|I love this pic! It made the Towne Lake Triathlon Highlight Reel!|
SWIM: The swim started like every other swim. It consisted of complete panic, drinking lots of water, and breast stroke! A lady stopped a little ways in front of me screaming for help. So I had to move out of the way for the lifeguards to come rescue her! It was a struggle out there, but I definitely pulled it together for the finish. My pace was 2:44 for 1500 meters where at my last tri my pace was 2:45 for 550 meters!! I improved my pace slightly but it was for a much longer distance! I got out of the water with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes! It wasn't the perfect swim, or even the swim I'd hoped for, but I was so proud I swam that distance! It was FAR!
|This was the swim start for my age group.|
|It was so humid my hubby couldn't get a good pic on the bike without the lens fogging up!|
HYDRATION/NUTRITION: This was by far my biggest weakness and where I learned the most! I knew I needed to hydrate on the bike so I bought a hydration system that I could use up front with a straw so I could be hands free. I should have practiced! It wasn't tight enough and angled down so it hit my left leg the entire ride. I also couldn't reach it with my mouth so I had to use my hands anyway. I ended up not drinking much and that was my downfall. By time I got to the run I was already dehydrated and feeling it. I stopped at the first aid station and loaded up my bra with ice, drank water, and drank gatorade. I had a base salt sample, but I had never used salt before. I was desperate. I took a lick. I stopped at the next aid station to refill the ice in my bra and doused myself with water and guzzled more water and gatorade. I hadn't planned nutrition, but grabbed skittles just in case, so I pulled those out. They didn't work so well for me because I felt like I was chewing forever. I continued to stop at every aid station every time. I tried another lick of salt. I ate dirty ice out of my bra! I was approaching my goal time of 3 hours, so I knew I needed to kick it into gear. I thought I would push thru the last aid station to save time, but by time I got there I stopped anyway. I was hot, thirsty, water logged, bloated like crazy, and not feeling so well! I have a lot of work to do on hydration/nutrition!
THE FINISH: I saw that finish line and started to cry again for the umpteenth time this race! So many tears of pride and exhaustion along the way. These tears were for both! I ran in hard and finished strong! After I finished I was so shaky and nauseous. I hugged my kids and parents and sent them home out of the heat. Rick went with me to get more to drink and find my teammates who came out to cheer me on. After that I just wanted to go. I didn't even check my results. I am so proud to finish and to finish in 3 hours! I was hoping to to get close, but wasn't sure if I could do it! But I did! Woohoo!
SPECTATING: I feel like this is a very important aspect to include! For 3 hours my husband, four kids, my parents, and teammates Chris and Kim and their son Alexander ran around in the intense heat and humidity to cheer me on! I am so blessed with their support and encouragement! When I crossed that finish line and saw my family they were red faced, hot and sweaty. I was so worried about my mom I offered her my water! But what a difference it makes when you are out there giving your all and wondering if you are going to make it and you see and hear people cheering you on!