Pinch me. I not only survived my first triathlon, in part to the amazing boost of confidence from everyone’s support (thank YOU), but I placed at the inaugural Tri to Beat Cancer race – 3rd in my age group. I am sure everyone is thinking that I was pulling your leg about being freaked out, but I was legitimately intimated by the race. In all sincerity, my goal was to finish in the middle group for my age, because although I am somewhat athletic I am seriously aqua-challenged.
I am still soaking in this weekend and I may end up boring you all to tears with the official race breakdown. For now, I want to celebrate competing and finishing my first triathlon. To the other 649 racers that participated, kudos. It takes courage, patience and endurance to have the coconuts to run, bike and swim.
A few highlights:
- Racing with my husband was an indescribable experience. He came SO close to placing in his age group. He taught me everything I know, and part of my award has to go to him. No matter how much I yelled or pitched a fit, he was patient throughout my training and knew how to push me hard to compete. He is the reason I can road bike, period. Andrew, I am proud of you and unbelievably fortunate to have you in my life.
- Meghan came in FIRST for the women. She is one of the sweetest competitors, always giving advice and tips to everyone around her. To be there to see your friend kick ass is definitely one for the record books.
- Thank you Mellow Mushroom and Yoguri, I think I found my perfect pre-race ritual.
- I didn’t sleep at all the night before.
- I am still petrified of the swim. As hard, if not harder, than I thought. Not going to sugar coat that for anyone.
- Racing with friends is something everyone needs to do. Our buddy Scott did AMAZING for his first tri. The only race he had done before was a 5k. I am over the moon elated for this kid.
- My inner Lance came out as I made up some serious time hill climbing, who knew?!
- Two words: practice transitions.
- I wore that body marking like a badge and kind of didn’t want to wash it off.
- Setting up pre-dawn for the race was beautiful and to compete with the sunrise is something I’ll never forget.
Overall, it’s been grueling training and prepping mentally, but was it worth it? Absofrigginlutely. I truly conquered one of my biggest fears and to come out on top solidifies the fact that I am somewhat of a competitor and underestimate what I am capable of doing.
Again, I cannot thank everyone enough for their support. It is fantastic to be surrounded with people who want to see you succeed. I needed all the encouragement I could get, and it looks like it made a huge impact on my race.
I owe y’all a Ryders Eyewear winner, stay tuned and I’ll make an announcement tomorrow. Drum roll….
Did everyone have a good weekend? And who is ready for the fall weather to arrive?!