Saturday - rack the bike + race briefing. about 2 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. started off horrible with my friend being late, therefore I missed my chance to practice in the lake. End feeling- nervous nervous nervous
scared absolutely S***less. panic in the choppy water early on and hold on to a kayak for a pep talk, must not pull out at the start! I will regret it forever. Water is too cold to put my head in, people punching and kicking. But I stick with it.. slowly slowly around the course, finally manage to put my head in. swim done... THANK GOD
Everyone packed for a sunny day, no sunscreen needed! rain, a bit of a hail and just horrible. First lap is a breeze. Tackled those hills confidently, early power bars at every feed station. Life is ok
Second lap..... ouch... hills are harder, general cadence is slower. Legs are tired.
Finally thanking goodness for the transition sign. My back was in absolute pieces and I had suffered with hamstring and then quad cramps since 45 mile.(even has a cramp in my tricep?!?!?).
Take is easy, not racing, just seeing what it's all about. walked the hills. Enjoyed the warmer weather and the atmosphere. Finished with a smile and no injuries.
completed time just under 8 hours. Was amining for under 8 and survival. Both of which I did.
Sore today, and back to work... I feel worse today than i did all day yesterday. No appetite, have a cold and my teeth hurt?!?!?!
not a flashy winners race, but I did what I set out to and think I will give some more (flat) 70.3's a go!
I had my operation last Friday, the local anasthetic didn't work.. so it was a very painful minute or two but that was all. I have been told to stay away from 'strenous exercise' but to be guided by my body and pain.... everything seems fine!
small tri this weekend, then the 70.3 on the 28th. quite excited.
I hope everyone is doing well, I feel that I have a massive catch up to do.