!|
|Here I am at the finish... if you can't tell I was nearly the last one, there is NO ONE around the finish line. But, my friends Kim/Sheila/Ali were there to cheer me on so I wasn't alone. Just lets you know this race took me a while to finish haha.|
|Me chillin' in my new hat and shirt :)|
Race report: There was a horrible thunderstorm the morning of this race... I woke up and heard the rain pounding down and I thought to myself "GREAT! This is going to suck". I loaded up and headed to race location despite the fact I could barely see to drive it was raining so hard.
I got there and parked in a field were they had volunteers parking us. It was still pouring so I sat in my car for another 45 minutes. Found out there was a 30 min rain delay and the rain finally started easing up. I went and got my bike in my transition area and found the body marking all in the rain still. Then the rain STOPPED. I was relieved, but still nervous about the race in front of me.
OMG Could I actually do this?
Ready or not, the race started. The swim start was unique as we all waddled/scooted down a slide into the the river. That would be the Tennessee River where I was informed the current would be less to nothing... but I don't think they took into consideration the storm that had just went through. I started on my wave to swim and OMG I was working so hard and literally NOT MOVING! I saw not one but two people in my swim wave stop and say nope... I cant do this. I told myself then just calm down. Worst case scenario it takes you longer than you have to complete and they tell you, you can't complete the race due to the time.. just make it happen and worry about the time later. I slowed down my efforts a bit, took some deep breaths in and out and just started pushing forward toward my goal swimming as smooth as I could, concentrating on each and every stroke. And, finally I made it to where I was actually going with the current instead of against it. When I got to this point, I really started swimming well... and feeling more confident but I was worried about my time.
I exited the swim and whew, I did it. No one said I could finish. I looked at my watch and it said 59 minutes. I had 1 hour to complete it according to race rules whew I was so glad that was over!
Now to get on my bike. The roads are still wet in some places, I head out knowing that I need to be that much more careful due to the water. I am peddling along nicely or so I feel, make it out to the turn around and start heading back when the freaking bottom FALLS out again. It is pouring on me, the rain is stinging my skin where it hits. There is a police officer that has rushed to be right with me with his lights on because suddenly I am in a very dangerous bike ride on a very dangerous part of the course. I was supper appreciative of his assistance. I found out there were only 3 bikers left on the course when the rain started, and all three of us had police escorts during the downpour. Finally the sun came back out, the escort went on around me and about his business.... and I made it back to my transition.
At this transition there are SO MANY FINISHED triathletes everywhere, no one is paying any attention that some of us STILL have a friggin' 10K to go run.. and man I was so very exhausted. But, I pushed through. I kept trying to run but the legs just wouldn't run.... I just didn't have it in me to run. I think I needed a bit more fuel earlier.... I fueled during the run but lol there wasn't much running.
Regardless of the events that happened. I FINISHED my goal race for the year! I am super proud of this accomplishment even though I could have performed so much better, considering the storm and events of the day I am glad I didn't chicken out lol I was pretty terrified of this, and I faced my fear and showed myself I can do anything!