On Friday night, Bill and I were celebrating our 6th anniversary in the city for dinner. We dropped off the kids and I went to get my race packet. That's when I became officially excited! We had a great dinner and anniversary day (yesterday) sans kids. It was so fun, I did not want to pick them up :) I slept in and got my rest on Saturday and did a bunch of errands but no training/exercise.
|my sis helped me set up the transition|
|around 5:30am in transition area|
We ran into a kid from growing up so it was nice to talk to him and not think about the race. My sister was 2 waves before me - 10 minutes - and I didn't like being alone either! When I got in the water I went right to the buoy as far to the right /end as you could go. There was a scuba diver both on the dock and at the buoy and that scared the crap out of me. I was almost hyperventilating and having a minor anxiety attack in the water and couldn't catch my breathe but calmed down and we started.
My heart was still racing when I started swimming, but it was all open water ahead. I'm a strong swimmer and I feel like there were only a couple of people in my wave ahead of me. I felt like I never really got into a rhythm and once we caught up to the other waves, I was breathing every stroke and looking up because I didn't want to get kicked by anyone and didn't want to veer off course. I feel like I was all over the place on the swim and that I could do better with it, but it was my first open water swim so I think it went ok. My legs were tired after!
Swim time: 22:27. 0.9 mile
Transition 1 - way too long 3:46. I was taking my sweet old time I guess once I got to my spot. I also don't have bike shoes and had to tie my shoes and all that.
Off to the bike - I really liked the course! It was 2 loops all around Kelly Drive/MLK Drive/ Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion and across Falls Bridge. My legs were tired as soon as I started = BAD! I was just enjoying it really and the time flew by. My estimate was that it was going to take 2 hours (for 26 miles) - I'm that slow, yes! And it took me 1:36. I really wasn't even looking at my watch - I didn't want to know. It was a gorgeous day and I was just enjoying it. That was my goal. During the bike, I took in the most water on the second loop. On the first loop, I ate about 3 Clif Blocks and on the second one a GU. I definitely needed to fuel on the second loop and felt like that went really well.
Bike time: 1:36:05 (15.4 mph)
Transition 2: 1:47 I think that's decent?
My transition to run really wasn't that bad - same shoes, deciding if I needed anything - I didn't. My mom spotted me at this point and was yelling GO GO GO! I couldn't even think straight and just ran out of there, haha! Thanks Mom, I think you made me just get on with it.
I think I could have gone faster. I feel like I never know how much to push myself before I'm overexerting myself, and I don't want to pass out and die at the finish. Would a heart rate monitor help with that?
Run time: 49:26 (7:58 pace)
For the last 1/2 mile, my sister, having finished like 20 minutes before me, came back to run with me. Are you serious? So sweet! I would have been sitting around dieing probably. I felt good when I finished, and the whole time never felt like I was going to die or miserable.
My overall time was 2:53:33.
I had a fun day! The weather was beautiful, I was thrilled to finish, and I got to be there while my sister PRed by 13 minutes - awesome!! I could totally see myself doing more of these. Now if I get serious, I need a bike (I've been borrowing Abby's bike!), bike shoes and some cool looking attire. My sister gave me her old TNT gear to wear. The medal is really cool too - more cool than any running one that I have.
Thank you to my sister for guiding me through all of this !
Don't think I'd EVER want to do an IM unless it was somewhere ridiculously awesome (hawaii?)
Would have loved to do a 5k instead of 10k
Need to improve on the bike and work on open water swim
Was wondering why anyone would ever want to run a marathon, ha! This was so much more fun!
|calling Bill to tell him I'M ALIVE!!|