First of all, I would like to display my results! No…I did not podium….BUT I got in the top 10! (in the Athena division that is)
So a couple things you might ask when looking at my results…
#1 Why is your run so slow?
Because I can’t run for sh*t
#2 Why is your bike so slow?
Because coming into T2 I had, what I will call, THE CRAMP FROM THE DEVIL….I will elaborate later.
#3 Why is your swim pretty good?
Because I can swim really well 🙂
Lets start from the beginning….George was volunteering, so he got there nice and early at 5AM to do volunteer stuff, I arrived at 7 which was plenty of time for me to set up, pre-race potty and warm up. Now, the day before when George was volunteering he had met the race director and somehow got on the subject about if they had someone to sing the national anthem…(actually, George was doing some very shameless plugging…thanks hunny!) Brennen, the race director, said he hadn’t and George offered me up…one problem…they didn’t have a stage…or a microphone at the start. I was a tad weary about this the day before and that morning I ended up going up to Brennen and told him…lets book it for next year when you have a stage and microphone 🙂 I just knew it would be hard for anyone to focus with me standing on the street singing my little heart out over all the chit chat…so next year…look out for me!
After getting my good luck kiss from George I headed over to the start. I got in the front because I knew that it would be a mass start and I didn’t want to lose time fighting the crowds. I also knew all the people I was standing around would fly past me, which they did, but I stayed to the right and got out of their way! The run went well, I had a few walking points, but not too bad…took me 35 min which is what I expected and that includes the extra time getting to the transition area. Here I am toward the end of the run, obviously I did not know the photographer was there-
Two things about this picture:
#1 Notice the green cup…I ran most of the 2nd half with this damn thing because I feel just horrible littering…fortunately Jeanne (sp?) was there toward the end of the run and she took it for me…thanks Jeanne!
#2 I would like to severely hurt the people who designed these shorts…MY HIPS ARE NOT THAT BIG! There is something about the way the jersey has these lines that go outward and the shorts that go inward that make me look like Rosie O’Donnell…these shorts might find their way to retirement…
Here is a better running picture, because I am actually smiling….but there are the hips again…zip code 91104
This is when I saw my parents, took the hat off so that I just had to throw it to get my helmet on –
Then I was off to the bike, I ran through transition and thought I got in and out very quickly, here I am running through –
I am smiling so much! It’s like I didn’t know what was coming!
So off on the bike, I have to avoid a TON of morons…for example…picture above…person mounting WAY before she was supposed to. I have to say that the downside to this race is that there are so many beginners there that it makes it very difficult for season professionals…such as myself (cough cough) have to avoid their inexperienced ways.
I did the three loops pretty fast, on one side of the course there was a slight downhill and I was hauling ASS on that thing and was passing everyone. I think I gained a lot of time on that because people were just relaxing down that part. I almost got clipped by a fast person because I was trying to avoid a slow person, but we all managed to get safely out of the situation. But like I said….new people…
So then it happened…. I was coming into T2 fairly happy-
I had my shirt unzipped ready to tear off, I had stretched my calfs a bit and I go to twist out of my pedal and BAM, my ENTIRE left calf muscle seizes up and I can’t even move my foot let alone put ANY weight on it. I pull over, and Lenny comes running over and tells me to beat the crap out of it, make it hurt! Rub it out! (hmmmm…that sounds dirty…) Later, Lenny tells me that he could see the calf muscle all seized up…it was bad. We have come to the conclusion that it has something to do with the run to bike sequence that does it. So next year I will have to take some precautions.
I end up adding probably 5 minutes to my bike time, I get to a point that I can put a little weight on it and I run over to rack my bike. I tear off my jersey and helmet, grab my goggles and run limp to the pool. this is a photo George took and you can see the agony in my face-
NOT SMILING ANYMORE!!!!!
I get to the pool and end up having a great swim time. Because the pool was so warm I think it helped my calf muscle and I was able to swim without feeling any pain…walking was a different story. My calf still hurts a little, but is getting better. My goal time was 1:20 and I made it! It would have been a hell of a lot better if I hadn’t gotten that cramp. But I really pushed through that damn thing even though it was killing me!
I really had a great time, it was great knowing a bunch of people that were racing and they knew me. My parents came out and they were confused…as usual…but they came out even though they really don’t understand the whole fascination….
I am looking forward to doing it next year and hopefully breaking my record!
Here is the link to the slideshow that has a few more pictures, enjoy!