Read Part One of my race recap here.
|The water the day before|
As a side note, I am super proud of myself for successfully getting in and out of my wetsuit. I am thankful to my friend Jen Small. Jen gave me some really great wetsuit tips in Maine and also sent me on my way with a can of Tri Slide which really helped.
The cramping began to subside enough. (Thank God!) The cramped muscles were super sore from being so tight but workable. I washed off my feet, got my socks and sneakers on, put on my helmet and made my way all the way to the "bike out." Right before exiting I realized I had forgotten to put my ankle timing chip thing back on! GRRR! So I had to wheel all the way back, get that thing on and get back on the road.
|Let's get going already!|
|And made it to the bike! Whew.|
I'm feeling pretty good on the bike for the most part. A little sore but pretty good. I know that if I don't cramp again (and even if I did) I would finish this race and that's really what mattered to me most.
T2: 2:54 - Not sure what took me so long but it is what it is.
And on to the run.
Took a minute for me to figure out if my legs would give me any trouble. I was still sore from the cramping (and would be for days after) but started off with a slow jog. In the first quarter of a mile or so I walked for a second or two and then got mad at myself and decided that I could freakin' run 3 miles, even if it was slow. I soon started to see the Moms ahead of me coming in for the finish line and knew I wasn't too far away to completing my day.
I caught up to fellow Mom'er Dede and that was great. We ran and chatted a bit. She needed to stop for water at the aid station and since I had a hand held, I kept going.
Running without music was a little bit of a challenge. Not impossible but I was not finding that "enjoyable" thing that many non-music runners report. I felt a little bored. I know my pace would've been a bit better and the run would've been more enjoyable if USAT rules allowed for music. Guess I should consider a few non-music runs in my training for future races.
|Love these Iron Girl girls! Dede, Heather and Monica|
|I'm gonna make it! And I didn't sh*t the kit! Woo hoo!|
Jennifer Roe - You are an Iron Girl! :-)
I really loved this race.
|The bling up close|
Thank you Iron Girl for putting on such a good show!
Thank you Dana for taking the time to train us for this big milestone in our fitness worlds!!
Thank you Angela Lee and Jen Small for all of your Tri advice and hand-me-downs!
Thank you Roxi for letting me use your bike all season!!
Thank you to my fellow Moms who made this journey so much fun and so worthwhile.
Thank you to the Tri Bloggers who've inspired me over the years.
I am blessed and grateful to have had this experience and can't wait to do it again.
PS: Speaking of my friend Jen Small - the day I was doing this Sprint, she was kicking some serious butt doing 140.6 at Rev3 Cedar Point! Read her journey here. She's amazing.