Filed under: MULTISPORT
PHOTOS LINK – for a limited time…
I was SOOO nervous for this race. Some apprehension can be a healthy thing before a race… gets the blood pumping. I was definitely beyond that healthy range of nervousness. Starting Friday afternoon i was silently contemplating not doing the race. I know this is ridiculous.
The day stated at 4:45 AM when we got up and packed our car to go. The course is about an hour from our home and we were supposed to arrive no later than 6:30. The race began at 6:45 for the Pro’s. The water was a balmy 70F so the professionals weren’t allowed to wear wet-suits. It was cloudy and stormy. The air was only 60 degrees so when it started to rain i was shivering. Partly from the cold and partly nerves. I wasn’t scheduled to go until 8:10 – the eleventh wave. The anticipation was killing me.
As soon as i got in the water, i stated to feel better. compared to the chilly rain, the lake felt like bath-water. I have trained so hard for this, i have got to at least TRY (TRI). The swim felt GREAT. I stayed WAY outside the pack, so i only got kicked 3-4 times SEE VIDEO. I naturally curve to the right and had to check my location every 30 strokes. I probably added an extra 100 M to the swim – but it was worth it.
Coming out of the water i realized my watch had stopped. The lady next to me reassured me that it was a sub 30 min swim – that’s good. I had taken it VERY easy and was not worn out at all. I didn’t use any body-glide, but my wet-suit came off alright.
The bike is a similar tune… I took it pretty easy. After all the rain, the roads were wet and dotted with puddles. I had never ridden in wet conditions before and was worried that my skinny road bike tire would slip out from under me in an instant. It is SUCH a hilly, curvy course, i found myself braking or at least not peddling down each slope.
Then finally the run came. It was such a relief. In the end I was so amazed at how easy the race felt. Despite the hilly bike and run, i finished in exactly twice my time at the Rumpas Sprint we had done a month earlier.
Leave a Comment so far
Leave a comment