After months of training, a few investments, endless hours of biking, running, swimming and half-fearing / half-looking forward to it... my race is finished! It was one of the best experiences of my life. I will be doing more next year. It was as hard as I wanted it to be.
Well, there's not much left that I can do to prepare for my first triathlon this Sunday! I watched a video of the 2000 race that the OC Tri Series promoters sent out and I felt excited, intimidated and anxious as all hell. Doing anything for the first time is nerve-wracking. I don't know where to go, am not sure what I will and won't need in my transition area, and am afraid I'll be the last athlete straggling in. I'm worried I'll fall off my bike whilst unclipping (I'm new to those kind of pedals) and will take out other racers in the process. I'm worried I will falter on the run, up the hills, and that it will be windy. All in all, none of it matters and it's going to be a good time :)
I'm looking forward to celebrating a little after the race and then heading to Portland for a quick trip! It will be the first time Adam and I have gone away in a year and a half! Well, if you don't include camping or hiking... It's going to be a wonderful trip and it will be nice to spend some quality time together without my energy wrapped around The Triathlon.
Hopefully I do okay on Sunday! Until then...
What a journey! 18 more days of training, anticipating and wavering between fiery courage and quivering fear. I signed up for the Pacific Coast Tri on May 4th. I was full of the ambition and excitement that comes with taking on a new challenge. How has the training gone? Like everything in life, it varies day to day. It takes a lot of training to build up strength in three different sports, make sufficient time for mandatory stretching, strength train (also mandatory, I learned), eat enough and sleep enough. Not to mention, have a life, a relationship and a full-time job.