So the wife is still asleep and I'm awake = I guess I will post
I did my first triathlon in two years yestday! The day wasawesome! It started out cloudy but then the sun came out during the race and we had beautiful blue sky at Wasaga beach (where the race was).
Wasaga beach is sooooo beautiful, I wish it wasn't that far from where we lived (2.5h drive) because I would be there everyday! It's on one of the best beaches in Canada with white white sand.
So Anyhoo, we had a bit of trouble at first getting there because of stupid people driving and getting into accidents and causing major traffic jams in Toronto but with my trusty navigator beside me (my wife, yes she is helpful sometimes with directions, she made a few mistakes but overall she was very helpful....but we are still getting a GPS for her :)) we made it with plenty of time to spare for me to get ready for the race.
I don't now what I had but I was feeling very shitty all morning, I had a bad case of GI and my stomac was not happy at all...must of been something I ate. So I was a bit disapointed because I know I was not in great shape to race. I tried to stay positive but I was feeling very weak as well. And to top it off, my legs were sore from walking and climbing up stairs and running the previous day...damnit! If there is one thing you should never do before race day is over exhert yourself and get sore.
But that didn't matter too much because I was not there to win, I was there to do the race with good form, not get injured and remember why I do this. I was mostly concerned about not getting re-injured (which is why I haven't been racing in the last two years) with me being sore and my right leg hamstring flaring up again during the morning (did I mention that?).
Also, another thing that concerned me was the fact that this race is a short course (400m swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run) designed for triathlon newbies. I sure wasn't a newbie but I was in no shape to do a longer race. I had my kickass bike and I am fully equiped and felt really guilty aboutracing with them because I know it was not fair. I was there for myself, not to win and if I did, I would not take it because I wanted to give the true newbies a chance. However, when I got there, I realized just how many people looked not to be newbies and many of them were better equiped than me! All bets were off now and I felt much better about not taking the glory.
So I got ready, prepared all my stuff in transition (that's where you put your bike, race shoes, and all the stuff you need in between the swim and bike phase and the bike and run phase. Becca was great in keeping up with my grumpyness and my sickness...she's so great :) She gave me my room and let me rest before the race.
The race is is about to start and I get in the water which is freaking cold! But that was ok... it woke me up a bit. And then we were off! I felt really good in the swim, I kept my form, felt all the right muscles activating so that was good. It was a mass swim start so I got kicking and elbowed a few times but nothing serious, When I came out I realized I was one of the leaders, getting out of the water 12th place out of over 300 people. I was pretty happy about that since my swim has been the one sport which was difficult for me because of my injury. I got on the bike, feeling good, holding a bit back for the run and passing 3 more guys. I felt good even with my sore legs and I kept a good form.
Getting back to transition was a bit tricky as there was some confusion as to which way the flow of traffic was supposed to be, people were all over the place and I almost crashed into a woman on her way out to the bike course.
After that, I started my run, still shaken up from the near crash experience but I let go of it pretty quickly as I had to concentrate on running a long stretch in the sand....running in sand can be tricky and you can really hurt yourself if you are not careful. Anyway, my lungs were screaming of pain, so was my stomac but I kept on running at a decent pace. I passed another fellow and then, a few hundred meters away, I saw the turnaround point and start seeing the leaders returning, I high fived the leader and went on my way. I liked the run, it was painful but a good pain, not an injury pain. I kept my form and the legs were working pretty well for a guy who ran maybe half a dozen time this year.
I finished in 43 minutes, like I said, it was a short course. I placed 2nd in my age group and 7th overall. Woohoo! I was truly happy that I raced. I felt really good and it gave me the taste of triathlons. I can't wait from my next race which will be, unfortunately, next year as the season has come to an end. No matter, I will use this off season to get stronger, better, faster!
And lets not forget the wife, she was so great, my own cheering squad, the loudest of them all! :D
Tags: wasaga beach triathlon