Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Success in Hartsville

This past Sunday was awesome! I had a blast putting myself through torture. I loved it so much that I have no doubt that I will be doing this again one day. My time was three hours and five minutes. I came in 42nd place overall. Thank you Shaun, Emily, and Nanda for getting up in the middle of the night to come support me.

A little play by play...
I woke up at 4am and loaded up the car. My roommate and I picked up a couple of fellow classmates and we headed out to Hartsville. We arrived just as the sun was trying to come up.
I went and set up my things at the transition area and tried to warm up. It was fairly chilly, so I happily plunged into the water when the horn was sounded. The water felt like a bath at 85 degrees. I finished the swim feeling great.












After a successful transition onto the bike, I was off. I knew this was my event and I hammered through every inch of the course. I flew past people on the hills. I finished this section of the event with a big smile on my face.












Then, I got off the bike and put my running shoes on. This is when the race turned ugly. My legs were stiff and my knees were full of lactic acid. I could barely run, but I knew if I stopped I wouldn't be able to start up again. So, I pushed on with step hurting more than previous. Around the fourth mile, my legs were starting to loosen up and by mile five I was running normal again. My last mile of the run, ended up being my fastest.

When I crossed the finish line, I felt really good and tired. My first triathlon was a success!

The best part was my victory kiss!

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