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I Did It!

June 29, 2009

The triathlon is over and I survived!  There were some hairy moments — actually the entire swim portion was hairy as I had an asthma attack when I got in the water, panicked and completely forgot everything I knew about swimming!  I was in the middle of a group of women and couldn’t get a rhythm going because I had to keep adjusting to avoid getting kicked, scratched, etc.  I looked longingly at the guys in the kayaks with pool noodles but decided I was damn well going to get OUT of that lake on my own.  I sort of staggered out of the water, headed to the transition area and (oxygen-deprived?) spaced out and forgot whether I should put on my shorts or shoes first, and oh yeah, helmet, sunglasses, hhhmm, what else?  It took me eight minutes to get on the bike!  Then I took off on my bike and on the first hill, my asthma got really bad (and I DID use my inhaler before the race, so I’m not sure what happened) plus the hills were steeper than I had expected.  But I plugged through it, and when I got to the 5K run (or mostly walk/briefly run in my case) I was feeling really good.  My breathing stabilized and from then on it was just left, right, left, right… My family met me just before the finish line and my daughter ran the last part of the race holding my hand.  That was definitely the best part.

My time was really slow (2:45), but I’m happy I finished because there were moments at which I truly thought I couldn’t go on.  I was really pissed at my doctor for not giving me better meds and at myself for not training harder!  My cousin E., who is 20 years younger than me, finished in under two hours — she really rocked it!  Right after the race we were talking about doing it again next year and recruiting some more of our cousins to join us.

All in all, it was a worthwhile experience.  I don’t know if I would call it fun…but I would definitely do it again.   Hey,  at the age of 41 I won my first athletic medal!  That felt pretty awesome.  I’m not particularly sore or tired today.

And I’m already looking for a 5K to sign up for later this summer, just so I don’t sit around on my butt for the rest of the summer…

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. moonymaid permalink
    June 29, 2009 4:27 pm

    You’re teh awesomest!!! :))))

    Congrats!

  2. June 30, 2009 2:12 am

    You are nuts! But I am totally impressed. Good for you for powering through it.

    • gumbomum permalink*
      June 30, 2009 1:10 pm

      I feel pretty nuts! But proud!

  3. June 30, 2009 11:33 am

    I am so proud of you for finishing! I think that is a HUGE accomplishment and you should be terribly proud of yourself.

    • gumbomum permalink*
      June 30, 2009 1:10 pm

      Thank you!! I still can’t believe I actually did it!

  4. June 30, 2009 11:41 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! What a tremendous challenge you took on! You should be so proud of yourself.

    Re: the asthma kicking in. Can asthma be brought on by anxiety/adrenaline? That seems possible to me, though I’m no doctor. Might explain why you had an attack — I’m sure attempting something new and daunting must be pretty stressful to the system. But you got through it, and are even thinking of doing more? Wow! Superwoman!! 🙂

    • gumbomum permalink*
      June 30, 2009 1:09 pm

      Yes, definitely anxiety (and cold water!) can trigger asthma. My asthma is exercise-induced anyway, and I thought I had it controlled. I did ujjayyi breathing before the swim 😉 but it didn’t help. Next time I think I will have the mental part much more under control. It’s amazing how swimming is so affected by your state of mind — more so, I think, than biking or running.

  5. lilalia permalink
    July 2, 2009 5:58 am

    What a fantastic accomplishment that is. Congratulations!

    Very interesting to hear what you and your readers are saying about the asthma. I used to suffer from it, but thankfully, it went away, more or less, when I became a teenager. I can’t imagine going on under such conditions.

  6. July 4, 2009 1:46 am

    Wow wow wow!!!! Very impressed over here! Shoot. I don’t think I would have made it. I love to swim and am fairly strong, but toss me in a group swim and I’d panic!

    Good for you- that’s an amazing accomplishment.

  7. July 11, 2009 7:50 pm

    Wow! I couldn’t imagine doing something like that! The swimming sounds especially scary – really well done!

    And sorry about all the exclamation marks.

  8. September 15, 2009 2:23 am

    I know it’s a little late for this–but just to let you know that I followed some of your comments on training, and I’ve felt very inspired by what you did. I really think I will try to follow your steps, and train for a thriatlon next September. It will be hard, since I’m awfully out of shape and my time to train is very spare… but I think it’s calling me–as if I needed to learn something about myself through it.

    Congratulations on making it 🙂

    Love,

    N

  9. gumbomum permalink*
    September 15, 2009 2:56 am

    Nairam — that’s awesome! Good luck!! And believe me, I was (and am) far from what anyone would call “in shape” yet I managed to do it — and you will too! You have PLENTY of time!

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