Well, my friends--I DID IT!! I finished my first triathlon. Oh, I wasn't speedy by any means, but that wasn't my goal. My goal was to finish, and finish I did, so I'm counting the experience as a complete success!
Thankfully I finally fell into a fitful sleep, although I studiously avoided looking at the clock (Insomnia 101) so I have no idea what time it was. I got up at 5:45 a.m. and again although I was all ready to go, my body betrayed me. I couldn't eat a thing and was literally sick to my stomach out of sheer nerves. I left the house around 6:15 a.m. and headed up to the reservoir to meet my friends.
Normally my pattern is to run 5 minutes, then walk for 1 all through the distance. Because I'm a wimp and can't run up hills, my pattern went completely out the window and instead turned to walk up, run down. I felt like I did much more walking than running and thought that for sure I had completely blown my time, but in reality I was only 3 minutes slower than when I do all of that running!
Coming into the finish line was such a great feeling! My sweet little kids met me and ran in with me, my dear husband took pictures and cheered, and many of our friends were there cheering for me as well. I feel so proud that I was able to set a goal and accomplish it! The training took a long time and does not come easily to me, but I wanted to prove to myself that I CAN DO HARD THINGS--and I did!
And if you made it this far, I want to share one more thing: this song was sort of my theme song for my whole race and training. I wasn't able to wear an iPod during my race so I had to just sing it in my head. ;) Please watch and listen--I think it's so inspiring! Makes me a little teary-eyed every time.