The Black Fly Bit Me
I was thinking about calling this post “Epic Fail”. But decided, that really was a bit strong. I did finish, not in the fashion I had hoped, but I crossed the finish line running…
I don’t like wetsuits, at least not the one I bought! after a minute or so in the water I felt panicky, I could not do the crawl and breast stroke was not easy as I mentioned before, butt too high…it was all I could do to practically “doggy paddle” the course. Swim time 16:09 :-((
Kind of humiliating, because I am a good swimmer. I will not be using that wetsuit again…I wonder if they will accept a return? Might try.
Coming out of the water I felt like I had been hit by a truck. My heart was racing and it was all I could do to walk to my bike. They had some kids to help get you out of your wetsuit…they had to help me up from the ground…bless them!! T1 time 4:12
Then on my bike, I really took it easy the first several miles, it took me so long to calm down, and then all I could think about was that awful wetsuit and the disaster swim… Luckily the first 7.5 miles of the bike course is downhill…but, that means that the last 7.5 miles are uphill. I had to walk a bit of the steepest part of the first serious uphill. Getting off my bike I nearly fell my legs were so wobbly. But after that break I seemed to be a bit stronger. Made it to transition, feeling a little sick to my stomach. Bike time: 1:22:15.
Had to walk to the rack: and choked on my water… T2 time: 3:21
Got my running shoes on without too much trouble and took off trying to run, seemed everytime I started to run I felt sick to my stomach…walked a lot of the course, with some running bits, felt so drained. People along the course were so encouraging! Took a potty break, so I could run the last more comfortably… Run time 48:36.
Total time: 2:34:30, my goal had been 2 – 2:15, so not too far off.
All in all as I look back I learned some things:
1. I don’t think I will swim in a wetsuit again.
2. The emotional and energy drain from a panic attack is REAL!!
3. It is ok to cut myself some slack. (walking most of the run)
4. I had the courage to start, and I persevered to the finish. No DNF for this girl, I will crawl across the finish if necessary!
5. The spring events in my life put a serious drain on my emotions, and training.
6. I have an awesome husband.
7. I have awesome friends. Thanks Paquettes for coming to cheer and staying to the finish, your cheers at the finish were priceless!! (making me get teary, typing this!!)
8. I have awesome blog friends who sent lots of encouragement my way!!! Thanks
9. Last but not least: a line from a song we sing at church… “All the way my Savior leads me” He did yesterday…all the way!!
1. The fireworks on Saturday night were awesome.
2. I met “Grandpa” he is 84. He has been competing in triathlons since he was 75. He was such an inspiration. His granddaughter who is 24, did the whole course with him. He had a bike accident last year and the doctors said he probably would not be able to compete again…he showed them!! He really was an inspiration.
3. Doing the same triathlon with my husband was a blast! He did awesome!! His time was 1:37:48
4. We are now at the lake for two weeks…a few days rest and then back at training!!! making my plan now hoping that I can really get it going for The Timberman in August.
Farewell, from the Adirondacks!