So much to blog about since I haven’t checked in with my Tumblr for a while.
First off, I raced in my triathlon. What an experience. By far, it was one of the hardest sporting events I had done. Not just physically but mentally as well. Let me break this down for you guys.
I couldn’t really sleep that much the night before because I was nervous and excited. I got up at 5 30 AM and go to Silver Strand (Coronado, AKA Nado) around 6 30 AM. I brought all of my gear to the transition area and got myself set up for the race. I was in Wave 7 with my age group (20-24). Around 8 40 AM, we walked over to the bay where the swim was. The swim portion of the race started at 9 05 for Wave 7. Really, the swim wasn’t too bad. The officials sent us off and I ran into the water. I some how ended up in 3rd place for the swim part. The frustrating thing about the swim is that, no one swam straight so a lot of the times, I found myself going off of the track. I finished the Swim in 24 mins and 11 seconds, I came in 2nd for my age group.
The transition from the swim part to the biking part was weird. As soon as i got out of the water, I had to run underneath the highway 75 to the transition area. I took off my wetsuit and put on my biking stuff. I think I was top 5 going out to the bike course. A little did I know, my bike chain was off from the fall i had earlier that week. I had to pull to the side and fix my bike. Which took a while since I didn’t know how to put it back on. The bike course consist of 2 loops totaling around 26 miles. It was very flat and fast. But for me, it was flat but not fast. The crosswind coming from the beach was no joke. I was soooooo tired by about half way through the 2nd loop. I tried to just put my head down and pedal as fast as I can. I came in with the time of 1 HR 28 Mins 2 Seconds. I left for the bike portion top five, but came in last five. It was so miserable.
Then, there is the 6.2 mile run after the swimming and biking. I got my running gear on and started to run on the course. My legs were shot and I really wanted to stop to get my legs back. Or at least have the heavy feeling on my quads from my legs to go away. When I reached the first mile mark, I was so disappointed. it felt like I ran so much but it was only the beginning. There were a lot, I mean a lot of 35 to 50 year old men and women passing me. By the time i reached the turn around point, my legs finally warmed up and felt pretty good. I was able to catch up to some people that already passed be in the beginning. I finally saw the finish line. By this time, its all mental because physically you are so exhausted and the only way that you can keep going is to dig a bit deeper and deeper.
My time was 2 hrs. 55 mins and 6 seconds. My goal was to break 3 hr mark. I’m pretty happy with my time. But you know, I always feel like I can do better. But knowing how hard it was, i dont know. its questionable. I just wanna say that I enjoyed it a lot. I pushed myself to the limits.
I will update more stuff later today.
thanks for reading,