Monday, July 23, 2012
Ripping off the Triathlon Band aid ~ Sister Lakes 2012
For those of you that aren't versed in tri distances...here's a quick and dirty cheat-sheet:
Sprint ~ 500m swim, 12 mi bike, 5K run
Olympic ~ 1000m swim, 25 mi bike, 10K run
70.3 Half Ironman ~ 1500m swim, 50 mi bike, 13.1 mile run
There I was on the open water lake swim of my Olympic tri, and I couldn't catch my breath...at all. I thought I was having a panic attack (as I am claustrophobic and open water swims are very hard for me), so I took down my wetsuit and swam with it half-on, but I was still one of the last athletes out of the water. It was unlike me. A paramedic stopped me to tell me I was blue and I needed to stop. I didn't listen. I continued, and finished, the tri...IN LAST PLACE. I fricking WALKED the 6mile run. For a marathon runner who was pretty much done with 70.3 training, that was PATHETIC! When I finished the tri (in a pathetic 3:47) the paramedics checked me again and said I had water in my lungs and they recommended I go to the hospital immediately. Fast forward a bit and I found myself transported via ambulance from an urgent care to the local hospital for a 3 day stay with double pneumonia! Awesome. We weren't even in our home city, and we had a 2 year old. Did I mention it was 2 weeks before my big half ironman I'd been training for FOREVER. Great. I couldn't even go up stairs without being out of breath. It took me months to recover! The 70.3 didn't happen (bye bye training and registration fee), and that last place finish on the tri scarred me for life.
Fast forward 3 years and 1 baby, and here I was at the start of another tri. I was petrified. I was definitely feeling the panic from the last tri experience. I knew I had to push through this, or I would not be able to do open water swims again. I needed to rip off the band aid...and I did...in 1st place in my age group, 7th overall girl and 32nd overall of almost 300 participants in the sprint distance. I was pretty pumped. My time was 1:22:47. I swam in 12:43, biked in 39:30 and ran in 25:48. I ran across that finish line pumping my fist in the air. I had done it. I had pushed through my fears. It felt amazing! Hubs also completed the triathlon in 1:35:22. I was so proud of him and really happy we did it together. Next challenge...Chicago Marathon. I think next year I might try that pesky Olympic distance triathlon.
Hubs on the bike.
So anyone want to join hubs and I next year?!? We'll provide the lodging :)