Lake San Antonio, CA
I had thought that I was prepared and ready to have a great race this year, but eventhough I had put in the distance I was still not putting in the required amount of speed work that was necessary to have a "great" race. No matter how long I've been training and competing in this sport, there in always something to learn.
My swim felt comfortable and good and I think that I'm getting the swimming down...finally! I exited the water in 25:56 with a pack of 4 or 5 other women and just a little over 3 minutes down from Linda G. My transition went smooth and I was out on the bike course in no time. However, I did notice a "noise" on my bike and for the first half of the race I was trying to figure out what it was. I eventually decided to give up listening and just ride. So, needless to say, the second half of the ride felt so much better than the first! My time was WAY off from what I had expected to do, but hoped that my run would fare better. Unfortunately, my run hurt more than the ride! Every time I came to an up hill (which are many) I felt like I was going backwards! I tried to run as hard as I could and it was all I could do. I have never felt so happy to get to the finish line. My total time of 4:51:26 is about 10 minutes slower than last year...yikes. I guess you can't "win" 'em all the time; as much as I know we'd all like to!!There is always next year and/or the next race.
In other WF news...my husband Jay did an outstanding job, especially with limited training! Although he had a long day out there, he had a fun time!
Overall, we had a great time over the entire weekend.