That’s right me. I have to be honest. In all my wildest dreams I didn’t see this one coming. I cannot shake this feeling of awesomeness! After setting out to complete this goal, it feels good knowing that all that training paid off. It wasn’t just about that day of doing a triathlon, it was about all the days I woke up and didn’t ‘feel’ like working out and did it anyway. That is part of why finishing this feels so awesome.
My day started early at 5am with an english muffin smothered in peanut butter. Since my bags were already packed and ready to go, we headed out! Almost forgetting my cycling shorts.. oh my! Once we got there it was time to get set up! Being a first timer, I was quickly looking around to figure out how the heck I was to set my stuff up. You could put your bike anywhere, so I snag a spot next to my friends Rachel and Eric in the front row. Sweet!
With five minutes to spare we headed to the restrooms and down to the lake for part I: The swim! I was getting nervous at this point because the swim is after all, where I get nervous. Not because I can’t swim, but because I honestly freak at the thought of swimming in a lake.
But today was going to be different I decided I was going to take that lake head on and punch,kick and swim right through that fear. Which is what I did, except at one point I did kick/touch something I was unsure what it was and it turned out it was a guy on a noodle. I did a quick flip onto my back and figured out what just happened and wished him luck. Onward I went. As I came around the second buoy I knew I was in the home stretch and gave it everything I had. “Get out of the way!” where the words I was screaming in my head and like that it was over! I dashed out and started running <- Which was harder than I thought it would be, but I did it anyway.
Part II: The Bike! I got to the transition area and quickly dipped/dried/and put my socks and shoes on. Threw my helmet on, grabbed my bike and rolled out!
As I was scurrying out of T1 I dropped my bike, water bottle fell out and almost lost a glove. Not my best moment, but none the less I did my best to get it together and start strong. On the other hand one of my best ideas was a small towel I brought with me at the last minute, which was quite helpful for wiping the sweat of my face along the ride.
The ride by the way was beautiful and peaceful. there was amazing volunteers steering me in the right direction. A huge THANK YOU goes out to the people who make it possible for athletes to do this!
Then I realized, Duh Amber switch gears! It took just that and I quickly did one click and 17mph pace kept me strong the rest of the race. I was no longer being pasted and was now passing others! Always with smiles and words of encouragement!
Now it was time for part III: The Run! As I entered into T2 I remember thinking. Okay, Amber this it. <- Yes, I talk to myself. What else am I suppose to do with no music? I dropped off the bike, threw off the helmet and switched shoes. Whew! Took off without a second thought.
You want to know my second thought? Well here it is. My legs were jello and my feet were bricks. Now it was time for positive chat with myself. as I enter into the woods I realized it was just me, trees and a few runners in front or me and behind me. I sang under my breathe, I sang out loud, and cheered for others runners as they cheered for me. It was an awesome feeling and very encouraging as we made our way through the forest, I even remember the smell of bacon from a campsite I passed along the way.
Then! There it was the finish line was in sight! Bring. It. Home! Look at that. I think I see a smile on my face!! I did it! Really did it!
One of the best parts of the day was getting to share it with some of my favorite people! My family. This is the first race my dad has been able to make it too since my first swim meet back in ‘03! Can you tell he was proud? I also got to share this moment with my stepma -Linda! Parents couldn’t have been prouder!
Not only did I finish, but I also took 3rd place!!! GO me!!! Next year, I am going to have to work really hard to get that first place! That’s right I said next year, look out everyone there is a new triathlete in this town! And she’s not backing down!
Almost forgot! This was not only my first triathlon, but David’s first time being at one too! He was so proud and exhausted. I thought I was tired, but I guess all the supporting and cheering wore him out!
I would keep going on and on, but I think you get just how awesome this day was and how much it meant to me and the family!
What was one of your biggest accomplishments? Would you do it again? Wanting to become better at it or satisfied that you finished?