We got up at the butt crack of dawn as usual. Saige got to come along as well as The Coach's folks who have been visiting for a couple of weeks. Mia (The Coach's Mom) took pictures which was nice because when I got the camera back I actually had pictures of the race instead of other women's boobs and port-a-potties.
I put the swim behind me and headed off on the bike. I concentrated on focusing and riding faster than 18.0 mph. Not too many people from my age group passed me.
Bike 25:19 (19mph)
When I got off the bike I saw The Coach and he hollered, "You better run if you are going to make it!" I started thinking that maybe my swim was worse than I thought. My plan was to run fast no matter how much it hurt. It was only two miles. I figured I gave birth to five kids I could do this.
Run 18:10:04 (Let's take a minute to enjoy that.)
I have never run faster than a ten minute mile in a race. Actually I haven't even run close to a ten minute mile.
Finally the results were up and fought my way in to see them.
Final time - 52:18! I beat my goal by 42 seconds.
AG Place - 5/60. I have never been 5th in ANYTHING. I spent the rest of the day smiling!!
Total Place - 54/326
I am proud of myself for putting the swim behind me even though I was sure it sucked and I am proud that I focused on running fast (for me) for two miles even though it was uncomfortable. What I have learned lately is - running fast is uncomfortable, but not deadly.
After the race I came home to this future triathlete and ate fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and mac and cheese. And wine.
I played ladder golf with the family and I am pretty sure my brother, Uncle Bachelor, and I were the Champions of the Entire Civilized World.
Do you have a competitive hobby? What is your greatest acheivement at it? What did you do (and eat) for Mother's Day??