I have successfully completed my second HyVee triathlon! Again, I surprised myself with my results finishing 4th in my age group out of 73. However You always have those moments of "why again did I sign up for this" prior to a race. My came during the following
as I did my brick workouts and realized its really not that fun to run after you bike
that swimming is so hard on my hair, especially when coloring it.... oh and especially when you have a wedding a month away ;)
when the alarm clock went off at 3:15AM, no worries though I was up every hour anyways nerves, bathroom...
standing on the start line at 6AM peering out at the dark water lurking before me
consuming enough lake water during my swim to properly hydrate for the remainder of the race
consuming my first hammer gel on the bike....mmm tastes like fudge, kinda
starting the run, while seeing the leaders finishing and knowing I have 4 ginormous hills ahead of me
But...then there are the reasons you RACE
the incredible feeling of accomplishment and a job well done, nothing like the runner's high
training and competing with Jeremy (fiancee)
seeing your family and friends on the course!!! There is no better motivation.
knowing the health benefits of the hard work you put in
placing 4th in your age group at only your second Olympic tri! time: 2.34 for me and 2.24 for Jeremy
reaching the half way point of the run and knowing it's "down hill from here"
and of course....the t-shirt
So now what... J and I have a 10 mile race this weekend in Storm Lake. One person starts on a bike the other runs. You have to finish together. So the strategy is finding the best combination of bike/run between you and your partner...we have no clue. I am thinking if I get tired and it's my turn on the bike I may just take off and meet him at the finish ;) yeah right...he wouldn't be happy.