|New England Colonial…my homestay!|
The quick version of the race: swim was flat (physically), I biked average and then I rallied and had a fairly solid run. I think the more interesting part of the day were the thoughts going through my head at some points during the bike ride. I told Andy that swimming races were nice because in a 1 minute race you don’t have any time to think, you just swim. This is not so true during a 5 hour race. There is plenty of time to think and some of those thoughts can drive you crazy! Now, I am just being completely honest here. While negative thoughts did go through my head I deal with them by acknowledging they exist and then letting them go. I don’t give myself some huge pep talk about how great everything is because then I am actually thinking about the negative thoughts more by trying to “fend” them off.
There were times I thought about quitting (more honesty), moments where it seemed like all the hard work was just a big waste of time. A lot of people might not even pay attention to my results, or give any thought to how I raced, but there were times on Sunday where I felt exposed. I felt like I was running around with my hopes and dreams right out there in the open for everyone to see. For some reason I felt like I was failing (at least on the bike) and everyone could see how badly it was going.
|The Bike Course. A bit of shade, lots of hills.|
|More of the bike course. Beautiful.|
I made it to the run and reveled in a new challenge on the day—conquering more hills and trying to run my way back into the race. I passed three girls early on and was kept honest the remainder of the run by Charisa who was running fast from behind. In the end, I moved up to 11th…about 1 minute out of 10th and just 3:39 behind 7th place. When I look at it like that, my result, even with its disappointments, was not too bad. I do hate being 11th place. You are the first out of the money and not listed post race articles.
After the race I was a bit down, slightly annoyed and frustrated. Luckily, Rev3 held the race at a small amusement park. Maik Twelsiek and I decided to get on the roller coaster for a little post race fun. The last time I was on a roller coaster was 15 years ago and I forgot what a blast it is. Riding that roller coaster put an instant smile on my face and was even more humorous with a German accented scream next to me!
|Dinner with a former housemate from UM, Vanessa.|
One of my favorites and right over the hill, Vineman 70.3, is next. More hard work to come…and I would not have it any other way.