Saturday morning we woke up to some crazy storms and thunder/lightening. The sprint and kids rev scheduled for Saturday were cancelled along with the practice swim. Definitely gave me a little jitters having the practice swim cancelled but i figured I would be ok. Spent a little more time in the park Saturday and then hit the pre race meeting and checked my bike. Had dinner with my family and parents and then was in bed early. For those that do this race: DEFINITELY book at the Hotel Breakers. Makes the entire weekend for all so easy and smooth. Book early as it will fill up and will only fill up faster as the race grows.
Early morning transition: Thankful that Rev3 let the Half Rev-ers into transition later so we didn't need to get up so early! After heading back from transition, put on the wetsuit and made our way down to the water. Had a brief swim warm up and was ready for the race!
|See me.. i am in the middle in the wetsuit and orange cap!|
Back to me almost thinking i was going to drowned.... I floated on my back for a little, tried to start swimming again, got clocked in the face and then on my back for probably an entire minute telling myself i could do this and would be ok. There was a sweet girl who was doing the breast stroke and appeared to have planned to breast stroke most of the time, yelling at me.. "girl, your fine, stay with me, swim, head down, girl.. you are fine" She seriously provided me with a lot of encouragement i needed that moment. Thank you to the girl in the long sleeve wetsuit that looked out for me. You were Awesome!
Once i got in my groove, i was able to pick up my pace a fair amount and think i actually swam well.. once i actually started swimming! Hit the last turn buoy and finally got my groove. Love that you can sight off of the rides as they are huge and you can't miss them!
T1: stumbled up through transition and thankful to have survived the swim. Did a quick change and onto the bike.
T2: Relieved to get back to T2... Not only b/c i was in so much pain but also because the year before, my race ended on the bike! Changed into my run stuff and then waddled to Run Out.
|Coming down the chute|
All and all, a great weekend and race. Rev did a great job once again. Better swag than Wisconsin (nice tech tee vs. white cotton). Met so many great people, exchanged some emails and blogs and look forward to 2013 season!
|See me on the Jumbotron? Peace signs and Hello Kitty... awesome!|