Sunday, September 21, 2008
It is OVER!!!!!
I am very glad that the pressure of the race is over and that everything went well. There are things that I could have done better but overall I am happy with my time. Everything started very early on Saturday ( early because I couldn't sleep) at Lake Hefner which is about 25 min from our house. I went by myself at 5:15 and Tim got there later with the kids. I was calm at first until 5 min before the race started and right then I got overwhelmed and wondered what I was getting into!!!! Tim and the kids arrived right before I got in the water and I always get emotional when I see them right before the race which isn't a good thing:) I just wanted to cry and hug them but I couldn't so I tried to focus on the race.
The swim went well. The first 1000 meters were rough because I forgot to tighten the Velcro around my neck so my wetsuit was filling up with water. I was soooo mad!!! I have a long sleeved wetsuit so every time I lifted my arm it was so heavy and that was all I was thinking about during my first 1000 meters, but when I turned around to head back I had to change my attitude about that since there wasn't anything I could do about it and I also needed to pick up the pace so I did and it went well. I just love swimming... the longer the distance, the better it is for me.
The 57 mile (it was supposed to be 56 miles, but they snuck an extra mile in there) bike ride went well too but not as planned. Up to mile 45 everything was going well just as I expected, but the last 6 miles before getting back to the lake are rolling hills and I just wasn't ready for those hills. Those hills are rough after biking 48 miles; otherwise they shouldn't have been too bad. The last 3 miles are around the lake and I absolutely loved it! The view of the lake was great and it was flat so it made things easier. I finished the race in 3:32:10. and I WON first place in the Half Aquabike! Yay!!!! I wanted to win this race so badly and I was so happy that I was able to do well enough to make it possible. I am so grateful for all the help of family/friends that made it possible for me to compete and do well. Thanks for your encouragement, advice, etc. Also,
thank you so much for your emails and phone calls supporting me. You guys have been so nice to me!!Thank you.