When we left off last time, I was surprised how good my legs felt after getting off my bike…
Okay so the legs felt good when I got off the bike but then I tried to run and well, that was a whole different story! I felt so unsteady! I decided to pull back and walk a ways. Walking felt fine, it was when I ran that my legs felt funny. So after doing intervals for the first half mile (of the second two mile run) I decided it was time to just make my legs cooperate. I wish I would have just pushed myself from the beginning because I think all they needed was a little shake out, after just a little bit of pushing it they were back to feeling normal.
When I hit the 14 mile mark, I slowed up a bit to take a selfie (I did step off the course so I wouldn’t interfere with anyone) and quickly posted it to social media. I want to capture that moment! The beginning of the last mile was at a very steep hill, remembered thinking when I ran down it how much it would suck running back up it! Once I got to the top, I knew it was only a little further, I could hear the announcer, again a different experience since because I rarely race without music. As I rounded the last corner I could see the finish line, and to be honest I could feel a little bit of emotion. I was really proud of myself for stepping far outside of my comfort zone and completing a duathlon!
But I also thought about the advice Penny had given me and how it really helped me through the day. I wished that that I could have thanked her! But somehow I think she knew!
I crossed the finish line, got my medal and headed straight for the Aspire (a sports drink without any of the junk, I have loved it for a long time and love that Esprit de She had it as their official sports drink!) Often times after longer distance runs, I get migraines so I come to find that I need to re-hydrate and eat immediately after that activity (I also take salt tabs, which has made a world of difference). So then I was off to find the after party and food.
The line was long for the after party, I considered skipping it but thought better of it. I hadn’t ever really stayed for an Esprit de She after party and thought that I should check it out. Typically, I don’t stay because the lines are always long and there are so many people. I quickly realized why that line was so long, they were taking pictures of the finishers with their medals. You had the option to skip that or wait in line, I choose to wait since I had done the race by myself and really wanted a picture with my medal.
After the picture it was time to get some food. They had a little bit of everything, I took a few orange slices, mini muffins, and something else I can’t remember now. After the food line, we were lead into the Lifetime gym (normally the after party is held outside but do to the rain it was moved in) and oh my were there A LOT of people!
I walked around to check everything out but there were just too many people in there for my comfort. I also realized that I needed to exchange my race jersey but it was back at the transition area with my bike, and in order to exchange it I need to have it with me at the after party. I found out that the party was going on for another hour and a half, I decided that I would head back to the transition area to get my bike and then get my jersey for exchange.
I walked back to the transition area and there were still a ton of bikes there (obviously, the women were all still at the after party), I got my bike and was heading out when I was stopped to make sure all of my numbers matched. I love how secure Esprit de She’s transition area was!
I considered going back to the after party at that point but decided that I would rather take everything back to my vehicle. I thought that was also the best bet because I didn’t want my bike to be stole outside of Lifetime since I didn’t have any way to lock it up. I choose to walk my bike back to Ellie, there were a lot of people on the sidewalks and thought that it was a good way to get more steps for the day.
Next time, more after party and final thoughts!