I completed my first Half Iron Man triathlon yesterday. Those things are intense! I know people do twice the distance in a full iron man, but I was happy to not be going farther. I trained for five months, and with a more than full time job it was tricky to squeeze the training in.
However! I’m so happy that I successfully completed the triathlon in what I consider to be a reasonable time. I tried to do this triathlon two years ago and broke my shoulder the WEEK before the race after I had trained for FIVE MONTHS. So needless to say, I was nervous in the weeks leading up to the race.
Standing waist deep in the rough lake waters before the start of the race, I felt lucky to have the chance to tri*. But even then, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to complete it. I felt very outclassed by the other athletes. I was wearing a borrowed wetsuit that was several sizes too big, my cheap muddy bike stood shyly on the racks next to shining aerobars, disc wheels, and tear drop helmets, and for nutrition I had three bananas instead of the goos and gels that the real athletes preferred.
But when the bell rang, I took off swimming and I felt happy to finally be in the race I had worked so hard for. The waves were huge, the biggest ever seen for that race, but my open water training and ocean field work gave me an advantage so that I could swim strong and not panic as the waves smacked into me.
It poured rain during the bike and run and I got a flat on mile 51 of a 56 mile race (so unfair!!). On the run, I adopted an easy 8 min mile pace and stuck to it for the duration. At one point, as I passed someone, he said “Oh…you’re flying…” My favourite quote of the day.
So, in spite of a broken toe on one foot (from trail running earlier in the week) and a slash on a toe on the other foot (from getting out of the lake), I ran! I finished! I’m happy, even though my time seems pathetic to some of the other athletes (the top female finisher was done in under 5 hours!!! she rocked my socks!).
Here are the details of my officially pathetic times (which I am still somehow proud of) for those of you who enjoy this sort of thing:
1.2 mile swim: 43:24, Transition 1: 7:31,
56 mile bike: 3:53:42 (or 3:43 if you don’t count the flat!), Transition 2: 6:25
13.1 mile run: 1:48:47
Total time 6:39:49 (or 6:29:49 if you don’t count the flat! hahaha)
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