This race was a bit better. I felt better prepared for it at least and that is a start. Derek didn't come with me on this one as he was flinging himself out of planes, so there are no pictures of this glorious event.
This race was not as well organized but the goodie bag was sure awesome as were the treats at the finish line! :) I got up super early and drove to Strathmore, strode into Transition and set up stuff up. I ran into one of the ladies I did at the previous Tri and so we chatted for a second and then it was off to sign in and get marked. I felt more prepared for this race as I knew what to expect and how to behave. I got signed in, got my awesome goodie bag and my prize from the random draw (nothing too exciting) and then waited for the line to form in the pool for the start of the race.
The swim was hard on me... I waited for what seemed like an eternity, and then finally got into the pool and jumped in feet first only to realize a touch too late that I had just jumped into the deep end (no metaphor here, the literal deep end!). I felt like I sunk forever... my heart was in my ears, I could hear it! So, for the next 500m, I struggled to keep my anxiety in check as I did the breast stroke. The front crawl just didn't work as when I got close to the deep end on each lap my breathing got laboured and I snorted water... but, I finished!
The bike was awesome, I managed to get through even tho my saddle/seat was painful. There were some hills and I got passed by some Ironmen, but it went good. I even managed to dismount without falling! :) The bike portion went so well that when it was time to transition to the running portion, I was so excited that I tied my shoes like they were skates. I didn't think of this at the time, but about 1/2 way through the run, my feet went numb and my calves were cramping so bad I didn't know what was wrong! I thought it had something to do with nutrition or dehydration. I figured it out when I tried to take off my shoes and couldn't just slip them off like I normally would have, I had to untie them... they were entirely too tight!
Lessons learned in this race of course, but I am happy with my time (1:58:something) as it was under the 2 hour mark which was my goal. Success I would say! The next Tri is July 15th and it is an open water swim. Normally this wouldn't make me nervous but having had such a hard time with the swim lately, I want to get out there and practice. It will also be in a wet suit so that should be an interesting experience alone, never mind the swim with things floating in the water.
I am sure that the training will continue to go well, I think I am making progress and I feel happy with what I am doing. I could always do more, but I do what I can and that is what matters!
Until next time, a quote to keep you thinking "Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential" - Winston Churchill. That Winston is sure smart!