It’s been a LONG Day, but it’s been a good day. I’m guessing any day that starts with a 4:00 AM alarm will be long. Those are the breaks though on race day.
Today was my what appears to be annual trip to Sandy Hood Gateway National Park for the Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon. The race that started it all. The race that is always full of surprises and always worth doing although I question why on the drive down.
The morning had to start at such an unsightly hour because I needed to allow extra time to pick up my bib. I will say that I normally like to pick up my bib, rack my bike, and get my bearings the day before. This is not always possible when you are attending your son’s soccer tournament in the blazing heat. That being said, it was all good. Really only made for a slightly earlier morning.
Arrive with time to pick up packet, rack my bike, and set up transition. I’m good to go. Have swim cap and goggles and ready to make my way to swim start. Hold the phones…. Swim is cancelled. Apparently the current is making it unsafe. I will say that I was disappointed, but I would much rather they side with caution than someone get hurt (myself included). My very first Iron Girl Tri the swim was way wicked. Everyone complained that they didn’t cancel it. Then today many complained that they did. Can’t win.
So today I did my first Duathlon.
Run, Bike, Run
It took a bit for them to reconfigure, but once they did it went without a hitch. The beauty of being in the older groups is that I didn’t have to wait so long to start my run. I think I was off by 7:45. We started off with an out and back of 3 miles. Why they didn’t do the full 5K, I have no clue.
So off I went watchless. It was strange not starting my Garmin, but this was supposed to be just do what the body says you can do day. It was supposed to be an easy recovery day especially after yesterdays 11 miles in the disgustingly hot weather.
First run feels good. Get back to transition and really nothing to do except put on a bike helmet and suck down a Honey Stinger. Bike sucks and only because I literally did not train or ride my bike ALL summer long. Also might have been helpful to bring another gel with me. Oops. Get back to transition and I feel like I’ve been sitting on a horse all day not a bike for a little more than an hour.
I will interject to add that on the bike portion I knew they made the right decision about the swim as the wind was wicked and the white caps were plenty. I will also like to add that I was starting to think that my name had changed to “on your left” which is what people say when flying by you (or me). I admit, that I should have ridden my bike more or at least a little bit.
Go out for the second run. This one being the full 5K. I feel like my bottom is still in the saddle and I REALLY want to walk. At this point, I decide though that I am going to run the whole thing. I am just going to keep moving. I dig deep as the saying goes and remind myself that this is nothing compared to a 50K (Ok it is, but you say what you say to keep yourself moving). I also remind myself that this is how I’m going to feel come mile 22 of NYCM, so I just need to keep moving. I know that I’m running brisk because not only can I feel a little stitch in my side but I’m breathing pretty heavy. I’ve got no watch. I’ve got no clue and I know if I slow down that I might just stop. I also don’t feel like I’m dying, just like I’m at the end of a race
Just keep moving. Going to make it to the end without walking. This is it.
Cross the finish line.
Get my time.
Holy Crap. This can’t be right????
Now my question is why would I question it? I know the course. I know that my bike time is right about where it was last year. If my times were in slower, I would never question. Why is it so hard to believe the good stuff?
One of my friends suggested that I never run with a watch again::) Ha!
I will say that I am in shock. Last year my run was 31:53. My fastest 5K was over the summer at a local 5K where I ran 26:26. This is unbelievable and I keep expecting them to tell me that they made a mistake. The won’t because official times were released and apparently I do run much faster without a watch to tell me to slow down.
Now all I need to do is see what m coach says about m easy recovery run that I was supposed to do. So much for easy recovery run:) Really shocked
It was a great day and even though I went into it by myself you can never feel alone when your surrounded by a group of Tri Women!
Now it is time to put this to bed and myself included.