With the financial commitment already made, it was down to the wire as to whether I could make the race or not. My second daughter was graduating from college the day before the race at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. I didn't know if I could make it back to Orlando in time or not. With the help of others, I was able to get my bike racked the day before and all I had to do, was make it home.
Physically I was kind of ready for the race. I have been running in preparation for a half marathon in June and my cross training is bicycling. I even went to the pool once to swim for 30 min so I would be prepared just in case. I was a competitive swimmer up through high school, so that part didn't worry me.
I made it home the night before the race and headed to Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort in the morning. The weather was perfect - mid 60s.
|Arriving pre-dawn to catch a bus to the race area|
I started the half-mile swim in the fourth wave (light blue swim caps) I tried to stay near the front on the inside of the pack. My goal was to swim a straight line to the first buoy, cut a sharp left hand turn and head for the next one, turn left and then head for the shore. I wanted to make my route as direct as possible.
|I am on the front right in the green shirt.|
|Sally Edwards getting us all warmed up for the start.|
I ran to the transition area and dried off as quickly as I could. I took care to dry my legs well, because last time I ended up with soggy socks on my run and that was no fun. I also had to put on bike shoes. This was my first race wearing clip on shoes. I was a little nervous about that, because sometimes I forget to unclip and that leads to a fall.
I just wanted to pedal as hard as I could throughout the 12 mile ride. The ride was mostly flat with just a couple of overpasses to tackle.
My transition between the bike and run took a little longer because I had to change shoes, but the idea was I could do better in the cycling with shoes that allowed me to push and pull through each rotation.
|Heading for the finish line|
|Cate, my cheerleader and me drinking chocolate milk.|
|Andy and me|
Transition 1 3:47
Transition 2 2:00
|My friend Cheri, after her first tri!|
How important are the Tshirt and medal to you when choosing a race?