I Did It!
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…