This weekend was a blast. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with my sister Amy Jean. I picked her up right after work. I spent 5 minutes packing my bag, procrastinated, and then I was at her house 15 minutes from the time my last day care baby left. We had to stop at my bank before going to the hotel, but then we were off.
We did priceline for the hotel room. 75 dollars a night and it was a double tree. very nice. We got our cookie, yummy. And we got our key. We were so excited that the room was on the first floor which would make it so much easier to bring our bikes in the building and get them out. Our bags in the room and we sit down for our warm cookie. So delicious. Then we get some ice, pour a drink and call out for dinner. We choose a grilled chicken sub with fried mozzarella sticks. We split a large sandwich. It was good and the company was great.
Saturday we were woken early by my dd that had a back spasm and wanted to know how to treat it. Are you kidding me? oye. Aims and I found a great place to go eat breakfast and then we went went for a pedi mani. We spoiled ourselves. We tried gel polish. It looks great and is supposed to last two weeks. The best part of the pedi mani? A hot stone massage. lovely. We went shopping with my girls in the afternoon and then we had dinner with them. To finish the lovely night off, before prepping for the next day, we lounged in the hot tub. It was awesome.
This morning we were up and at em by 5:15. Out of our room by 6:15. And off the to Park. It was beautiful. Amy Jean was so excited to begin this day!
We looked above us and on the dike of the reservoir and you could see the very long walk to the transition area. It was a mile walk from the parking lot to the transition area. See the little people at the top of the dam? it was a pilgramage.
As we crossed the dike Aims kept saying, "the water is like a hot tub, see the steam coming off of it?!" Here is Aims is, I made her be in my picture of the hot tub. btw the hot tub was 73 degrees....Dont believe that. that might have been on the shoreline, but in the section we were swimming in with the fresh springs, it was much colder.....
We set up at the station and fear sets in. I have used my long lasting inhaler and my fast acting inhaler so that I can breathe. I hope all of my training has helped.... WTH, who convinced me to do this again.... fear set in!
We go to the water. I did not like the set up this year. They had us in the water and it was freezing cold and over our heads to start. Everyone smooshed together to start. So we start the swim and I am far to the right. I swam and swam in the freezing cold water and I felt like I was getting no where. Finally, i started making headway. I finished the quarter mile swim in 13:55 seconds. 4:30 transition time. Bike ride in 53:38 ...Wanted to die on the 3 huge hills on this ride. Legs felt like rubber. I know I am a duathlete. 2:51 minute transition time. Finally time for the run. I decided before I even started that this hilly run would be a walk. After Bruce got hurt it just reminds me that I do not need to get plantar faciitis for one day. I walked 5k. 49:10. My final race time was 2:04. Two years ago when I did this race i completed it in 1:49:25.
I do not feel like a failure. I completed my second tri. But I can tell you one thing...Unless my girlies or some day a granddaughter would ask me to run a tri again, I am done. I am retiring from racing. I do not have a fire in my belly to run. I love variety which is why I was drawn to the tri, but there are so many forms of exercise that I like.
Spinning, Zumba, the amt, swimming, I love water aerobics with Anya.... I am going to try a couple of new classes the gym offers as well. So i do not look at this as an end of something, but instead of springboard into something else that I love.
Amy Jean, you rocked this race today. I am so very proud of you. And as promised if you do this race again, i will bring you a sign covered in gems and glitter.
:) Thank you for all the love support and prayers my friends have given me.
Good story of the day? A woman was struggling up a hill. She was ready to jump off that bike and throw it in the woods. One of the max preformance volunteers rode up the hill beside her encouraging her and telling her to change her gears so that she could make it up the hill.
I saw two girls 14, racing with their moms in cancer survivor teams.... Melted my heart.
Today is the 9th anniversary of my mom being buried, my brother told me how very proud mom and dad would be of me if they were alive. He got a tear in his eyes. I felt them.
oh, and our medals. Today the front of our medals had title 9 on them and the the date. The back of the medal had the american flag. So appropriate for 9/11