Monday morning, I feel great!!! Yeah!!
Saturday we woke up at 3:30 AM! Parking opens at 4:30AM and it pays to get there early to be really close to transition. We pull in and it is still dark…but soon the eastern sky starts to lighten. A cloudless sky greets us. Chilly in the 50′s!
The night before was packet pick-up. Because the 70.3 Ironman is on Sunday most of the hype is surrounding that race. The sprint race had participants as young as 12 and as old as 84!!!! I wondered as I raced could I still do this in 25 years??????? Hope so!
I sometimes feel intimidated at packet pick-up…all these svelt young athletes…but I plod on…
Back to race morning. I really felt relaxed, almost like I was in a dream…can’t believe I am really doing this…. Did the usual race morning routine, coffee, porta potty, eat, porta potty, get dressed, porta potty….you get the picture! Set up transition, I carried my stuff in my handlebar basket from my hybrid bike, it really worked well!!
Much neater than my neighbor! :-)
The Swim start was a bit different this year, we waded out to about waist deep water and waited, in the last start group. The water was chilly, I don’t wear my wetsuit, it is such a short distance and I swim better without it. I was starting to get nervous, but kept reminding myself, I am going to have fun….and finish. I should have worn my goggles with the mirror finish, the sun was coming up and directly in my eyes. The swim was fun, except for this one woman who was in front of me for a bit who could not swim a straight line, better after I passed her!!
I am not sure what my time was, still waiting for online results… Transition went well, no big hold ups.
The bike starts on a hill, up… but I knew that, took me a bit to get warmed up. Does anyone else feel like you are gonna die in the first mile or two??…settled in after. The bike course is quite hilly, with a large hill at the turn around, coming down it to the turn around screaming speed then turn around and grind up… There is also a hill right before the end. I was really pleased with the bike. I even passed some younger riders on hills!!!! Love that! and going up one hill a younger rider, said, “man you are fast” at which I laughed! She then said, “no really, I have been trying to catch you.” She did and passed me, but what a boost.
Was a bit nervous coming into transition, I did not practice a brick this training…and I had to pee…got my running shoes on and thankfully there was a porta-potty in the transition area, multitasking tying shoes and peeing! Sorry if that is TMI. Took me a bit to get into the running, came out of transition at the same time as another woman, we finally started running together, encouraging each other, walking together. You rock Marie!!!
The run was not as good as I wanted. I had taken some goo in transition and my stomach was protesting a bit…felt like I might get sick, but walked a bit and then rand to the finish! Nothing hurt, and I was not a bit sore!!! Must have done something right in my training! I came in and the clock time read 2:36, when I locate my official times I will post them.
My daughter and her husband and granddaughter were there to cheer us on!! Cora is wearing the shirt Sophia wore at the first triathlon my husband did.
Our son and grandson met us at Ames Farm for brunch, great fun!
Hope you had a great weekend!