I completed my first triathlon this morning and it was a lot of fun!
We (the family and I) all woke up between 4 and 4:30am to head to the race site. Thankfully the boys were excited and in a good mood.
A “cold” front came through on Friday, so the temperatures were in the low seventies when we arrived at the race site. Considering that it is usually low 80s, it was cold.
When I picked up my race packet I soon discovered I was number 4. Yes, that means that there were only 3 other people in front of me when it came to the swim and a whole bunch of people behind me. I was a little nervous about this, especially since my mom was one of the swimmer behind me and I know that she swims faster than I do.
I felt a little weird setting up my transition area, because I seemed to have a lot less stuff than most of the other ladies. My mom and I were also the only ones near the front who were racing on mountain bikes.
After a few potty breaks it was time to start. So I lined up, at the front, for the swim start.
The swim started, I was nervous to say the least. I also did not want to be passed. These two things combined caused me to go out on the swim way too hard. However, halfway through the swim, I looked around and soon realized that no one was behind me for a while. A little later I looked up again to realize that my mom was now the next closest person to me and she started out 8th.
I finished the swim and headed to the transition area, huffing and puffing. I quickly tried to put my skirt, shoes and helmet on, only to discover that my helmet was a little too small because Thing 2 had worn it last.
I was third out of the transition area, somewhere I never thought I would see. I was not sure what to expect on the bike ride and I wasn’t sure how to pace myself, so I just peddled my little heart out. I also knew that I needed to gain as much ground as I could because I would lose ground on the run. I am not a fast runner. At one point, for 2 or 3 miles I was leading the race. Yes, you read that right, I was leading the race. However, I was soon passed by the lady who eventually ended up winning the whole triathlon.
I was second coming into transition to the run. I dropped my helmet and grabbed a quick drink and headed out for the run.
The first mile or so of the run was up hill, which was not fun for my tired legs. However, I gave what I had, knowing that I would soon be passed by a few people since I run about 10 minute miles and most of the other ladies run faster than that.
I finished 6th overall, 1st in my age group in a time of 55: . Which was way faster than I was hoping to do. I thought that I would finish somewhere right under an hour.
It was really great to see all my boys when I finished the race. They thought it was so cool that I got a medal.
We all also were able to cheer YaYa on in her first triathlon, where she also finished first in her age group!
I would like to thank my husband for doing a great job of taking pictures and entertaining the boys.