Hey guys. Sorry about this being a little late. It’s been 2 weeks now since the triathlon and I’ve been deep into high mileage Chicago marathon training and rehabbing my right IT band. Last week I went up to 20 miles on my long run, Woo Hoo! That was a huge milestone. Last time I did that was last year when I was training for NYC marathon. Overall I found it to be easier to conquer vs last year. But I did make 2 loops and a stop over home to put on my trusty compression shorts which kept my IT band happy. Well, anyway, more about my training next time. Let’s get to the triathlon.
This was my second triathlon and I again decided to stay local since I’m kinda overwhelmed with the sport. It’s not the actual discipline, while I still stink at swimming, but the transitions. I have to plan and bring a lot more stuff vs a running race. The course was the same as in Flat as a Pancake with some deviations. 1-the race and transition area were set up at ballfield 8 on Fr.Capodanno Blvd next to Miller Field Park; 2-the run course was down the pacers by the promenade into boardwalk and back; 3-the swim was opposite way, we swam against the current (toward Tottenvile direction); and 4-we had actual public restroom facilities (that’s a huge plus over port a potties). Again I was blessed by perfect weather. It was sunny and chill 66 that morning going up to 80-in August it’s a Godsend!
As I parked and walked to my rack I noticed a much more relaxed and calmer atmosphere. I got to the race early just to make sure I get a corner spot on the rack. Well, I was one of the 1st ppl to get there around 6:30am. It took me all of 10 min to set up, get marked and get my chip. The rest of the time I spent chilling out chatting with new friends and catch-up with old ones. There were a few of my friends doing this race and it was nice to let the jitters out. I had a spot in the 1st rack and the guys next to me were all either Ironman or Half Ironman-it was kind of intimidating being the only chick and a total newbie. But watching their gear and them setting up was like watching pros. Very meticulous and precise. They were in the zone and didn’t bother with anything. Wow!
Race announcements started @ 7:30am. All the veterans in the race came forward to hold the flag for the opening ceremony and National Anthem. It was very encouraging to see them up there. Much respect to them for all their dedication and service! Afterwards we all got our swim gear and were told to head to the beach.
I decided to wear my wetsuit again as I am not brave enough to conquer the ocean bay, calm as it is, without one just yet. We were lined in our corrals and with a whistle we were off. This time was way different. We didn’t have an in-ocean start. We ran in and had to swim out to the buoy. That really freaked me out cause now off shore quite a bit (miles in my eyes) and I can’t touch the bottom. Holy cow! Freaking out here! Calm down, calm down. You can’t drown, you’ll be fine. 100 yrds in I realize I didn’t put my watch on. Crap! Now I’ll be off time. This is not good. Omg! There’s no one around me! Everyone’s passing me! I suck! Keep swimming! Omg. I can’t do this. I flip over and lay on my back trying to catch my breath. I’m so pathetic! I’m a grown woman afraid of water. What’s wrong with me? I flip over and start swimming again. I look up and see Pete with kids on the jetty. They are looking for me. Hey I’m here…the slow poke in the back…. I wave but they don’t see me. I just have to swim around the jetty and to shore and it’s done. I close my eyes and go all out. My hand grabs the sand. Good, I can stand up now. I start running out but I’m so dizzy from all the emotions that I fall back in water. Oh brother. As I’m running to transition I see my family and they are cheering me on. Now off with my wetsuit, surprisingly it just slides right off. I’m getting good at this! Get my sneaks and helmet on and I run out onto bike course, which is 3 loops around Fr. Capodanno Blvd). As I get on the bike and start pedaling I see my family again cheering. Go faster!-Pete’s yelling to me. Thinking I’m going too slow I start speeding up while simultaneously getting my foot into the toe cage. I lose my balance and not able to stop I flop right onto the sidewalk curb. Ouch! That freakin hurts a lot! But I’ll check the damage later. Get back on! As I start pedaling all I can think of is how painful that fall was but I look down and don’t see much blood which is good enough for me. Riding along I see my friends who are running back and forth cheering us on. That just gives me some extra boost. With 3 loops done I hop off the bike and try to run into transition. Omg! I can’t feel my legs again! I rack my bike and grab my hat and I am out. Wow, that was like under a minute, right? Only the run left. Ok, I got this. Easy-peasy, nice n flat. I just tune out and keep going. As I make the turn for the way back to the finish line I see my friends again cheeering. I look at my watch and notice I’m doing an 8min mile. Whoa! I’m fast. That’s pretty cool! Just keep pushing, you are almost done. I see the finish line and my family again. I slow down just a tad so I can give the high fives and savour this moment. Yes! I did it! I look at my watch and see I did good but I did forget to turn it on. So I go to the results board to check out my time. What?! I finish in 1:21:53. 1st in my age group. Sweet! How did that happen? I freaked in water and fell off the bike? But I get my award and couldn’t be happier. Yes I do have a lot to work on but overall I did better than my first race and I’m proud of that. I shaved off time in swim, transition, bike and run. Not bad for a newbie. Can’t wait for my next tri adventure. Meanwhile back to marathon training. My stats: swim-11:29, T1-3:01, bike-42:05, T2-00:57, run-24:19.