|That's me in the middle!|
My first triathlon race since I retired many years ago was a comedy of sorts just to get to the start line but I can't complain too much as I was happy with the result. I ended up third woman overall, which isn't too bad for this mom of two and with only seven weeks of official triathlon training in my back pocket.
Why a comedy? Well, I pretty much did everything I tell my athletes not to do. (Why not get all the kinks worked out in my first race back right?) Well, it wasn't exactly planned that way but this time around things are a whole lot different with a lot more on my plate. It used to be all about me when I was single without kids and now my family comes first and foremost. I decided to do this race a bit last minute and didn't have all the equipment necessary so most of my failures were due to this.
What not to do:
1) Put triathlon aero bars on your bike the day before the race. (Yup, guilty, I scrambled around to borrow a pair to put on my road bike as I wasn't ready to invest just yet.)
2) Get a wetsuit the morning of the race and try it on for the first time. (I had borrowed a wetsuit that I thought would fit but lo and behold two days before the race it just wasn't going to work. I ended up borrowing a male friend's wetsuit who brought it to the race and squeezed my hips into it. Yup, there is a reason there are female specific wetsuits, lol!)
3) Don't warm up before the swim start. (Guilty but it wasn't exactly my fault. The race director decided to change our start time to 10 minutes earlier and failed to tell about a third of us women.)
4) Underestimate your caloric needs and bonk on the run. (I was so focused on getting my equipment together that I completely forgot that I recently switched to a sports drink that had almost no calories. Doh! I had forgotten what it felt like to bonk and kept thinking I was just hot as the temperature was supposed to rise up to 109 degrees that day.)
I'm certain my next race will go a bit smoother. I will also hopefully have a triathlon-specific bike, race wheels and my own wetsuit but it just felt good to race again. I am thankful my body is letting me race - as I described in an earlier post, at one point I thought I'd never run again let alone be competitive.
Thanks to my sponsors Moo Motion Sports and Fleet Feet Sports Davis for helping me get back to it!