I’m not going to lie, my first post-baby triathlon gave me some serious race nerves. Knowing I had only been on my bike twice since August coupled with the stress of fitting into my wetsuit & the fear of coming in last, made the butterflies a little crazier than normal.
Todd tried to calm my anxiety, but it wasn’t until I heard the wise woman setting up across from me in transition say, “I’m just here to enjoy my three favorite sports all in one morning,” that I was able to take a nice calm breath and put a smile on my face.
Swim training was the one thing I was able to do right up until the baby was born and was able to start up again relatively quickly. So, unsurprisingly, the swim was my best part of my race. It was so awesome to come out of the water, turn to my left and see my niece coming out at the very same time.
1/2 mile swim 16:08
The bike portion was doable. I was proud of myself for using the cornering and bunny hop skills I learned at my mountain bike clinic birthday party last month.
At one point, a guy who was struggling near me said, “I could really use a rest.”
Another guy answered, “You can rest when you’re dead.”
That’s when I replied, “I have 4 kids, this is my rest.”
15 mile mountain bike 1:52:25
I may not have been as fast as last year, but at least I have way better cleavage (thank you breastfeeding).
Pushing hard through the mountain bike portion of the race and then forgetting to grab my nutrition during transition left my legs about as useful as two wet noodles and my body about ready to give up during the run. I walked far more of the hills than I wanted to and I was left wondering what I ever found loveable about trail running. On the final 100 yards I got a final boost from my cheering section made up of my parents, my sister and the kids. The girls even made up some original cheers:
Go Team Sparkle!
You know you can.
After you finish, you can go to your van!
Keep up the pace
To finish the race!
3 mile trail run 42:34
Fourth in my age group (out of 6).
Do you need your own sparkle running skirt? I bet you do.