Last year, this was my first triathlon EVER! I was BEYOND nervous and truly was just out to finish the race and see what happens. This year, I went into the race thinking of it as a piece of cake since I am currently training for the Muncie, IN 1/2 Ironman race on July 9th! EEK! I was feeling very confident, and actually wasn't that nervous (which is impressive since I get nervous before EVERY race). I've been training hard for Muncie and Jose has been pushing me to do things I NEVER thought I'd be able to do - pull-ups for example! Dang those things are hard! But in the back of my head I am very nervous about Muncie and wonder if I can do it. I can do each of the three parts, but together... who knows! Anyways, I was looking at yesterday's race as a decent way to gage how I am feeling about Muncie... if I was SUPER sore after this race then I have a problem, if I couldn't complete it, then I am SO NOT ready for Muncie. I was also hoping that it would be a confidence booster for me, that it would calm my fears a little bit and I'd feel more confident about Muncie... that didn't happen!
It's race morning and I am up bright and early, getting pumped up to go! Everything was laid out the night before, just had to get dressed, eat something, load my bike and away I go! Mistake #1... I spent the night at my parent's because my Mom wanted to come with me to cheer me on. I am VERY allergic to our dogs, and as a result they aren't even allowed in the room I sleep in... EVER! So I took an allergy pill before I went to bed and when I woke up I could tell that I was wheezy! Ohhh great... So we drove to the race and I went to set-up my transition. I took my inhaler at this point because I knew I wasn't allowed back into transition until after I had done my swim. Which means I took my inhaler 2 hours before I started exercising and it is ideal to take it 30 minutes before exercising... Mistake #2... My wave finally was allowed in the water and we are all getting pumped up like crazy! And I had put my swim cap on and my goggles on top of my head... We were waiting for a while so when they finally blew the air horn, I just dove right in! Immediately realizing that I left my goggles on top of my head! CRAP! So I had to stop and put them on! And of course then I had water in them! Sheesh!
|Can you see my waving and my goggles on my head?|
|I'm pretty pumped!|
I then waited at the finish line for my teammates to run in and cheer them across the finish line! I'm pretty sure my Mom was very confused why I didn't come over to her right away! So they crossed and there were hugs all around! It was very fun!
|Susan and I after finishing!|
But I am going to think of the positive things, such as:
- I placed 16th in my Age Group
- I took 235 overall out of 1468 (which I think is pretty good, considering!)
- The run course was different this year (I'm convinced it was longer) and the first place finisher finished in 1:10, I was only about 20 minutes behind that, where as last year I was 30mins behind 1st place.
- My mom was there to support me and now wants to try it herself!
- I had a great time visiting and celebrating with my teammates!