I ate 2 slices of toast with pb and homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam and a glass of water at 6:30, we headed out at 7:15 and arrived around 8:20. About an hour before the race was to start. I found I nice front row far end spot to put my bike and lay out my towel. Then I went to check out my swim time, pace and pee nothing repeatedly for the next 50 minutes.
We all gathered across from the transition area where I noticed that I was the only one who did not have their cycle shoes and helmet already on. Even though I had time to get them, I decided that I would keep it that way. When I come out of the water at Rigby I won’t have them on, this would be good practice. My swim time put me at the back of the pack. I would say I was in the last dozen.
They started the clock with the fastest swimmer’s time (7:47!) and then we all waited for our times to show up. When I saw mine I ran over to my bike and fumbled with my helmet and shoes while mumbling things to myself under my breath about what the heck was I thinking. I may or may not have almost cried out of anxiety and a wee bit o’fear. Then I was off. The course description says 12 miles, when I plot it I come up with just over 10.5. Whatever. I rode it and it was a the best ride I’ve had this season. It was an almost windless ride and the sun was shining. I felt very comfortable in what I was wearing except for cold toes even with the covers, should be an easy fix. The last 1/4 mile of the ride back was up hill and I felt it. I didn’t stop pedaling but my gears were definitely shifted and my speed slowed. A lot. At one point I told the guy passing me that it sucked. It really didn’t, I was just expressing feelings about my lack of umph getting up that hill. I passed a few people in this leg. Final bike time 38:29.
I jumped off the bike and slipped my bike shoes off and my running shoes on then realized that I had forgotten to take of the pants that I was wearing for warmth on the ride but were too big to run in so I had to take my shoes back off. Shoes back on, jacket off, iPod on and go! I think I did pretty good on the run. I couldn’t feel my toes which was alarming and distracting. I kept wondering if I might be damaging them since they felt like little hard masses in my shoes. I walked most of the way up the hills which was disappointing but it’s something to work into my training. Those people I passed? Most of them passed me back in this leg. Final run time 32:38.
Final race time 1:31:52.
I did better than I expected and now I have a time to beat for next year. I learned where some weaknesses are so I can set goals to work on them. I also learned that I need to stop doubting myself so much.