Hi folks! Virginia here. Today I competed in the Lake Murray Sprint Triathlon. Going into this event, I was excited. I had missed my first triathlon of the season due to the flu, so this was to be my first event. HOWEVER…..the weather turned really bad this weekend, and I almost backed out.
This morning, at race time, it was in the 50s, pouring rain, and the water temp was hovering around 58-59 degrees. Honestly, if I could have gotten a refund, I would have bailed. But I couldn’t. …and I didn’t.
Today was, BY FAR, my slowest race ever. I performed worse than I ever have. My SLOWEST sprint, before this one, was about an hour and a half. This one was an hour and FORTY NINE minutes (granted the bike was a bit longer than a normal sprint at 16 miles). I expected to be slower due to the rain, longer bike course, and my bum knee, but I didn’t expect to be THAT slow. I didn’t expect to be LAST (7 out of 7) in my age group. UGH!
So, in my way, I have to look for my lessons learned from this. Here they are:
- Sit in the WARM car instead of standing in the cold rain after you set up (DUH). I talked to too many people and just got frigid to the bone. I should have quickly set up and waited in my car. My toes were literally numb before I ever entered the frigid water.
- Two swim caps might be good for warmth, but they will give you a headache, which will be made worse if someone kicks you in the head. Wear one.
- Enjoy the slow bike ride in the rain because riding fast is scary on slick roads…and I’m not going to do it!
- Find out where the turn arounds are on the run so you don’t go longer than you have to or your knee that hurts like a mother.
- In the pouring rain of T1, you will get wet, so don’t bother packing everything in a waterproof bag, it just makes it take longer.
- No matter how wet you are, you can be wetter.
- My knee is not getting better. It just hurts. It will hurt during Florida 70.3. It just will.
I am trying to get over the fact that I sucked so badly today, but I am not there yet. The ONE THING that I am very proud about is simply that I showed up. There were lots of people who didn’t, so I know I was faster than they were. I’m 2 weeks from my 70.3, and today showed me that I am not ready. My knee is really hurting, and my cycling is still so slow. BUT….ready of not…I’m going. I may crawl, I may walk, I may get pulled off of the course for being slow, but I will SHOW UP. I will SHOW UP. I will SHOW UP. That’s the biggest lesson I’ll take from today, sometimes you just have to savor in the victory that today you SHOWED UP!