Saturday, August 23, 2008
I Am a Triathlete
Nora, Amber and I raced our triathlon today, and it was so much fun. I think I'm hooked! I love the variety in the race and training. I don't feel that it is as hard on my body as a marathon or half marathon.
Last night we packed up the kids and husbands and spent the night up at Nora's cabin in Kamas, just a few miles from the start of the race. All night the three of us tossed and turned, we each felt as if we were going to vomit in the morning. I had never been so nervous before a race, it was so odd.
Last Saturday when we were swimming in the lake, I was scared to death. I thought for sure I was going to die, there is 0 visibility. When I got to the middle of the lake I started thinking about how nobody would notice if I just sunk, and started wondering how deep it actually was . Had I not swam in the water before the race, I might have chickened out when I saw that EVERYONE had a wet suit on. There were maybe 3 other people besides Nora, Amber, her sister and I without wet suits. But I had a blast during the swim. I wanted to make sure I took it easy so I had energy left for the rest of the race. After I got out of the water, my legs felt like jello, and they didn't feel like they belonged to me. Michael saw the look on my face and was pretty worried.
Once I hopped on my bike, I felt great. The ride was beautiful! Just a note to any of you who may be thinking of doing a triathlon. DON'T, I repeat, DON'T even think about trying to use a $50 Walmart bike like I was about to. I rented a road bike for $30 and it was great, well worth the money. When Nora, Amber and I would ride our bikes on the road (me on my $50 Walmart bike), they would be about a mile ahead of me.
The transition from bike to run was really smooth, but it felt so hard to run. Again, my legs felt like they didn't belong to me and I couldn't get them to move faster. The first half of the run was on the road, the second half was on a trail. It was hot, hilly and rocky. There was a point where I thought if I just stopped and walked, I would still make it to the finish line in under 2 hours which was my goal. I found the strength to push myself through it. Amber's parents were there to take her kids so Jake (her husband) was sweet and ran with her to pace her. When Nora started training just 2 1/2 months ago, she could barely run a mile, and she kicked some buttocks today!
Swim: 750 meters, 1/2 mile
Bike: 13 miles
Run: 5K/ 3.1 miles
On a side note, Michael had his own triathlon, keeping 1.Reece, 2.Maya and 3.Mason happy for 5 hours without any help. He only lost Maya one time, when I asked her about it, she told me that "Dad just wandered off." He missed my finish because he was getting the kids settled in a spot on the grass so he could video me coming in. I told him to expect me to come in around 2 hours, so he thought he had some more time. He was completely shocked when he saw me walking around looking for him. I'm so grateful for a husband that supports me in all that I want to accomplish. Thanks Michael, I couldn't do it without you!