Tuesday, June 30, 2009

HyVee Triathlon

I have successfully completed my second HyVee triathlon! Again, I surprised myself with my results finishing 4th in my age group out of 73. However:

You always have those moments of "why again did I sign up for this" prior to a race. My came during the following:
  • as I did my brick workouts and realized its really not that fun to run after you bike
  • that swimming is so hard on my hair, especially when coloring it.... oh and especially when you have a wedding a month away ;)
  • when the alarm clock went off at 3:15AM, no worries though I was up every hour anyways nerves, bathroom...
  • standing on the start line at 6AM peering out at the dark water lurking before me
  • consuming enough lake water during my swim to properly hydrate for the remainder of the race
  • consuming my first hammer gel on the bike....mmm tastes like fudge, kinda
  • starting the run, while seeing the leaders finishing and knowing I have 4 ginormous hills ahead of me
But...then there are the reasons you RACE:
  • the incredible feeling of accomplishment and a job well done, nothing like the runner's high
  • training and competing with Jeremy (fiancee)
  • seeing your family and friends on the course!!! There is no better motivation.
  • knowing the health benefits of the hard work you put in
  • placing 4th in your age group at only your second Olympic tri! time: 2.34 for me and 2.24 for Jeremy
  • reaching the half way point of the run and knowing it's "down hill from here"
  • and of course....the t-shirt
So now what...
J and I have a 10 mile race this weekend in Storm Lake. One person starts on a bike the other runs. You have to finish together. So the strategy is finding the best combination of bike/run between you and your partner...we have no clue. I am thinking if I get tired and it's my turn on the bike I may just take off and meet him at the finish ;) yeah right...he wouldn't be happy.

Untill next time...
Look good, feel good, do good

pictures to come from HyVee

1 comment:

  1. Uh... that was my bike plan for this weekend. How upset would you be if I made you run the entire thing? HA... I won't honey!