The Tampa Bay Women's Triathlon at Westchase was right up my ally! The swim was in a pool :) I am scared of the ocean for now, I hate the sticky feeling and seaweed,
NO THANK YOU!
This event was a great event! Everything was well organized and everyone was able to answer all of my questions. This was my first one so remember, I had a lot of questions, such as, "Do I need a swim cap?", the answer was no! Yay, one less thing to worry about. The volunteers were great and all things ran smoothly, from a participants perspective.
Luckily, I am off on Fridays and was able to head to pick up my race packet and briefing early in the morning. I picked everything up for my packet and went into the briefing. I walked in a few minutes later and there were no seats so I happily sat on the floor attempting to pay attention. My attention span, not so good when I am hungry. I did get many questions answers but I was still a little uncertain because of nerves and anxiety. (All I really wanted to do was finish).
I met up with Meghan for lunch at the Hungry Greek, it was delicious and I may become a regular just like her. She definitely calmed my nerves a bit, thank you :) I went home, packed my "stuff" and was ready for race day after some Rock of Ages! (Yes, I liked it)
Saturday, my alarm was set for 4:30 to become a triathlete, I grabbed a granola bar and was on my way. It wasn't crowded when I arrived, I checked in, got marked with my number's which apparently my market thought was "E's", I set up my bike and found Val and Michelle for some pre-tri talking. This was all of our first races and we were excited, nervous and were just waiting to start! I also saw Tori ( and you can read her blog post about it also- She rocks and is training for Augusta 70.3.) and Patrick along with their friend Erika.
|Michelle, Me, Val|
Hi, I am still alive!
If you remember all the way from the beginning, I sad the swim was in pool, did I also mention this was a reverse so the swim was last? I thought that would be a good thing.. Not so sure...After dismounting the bike and practically falling off of it because I do not know how to get off yet, I took my sweet time getting to the pool. I had to practically disrobe my watch, belt, phone; did I even have it? my helmet, and everything else I did not want in the pool. On the way I did some stretching, talked to Michelle, hydrated and finally made myself to the pool "area". It took me a while to get in the pool as I think it is necessary to talk to everyone, ask them questions, talk to the lady who is telling me to get in the pool so I can maybe..."finish". Ok, so I am finally in the pool and I was off. It was 8 back and forths in the pool, I had to go under the ropes which was a little annoying, but hey, I got to push of the wall a little, no complaints from me! About half way through I was dying, I didn't know if I was going to make it!! Luckily, my friends were there cheering me on and didn't need to embarrass myself by having people come in and get me from drowning. I finally made it out of the pool to the finish line and collected my new shiny medal; but boy was that rough. I finished the swim in 5:52 (does that include from the bike to the pool which I thought I should talk to everyone or when i stepped in the pool and took my sweet time?)) I was very happy with that time though!!
|Dancing to the finish I was just so happy to be done.|
Are you sick of me talking yet? I think that TRI was torture! I unfortunately did not train and I learned my lesson, but I did it and that was all I wanted to do. It was great to have Tori, Patrick, Val, Michelle, and Erin there cheering each other on!!
After a few picture, we made our way back to the car, I swore I wasn't going to do another one, but I sort of want to, especially with a swim first and see the difference.
On the way to the cars, Tori mentioned I won a prize, I did! I won a gift certificate to Outspkin in clearwater. I guess I am going to have to make a trip there and get lots of supplies for the next one!
This was a great event
Everyone was amazing
I would do this next year
I want to do another
I need to train