|I think I can get used to starting lines that look like this.|
|Age on calf, genius.|
|All of the essentials laid out |
in order of use.
I signed up for the Giant Acorn International Distance Triathlon in Lake Anna. It was a 1 mile swim, 27 mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run. PERFECT. I got there early and got all marked up with my bib # on my arm and leg and my age and category on the back of my calf (I think all running races should do this--so if I am behind and see a woman with a 38 I know I don't have to give that extra push to pass her to win my age group and if you have not figured that I am competitive that way then I cannot help you).
|Cycle and transition gear ready to go!|
The water was perfect and calm in Lake Anna, I had people swimming over me and it was fine. I kept swimming way out from the buoys, then back in, then back out, but I was going for the experience so I was totally fine with it. As I made the last turn for the final ⅓ mile or so I started to realize that I really was not feeling very well. My head hurt and I felt a little weaker than I should, the water was way too warm and my level of exertion was way too high to have chills. I of course, ignored this.
|Yup, that smooth. NOT.|
|This I think I can do.|
On to T2. 1:43---YIPPEE. In and out. The 10K was VERY hilly but it finished with a wonderful downhill and I was able to maintain a sub 9:30 pace which I am actually proud of given that my temp was 102 when I got home. The Giant Acorn International was an extremely friendly and perfectly organized race especially for someone who had no clue what in the heck they were doing. Like, even a little clue.
Even though I had to spend the next two days in bed I am so glad that I went and tried to tri.
My final time was 3:22:35 which put me way at the end of the pack but I DID IT. Hooray for low expectations and exceeding them! The best part is that the two women I ran into from my area both won first in their category. One of them kicked ass as the overall female novice winner and the other was #1 in the Athena category. Way to go SOMD ATHLETES!