Yesterday and last night
I headed down to the water before putting on my wetsuit just to put my feet in and take in everything around me that was going on and about to happen. Went back to transition and started getting my wetsuit on for about 6:30am. The nerves were really starting to hit me. Once the male sprinters were heading out, most of the women were all in place to go. We were all there trying to figure out what bouys we were suppose to swim to. As people asked me if I trained for this, I quickly explained I was suppose to be the runner of a team that bailed on me at the last minute. As soon as I said that, most everyone was all "oh my, I heard about you". I had a mini panic attack. I think moreso just a good needed cry after all the emotions I went through in the past couple days and now my nerves. It felt good to get it out. Another girl, I wish I had gotten her name, she took me in the water and taught me how to prep, get water on me face, get the water flowing in your wetsuit, etc. Thank you miss lady, whoever you are! I was ready to go! I stayed in the back though, as I knew I'd be a slower one and figured I'd save myself the kicks and hits of faster passers.
In most of the sports I've practiced in the past months, it usually holds true that going out is harder than coming in. For me personally it's been that way. The swim, however, that does NOT ring true! Going out was pretty easy as you have a lot of energy. As you see the end nearing, it seems to take forever! At one point, I was trying to figure out if I was just treading water but thought I was swimming. Your arm and leg pushes just don't have the same umph behind them and you don't get very far with each push anymore. Oh and the whole "swim on your back if you're tired" thing - yeah right. Everytime I went on my back, the water went up over my face and I swalled more water that way. Not to mention, you can't see where you're going so you end up going way out to the side and wasting time coming back or you risk the chance of crossing bouys. I drank more lake water than regular water and was throwing up nastiness in my mouth until the run.
I was one of the last ones out of the water, but I didn't give a rat's booty - I WAS OUT!! That was all that I could think about. I starting ripping off my wetsuit immediately. ONE DOWN!! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO
Got to transition, it went like clockwork. Threw the wetsuit down, sat down, tried my best to dry off my feet and get dressed from the legs down. I didn't feel as jelly or disoriented as most people say they do after the swim. But I think that's because of how slow I swam.
The bike out was hard, uphill in fact. That sucked and I decided to hoof it on foot with the bike until the top of the hill. From there I jumped on and cycled as hard as I could but also kept in mind that I still had to run 3 miles after this. I didn't want to push too hard and give up in the run, which would have been sad for me since that's my strong area. Going to the first turn around was very hard. I walked almost every hill. BUT that meant that once I turned around, it was going to be mostly downhill! I screamed with joy so loud when I hit that first turnaround. I was cruising so fast on the way back I scared myself a little. I held those handlebars so tight lol
Then they tease you a little bit.. you go PAST the race area and up another long hill for another turnaround. I again had to walk most of it. This time when I got off I clipped the seat with my foot, bent my knee sidways and broke the chain. I fixed the chain super quick, but from then on my knee hurt for the rest of the bike. I begged of the photographer not to take any pictures of my walking. She made me a deal and said she'd do it once I hit the turn around and was cruising back. FINALLY, the last turn around. I could have friggin cried! This was it, a couple miles downhill back to transition and I was on my run!!! I just couldn't wait to get my feet hitting the ground again.
Again, probably because I walked the bike section a few times, I didn't feel the gooey jelly legs that everyone talks about from the bike to run. I did feel it ON the bike though, when I tried standing on the bike to push up a hill. Transition from bike to run was very easy for me. I wasn't changing shoes, so I just had to rack the bike and grab my Nathan handheld water bottle, take off my helmet and grab my headband. I popped the Hammer gel pack in my mouth - honestly that was gross lol It was banana and I thought I grabbed berry. Definitely a wierd feeling to think one taste and then feel another going in your mouth.
The begining of the run was ridiculous! All sand and rocks. I was praying it wasn't like this all the way through. It ended up being harder dirt ground for the main run part but there were lots of rocks. This was a challenging run physically. I'm a low-to-the-ground foot runner. I can go fast without picking my feet up too high. Well...while on a rocky dirt road it was pretty much impossible to run that way. My legs wouldn't get UP because they were definitely tired from the bike portion. So I sadly admit that I walked a lot of my run. This disappointed me as this was my strong sport and I feel like I just couldn't get a rhythm going. I was so scared I'd twist my ankle and then that would be it. I'd be out of the race right before the end. So, I figured since I know my walking speed has picked up, it wasn't that bad and I ran when I could.
Am I crazy? I feel like heading out for a run....
THE RESULTS ARE UP ALREADY:
division place: 27/27 (last lol, it's all good)
T1: 5:00 (this honestly doesn't sound right, i can't believe I was there for 5 minutes!?)
Run: 44:55 (wow, my longest run EVER... a bit diappointing)
TOTAL TIME: 2:40:04