I can finally say I am a triathlete! Saturday was an early morning and I started it off waking up at 2 a.m. for a protein shake. It was actually a really good idea so I could get the food out of my system before my race.
Then I went back to sleep. I was anxiously tossing and turning all night but after my shake I was able to get a solid three hours of sleep in before I woke up at 5:30 to get ready. I had my backpack all ready the night before and here is my race day checklist:
- running shorts
- biking shorts
- bathing suit
- razor back running shirt
- stop watch
- I was lucky enough to be in the first heat so I got there bright and early around 6:30. After registration I went to set up my transition area.
Good old number 5!
Before it was time to get in the pool my friends came to show their support! They're the best :)
Then it was officially time to swim! The swim portion I was most nervous about because I am just not a swimmer, but I actually ended up doing a lot better than I thought I would do.
Once I was done with swimming it was out of the pool, off to the transition area to get ready for my bike portion. I have to say this is the section where I disappointed myself the most. I was proud of my training, but I was shocked at how good all the other bikers were. You learn from every experience and if I did another triathlon I would learn better how to use my gears on the bike...I didn't shift at all.
After biking it was time for the last leg, the run! I mentioned before that my mom was training to run the 5k with me. When I got off my bike my mom started up the big hill and my friend Nicole was waiting for me around the corner. She ran with me and was a great motivator to get me to the end.
I finished and I couldn't be any happy! I really enjoyed training for it and I enjoyed doing it! I think another triathlon will be on my agenda in the future. My Aunt Linda came to watch see me finish and she said that if I did this triathlon again she wants to do it with me! It's awesome to inspire someone to do that, so this triathlon may be on the docket again next summer!
The rest of the day was spent getting a big breakfast with friends then hanging out with my girlfriends watching Gilmore Girls all day! It was an earned lazy day for sure!
The past couple of days have been spent at work and yesterday evening I went to school to move in a bunch of my stuff. I have to admit I am getting excited to start a new semester!
I will post later about what I am doing now that triathlon training is over!