at race packet pick-up the day beforeFor the second time in a row, the swim portion of the triathlon I registered for was cancelled (1st time was due to not enough water in the lake to swim; this time was due to inclement weather- rain, thunder, lightning). I understand that I cannot swim in a lake when thunder and lightning are present- I get it. But did the storm have to pass through on the exact morning and time of my triathlon?!
It did and although the rain stopped, the lightning stopped, and the thunder did stop eventually, they could not indefinitely delay the race not knowing exactly WHEN it would all stop. PLUS, you have to wait a given amount of time after the last thunder before giving the all clear to enter the water.
The race organizers made the call to scrap the scrap the swim but move ahead with the bike and run portion of the race. An hour and fifteen minutes after the original start time, we did just that.
I was a little nervous about riding on slick roads as I have never ridden right after it had rained. Luckily, another cyclist told me to go easy on the braking, to JUST GO, that braking TOO much could cause my brakes to go out and/or for me to skid/crash. Given that recommendation, I went with my original plan of flying down the downhills on the highest gears so that I could get up the hills as much as possible with as little work as possible.
On the really big uphills (and there were LOTS of those), I shifted to the lowest gear and just kept pedaling, chanting to myself *I think I can I think I can I think I can*, breathing deeply in my nose and out my mouth. There were several uphills that literally took my breathe away because they were either very steep OR lasted a long time.
AT THAT POINT, I FELT LIKE A TOTAL BADASS AND I WAS IN LOVE IN CYCLING.
Of course, shortly after that, I encountered the longest two uphills of my life and I thought I might die but whatever.
I LOVED the biking portion of this event and just had a blast. I came off the bike exhilarated.
Next came a 3.1 mile run. It sucked. Period, the end. Want more details? It took me until about mile 1.5 to feel like I was really running and that my heart wouldn't explode from the heat and humidity. Once I finally felt good, a short while later, I encountered the longest UPHILL run I have ever seen in my life. By then, I was just tired, hot and sweaty with a capital *S*. Most everyone, included myself, walked up that hill. It had to be a good six minutes of walking uphill. UGH. Luckily, after cresting that hill, the finish line wasn't far off.
That being said, I am once again a duathlete. One of these days, I want to be able to complete all three tri events- swim, bike AND run. Maybe the third time will be a charm, right?
Transition: 2:24min (this is the amount of time it took me to get my bike from the end point of the ride, to my rack space, take my helmet, shoes, and gloves off, put on my running shoes, grab a drink, and enter the run)
3.1 mile run: I don't want to talk about it : )
Total time: 1:30:37