Here I am on the home stretch of this weekend's Ramblin' Rose Charlotte triathlon. It was an absolutely fabulous day. I joined my 2 SILs and MIL and we all had a great time, cheering each other on.
I waited with MIL for almost 2 hours before it was our turn to get in the pool (there were c.1,100 competitors and we'd ranked ourselves low in swimming ability). That wait really ramped up the nervous energy and we were like coiled springs once it was our turn to get in the pool. Man, oh man, did the fun start then!
I almost choked on the very first lap! Not unexpectedly - hence ranking low swim ability. It was the shortest part of the tri and I admit to only practicing once, the week before, to time myself.
I did lose my noseclip case in the pool. I had not thought to leave it in the transition area, so tucked it between my ample bosoms, thinking it'd be safe in there. I guess I really did thrash around in the pool to lose that thing!!!
The bike part was where I really put all my energy. I was thinking 45 mins to do the 9 miles, but I did it in only 34 mins, using my highest gear most of the way (which I almost never use). I am super pleased at that time.
Though I think that did do me in for the run. My 2nd goal ('finishing' being my 1st), was to not stop on the run. I did the couch-to-5k program in preparation for this, and also ran after biking, as that transition seems to be the hardest. But to no avail. I couldn't even go 1 mile before stopping to walk for a wee bit, and I had given it my all to get that far. And I stopped a couple of times after that too. Oh well, always next time, eh!
Overall, it was a wonderful experience. The camaraderie of the all female competitors was heart-warming - 1,100 women, all cheering and encouraging each other on, brought a tear to my eye. And I am so proud of my MIL, who at 64 years young, completed her 1st triathlon. She says she'll do it again in another 64 years ;0)
Thanks to all who encouraged and supported me on this journey, especially Marcia, who gave me awesome advice following her 1st tri, earlier this summer. xoxo
Happy Monday :0)