Well, as many of you have said already, this was my first HIM so I didn't know what to expect. My goals were:
1. Not to drown
2. Not to wreck
3. Finish with a smile.
I am happy to say I accomplished all three and had a great time.
Thanks to the OWS on Thursday night I was pretty calm at the start. The swim was actually pretty fun. I did get smacked pretty good in the ear and stung a couple of times by jelly fish, but I felt good for the swim. I really need to work on a lot of areas but I can feel good about this one. It was 3 mins slower than I wanted, but overall I can't complain. Now that I conquered the fear of the start, I can focus on swimming straight and speed!!
I took my time to make sure I didn't forget anything and had a little issue with the wetsuit. More practice will help me get this down a little better.
Of all the areas this was the one I was most disappointed in. I was expecting a sub 3 hour race, but with the wind and my legs it wasn't happening. The coolest part of the race was mile 43 where a Bald Eagle flew over and landed in a huge nest. That made the ride.
Pretty smooth overall but I did almost forget to take my helmet off. That would have made for a pretty funny story.
I have done several marathons and half marathons but never after a 56 mile bike ride so I didn't have a clue of what I was going to run. As I started the run I fought a hamstring cramp for the first 1.5 miles, but that soon went away. I was able to average a 10-11 min pace throughout most of the first 7-8 miles. I really appreciate all the support on the course. The cups of ice and water were a life saver. Unfortunately, even the snow cone couldn’t keep away the leg cramps and by mile 9 my calves were toast. I was able to run/walk the last 4, but it wasn't pretty. I love to run, but if I am going to ever be a successful runner in a Tri, I am going to have to do more Bricks.
Overall, I couldn't keep the smile off my face. I never new 70 miles could be that much fun. Thanks for all the help from the club and I look forward to a full Summer of OWS!!