|Back at home and #1... see those "dirty" spots on my shorts? Those are salt deposits... |
at the end of the race, I had so many salt crystals on my skin that
Anna said I was wearing "gliltter!" :-)
For those of you that want the full story, here we go!
My day started at 3AM... up... shower... take in calories (which I usually have to choke down because the last thing I want to do at 3AM is eat breakfast... not to mention the nerves), re-check my transition bag, hydrate, and the all important 1st bathroom "movement..."
We parked about 1 mile away from the transition area at 5:30AM... and I found out that I would be racking AND swimming with the men (more to come on this.) Transition set up was incredibly relaxed, which was a surprise because this is where I usually start to freak myself out. After my epic bonk at my first international tri in March, I thought this was a good start to the day!
Another bathroom stop (actually 2) and it was time for a quick swim and on to the start. From here, I think I need to let the photos tell the story...
|Briony and me about to warm up...|
funny thing... the rolls you see
are from my short and shorts... unlike...
|...not even 2 years ago, my first "wetsuit tri"|
... those rolls are me (sadly)... and almost
a 50 pound difference!
|Getting out of the water... I'm always surprised how many people finish|
after me at the swim... even all those guys... :-)
|From the swim to the bike... I was racked with the guys... and look how many|
of them were still there (or not yet there) as I head out of transition!
|I'm coming to the downhill to the dismount of the bike... SERIOUSLY...|
for someone that is afraid of the downhill, I'm doing pretty good!
|Our Palomar YMCA Tri Club... Briony (Fitness Director), me, Laura (my|
original weight loss coach and friend), Alfredo (Director of our Y and
inspiration), and Matt... fellow member and my 100% inspiration... Matt,
you are a ROCK STAR!