So I know that I’ve been talking A LOT about my Marine Corps Marathon training since that is my goal race this year. I also have been focusing solely on my running. Dabbling in some swimming here and there, but not really training. Probably should have done a little more swimming and biking when running a Sprint Triathlon.
I’ll be honest, I was very excited about this race when I signed up. Part of the reason was because I thought some of my girlfriends would do it again. I’ll be honest the thought of going to the Tri alone, was sad. I haven’t done any races on my own since the Runner’s World Hat Trick. I’ve been very spoiled going with not just one, but usually a group of friends. It just makes it more fun. Going alone made me really ambivalent about the whole event because it really is a little sad going by yourself.
All By Myself.
I don’t want to be All By Myself.
But I was going with or without anyone.
Wake up at 4:00 AM to leave by 4:30.
I get in the car and the turn on the radio to Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear The Reaper
When I literally pass the gates at Sandy Hook State Park to go into the Tri, I am belting out We are the Champions. It was almost like the local radio station knew that I needed to be charged up a little today.
At this point, I remembered why I do these things…..
I do them for me!
The rest of it is all just icing on the cake:)
Then a funny thing happened, I connected with some other friends that were doing it!
Now as far as the actual race went, I surprised myself. I knew going in that I was only there to finish. I was actually using this as my long training run. I just wanted to be steady which I think I was. My time was a little slower than last year, but actually not as bad as I thought. Overall, I still rate the day as a success!
Total Time 2:12:42
And I’ve got another medal to add to the collection!