This race took place on May 19th, 2012. I am really late on the race report :). I also need to write one on the OrangeMan AquaMan (coming soon).
I got to admit, I was really nervous and under prepared (logistics wise) for this race. They day before the race I was buying a bike jersey and water bottle for race day. These races just sneak up on me...I am so busy with the day to day stuff, I tend to not think that far ahead!
It had been a few years since I had done a triathlon, so I was nervous. I rode my bike down to the start at 5 AM and set up my transition area.
|Me before I biked down to start|
I didn't know anyone doing the race, so really didn't have someone to talk to or hang out with.
This is a local race and the start is literally down the street from me. There is really no reason why I can't do this race every year!
As it got closer to the start time, there were people getting in the water to warm up. I usually don't warm up in the water before my races and I didn't this time. Lesson Learned: I should have warmed up in the water.
I ran out as usual and started to swim. But something was different this time - I couldn't breathe. I started to have, what I call, a panic attack. I couldn't catch my breath. I stopped swimming and started to tread water as I saw everyone swim away. I did a breast stroke type swim for a little while and thought about quitting the race.
This had NEVER happened to me before. I had done 1 sprint, 1 half Ironman and 2 Ironman races before this (albeiet 10+ years ago), but this was new to me.
Finally, I slowly started swimming again and was able to breath. As I kept swimming and getting into a rhythm, the problem went away. But that was a scarey experience, something I am still dealing with and need to understand why it is happening.
My time was not good, but I am proud for finishing after my episode.
T1: not recorded, I have no idea - they had some timing issues and my times were some of the ones that were corrupted.
|Me at T1|
|My kids waiting for me.|
The bike course is a course I ride all the time. So it was familiar. I am a slow biker. Period. I am not sure why, but I can't ride fast on flats, rolling hills, downhills. I do really well on climbs and I love to climb. But other than that... I suck. Not sure how to get faster.
But the bike is a nice hilly bike ride. I got something in my eye and had to pull over. Also, my chain came off when I switched gears too fast - had to pull over to fix that issue. Other than that the bike was fun!
Time: 1:38:XX - this time was not recorded either.
T2: not recorded.
Loved the Run! It was hilly and I was in my element. I train on hills...I love running hills. I was passing people and felt good. There are some pretty steep hills on this run and you run on a combination of bike trails/trails/street. As I came to the finish, I saw my husband and kids again and gave them high 5s. So cool to see them at the finish :).
|They love eating "marathon" food as they call it|
The finish area is a great area. Lots of room. Lots of stuff for the kids to do (playgroud, sand, water, etc). I would highly recommend this race (train on hills!).
Next year my goal is to go under 3 hours. I feel that is really doable consider the panic attack and having to stop twice on the bike. Also, next year I will not be as nervous :)