Shocked. That is the best word to describe my emotion after I finished the race.
It was soooo E A S Y. I was very careful not to push myself so that I wouldn’t injure myself. My goal has always been to “Finish … without injury.” So, I reached my goal!!
I had not been able to swim 600 consecutive meters so I wasn’t sure how I would hold up in the water. It’s just not the same when you’re swimming in a pool and have to stop, turn around and push off to start again. I took the “slow and steady” approach so I wouldn’t get winded or wear myself out. And I didn’t even have to flip over and swim on my back for a rest.
The bike went well, also. The time I’ve spent with Andy on the two Saturday group rides truly paid off. The terrain was a little more hilly, but all in all, it was a great ride.
The run …. well, I didn’t know that so much of it would be weaving through uncharted woods with roots, pine needles and pine cones to dodge. There was a huge ravine that was harder to go down into than to pull out of on the other side. But, it was a great distraction to focus on your footing and so the run went well. I only had to walk a little.
All in all, I was surprised at how easy it was. In the end, I wasn’t really winded or tired. After the race, I went home and took care of chores around the house then went to a house warming party followed by an Adult Night Party at our local neighborhood pool. So, all the fretting that I did two days prior, worrying about getting hurt and not sure that I could even complete the whole race …. was for naught. The race was great. I am pleased to say that I reached my goal: I finished – without injury AND had a great time!!!