#417 is odd, but is not a prime number (missed by 2).
#417 is a Triathlete!
#417 is ME!
I did it!
I wasn't the fastest - far from it.
I almost finished dead-last - but I'm okay with that.
Had you asked me a year ago if I ever thought about attempting a triathlon, I would have told you 'no'. In fact, my friend & neighbor did at triathlon to celebrate her 50th birthday last year and even hearing about her Tri I didn't see myself doing it. It wasn't until my co-worker roped me into it that I gave it any thought.
It's been an interesting road, looking back, and I'm already thinking about next year's event.
I trained in a new sport, running.
I realized how much I enjoy an old sport, swimming.
I got re-energized about my favorite sport, cycling.
I improved my health and fitness level to one I've not been at before. I felt great and looked it, too! (bonus)
Then there were the challenges...
I lost my swimming place in mid-May. The school I was swimming at closed the pool for remodeling. This left me without regular swim practice for over a month. I did swim in the lake with the Triathlon Club, but that was more of a "get to know open-water swimming" than training. The one really good swim day got shut down early because of lightning. (a good idea, but messed up training, again).
I also suffered an injury at a very inconvenient time. I'm not a strong runner as it is, so without regular training, I fell back into my non-runner status and had to start all over again. This totally messed up my run at the event. I can't seem to run "long" distances without the pain returning (I walked about 1/2 of the course). So my plan for the next month is no running... start over again in August.
I have promised myself that next year I'll be ready for that 5K run.
During the race I dropped my chain at around the 4.4 mile mark, which set me back 20 minutes to fix it. (Ooooh, this really toasted me... I was doing SO well on the bike).
I went into the race with two goals (three, if you count that I wanted to finish... but that was really a given):
Goal #1 - Thank all the volunteers.I learned this from the Slow Fat Triathlete, Jayne Williams. In her book she emphasizes how much work it is to put on a good, safe, event. It takes a LOT of volunteers. People who wake up really early and spend their day off helping us swim-bike-run.
I thanked everyone I passed, except one. This girl was sitting on the ground texting when I rode by, so I didn't say anything to her. Looking back, I feel a little guilty for not saying thank you. I'll do better next year. :)
Goal #2 - Have fun & stay healthy.I've been listening to my body for the last month... what hurts? what works? how am I doing? When you're out there on the course, you have a lot of time to listen (no iPods allowed). As I thanked volunteers and wished fellow athletes good luck, it was easy to smile and think "what a cool event this is". I ran this course in "training speed" - not "racing speed" - so that I could make it to the end without issue.
My family was there to cheer me on - and then some folks I didn't know yelled "GO Jill GO" when I ran past them (friends of friends, as it were) - it make me smile and gave me goosebumps. It felt very good.
So what were my times?
Total race time: 2:18:50
T1: 4:00 minutes
T2: 1:13 minutes
At the end of the race, I was met by my hubby, parents, sister & her family, in-laws, and friends, congratulating me on my accomplishment. Aside from a bit of pain in my hip, I felt great. I had done it. Through the good and the bad, it was done.
I am a triathlete.
Happy Independence Day to all, too! I'm celebrating by doing NOTHING... and loving it.