Guess what I did yesterday? I completed the YWCA of Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon!
Not all that long ago, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get to compete in the YWCA of Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon. A month ago, I was still in my boot due to the tendonitis and of course that realy impacted my training. I recall the day my coach said to me that if I didn’t get out of the boot soon I wouldn’t be going the triathlon. I was devastated when she said that!
Somehow, I was able to get out of the boot and get enough training in to feel confident I could compete! Not, only was it enough training, I felt very confident in my biking and running abilities. I didn’t feel as strong with the swimming but I did feel strong enough to not back out of the tri.
I set my alarm for 4am on Sunday morning. The first thing I did when the alarm went off was check the weather since there was a possibility of thunderstorms. The forecast looked good so I got ready as I had planned. I would have been really disappointed if severe weather would have impacted the race!
The transition area opened at 5:30am so I planned on being there as soon as it opened. I was there at 5:31am but I was beat by one other participant for the bike rack I was assigned to. I still got a good spot on the rack which was my biggest concern. The spot I picked was close to the bike out and in areas, I wanted to be close to there since I knew I wouldn’t be all that fast in my bike clip-ins and I would be to get to the run out quickly when I put my running shoes on.
My biggest concern was setting my transition area up “correctly”. Once I got it set up, I felt good. I actually started to relax once I was done with it!
After transition was set up, I had some time (a lot) to wait for the start of the triathlon. I decided to use that time as time to do my first Periscope broadcast! I thought it would be great to do my first broadcast on the day that I do my first triathlon.
Finally it was time for the pre-race meeting. And it finally hit me, s**t was getting real! I listened to everything and then got in to my wave line. Ready or not, I was going to be doing my first triathlon!
Before the start, I was a little nervous about the swim but I knew it would be over quickly. I had a minor panic attack not long after the start due to all the women swimming around me and bumping into me. So I decided to take it easy and take my time so I would have energy for the bike and run portions of the race. I finished the swim in 18:19, not exactly what I wanted but I didn’t drown! That is a win in my book!
Transition one was a little longer than I planned but it went well. I took my time to calm my nervous from the swim, I dried my feet off and put on my socks, shoes, bike gloves, helmet, Fitbit, and pink Sparkle Athletic skirt on. And then I was off on my bike!
Within the first mile of bike ride, I was feeling strong and confident. It felt like I was made for the bike ride! Then at mile eleven I start to see auras (my tell that I am getting migraine), and I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to finish the race. At one point they got so bad I had to slow down because I was having trouble seeing. At about mile 15, the auras were gone and the headache started to intensify (which is typical of my migraines). I pushed through the migraine and was able to finish the bike ride in 59:31! That was the furthest distance I had completed in an hour, even with a migraine I rocked it!
Once I hit the transition area, I switched out shoes and ate my salted caramel Bonk Breaker (my new favorite energy bar) and then I was off. I managed to complete transition two in 1:48.
On the run, I focused on keeping my heart rate as low as possible as I knew the higher it would the worst my migraine would get. I was about a mile into the run when I realized that my migraine was now just a dull headache! I decided I could push it, just enough to complete the run in under 40 minutes. I finished the run in 39:31. I was more than happy with that time. My 5K time this year hasn’t been that fast, the 39:31 is one of the better times, pretty good for swimming 500 yards and biking 15.5 miles before running!
I finished the triathlon in 2:02:31! I hoped to finish in 2 hours and 10 minutes so I was elated! It was also a bonus to have Carrie Tollefson announce me as I came across the finish line! I finished strong! It was an absolute amazing feeling of accomplishment!
I should mention that my Sparkle skirt was a huge hit! I got a ton of complements on it! Women were riding past me and telling me how much they loved my skirt. I had spectators yell at me, to say that my skirt was so awesome! I think I better break that out more often!
The YWCA of Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon was so much more than I expected on so many levels. I walked away a sense of accomplishment that I have never felt before. I am so proud of the training I put in, I don’t think I could have done more to be any better which is a nice feeling.
It is interesting the real emotion of completing a triathlon didn’t hit me until about an hour after I finished and I had time to think about what I had just done. Three years ago, I was 90 pounds heavier and couldn’t walk a mile without taking breaks, at that time there was no chance of me ever completing a triathlon. Three years later, I have run countless 5K and 10K’s, five half marathons, a duathlon and now I have the honor of saying I am a triathlete! It is an amazing honor in my book, I am tearing up just writing this!
I have to thank all of the people who had a hand in putting together the YWCA of Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon! It will forever be one of the best days of my life and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the race director, organizers, and volunteers!
I will be honest with you, I am SO PROUD OF MYSELF for completing this triathlon! I did a follow up on Periscope about how how I felt about my accomplishment. You can watch it here.