I sent this the morning of to my fam so they can easily ID me.
We stopped by a Starbucks on the way up to the race. Man, this place was NICE! It had a cozy fire and comfy chairs. We enjoyed pre-race breakfast as we laughed about our jitters.
As we got on campus, we made a left up this street and it was this never ending hill. We got a little nervous when we saw cones and thought "is this part of the race?" I seriously had this nervous, uncontrollable laughter. Santa looked at me and I knew we were thinking the same think... "what the F did we get ourselves into???"
Most tri's have only one transition area, but his one had two. For our first tri we picked a confusing set up and hilly course. The race started off with 400m swim into transition area #1. Every person has an individual start time. Santa and I were in the 2nd wave of competitors and damn near the last to enter the water. When it was my turn to jump in the water I jumped in and froze. I sunk to the bottom and landed on my knees. OUCH!!! That snapped me out of it and I started to swim. At turning points it would get congested and at one point this one SOB grabbed my legs twice and pulled me under the water. I kicked him and said something vulgar. I was in the slow lane. Hello GO AROUND ME!
(These are my knees later on that night)
After the swim, we did 4 loops through the campus totaling 13 miles. After my first loop I spotted my family. I yelled out to them and they saw me. Before I got too far away, I yelled "you will see me 3 more times!" Seeing them made me feel pumped. I looked done at my watch and set a goal to see them every 12 mins. Knowing they were there helped me up those hills.
After the cycle portion we finished off with a 5K run. I cam in before Santa, so went back and ran in with her.
Can you believe medals weren't given out? This was a special occasion... our 1st triathlon, so I had custom medals made. I ran around to sport stores, Michael's, Things Remembered and Tah Dah... this is what I came up with.
And... the icing on the cake, I came in 1st in my age division. Oh happy day!!
Afterwards we enjoyed yummy food at Newsroom cafe where we spotted Pauly Shore a few tables over. We window shopped at some yuppy children clothing store and headed back home to rest up.