When we left off last time, I had just got my bike out of the transition area…
Once I got back I load my bike (I am planning on name her too, I just haven’t found a good one yet) into Ellie, I headed back to the after party. I was only gone for about 30 minutes but that was just enough time to for a majority of the women to leave. When I re-entered, there was room to move and look at the different vendors. One of the fun parts of Esprit de She events is that they have a bubbly bar where they serve wine and champagne, since this was a morning event they were also serving mimosas. I got one and started to make my way around, I went to exchange my jersey first. I somehow ended up with a medium jersey, I do wear a medium shirt but jerseys run small so I knew I would never fit into it. I debated on a large or extra large and ended up choosing the extra large, I don’t like things too clingy.
Then I talked to the tri team about doing the Lifetime Maple Grove Triathlon in August. Then I moved over to the Esprit de She apparel and was looking for a new pair of socks but they were out of smalls and mediums. Next was the beauty bar, area to get pampered, hair braiding, nail painting, and chair massages, but I opted to skip that because I knew I stunk! I would have loved a massage but I wasn’t going to put one of those poor girls through that!
Finally I headed over to the Gildan booth. They are the title sponsor of the Esprit de She race series this year. They had fun temporary tattoos that if you had one on you got to get a free item (shirt, socks, or water bottle). I opted for the free shirt. While I was there one of the booth attendees and I started taking about the charity that Gildan supports which is Girls on the Run. It’s an amazing charity, and I am hoping that I can get more involved in. However, she mentioned that their 5K was coming up and they were still looking for women to run with the girls who have participated in the training they provide. I told her I would love to do that, so I need to do a little more research but I am hoping that I can participate.
Anyway back to the recap! At that point, I was ready to go home! It had already been a long day and it wasn’t even 11am yet! I drove through some heavy rain on the way home so I was happy that the race was over and I wasn’t going to be out in that!
On the way home I thought about how eye opening the event was for me. I was amazed to see all of the different bikes on the course, everything from real tri bikes to straight up cruisers! (When one of the cruisers passed me, it did get me down a little but it also made me laugh.) I really loved seeing all the women out of the course, there were little girls to grandma’s out there, very inspiring! Not to mention all shapes and sizes of women! That’s one of the reasons I love this series so much, they really empower women! Everyone is so supportive and it doesn’t matter your fitness level, everyone is welcome!
Overall I had an amazing time! Could I have done better? Absolutely! Would I change anything? No! Yes, I should have rode my bike prior to the duathlon but I didn’t (for several reasons) and even though I didn’t, I still enjoyed every minute of it. I found out that I love riding bike and will be doing it way more often! I also reaffirmed that I am much stronger than I give myself credit for!
I can’t wait for next year!