The day I became a Triathlete had finally arrived and all I could think was "oh my god why did I sign up for this?!" But the day had come and there was no turning back. I woke up at 4 am the day of the race, mind you I only slept 4 hours that night as the jitters the night before kept me up. I checked the weather and as it had said the night before it was going to rain basically all day, fun right?! Racing in the rain! Anyways I jumped out of bed, showered, ate something, and hit the road towards my Uncles house. He was also racing (I made him sign up lol) and we were riding to the race together which was about an hour and half away, plenty of time to freak out right?
We pulled into the parking lot and things started to get real. I'll be honest I was nervous! Not because I thought I couldn't do the race but because I was worried I wouldn't fit into the triathlon culture. It was all new to me. I was worried about wearing my tight race singlet in public, I was worried about people wondering why I was there. I was worried my nerves would get the best of me. I got out of the car anyways, I knew what I was feeling was normal and I also knew that I wasn't going to let it stop me from racing that day. We headed to the check in area to get our race packets. Then back to the car to unload and set up our transition area. It was raining so I had to place everything in trash bags to keep them dry so it was kind of a pain.
|Transition Area Selfie|
Ok transition area was set up, I was marked up and dressed, now the wait until the race started. There was a pre race meeting for all the racers before the race so I headed to that area to wait. This part of the day is probably where I felt the most anxiety. I felt like everyone in the room was staring at me (of course this was all in my head). I just stood there and looked of into space waiting for the feeling to go away and then I saw something out of the corner of my eye, he looked familiar, he got closer… it was HANK HANNA! I was so damn happy to see him! You see Hank who himself is a triathlete had promised me that when I did my first triathlon he would be there to cheer me on, and he was. I instantly felt better once Hank got there, I was still nervous but it was the first time I had felt comfortable all morning.
After the meeting was over it was time to race! I headed over to the transition area for one last check and to drop my rain jacket off. Grabbed my swim cap and goggles and headed to the pool to line up. As I was walking over there my other buddies Joe and Greg showed up to cheer me on!
|My Uncle and Me waiting in line to start our swim!|
The swim felt ok, not great, just ok. It was a short swim so before I could really get into a rhythm it was over. Out of the pool and onto T1!
|Yeah…. No comments lol|
T1 seemed hectic! It was raining, everything was in bags, I was trying to rush but also make sure I didn't forget anything! I was having fun though!
|Heading to the bike portion!|
|Coming into T2|
T2 was pretty seamless. Racked my bike, kicked off cycle shoes, threw on my running shoes, grabbed my race bib and out of the gates I went!
As I approached the finish line one of the race volunteers started jogging with me. I wish I had gotten her name and a picture with her after the race, she was freaking amazing. As I made the last turn I told her I am about to take off, thank you for running with me! She high fived me and I took off towards the finish! The last few seconds of the race were a blur, my feet didn't feel heavy for a few seconds, I had my sights on the finish line and I wanted to finish strong!
|OFFICIALLY A TRIATHLETE!|
|What an amazing feeling!|
|Hank and me|
|My Uncle and Me|
|Joe, Greg, and Me|
|My official results.|
My next race is June 22nd…… can't wait to get out there!