|Half Ironman = MENTAL!! LOL|
|R&R at Sandy Beach|
So Friday after work, John, Dylan, Tyler and I headed up to our friends, Brian and Renu, cottage in Peterborough. Renu was our hostess for the weekend. Our oldest son, Blake, could not make it as he had to work. We arrived about 10pm. We unpacked, visited with Renu for a while, then went to bed.
Sunday we were up at 5:30 and out the door at 6:10ish. It was about a 40min drive into town and race start was 8am.
|John giving me some last minute advice :)|
I heard the gun and we were off. You can walk in quite a ways before it gets deep so I took advantage of it. While swimming out the the first buoy there was this guy that DID NOT know how to sight. He kept criss crossing right in front of me. Really buddy, pick your damn head up and look! It was really annoying but I kept my cool and tried to avoid the collision. On our second loop I am not sure if it was the same guy but was at a point that I was getting angry. I put my hand on his head and was going to shove him but didn't. ( I am too nice). As I was on the last stretch of my swim a guy in front of my kicked my fingers.. OUCH.. It felt like they were broken. I checked them out and they did not look deformed so full steam ahead. Swim time - 48:25, 2:26/100m pace
BIKE - 90km
I got on my bike and it was already insanely hot out. I seen my boys and John and off I went. The course was A LOT harder then I anticipated. The hills for me were long climbs so I could not carry as much momentum them from the downhill. It was all hills. John said after that I did not have the proper gearing so that did not help. Oh well, it will just make my legs stronger right! At about 15km in had to go pee. I did not want to stop, this was going to be a painful ride! Oh no! :( I tried to go on my bike sooo many times but I just couldn't do it. When I wanted to try there were people behind me and I didn't want them to see peeing. I guess I need to practice! hehe
I had some tremendous pain in the bottom of my left foot. I had to unclip from the pedal quite a few times to shake it out. Sometimes I could not even put my foot back in the pedal because the pain was burning so bad. I will have to figure out what that is all about!?
I was pretty slow on the bike. By the time I was on the road leading to transition the runners were everywhere. I am going to need to do some serious speed/hill work over the winter for IMMT next year.
I ran out of transition.... yes, ran....with no pain..... yippeee!! But then seen a port-o-potty so ran in there! RELIEF!! lol
|BIG high fives and all the chalk was for me! Love my family!|
As I was approaching the finishers chute, the people that were in their cars already leaving were all clapping and cheering out their windows. It was awesome! Then right at the finishers chute Renu ran beside me for a couple of seconds cheering saying "go Fran go, you did it!", I almost cried. All the people that were still there cheering was fantastic. I loved it! My first half iron triathlon was a success. After I received my finishers medal, John ran around to meet me and gave me the most amazing hug and said how proud he was. I kissed my boys who waited all day for me and then we walked to the water where I could cool off.
Run time - 2:42, 7:44 min/km pace. -- run needs work but with an injury I am happy with this!!!
Time - 7:20:14, place AG 16/16, Overall 353/402